Ask the Expert: Phil Esposito

by Gary Shelton on March 11, 2015 · 0 comments

in general, Tampa Bay Lightning

Wednesday, 1:16 p.m.



Phil Esposito was a Hall of Fame forward for the Boston Bruins. Not only that, the Tampa Bay Lightning was his brainchild, and he was the team's first owner. Even now, he works on the team's radio crew. Each week, Esposito will answer questions from readers. To ask Phil a question, send it to

The Montreal games was one of the Lightning's best of the year. What did you think? 

I thought the Lightning was the much better team. So does everyone else. The difference was (Montreal goaltender) Carey Price. He'll be the MVP, and it'll be the first time in a long time it's been a goaltender. He deserves it.

I thought the Chicago game and this game were the best games this team has played. They were very good defensively and they had a lot of scoring chances. It could have been 4-0 if not for the goaltender.

Do you think the defense has shown remarkable improvement since Coburn came aboard?

Absolutely. Garrison and Coburn have been outstanding. Hedman has played so much better the last 4-5 games. But problem is it's pretty hard to play Sustr and Barberio

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