Boston Bruins v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game Six

Lightning’s Facebook promotion gives fans a chance to ‘Be the Ticket’


Raw Charge’s John Fontana passed along an interesting tidbit: the Tampa Bay Lightning are running a Facebook campaign that will allow a lucky fan (or two fans) to show up on tickets to a home game next season.

It isn’t clear which game (or games) they’re talking about, exactly. The image (listed below) features an October 16 game against the Columbus Blue Jackets that won’t take place during the 2011-12 season. (Tampa Bay will play a road game against Columbus on December 17 and a home game against them on January 24, 2012.)

Really, the biggest downside is one that Fontana also pointed out: the contest uses a Facebook app that requests permission for your basic information, to send you e-mails, post to your wall and gain access to your “likes.” If you’re paranoid about information usage like I am, then that’s a bit of a turnoff in an otherwise clever marketing idea. The other slight drawback is that photos from cell phones won’t be allowed, which will probably reduce the amount of people who can submit entries.

In the bigger picture, the Lightning have been full of good ideas lately. From retaining the majority of their important free agents (especially expensive sniper Steven Stamkos and veterans such as Dwayne Roloson) to the $35 million facelift for St. Pete Times Forum, this team seems to be making a lot of – if not all – of the right moves under GM Steve Yzerman. Embracing social media and their budding fan base is another piece to a promising puzzle.

Here’s a screen capture of the promotion, but if you want to take part in it, then click here.


Oilers get Kronwall’d – in more ways than one

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When someone gets clobbered by Niklas Kronwall, they get Kronwall’d.

(His detractors may insist that the definition require the words “dirty” or “illegal,” but that’s a debate for another day.)

It’s easy to get lost in those thunderous hits and forget that the  Swedish defenseman also brings some skill to the table.

He made a big impact – literally and figuratively – in Detroit’s 4-3 overtime win against the Edmonton Oilers on Friday.

First, the Kronwalling:

Next, Kronwall’s overtime-winner:

It hasn’t always been pretty, but the Red Wings are leaning on guys like Kronwall and Dylan Larkin to stick with it.

Tonight’s win extends their point streak to six games (4-0-2), with five of those contests going to overtime.

Dubinsky – Crosby’s nemesis – gets the last laugh on Friday

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Brandon Dubinsky isn’t a household name like Sidney Crosby is, yet for all the hype that Crosby vs. Alex Ovechkin gets, Dubinsky is the sort of guy who truly rankles No. 87.

It’s been getting that spotlight since the Columbus Blue Jackets faced off against the Pittsburgh Penguins in a brisk playoff series, though it wouldn’t be surprising if the bad blood stemmed to Dubinsky’s days with New York.

To some, Dubinsky’s cross-check on Crosby will resonate far more than the end result of this game:

The bottom line is that he’ll get the last laugh, at least for now. (In-game, that moment merely drew a minor penalty.)

That’s because Dubinsky set up the overtime game-winner, and the cherry on the top of that spite sundae came with Crosby being on the ice when it happened:

They’re not just rubbing the Penguins the wrong way.

Even Dubinsky kind of sort of admits that he may have been in the wrong.


More and more, the Blue Jackets are looking like a nuisance … possibly one that will grind their way to an unlikely playoff berth. They improved to 8-4-0 in November after a disastrous 2-10-0 October.

In other words, there’s at least a chance that we may see these increasingly bitter rivals butt heads in another playoff series.

Eichel’s sweet snipe helps Sabres snap six-game skid

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The Buffalo Sabres probably deserved better during at least some chunks of their six-game skid, yet Jack Eichel swooped in on Friday to remind fans that there’s a light shining at the end of the tunnel.

You can watch his goal from tonight’s eventual 4-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes in the video above.

That’s not necessarily the absolute height of his on-ice magic, yet it clearly gave his team a lift:

Call this a healthy reminder that Eichel has the ability to change games, something Buffalo fans hope to get used to.

Report: Likely no suspension for Matt Beleskey’s hit on Derek Stepan


Alain Vigneault went there in comparing Matt Beleskey‘s hit on Derek Stepan to the notorious check Aaron Rome delivered on Nathan Horton many moons ago, but the league seems to disagree.

While Rome sat through that memorable Stanley Cup Final between Boston and Vancouver, it sounds like Beleskey won’t face any further discipline, according to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun.

In the unlikely event that anything changes, PHT will make note.

The next game between the Rangers and Bruins takes place at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 11. Will these bad feelings linger?