Let’s just pretend this didn’t happen, shall we?
For those who do not follow hockey (how do you live?), allow me to explain. My Lightning are the #2 team in the league right now, after being #1 for most of the season. The Arizona Coyotes have been the dead-last, worst, no-hope, bottom-feeding team this entire season.
It should have been an easy win. Hell, the arena custodians, Zamoboni drivers, and concession stand workers could have played for the Lightning, and they still should have won. Maybe they should have that route, after all, because the Lightning players who took the ice had no idea what they were doing and had no business even dressing out for this game.
The Tampa Bay Times described this game as a “nightmare”. Back-up goalie Louis Domingue said, “…we’ve been struggling the last couple of weeks, but I’m not worried about anything.”
He should be worried. The Lightning are the kings of inconsistency, of developing sudden amnesia as to the ways of all things hockey. Once they start down this spiral, it’s pretty damn hard to get them out.
Stanley Cup playoffs kick off in just a few weeks. This isn’t the time to start sucking like no hockey team has ever sucked before. At this point, I don’t predict the Lightning making it out of the first round. I hope they prove me wrong.