Lightning blows a tire against a bad Jackets’ team

by Gary Shelton on December 6, 2014 · 2 comments

in general, Tampa Bay Lightning

11:59 p.m., Saturday


At a time such as this, former coach John Tortorella would growl.

For the Lightning, Bishop, it was a night to hang heads / ANDREW J. KRAMER

An ugly, profane noise would start deep down inside of him, and it would leave his lips with such force it would scald your eardrums. Even the nice words would sound like curse words, not that there would be many of those. He would leave blood on the walls. It would make all of the highlight shows.

At a time such as this, Guy Boucher would try to reinvent the game.

A strange, fleeting thought would enter his head, and by the time it was done, his power play would include a triple toe-loop. You would be a little confused as he explained himself, which might have been his intention all along, as you walked away from the arena. It would make all of the art shows, as well as Peanuts on Ice.

But Jon Cooper stayed calm after the chaos. He called his team “a little off.” He seemed to understand that the mighty Columbus Blue Jackets deserved their points.

And don't you hate that tranquility?

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