Goalie Ben Bishop was yanked midway through the second period in a game where the closest the Lightning came was a two-goal deficit. After the loss, the team was left to reevaluate themselves as the Lightning still have three games left to play against elite teams in the San Jose Sharks, Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks on this tough trip to the West.
Although the Lightning have never fared well on the West Coast, this team has proven time and time again so far this season that it plays its best hockey when facing adversity. As the Lightning look forward to Tuesday’s matchup with the Kings, it is important for the team to take these Western Conference games one at a time.
It is also essential for Tampa Bay to rack up as many points possible on this trip against both elite and respectable teams. Even though the Lightning have already beaten both the Kings and Ducks on home ice earlier this season, these games can truly serve as a measuring stick for the team.
Competing at the highest level is key for the Lightning as it continues to prove to others around the NHL that it will be serious contenders this season. The Lightning will turn to veteran captain Martin St. Louis and will hopefully regain the solid goaltending from Bishop to remain competitive on this all-important West Coast swing.