The Critical 'I'

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Monday, April 26, 2004

Will these 2004 NHL playoffs be remembered as the watershed moment in the career of Tampa Bay center Vinny Lecavalier? With four goals and an assist in two games against Montreal, the St. Petersburg Times' Gary Shelton and Montreal Gazette's Jack Todd think so. Both writers believe the Montreal-Tampa Bay series is shaping up as a coming-out party for Lecavalier, who's finally starting to look like the dominating impact player everyone expected the former overall No. 1 pick would become.

I've always thought it was funny that Tampa Bay went from one Vinny to another as its sports savior: First Vinny Testaverde, and now Vinny Lecavalier. Both were overall No. 1s, too, albeit a decade and a sport apart. Things didn't work out with Testaverde and the then-awful Bucs; happily, things are looking better for Lecavalier.