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Now that’s more like it!
It was good to see the familiar energy back in the St. Pete Times Forum last night as the Bolts built a 4-1 lead and held on to defeat the Oilers, 4-3. Yes, there were tense moments at the end – more than their needed to be – but a win is a win, and five wins in seven games is the type of confidence boost this team needs.
Despite the late comeback attempt by Edmonton that brought them within one at 4-3, Johan Holmqvist was solid again in posting his fourth consecutive victory. He’s once again looking like the confident goaltender who started the season for the Lightning.
The Lightning skated for about 35 minutes today then ducked into the locker room for a 30-minute video session in preparation for Ottawa tomorrow night. The Sens are already in town and were mingling around their locker room area as well. Of course, the ever-present Ottawa media was around to take the usual potshots at the Southeast Division (the Southleast in today’s headline), the division that has captured the Stanley Cup in two of the past three seasons.
Tomorrow night’s game will have special meaning for Lightning coach John Tortorella, who will surpass the late Herb Brooks in games behind the bench by a U.S. born coach. With all but four of his 506 games having come with the Lightning, the fans and the entire organization should be proud to share in this achievement.