Lightning Winning? Yes. Playing Faster & Harder? Not Everyone. Plenty From Last Night’s Game 3 & More On The Todd Wright Lightning Playoff Podcast

May 3rd, 2018

The Lightning lead the Bruins 2-1 in their Stanley Cup Playoff series after the victory in Boston on Wednesday night. John Cooper said after Game 1 that the Lightning needed to play faster and harder and they have.

Well, 18 of the 20 guys on the active roster seem to have done that. Ok, maybe 17, since the backup goaltender just sits there. The two guys who are not playing faster or harder and don’t seem to be doing much of anything are the guys wearing #86 and #91. You know their names. They are supposedly Hart Trophy candidates annually and their shifts in Game 3 produced nothing except a few faceoff wins and an empty-netter from center ice in the last minute. Can the Lightning win this series without those guys contributing? I guess so.

Will it be their fault if the Lightning lose the series? Right now, I’d say yes to that, too. Especially with Steven Stamkos, who has fewer goals in his last 20 games than Vegas or Winnipeg seem to score in one period these days.

Todd Wright isn’t just the fantasy football podcast guru and golf chief around here. The longtime national and local sports radio personality has loads of knowledge about the Tampa Bay Lightning. So launching the Todd Wright Lightning Playoff Podcast was a no-brainer.

The podcast will run through the Bolts’ exciting playoff run right here. Todd has media credentials for home games and will provide plenty of fresh insight.

(Also, the JoeBoltsFan podcast with Tom Lang has been a big hit every Friday.)

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6 Responses to “Lightning Winning? Yes. Playing Faster & Harder? Not Everyone. Plenty From Last Night’s Game 3 & More On The Todd Wright Lightning Playoff Podcast”

  1. Kung Fu Kenny Says:

    LOL dude you even watching the games, McAvoy and Chara are probably the best d pair in the league that’s why there not scoring there completely shutting them down. Disintrested? Come on this is the first time stammer has been able to play a real playoff game series in years give him a break theres nothing that stephen is more fouced on

  2. Jimma Says:

    For real man give them a break . 86 had his chances 3 that I recall that were golden. One break away that he just missed. Stam’s looks to be affected by his injuries but give him time. The lightning put on a clinic yesterday everyone else is playing like they want the cup

  3. chipbuc Says:

    Listen Todd it’s 3 games into the series. Kucherov has had some point blank shots turned away by Rask. So it’s not like he’s not getting scoring chances. As far as Stamkos goes i think he’s playing hurt and it’s affecting his play. It’s not like they haven’t been scoring, against NJ they scored a ton. So stop the overreacting.

  4. Jimma Says:

    So i went back and watched the game again watched the 1st line close like you said and once again i think they played pretty well defensively even coming up with scoring chances. They are playing playoff hockey right now playing defense first and then try and create, but don’t expose your self. They were rewarded at the end with a good break out and empty netter. Great move by the coach to put them out there at the end of the game ahead two goals to help their confidence. Hopefully it gets them going next few games. They shut down! The bruins who were scoring goals at will last series. I thought cooper coached. A great game our d finally coming together

  5. Jimma Says:

    Jt miller laid people out and almostscored on PP
    Stamkos laying out to block a shots
    86 also throws some good hits and is tough
    Even tho they left the zone a couple times to early

  6. Buccfan37 Says:

    Most of the NHL playoffs are tied up even. The league loves 7 game playoff finishes. A few years back Lemiuex of the Penguins said he needed a long series to make money. I’ll be surprised if Boston does not win game 4 tomorrow night to tie it up. Hoping for a 3-1 Bolts lead going into Sundays game.