When teams aren’t getting the results they deserve players often begin asking questions, some of which have no easy answer. That’s probably what’s happening with the Tampa Bay Lightning following tonight’s frustrating 2-1 loss at home to the Winnipeg Jets.
Although Anders Lindback was again solid in net, saving 26 of 28 shots, it wasn’t enough to best Al Montoya whose numerous big stops gave Winnipeg a chance to win. That’s no lie, as the Lightning peppered him with 29 shots, 15 of which were prime opportunities. Granted, he received help from a few posts, but still those must be buried.
The Jets struck first, with Eric Tangradi beating Lindback short side midway through the first period. It was his first goal since October 2010.
Tampa Bay had tons of opportunities themselves, especially during a first period which featured many power plays including one full 5-on-3, but came away with absolutely nothing.
Steven Stamkos did give the Lightning some life though, notching his league-leading 18th goal early in the third period to tie things at one apiece. Ryan Malone got the secondary assist in his first game back after missing 13. Unfortunately, that didn’t last very long, as Bryan Little skated around Martin St. Louis before beating Lindback with just over four minutes remaining in regulation.
Now the Lightning look to get back on track when they host the Eastern Conference and Northeast Division leading Montreal Canadiens Saturday night. Last time these teams met, Tampa Bay overcame a late three goal deficit to force overtime, thus gaining a point in the standings.
Regardless, the Lightning must keep battling with their heads up because good things will come…Right?
Lauren Burg is a Tampa Bay Lightning and NHL writer for RantSports.com. Follow her on Twitter, like her on Facebook and add her to your network on Google. Also, feel free to like her professional sports journalism page on Facebook.