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Guy Boucher slams scheduling for Lightning’s latest loss

Jan 13, 2012, 11:15 PM EDT

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Now that the Pittsburgh Penguins’ six-game losing streak is over with, the Tampa Bay Lightning might replace them as the NHL’s coldest team with an 0-5-1 skid of their own.

The biggest story from the Washington Capitals’ 4-3 win against Tampa Bay should be Troy Brouwer‘s first career hat trick, but Lightning head coach Guy Boucher might steal the spotlight with his rants about the league’s scheduling. The Washington Times’ Stephen Whyno captured Boucher’s frustrations about the Lightning’s losses in back-to-back games.

“We’re already behind the eight ball before the game even starts,” Boucher said. “If we would’ve played at least one good game on the road on a back-to-back, I would say, ‘We can do this, we can manage.’ We have never done it. We’ve always got our butts whipped and looked horrible.”

Tampa Bay suffered a gut-wrenching loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night and then turned around to face the Capitals in D.C. tonight.

That is indeed a challenge and it’s true that the Bolts have looked ugly in back-to-back games in which the second contest was on the road. Here’s the rub, though: including tonight’s loss, they’re just 0-3-0. That’s not a good thing, but it’s not as if the Lightning are running into this problem on a constant basis.

Boucher and Tampa Bay are going to have to suck it up as this season goes along, too. Here are the remaining games in which at least the second contest of a back-to-back set is on the road:

Friday, Jan. 20: at Dallas
Saturday, Jan. 21: at Phoenix

Saturday, Feb. 11: at Buffalo
Sunday, Feb. 12: at Pittsburgh

Saturday, Feb. 25: at Pittsburgh
Sunday, Feb. 26: at New Jersey

Friday, March 2: vs. Rangers
Saturday, March 3: at Carolina

Monday, March 26: at Philadelphia
Tuesday, March 27: at Boston

Wednesday, April 4: at Montreal
Thursday, April 5: at Toronto

Boucher told reporters that the Lightning did everything they could to win tonight’s game, but if Tampa Bay wants to turn things around, they’ll need to actually make it happen in those stretches.

Even if they’re cursing the schedulers on the way.

Oh yeah, in case you’re curious, here’s video of Brouwer’s first career hat trick, with the empty-netter eventually turning into a game-winning goal.

  1. imacdane - Jan 14, 2012 at 12:50 AM

    He’s got a point…I mean it’s really not fair because the Lightning are the only team in the league to get scheduled for back-to-back games. Shame on the NHL for singling them out like that. And on top of that, for them to have to travel all the way from Carolina to Washington? That’s criminal. He must be so envious of the teams in the western conference, who don’t travel that far over the course of a season, much less 24 hours. Tough break for the Lightning.

  2. 8man - Jan 14, 2012 at 8:54 AM

    One goal away from the Cup finals last May and now spiraling downward.

  3. bcjim - Jan 14, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    BooHoo. A quick (an possibly inaccurate) look at the schedules shows Tb has 9 Caps have 7 such games total for the year. Is that a huge deal? The Caps also have an away-home with a 12:30 (!) second game start time. Now that is behind the 8-ball. So Id say its about even, as I suspect it is league wide.

    Stop crying

  4. rabidbillsfan - Jan 14, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    So what? The Sabres play 19 sets of Back-Back games this season. Coupled with our injury woes, that doesn’t help our record any. Give us 8, and maybe things would be better. Don’t be a Bouche

    • drewsylvania - Jan 14, 2012 at 12:02 PM

      “Bouche” Excellent.

  5. wethog66 - Jan 14, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    Cry, Cry, Baby ooooooooooooooooohhhhhhhh Cry, Cry, Baby

  6. boltsgirll - Jan 16, 2012 at 7:32 AM

    Coach Boucher made those comments because HE HAS HEART. Obviously none of you have done any research on Guy or you would know how much he LOVES the game. In a world where most people only care about the money, he actually cares about his team and while he is getting paid to coach, he could have done anything in life and SUCCEEDED because that’s who he is. Thank you, imacdane for making the only intelligent point here. As for 8man, I hardly think the bolts are “spiralling downward”. To bcjim, really? boohoo? That’s your contribution? And rabidbillsfan, namecalling? still in middle school I see. And drewsylvania, 1992 called and it wants your Wayne’s World quote back. Wethogg66, try to be more creative. ALL of you except for imacdane remind me of all the guys that come to the games and yell out what the players and coaches need to do yet don’t have the strength or talent to actually do it.

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