May 11th, 2011 by

Five burning questions for Tampa Bay Lightning Examiner

(Photo: Bridget Samuels/Ikeastan Hockey) The B's host Stamkos and Tampa Bay in Game 1 this Saturday night at the TD Garden

The Boston Bruins host the Tampa Bay Lightning Saturday night at 8:00 p.m. EST in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals series.

Here to help kick-off a collaboration with a “5 Burning Questions” preview, Tampa Bay Sports Examiner Althea Pashman sat down on the hot seat and gave us some insight on the Lightning and their tremendous run thus far this post season.

Mark Marino: 1. One huge boost throughout the post season for the Lighting has been their special teams. They lead all NHL teams with 12 power play goals, and a whopping 94-percent success rate on the penalty-kill — again, leading all playoff. Who are some of the PP and PK players to watch?

Althea Pashman: No doubt the PK has been superb during the playoffs having allowed just three goals in 54 opportunities for their opponents. Leading the way on the PK is defenseman Eric Brewer, acquired from the St. Louis Blues at the trade deadline. He’s bulked up the blue-line and his calmness on the PK and even during even-strength has been an asset. Despite just having six points, he leads the team in hits with 32, total ice-time averages over 26 minutes and his 43 blocked shots leads the league and team as well


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  2. Pingback: A “Wheelwrite’s” Take on the Bs | The Hockey Writers May 24, 2011 […] That does not mean things are standard around THOH.  Usually, most blogs wait until the offseason to begin issuing report cards, but Marino offers up both a midseason and offseason version.  In addition, he regularly provides individual report cards on Bruins players.  From the beginning, THOH has looked back at the storied history of this Original 6 club with “This Day in Bruins History.”  And, an interesting set of posts this playoff season was the trading of “Five Burning Questions” between Marino and’s Tampa Bay Lightning writer Althea Pashman. […]

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