Jon Cooper is heartbroken


TAMPA | In victory or defeat, Jon Cooper is usually in a good mood when it comes to talking to the media. On Wednesday night, however, the Lightning manager was succinct.

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By taking several detours to avoid giving the substance of his thoughts too crudely, the seasoned lawyer seemed to have pulled the plug and forgo this final that his team could have missed Friday night in Colorado.

Then he ended up spilling the beans.

“This setback will hurt more than the others. It is difficult for me to speak. I’ll do it tomorrow (Thursday) … You will understand what I mean when you review the winning goal. I am heartbroken for the players why we should keep playing this game, “she said.

By reviewing the sequence, we understood what Cooper was referring to. The Lightning manager appears to claim that there were six Avalanche players (plus the goalkeeper) on the playing surface when Nazem Kadri hit the puck.

On the original game sheet published by the NHL, the numbers of seven players appeared on the line corresponding to Kadri’s goal: those of Bowen Byram, Jack Johnson, Valeri Nichushkin, Darcy Kuemper, Josh Manson, Artturi Lehkonen and Kadri.

Jon Cooper is heartbroken

Obviously, another version was released later. Which is nothing to dispel Cooper’s doubts.

Hours after the game, the NHL sent out a statement explaining the winning streak.

“At the end of the game, the hockey operations sector met with the four officials, as they do after every game. Regarding the streak that led to the winning goal, each of the four referees indicated that they did not see a situation that deserved to be called a penalty for having too many players on the ice, you can read. This type of footage is not subject to review by Hockey Operations or ice officials. “

Cooper can complain about the situation, but he can’t change it. On Friday night, his team will face elimination.

Kuemper starts the sequence

After all, even if it didn’t always seem easy and even if he gave Victor Hedman a gift, Kuemper, withdrawn from the third game by his coach, responded well. He rejected 37 shots.

“We talked yesterday (Tuesday). Jared (Bednar) wanted to make sure I was back in goal. He wanted me to be calm and play my game. I know the guys have supported me. I wanted to play at the height of what I can do. “

In addition to stopping the discs, Kuemper started the streak of winning streak.

“We’ve been in their area for a while. Their players looked exhausted, so I wanted to return the puck as quickly as possible. Fortunately, we were able to initiate a push. Lehky (Artturi Lehkonen) handed the puck to Naz ( Nazem Kadri) who made the game brilliant. “


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