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Boston in the springtime (and Lightning update)

Posted Mar 31, 2009 by Erik Erlendsson

Updated Mar 31, 2009 at 12:13 PM

BOSTON - After landing in a light rain yesterday in Boston the weather today is terrific. Sunny with highs in the upper 50’s. The weather was even nice last night for a walk around the North End searching for one of the many wonderful Italian restaurants the area has to offer. Combine some homemade lasagna with a nice Chiant wine and you have the recipe for a great meal.

The recipe likely won’t be very good for the Lightning tonight, however. Tampa Bay has a bad history playing games in this city with three victories all-time. And with the Bruins revving up for the postseason, the task is a tough one tonight.

Lines this morning looked like this:

Malone-Lecavalier-St.Louis

Prospal-Stamkos-Bochenski

Karsums-Halpern-Pettinger

Artyukhin-Craig-Hall

Matt Smaby had a long conversation with team trainer Tom Mulligan and may be a game-time decision.

Paul Szczechura skated again, but looks to be out.

Mike McKenna gets the start in net for Tampa Bay while the Bruins will go with Manny Fernandez.

Reader Comments

Por (Geografer) on March 31, 2009 (Suggest removal)

How bad is it for Mac’s confidence that we keep putting him in net for games we know we can’t win? Two Washington games and now Boston. The last goalie that won in Boston was Grahame and that ended a huge winless drought. Feel bad for Mac he stepped in when we were desperate and now he only gets the non-winnable games. Guess the theory is he won’t be around in the NHL long so why not completely screw up his stats.

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Por (Ted Johnson) on March 31, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Why break up Marty and Stammer??

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Por (Erik Erlendsson) on March 31, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Two things, first, can you point to any game left on the schedule and realistically say that it’s a winnable game? Maybe Long Island this weekend (and McKenna probably gets that start) but that’s about it.

Second, Rick Tocchet said this morning that Stamkos’ compete level has dropped the past couple of games so the coaching staff want to ensure that he understands that to he can continue to build with the final six games instead of letting his game slip.

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Por (Bolt Fan) on March 31, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Hey Ted, haven’t you seen Vinny’s output decline without Marty?  They have to do something to get Vinny looking good now, so they put Marty back on that line.

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Por (Dustin) on March 31, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Should be Smolenak or Segal, not Bochenski.

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Por (TJ) on March 31, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Actually, according to a blog on another website, the reason Stammer and Marty are separated is not to make Vinny “look good now” but as “punishment” because Stammer’s game has dropped in the last 2 or 3.  The message being “to play on a line with Marty is a privilege and you want to stay there, you must play to Marty’s level”.  This has been explained to Stammer as well.

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