Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Free Verse Poetry Post-Game: Montreal 4, Tampa Bay 3 (Game 4)

The Tampa Bay Lightning's season ended in a 4-3 loss to the Montreal Canadiens Tuesday night in Montreal. The loss eliminated the Bolts from the first round of the playoffs in four games. It was the first time the Lightning has ever been swept in a playoff round. Here's Lightning head coach Jon Cooper responding to the loss, as always, in free verse poetry.

It’s been well documented
what the team’s been through
this year.

It’s been a transition year for us
in an unbelievably
positive way.

Ultimately
we wanted to make the playoffs
we did that
but
we wanted to make sure
Tampa Bay Lightning fans everywhere
were proud of their team
because I sure was
proud of our team.

The big thing was
if we were going to go down
we were going to go down swinging.
I think there was 21,000 people
that were a little nervous
in that third period.

How often did Steven Stamkos
come down the hole
and has the open net
and his stick breaks?
You just think
that has got to end
at some point
and
it
just
didn’t.

As soon as I walked into the room
I said
'Cedric pick your head up.'

Two of the game-winning goals
the poor kid was on the ice for
but he was the first kid
I went to hug
in the room
because he was
absolutely
outstanding
for us.


Source text courtesy the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Friday, April 18, 2014

GAME #2: Montreal 4, Tampa Bay 1: Free Verse Poetry Post-Game

The Montreal Canadiens skated away with a 4-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in a game that saw a bad third period collapse by the Lightning. The Habs now lead the series 2-0, with the Bolts losing their first two home games. Here's Lightning Head Coach Jon Cooper responding to the loss in Free Verse Poetry:

I didn’t think
getting through the neutral zone
was that difficult for us
in the beginning of the game
but the score had something to do with it
in the third.

We’ve played 82 games
and fourteen teams
aren’t playing any longer.
We have worked hard to get home ice
and now
it’s taken away from us. 
We have a good leadership in there
and you have a team that cares. 
For them
to sit down
and gather their thoughts about it
is good for us.

We needed something. 
Goalies are pulled for a plethora of reasons. 
Sometimes
you are trying
to give your team a spark. 

I put Gudlevskis in to give us a lift
and I felt bad for him
that his first rush
goes in the net
but there is
no
goaltending
controversy.

I thought the first period
went our way. 
For fifteen minutes we had good jump
we created some chances
the crowd was into it
and Lindback made a great save. 

I thought the second
we were ok
and then
they got the power-play goal
and I thought that type of game
getting the first goal was big. 

We had our chances
we were buzzing.  

Theirs went in
and ours didn’t. 

That’s the tough part
it’s a game of breaks
and I thought they got the breaks they needed
and we didn’t. 

I know the score isn’t going to say it
but I thought
we were better
in this game
than game one.

I’m pretty confident in this group right now. 
Every time it looked like we were going on a slide
these guys found a way to rebound. 
You never know
you win one and all of sudden
you are feeling good about yourselves. 
You just have to win one. 
You can’t really look at the big picture. 
Don’t hang your head
turn the page
and in 48 hours
make sure that the series is 2-1. 

I’m pretty confident in this group right now.


Source text courtesy the Tampa Bay Lightning.