For Tampa Bay Lightning, Olympic Break Couldn’t Come Sooner

February 14th, 2010 by JC De La Torre Leave a reply »
A week ago, the thought of taking a two week long intermission during the NHL season was a bad one for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Red hot with a four-game winning streak and having gone 7-1-1 in their last nine games, Tampa Bay seemed to not want to get off the ride they were on.

This week, though, the Olympic break couldn't get here any sooner.

As Tampa Bay bids adieu to four of its Olympians bound for Vancouver, the rest of the team is left to pick up the pieces of a three game losing skid that prevented the Lightning from taking a stranglehold on a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

So what has happened to the Lightning?

It's definitely not Steven Stamkos' fault.

"Stammer" continues to make Steve Yzerman and the folks that put together the Canadian National team look like morons for leaving this guy off their squad. Stamkos tied a team record by extending his point scoring streak to 13 games with a goal and an assist in the 5-2 loss to the Rangers.

In each of the three losses, there has been lulls in Tampa Bay's game where they just don't seem focused. They've gotten pinned up in their own z ...

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