Tag:2011 Capitals-Lightning
Posted on: May 1, 2011 4:14 pm
Edited on: May 1, 2011 7:03 pm

Snoop Dogg wears Ovie jersey at concert

Snoop Dogg is used to rocking arenas. Now he's Rocking the Red. Or at least he did.

The burgeoning hockey fan was sporting an Alex Ovechkin jersey at a recent concert in Baltimore. You know your sport is picking up in popularity when Snoop is hopping on board.

It's not uncommon for artists to play to the local fans and wear a jersey of the local team. But it's still cool to see somebody from the rap world going with a hockey sweater instead of, say, a Ravens jersey.

It's not his first dip into hockey, either. In the last year or two he's made multiple appearances around the sport, including going to a Ducks game because his son wanted to. Heck, he's even tried playing.

And who can forget when Snoop Doggy Dogg -- as he was known then -- sported a Mario Lemieux jersey in the Gin and Juice video?

Yes, it's Beautiful to see Snoop Dogg getting closer to hockey. It's great to see him in the jersey of one of Amerikaz Most Wanted because he's Dropping it Like it's Hot. OK, we'll stop.

-- Brian Stubits

-- Photo courtesy of Andy Hsu

Posted on: April 30, 2011 7:31 pm
Edited on: May 1, 2011 5:32 pm

Lightning's Gagne, Kubina to miss Game 2

Tampa Bay's Game 1 victory in Washington came with a hefty price.

Winger Simon Gagne and defenseman Pavel Kubina will miss Sunday's Game 2 and are listed as day to day after taking hard hits two days prior. Particularly scary was Gagne's fall as he stayed down a while, leading the stretcher to come out onto the ice. In the end it wasn't needed, but that didn't make the moment less frightening. Kubina was checked into the end boards by Jason Chimera in the second period.

“I remember everything, I remember the hit,” Gagne told The Tampa Tribune  on Sunday. “It looked a lot worse than people think. I felt good yesterday and I feel good today, too. And we’ll go day by day.”

Lightning coach Guy Boucher said at Sunday's morning skate that both could be back soon.

"Right now, my understanding from the doctors is it's day to day," Boucher said (via nhl.com ). "There's a possibility maybe for one of them for Tuesday, maybe for both. It's really day to day."

Kubina will be replaced by Randy Jones, who himself is coming back from injury. Blair Jones will dress in place of Gagne.

Tampa Bay has already achieved what it would have liked, getting at least one game in D.C. before returning home. As much as the Bolts would like to take a 2-0 lead, that first win might have bought them just a little bit of room to play things safe, not rush anybody back. Plus, they already showed they can win without either Gagne or Kubina.

-- Brian Stubits

Posted on: April 29, 2011 9:56 pm
Edited on: April 29, 2011 10:33 pm

Chalk one up for 'underdog' Lightning

All Tampa Bay coach Guy Boucher wanted to tell everybody about this series is that it’s his team that’s the underdog, David to the Capitals’ Goliath. Classic mind games being played by a rookie head coach.

"If they don't win, it's a failure," Boucher said before Game 1. "It's Goliath against David. That's what it is. We'd better get our slingshots ready."

Not sure anybody’s buying it. I’m certainly not. The Bolts have players, they have talent, and they seem to have finally solved their goalie riddle with the ageless wonder Dwayne Roloson . Let us remind you the Lightning, despite being the fifth seed, only finished four points behind Washington this season.

Hardly the stuff of fairy tales.

He wasn't willing to concede much after the game, either.

"We won the game, but there's going to be a lot of work ahead. And we know that team is going to come out flying next game and take it to us, like they did the rest of the teams," Boucher said.

But if the Lightning are David, then – to mix classic stories – they might be the little engine that could. And we really do mean little.

The team not only boasts diminutive Hart finalist Martin St. Louis -- 5-feet-8 off skates -- but had to play the majority of Game 1 short, with just 10 forwards. That’s because Simon Gagne left early in the first period and didn’t return after a hard fall to the ice after a hit from Scott Hannan . The Bolts later took a loss to the blue line when Pavel Kubina left and didn't come back.

"We were going through a lot of short shifts, 15-20 second-shifts. It was very exhausting for our guys," Boucher said. "Especially with back-to-back games coming up at home on Tuesday and Wednesday, it's going to be tough."

It didn’t matter. Tampa Bay was good enough -- and a little lucky -- to win its fourth game in a row, taking a 1-0 lead on the Capitals.  It was also the Lightning’s fourth consecutive road playoff win. Not too shabby.

The luck, you ask? Check out Steve Downie's goal . It qualifies in the fluke variety. With the Lightning catching the Caps on a line change, Downie chased down a puck to the right of the cage and just tried to backhand it across the crease, but the pass was intercepted by Hannan. That's when fortune struck as the puck redirected right on goal and over the shoulder of Michal Neuvirth for the game-tying score.

But Boucher is right about one thing. There is a ton of pressure on the Capitals to win. Bruce Boudreau’s future behind the bench could be on the line with Washington’s run this year.

The fans in Verizon Center know it, too. On more than one occasion the locals showed their restlessness, jeering the Caps with boos both at the end of the second period and during an anemic third-period power play.

Boudreau wasn't too pleased with how his team played either, intimating they returned to the style of hockey they went away from this season.

"You can't play river hockey. That's how we played. You can't revert back to an older day."

The pressure will only mount after this.

We’ll let Boucher use whatever tactics he wants. If it gets to the Capitals and their fans, all the better. Let’s just say if he insists on calling his team David, then let's concede that slingshot is filled with something stronger than stones.

-- Brian Stubits

Posted on: April 29, 2011 7:42 pm
Edited on: April 29, 2011 10:05 pm

Lightning's Gagne helped off ice after hard fall

In what has become an all-too common occurence in the playoffs, we had another scary moment in the first period in Washington.

With the puck in the corner, Simon Gagne was checked into the boards by Capitals defenseman Scott Hannan, whose hit lifted Gagne off his skates. The hit itself into the boards wasn't the issue, it was the fall as Gagne came down and smacked his head on the ice, staying down for a few minutes.

The stretcher was brought out but eventually Gagne got up with help and skated off the ice. It's worth noting that on his way toward the bench, Hannan came over and gave Gagne an encouragement tap.

Tampa Bay entered the game with only 11 forwards suited up for Game 1, going with seven defensemen. Well, Gagne is surely done for the night, so the Lightning will have to endure longer shifts and more ice time.

If Gagne was concussed -- and it's hard to imagine he wasn't after seeing him on the ice -- it could keep him out for the rest of the postseason. He has a history of concussions, taking one in 2007 while with the Flyers.

Gagne scored 17 goals and had 23 assists this season for Tampa Bay, his first. In the first-round win over the Penguins, he had two goals and five assists with a plus-2.

UPDATE (7:50 p.m.): The Lightning say Gagne is alert and being evaluated by the team doctors. At this point, his status is undetermined.

UPDATE (8:20 p.m.): A team spokesperson says Gagne will not return for the rest of Game 1.

-- Brian Stubits

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