Tampa Bay Lightning Offense Goes Cold In Second Straight Loss

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The Tampa Bay Lightning suffered their second straight loss on Tuesday night, just their third of the season, falling to the Philadelphia Flyers by a 2-1 score. An offense that couldn’t be stopped early on in the season has been noticeably absent in the past two games, as only Steven Stamkos and Benoit Pouliot have managed to score.

A look at the Lightning’s first seven wins of the season shows just how potent their offense can be, as they scored six, four, six, five, five and eight goals. An 0-for-4 performance on the power play against the Flyers didn’t help things either, as goaltender Anders Lindback took the hard-luck loss with 20 saves.

Stamkos’ seven goals and 16 points lead the team, while Martin St. Louis (three goals), Cory Conacher (five goals) and Vincent Lecavalier (four goals) are also off to hot starts. The Lightning have two tough match-ups on the calendar this week as they travel to face the New Jersey Devils on Thursday and the Boston Bruins on Saturday. A Sunday meeting at the New York Rangers finishes off their four-game road trip before they return home to face the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday.

With this season’s condensed schedule, every game takes on an added importance, especially when meeting division foes on a regular basis. The Lightning still have a three-point lead in the Southeast Division, thanks to the poor starts of the Winnipeg Jets, Washington Capitals and Florida Panthers.

They may be able to ride their hot start against division foes for a while yet, but if the Lightning aim to make the playoffs, they need to consistently score against teams from the Atlantic and Northeast Divisions as well.

Jonathan Katje is an NHL blogger for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JKatje or add him to you network on Google.

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