Lack of Shots, Luck Costly For Tampa Bay Lightning
Anders Lindback gave Tampa Bay a chance, saving 27 of 28 shots. It wasn’t enough though, as Evgeni Nabokov had 18 stops to shut out one of the NHL‘s most explosive offenses. This marked the Lightning’s fifth consecutive loss on home ice, something that will need to turn around soon if they hope to make a run at the playoffs. Even then, it’s not guaranteed.
Tonight leaves Lightning fans and coaches scratching their collective heads, mainly because they limited the Islanders to under 10 scoring chances yet still lost. Then again, this isn’t exactly new for Tampa Bay who’s had difficulty getting bounces to go their way all season long.
Another glaring issue was the teams choice to pass instead of shoot. That was enough to frustrate coach Guy Boucher, who said the Lightning “need to generate more shots” in his post game comments. Granted, some of this could be attributed to the fact they played without three key forwards in Tom Pyatt, Vincent Lecavalier and Benoit Pouliot.
John Tavares and Brad Boyes scored for New York, with the latter coming into an empty net.
Now, the Lightning hope to get back on track when they host the Southeast Division leading Carolina Hurricanes Saturday night at 7 p.m. They’ve had success against them so far this season, but that was back when Tampa Bay was taking enough shots to hang with anyone.