Ask the expert: Phil Esposito

by Gary Shelton on December 10, 2014 · 0 comments

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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 Lightning has now lost two in a row, and they haven't been sharp in three of their last four. Are you concerned? What do you think the problem is?

Every team, good or bad, goes through one or two times a year where nothing goes right. I don't think the Lightning have played all that bad. They've had a lot of chances. But they've

Stamkos: 700?/JEFFREY S. KING

Stamkos: 700?/JEFFREY S. KING

made some very bad mental mistakes. We're approaching what they call the dog days. Every team goes through this where nothing goes right. Last night in the third period, I can't tell you how many scoring chances they had. They had eight or nine in the first 10 minutes of the third period.

No, I'm not too concerned. I'm a little worried that some of the guys are not doing what they should be. Like not shooting the puck. I'll go right to the captain (Steven Stamkos). You saw two or three times when he didn't even think of shooting it. He was thinking of passing it. He's hesitating, and when you hesitate, you're dead.

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