Here's an interesting post by Damian back on Nov. 3, 2010:
Hall of Fame goaltender Patrick Roy apparently has nothing better to do. The owner, coach, general manager of Quebec of the junior Quebec league, said that the system Tampa Bay Lightning coach Guy Boucher used from 2006-09 as coach of Drummondville of the Quebec league, was not only too defensive it has permeated the league and stunted the development of some Quebec league players.
Roy then told the Journal de Montreal that, "Boucher did nothing to help our league advance. His defensive system was copied by many other teams. I know my comments will not please Guy, but for me hockey should be focused on offense not defense."
So perhaps the Lightning, with its 1-3-1 system tries to stifle teams in the neutral zone. It does have elements of the trap, after all. And the Lightning does send two defensemen into the corners of the defensive zone to harass puck carries, and that does force the forwards to come back to the defensive zone to take defensive positions abandoned by the defensemen.
And no one can argue Tampa Bay's transition from defense to offense is quick and dramatic.
We can see the great debate again, defense vs offense, Jiu-Jitsu vs Muay Thai, Vasily Zaytsev vs Major Erwin König, Stevie Y. vs.... ok, you got it, right?
By Joe Smith, tampabay.com, Nov. 11, 2010:
From players to the Lightning's coaching staff and system — they believe the Lightning is better equipped for the challenge.
"I think that's just the way that game unfolded," Downie said. "They took it to us a couple times and had pushed us around, even the year before that when they were celebrating their goals. I think guys got fed up with it."
Damian Christodero, March 27, 2009:
As for Lightning goalie Mike McKenna, you might recall he was one of those who criticized Washington star Alex Ovechkin for his celebration last week at the St. Pete Times Forum after his 50th goal.
Ovechkin was in the hallway leading to the Lightning locker room after Friday's game talking to his buddy Artyukhin. McKenna saw him and approached and said he wanted to apologize for the criticism. McKenna said the emotions of the moment got the best of him.
"I wanted to tell him there was nothing to it," McKenna said."It's water under the bridge."
Down goes Downie (per Damian Christodero):
Lightning coach Guy Boucher said this morning that RW Steve Downie will not make the team's two-game trip to Washington and Pittsburgh, meaning the team will be without another top-six forward in the tough back-to-back matchups.