Lightning Links: Tampa Bay swept away

If you’re not quite ready to move on from the Lightning’s playoff elimination, I don’t blame you. Here are some parting words from the series, including another press conference from Jon Cooper that helped put things in perspective:

“If we were going to go down, we were going to go down swinging.” Coach Cooper | Lightning

Unfortunately, when the team swung, it ultimately struck out. Here’s the rest of the coverage of the carnage:

“Out in a flash.”  The Lightning are eliminated. Erik Erlendson | Tampa Tribune

“Gone is a season filled with surprises, good, bad and ugly, one in which the Lightning, more often than not, overcame.” Martin Fennelly | Tampa Tribune

Bishop started practicing, but it wouldn’t have mattered. Erik Erlendson | Tampa Tribune

Bishop sums it up: “It’s been real tough to have to watch.”  Damian Cristodero | Tampa Bay Times

Lightning loses to Canadiens, swept out of playoffs Damian Cristodero | Tampa Bay Times

 “What a lousy ending. What a lousy feeling.” Tom Jones | Tampa Bay Times

The Tampa Bay Lightning were there, too, but only as invited guests, extras in the crowd of red. “ The National Post with the snark of the day.

“Prior to the game, the Gaspé-born Paquette described it from a centre’s perspective, saying the forecheck “is really aggressive in our end, and then really soft in the neutral zone.” Just for fun, he said, sometimes they do the reverse.”  That’s Cederic Paquette describing how tough it was to play against the Habs’ trap. CBC

“That loveable Latvian, Kristers Gudlevskis, almost spoiled the party again.”  Aw shucks. CBC

“Goaltending ultimately wasn’t the issue for Tampa Bay – but team defense was.” Puck Daddy

Things you don’t want to hear: “Stamkos admits his leg hindered him.” Darren Dreger, TSN via Twitter

“With Hedman on the ice, the Bolts outshot the Habs 11-3. With him on the bench, the Habs outshot the Bolts 33-9.”  Raw Charge

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