First off, the lineup card is updated with last night’s game.  I’m finding the lineup card is essentially becoming my post game report to go with whatever spills out of Scribe’s synapses.  I hope you are enjoying the feature.  I imagine Bobby will update the goalie tracker sometime today, so check back.

On to the thoughts of disgruntled Tampa Bay Lightning bloggers.

From Raw Charge:

In a game that was supposed to be a great matchup of two hot teams, the stalemate battle on the ice was overshadowed in the end by poor officiating and a game that deteriorated into penalties and cheap shots. In the third game of the roadtrip out West, the Lightning fell 1-0 against the Los Angeles Kings.

Poor officiating?  Whiners.  Nothing overshadows good, old fashioned hockey.

A video interview with Mike Smith from Lightning Strikes. has a nice article and a fantastic photo:

The Lightning did a tremendous job of getting sticks into passing lanes and denying the Kings entry into the offensive zone for good portions of the power play. And when Los Angeles did penetrate the zone, the Lightning penalty killers continued to get their sticks and pads in the way to disrupt any good scoring chances in limiting the Kings to two shots on goal. Including the final minute of the power play, Tampa Bay held the Kings without a shot for the final 7:13 of the opening period.

Some haranguing about Doughty on  At least this guy says the game overshadows the officiating.

With respect to the officiating, other than Doughty deserving a five minute major and possibly a ten minute misconduct for the high stick to the back of the head (instead of the minor for charging he received), the impact of the officiating is exaggerated by the emotion of the tough loss.  Close games tend to magnify the little things and this game was not decided or even really impacted by the officiating.  In such a tight checking defensive game, the interference appears to be abundant but the game simply played out this way and the Kings capitalized on the turnover and won a tight checking game.  The poor penalties by Bergenheim and Kubina in the final minutes were far more damaging to the Lightning’s chances to tie up the game and get a point than the Doughty hit.  The Lightning were unable to build and sustain late pressure because they had just killed two penalties and had less in the tank for the final minutes.  The Lightning seemed to lose their composure a bit after the Doughty hit, which makes Doughty’s hit entirely too effective and the impact of the call was in the loss of composure that played into the hands of the Kings.

Lightning Shout is upset about the officiating as well.

The first period was a tale of two Lightning teams. For the first half of the period, the Lightning was horrible and goalie Mike Smith kept them in the game. The second half was just the opposite as the Lightning had the better scoring chances and dominated the play.
The only penalty of the first period was a major one against the Lightning. Defenseman Mattias Ohlund received a five minute major penalty for boarding when he drilled Kings captain Dustin Brown into the boards face first, with 10:49 left in the period. The NHL police will certainly take a look at Ohlund’s hit. The Bolts penalty kill was amazing as they gave up only two shots during the five minute kill.
The officiating in this game was aptly described as a “clown show” by The Bolts Beat contributor Mark Pukalo. This was a great, playoff type game that was taken over by bad officiating. Many interference calls were missed and the Lightning’s Steve Downie was almost beheaded by the Kings Drew Doughty without a call made. Once again, Downie’s reputation hurt him and the Lightning…Not fair, but real.
There you have it.
On to Nashville.