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.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Montreal Canadiens 5, Tampa Bay Lightning 4 (OT) Game One Post-Game Poetry

The Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning locked up for the first game of their first round playoff series, with the Canadiens winning 5-4 in overtime. Here is Lightning Head Coach Jon Cooper responding to the game in free verse poetry:

We had our chances
they had their chances. 
I thought our best period
was the overtime period. 

We kept shooting ourselves in the foot
time and time again. 
We did it on the winning goal
and on countless other plays. 
We have a young team
and we have fought through it
but we played hard.
Both teams played hard.

Lindback gave up five
so people are going to look at him
but a couple of those goals
we hung him out to dry
a little bit. 

I don’t know what their coach said
but I didn’t go into this one
thinking it will be a nine goal game. 

He made all the saves he had to make. 
We just can’t give a team like this
these chances
because if you give them enough chances
they will score.

We had our chances to win the game
and we didn’t. 
Could we have played better,
yes of course
this wasn’t our best game.
I’ve been with this team for 82 games
and I know
we can play better than that. 

We handled it well
we had our chances
we just fell one short. 

It’s just one game though
that’s the great thing
about the playoffs.


Source text courtesy the Tampa Bay Lightning.