The Power Play Podcast
In the summer of 2013, I was approached by the Lightning's Director of Digital Content about hosting a weekly podcast for the team website. I loved the idea as we could not only provide some weekly content to the site, but the shows could be repurposed in our games or weekly radio shows.
We did more than 100 episodes through the end of the 2017-18 season. I've whittled down the list to 59 episodes for your listening pleasure. So take a break from the political talk and the repetitive music, and dig into some classic podcasts.
2003 Playoffs As the Stanley Cup Playoffs get underway after the COVID-19 pause, we look back at the breakthrough series for the Lightning against the Capitals in 2003. Down 0-2, the pesky Lightning would rattle off four-straight wins including a thrilling triple overtime series clincher on Easter Sunday for the first playoff series win in franchise history. Despite losing to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Devils in the next round, as this May 2018 eipsode describes, the experience set up the team for glory in 2004.
Pat Jablonski With much stricter roster protections heading into the 1992 Expansion draft, former 3rd-string or depth goalies would get a chance to star with the new Tampa Bay Lightning or Ottawa Senators. In this episode from 2012, Pat Jablonski shares how he elevated himself to the Lightning's #1 goalie in 1992-93, earning his first Lightning win against the team that left him unprotected in the draft, and the near-death experience during a fun family day at the beach.
Jim Craig It's legend now, but leading into the 1980 Winter Olympic games, very few people knew anything about the rag tag group of college hockey players who would ultimately win the gold medal for the U.S. Men's team. Goaltender Jim Craig would become one of the most recognizable players and faces of that team, and as we discussed in 2014, that gold medal run and the short-lived NHL career that followed nearly killed him.
Brian Engblom What is it like making your NHL debut as a 6th defenseman on a juggernaut Montreal Canadiens team? Lightning TV color analyst Brian Engblom knows, and he shares that story and many more in this 2015 episode which also looks at his start in broadcasting after he was nearly paralyzed by an open-ice hit in 1986.
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