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Tampa Bay Lightning

Bolts vs. Maple Leafs Keys to the Game

Thursday, 04.05.2012 / 9:26 AM / Best of the Web
By Rick Peckham  - Tampa Bay Lightning Broadcaster
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Bolts vs. Maple Leafs Keys to the Game
Hello Bolts Nation!

Hello Bolts Nation, look for a better effort tonight as the Lightning continue across Canada against the Leafs in Toronto at 7:00 pm on Sun Sports. Our keys tonight:

KEY 1: TAKE CARE OF THE HOMEBOYS
Steven Stamkos is from Markham, near Toronto, and Dwayne Roloson is an Ontario man as well, from Simcoe. With Stammer's family on hand to watch his pursuit of 60 goals and Roli's future uncertain, the team should rally around them.
KEY 2: BOUNCE BACK
A loss like the one in Montreal should get the team's attention without any additional motivation. Also, the series has been all Toronto in the first three meetings, so payback is in order.
KEY 3: STRIKE FIRST
Vinny Lecavalier talked after the game that the team needs to be more physical on the road. Whether it's the first hits or the first goal, starting on their toes will help in a lot of areas, not the least of which is keeping the checkers off Stamkos. Montreal smothered him effectively.

Enjoy the game everyone!

A veteran of broadcasting professional hockey for the past 33 seasons, Rick Peckham is in his 16th season as the play-by-play announcer for the Tampa Bay Lightning and Sun Sports.