Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Battle of Florida All Panthers

By JC De La Torre

The Tampa Bay Lightning may have finally hit rock bottom. In the battle of Florida, the Florida Panthers took out a paddle, pulled the Bolts pants down and spanked them 4-0. The Lightning finish the abysmal road trip 1-4 and their chemistry in shambles. The day before the game, Head Coach Barry Melrose once again blasted the team's lack of heart, then walked out on them. Don't be surprised if Melrose puts in for a week's vacation after this one.
Mike Smith made 27 saves for the Bolts but wasn't very sharp, giving up some soft goals tonight. Meanwhile, the black hole known as the Lightning defense continued to allow the competition to enjoy puck possession and loads of chances to the hated Panthers. Florida came in with the league's worst power play, but the Lightning didn't care, allowing the Panthers to score on 2 of their 4 power play opportunities. McCabe and Horton scored goals for Florida, while Gregory Campbell announced himself to the season with his first two goals of the year.

The one bright spot for the Lightning was Ryan Craig in the closing moments of the hockey game, showing Tampa Bay does have some semblance of a pulse by dropping gloves with Nick Boyton. Tampa Bay slumps to 5-6-4 14 pts on the season, 6 points behind in the Southeast division trailing the Washington Capitals. They are currently 12th in the Eastern Conference.

JC De La Torre is an author of Science Fiction/Fantasy and other realms of Speculative Fiction - check out his latest works at JC

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