Could the Lightning be mighty like the Ducks of old?

Tampa Bay has climbed up the playoff rankings with a vengance becoming the best offensive team in the league…….. but for how long?Tampa really took it to Toronto last night and earned the two points that put them in the race for first place in East and possibly in the league.

Could this be the makings of a Cinderella team for the playoffs? It’s possible but they still have to prove they are tough enough to last in the Post season. As we all know it takes more the offensive talent to come out on top. Teams like Ottawa support this theory for the past 5 years.

The lightning made great additions by adding Cory Stillman and Daryl Sydor. Not doubt in my mind this is why they are playing the way they are. Not just because of the additional talent, but the piece of mind of not worrying about who else is getting traded. Lets face it, I’m not using it as an excuse but a lot of teams tend to slow down around the trade deadline especially the teams that are buying.

So will the Lightning bring thunder, or like the Ducks sink down under?

Wether they do or don’t I think this club is headed toward the right direction. THey have the talent and decent goal tending as long as they stay consistent, this could be the rise of a new contender. St. Louis, LeCavalier, Richards, along with others such as Datsyuk, Heatley, Kovalchuk, Nash, Stajan, Malone and many others, is the look of what Hockey will become.

So as the game grows, this team will grow too along with other young teams.

The high scoring days are soon coming!


14 Responses to Could the Lightning be mighty like the Ducks of old?

  1. bamboo says:

    According to hardhitter, the rest of the east is involved in a conspiracy to allow Tampa Bay to look good and then hammer them in the opening round of the playoffs. This is similar to his JR not really being injured theory because it was in a Montreal newspaper and everything in there is 100% true.

    I think they need to be grittier and could use a black guy like Grier to add it.

  2. markjohnston says:

    I agree with your comments about tbay being the cinderella’s of this years ball BUT

    “took it to toronto”

    I wouldn’t call a 4-3 win over a team who played poorly and with their third string goal tender a taking-to!

    in any case, they’re right in the hunt for tops in the east with 5 other teams, so they wouldn’t really be a big surprise like the ducks were.

    personally, I don’t think they’ll be able to compete with the big boys come playoff time. too small.

  3. TheTruth says:

    The best offensive team in the league????

    Right behind






    Whilst playing in the most pathetic division the NHL has ever seen.

  4. CechmanekForVezina says:

    I think by offensive he meant they use dirty language and hang up lewd pictures of the other team’s wives. I’ve heard bad things about those Tampa Bay Lightning. You wouldn’t believe some of the stuff Richards can come up with.

  5. TC_4 says:

    “Could this be the makings of a Cinderella team for the playoffs?” You say that, and you say how they have a good chance to be first overall in the same article. Cinderella usually rests in 6th, 7th, or 8th, not 1st!

  6. bruinexpert says:

    lol…nicely done

  7. bruinexpert says:

    hey do you wanna split this Toblerone??? ummmmm yeah..i think i do…wooo wooo next stop my thighs

  8. cwthrash says:

    I’m not sold on Tampa Bay being a contender. I could as always be wrong but I just don’t see them having what it takes to make it through this year. In the future perhaps, but not this year.

    They have seen little or no adversity this year. I don’t count a slump earlier in the year and Lecavalier pouting as adversity. No injuries, period, and playing in a weak division makes life a bit easier. When a tough time hits in the playoffs (and it always does), I don’t know if they can respond and rise above it quick enough. And we all know it only takes one or two slip-ups in the playoffs to spell doom.

    Again I could be underestimating the players and coaches, my feelings could be unfounded. But I’ve watched them quite a bit this year, I just get the sense that when the heat is on, they won’t be able to withstand it.

  9. TC_4 says:

    Tampa Bay in my eyes is the Vancouver of the East. They’re close, but just seem to be missing a piece. Only in Tampa’s case, I think the only thing they’re missing is expeirence.

  10. shady_records says:

    Malone is only leading his team because he’s playing on a minor league team. He’s no NHL Star.

  11. flyersfan10897 says:

    and stajan was thrown in because? dont get me wrong, hes not a bad player, but putting him with st louis, datsyuk, and heatley?

  12. CechmanekForVezina says:

    Haha! I’m Gene Schallet now!

  13. NYIman says:

    how can anyone call the lightning the ducks of last year…sorry folks but the lightning are for real. Christ I am not even a lightning fan…but if you know hockey you know they are for real!!

  14. JeffBurnz09 says:

    By the end of the season they could be 1st in the East. They’re really a good team, and they sorta snuck up on everyone. They have scoring, their defence is improved, picking up Sydor was a nice move about a month back, and their goaltending has been solid. They could deffinately win the East, I don’t think its such a long shot. If they keep playing this well, they have as good as shot as anyone.

    Of course the only weakness I see is that they’re not from Toronto, so they should just step aside now, because god knows no one can beat the all mightly Maple Leafs….

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