Ask the Expert: Phil Esposito

by Gary Shelton on December 24, 2014 · 0 comments

in general, Tampa Bay Lightning

Wednesday, 10:16 a.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

Tuesday night belonged to Tyler Johnson. What do you think of him? I know his career is in its infancy, but when you watch Tyler Johnson at work, is there anything that reminds of Marty St. Louis?

“Sure. The height. Look, everybody keeps saying it's a big man's game. Yet, Marty was able to survive. Paul Kariya was able to survive. If the guy can skate, and he has talent, and he's smart enough not to get hit all the time, he can be a very good player even if he is small.

I thought the referees, without a doubt, were prejudiced against the Lightning Tuesday night. If Tyler was thrown down once, he was thrown down three times, and those two idiots didn't do anything. The guy is going to get hurt. He's got to. The refs have to be aware when a big guy manhandles a little guy. You can hit him if it's a clean, fair hit, but he was literally gang-tackled.

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