Sunday, April 13, 2014

Tampa Bay 1, Washington 0 (SO) Free Verse Postgame

The Tampa Bay Lightning closed out the regular season by visiting the Washington Capitals and winning the shutout duel, 1-0 in a shootout. Anders Lindback got the win and Tampa Bay secured home ice advantage for the first round of the playoffs. Lightning Head Coach Jon Cooper discussed the goalie's performance in free verse poetry.


Really proud of him
in one sense
but happy for him in another

You cheer for guys like Lindback

Ben Bishop played so well
and Lindy just kept working
But you continue to believe in yourself
and you believe you're going to get your chance

he'll be the first one to tell you
he didn't want his chance to come the way it came
and he keeps seizing the moment.

He didn't get tested too much early
so he had to hang in there a little bit

Eventually Washington was going to get a power play
and he won us the game on that.


Source text courtesy the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Tampa Bay 3, Columbus 2: Free Verse Poetry Postgame

The Tampa Bay Lightning hosted the Columbus Blue Jackets, closing out their home schedule with a 3-2 win. Cedric Paquette and Kristers Gudlevskis both made their NHL debuts for the Lightning. Here's Lightning Head Coach Jon Cooper responding to the win in free verse poetry:

I think a big thing for us
is that it’s no different
if it was going to be
Bishop
or Lindback
or Gudlevskis
whoever the two goalies were
we thought that some guys
needed some reps
before the playoffs. 

If Gudlevskis needed to play
we didn’t want his first game
to be a playoff game. 

We wanted him to feel the environment
get this out of the way
and he was up to the task. 

He was outstanding.

That was as entertaining of a hockey game
as we have seen in a while. 
It had everything
and it was very
playoff-esque. 

We were a little bit under siege there
in the third period
but we didn’t give up a ton of chances
and when we did
Gudlevskis was there.

Ultimately
we got three
and when you only give up two
it really increases your odds
of winning.

I don’t know if you can ever fully prepare for injuries. 
The way you prepare for this
is bring guys up like Paquette
and throw him in some games. 

We bring guys up who we feel
are going to help our team win. 

There’s a potential
that these guys
could get into the playoffs
and help us.


Source text courtesy the Tampa Bay Lightning.