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So that’s what a win in St. Louis feels like! Despite the late-game scrambling, the Lightning got a needed and deserved 5-4 victory against the Blues last night. Good stuff from Paul Ranger, Johan Holmqvist, Craig MacDonald, etc., as the Bolts continue to hang around in the Southeast Division. That’s also five in a row on the road for a team that couldn’t buy a road win early in the season. That bodes well considering the team that will be away from home for nine of the next 14 games.
Also, despite what the headline says in today’s St. Petersburg Times, Lightning winger Andre Roy has not been suspended by the team. Roy was scratched for last night’s game due to “discipline reasons” according to Lightning coach John Tortorella, but no suspension was involved. Roy told the media yesterday that he overreacted on the bench in Saturday night’s game against Florida, and that he and Tortorella have talked it out. However, after last night’s win it’s likely that Tortorella will stick with the same lineup tomorrow night in Nashville, as he often does.
The sun is actually peaking out a little bit today in St. Louis, though it’s gotten even colder. The Lightning bused back to the arena for a 10 a.m. skate, followed by a short flight to Nashville. Center Chris Gratton sat out today’s session for body maintenance, but everyone else was present. The team skated for only about 30 minutes today, followed by a shootout competition with the losing team having to skate laps. Mike Lundin was 3-for-3 for the winners.
Speaking of Nashville, if anyone happens to be in town and wants to catch up with Sun Sports color commentator Bobby Taylor, look no further than Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge (http://www.tootsies.net), which is undoubtedly The Chief’s favorite road spot in the NHL. I’m guessing you can find him there tonight AND tomorrow night after the game. Stop in and buy him a Canadian ginger ale!