The Tampa Bay Lightning still can’t seem to win games but Nate Thompson is producing as expected, if not more.
This was on full display in Thompson’s career night, Mar. 5 against the New Jersey Devils. For that reason, I’ve selected him as the Lightning’s player of this past week.
He began things by recording an assist and plus-1 rating in Tampa Bay’s 4-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. It may not seem like much now, but that helper would have been game-winning had a lead not been blown.
In the team’s first somewhat complete game since probably Feb. 1, Thompson contributed greatly, with two goals, an assist and plus-3 rating. That proved key during a 5-2 win which snapped a five-game losing skid. Not bad for a third to fourth line grinder.
Things didn’t go well offensively, what with missed opportunities and a red-hot goaltender, in Thursday nights 2-1 loss to Al Montoya and the Winnipeg Jets. To tell the truth, that game had Lightning fans wondering what must be done to buy a win because outplaying the opponent obviously wasn’t enough.
Following Thursday’s dud (literally), Thompson picked things back up, notching an assist and plus-1 rating in helping build a 3-1 home lead versus the Montreal Canadiens after two periods. Unfortunately, things went downhill from there, and the Lightning ended up losing 4-3. What’s new there though?
As we flip to a new week, beginning Tuesday night in South Florida, let’s pray there are more contributions. If that happens, things might begin looking up, possibly even resulting in some wins. At the least, it will make my decision tougher while giving fans a sliver of hope.