What can be said about their opening night? Well, the Lightning are nothing if not consistent. Consistently sucking is not exactly what I was hoping for, though.
During the first period, I was pleasantly surprised. I had to peer closer at the players’ jerseys to ensure that they were, indeed, my horrible team. Tampa took the lead and held it, keeping the Thrashers from scoring at all.
The second and third periods were classic Lightning, however. Passing to the thin air, fumbling around like they never saw a puck before, penalty after penalty. Okay, I give them a break for one outrageous penalty called on a Lightning player who was practically in a headlock by a Thrashers player yet was still called out for “interference”. What the hell was he interfering with? The Thrashers ability to pummel his face?
The Lightning clung to their lead and ended up winning, 5-3. Of course I’m happy they won, but how in blazing hell do you blow a 4-0 lead? Just part of the Lightning’s charm, I suppose.