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Tampa Bay Lightning Show Effort, Still Falter

Steven Stamkos Reaches For Puck Against Washington Capitals

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When teams are hot, it’s difficult to stop them. The Tampa Bay Lightning certainly found that out during tonight’s frustrating 4-2 loss to the Washington Capitals.

Captain Vincent Lecavalier and rookie Alex Killorn both scored for Tampa Bay. It wasn’t enough though, as three second period goals by the Caps resulted in a 3-2 deficit after 40 minutes. This marked the teams second straight regulation loss, likely ending whatever slim playoff hopes they had.

Tonight was especially painful for Lightning fans to watch, considering Alexander Ovechkin‘s two goals (one into an empty net) tied him with Steven Stamkos in the Rocket Richard trophy race.

The Lightning fought hard throughout this game. However, a few bad bounces and playing two road games in less than 24 hours ultimately did them in.

Head Coach Jon Cooper spoke about tonight’s effort following the game, saying, “This is a true test of character because we have every right to throw in the towel, but refuse to.” He then added, “If I want to go to battle with anyone it’s these guys.”

That was definitely spot on given how hard they worked tonight.

There was one semi fight, as the normally level-headed Martin St. Louis got into it with Eric Fehr. Of course, his teammates quickly came to help out, resulting in a crowd forming near the Tampa Bay bench.

Lightning fans must now look toward what they hope is a brighter future. Don’t get me wrong, there’s still a slim chance of making the postseason. Getting there would take a miracle though.

Either way, the Lightning head back home for two, beginning Tuesday night when they welcome in former Bolt fan favorite Cory Conacher and the Ottawa Senators. Game time is 7:30 p.m. There will be certainly be emotions, but Tampa Bay can’t let that affect their performance.


Lauren Burg is a Tampa Bay Lightning and NHL writer for RantSports.com. Follow her on Twitter, like her on Facebook and join her Google network.