The Tampa Bay Lightning snapped a two-game losing streak and ended a lengthy scoreless drought with a 3-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night. Lightning captain Martin St. Louis once again led the way with two goals, Valtteri Filppula tallied another one, and goalie Ben Bishop stood tall against his former team, stopping 33 of 34 shots faced.
Although the Lightning did come away with the win and an important two points against a divisional rival, the team continued to add to the injury list. Already lost were defenseman Eric Brewer and Radkos Gudas, and before the end of the second period, it was announced superstar defenseman Victor Hedman would not return to the game with a lower body injury. Hedman is expected to miss a couple of games.
Also in the second period, Keith Aulie took a hit along the boards and fractured his hand that now requires surgery. Aulie will be out indefinitely. With the Lightning injuries stacking up as nine opening day starters are out of the lineup, Tampa Bay will rely heavily on its veterans leaders and young talent being called up from the minor leagues.
While the Lightning injuries seem to be a growing trend, the team still must focus on the task at hand. Players in St. Louis, Nate Thompson, Teddy Purcell, and Valtteri Filppula must step up and help lead the Lightning to more grinding wins even as the injuries are making it more difficult.