Right when the Tampa Bay Lightning start to gain some ground, the hockey gods smack them right back down to earth.
Jon Cooper opted to dress seven defensemen against the Minnesota Wild. On any given night, it’s usually not a problem if the team goes down a forward. How about a what would equate to a whole line of forwards? Yeah, that’s worrisome. Especially considering the players lost are all centers.
Yet somehow the Lightning managed to beat the Minnesota Wild 4-1 despite losing Vladislav Namestnikov, Tyler Johnson and Cedric Paquette in the process.
Let’s start with Namestnikov.
In the second period, he and Zach Parise get twisted together as they chase down a puck. When Parise falls, hie body weight drags down Namestnikov by the leg.