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You certainly can’t accuse Lightning head coach John Tortorella of not having his finger on the pulse of his team. When the Lightning were playing well but not getting results at the end of October, he said the team would start catching some breaks and get on the right track, but there would be other losing skids to contend with.
Well, the team promptly went on a five-game winning streak to turn things around, only to follow that up with the current four-game slide. Once again Tortorella believes his team is working hard without seeing results, but I don’t think he believed the next downward stretch was coming so quickly.
“We have a few things to correct, but if we have the work habits we had tonight we’ll be fine,” Tortorella said following last night’s 3-2 loss against the Devils. “I have full confidence in the team; we just have to find a way to get some points here. I thought we worked our tails off tonight. There’s a lot of hockey to be played.”
The Bolts have been on the wrong end of three controversial video replays in the past three games, with last night’s third-period review of Michel Ouellet’s attempt the latest to go against the team. However, the replay last night clearly showed that despite the fact the referee had signaled a goal, Ouellet’s skate had actually stopped the puck from crossing the line in the pileup in the crease. With clear evidence available, the NHL folks in Toronto were able to reverse the call.
“It was the right call,” Tortorella said.
The injury news from last night wasn’t good, with Ryan Craig leaving the ice and not returning near the end of the first period after a New Jersey player slid into his knees. It was reported that Craig had a left knee injury and more will be known after he undergoes an MRI today.
Following the game, the team re-assigned defenseman Dan Jancevski to Norfolk, which is on a four-game winning streak. No recalls from Norfolk were made, as the team doesn’t play again until Wednesday night in Chicago. The Lightning had the day off today and will hit the ice tomorrow at 11 a.m. at the S. Pete Times Forum.