The Tampa Bay Lightning once again lacked a high scoring offense in a 2-1 overtime loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday night. Nate Thompson scored the lone goal for the Lightning with just 0.2 seconds remaining in the second period. Backup goalie Anders Lindback was stellar for the Lightning throughout the game, but was left without an offense in front of him.
Although the Lightning were able to pick up a point in the standings, the offensive concerns are still swarming around the team. In the last couple of games, Tampa Bay was hesitant just to take shots on goals. In Saturday night’s loss, the Lightning managed just five shots in the first period and ended up being out-shot 36-29 overall.
It was the same story for goaltender Lindback, who fell to 2-5-1 in eight starts so far this season. Lindback came up with huge stops towards the end of both the second and third periods to help the Lightning even get into the overtime period. The Lightning were just not able to bail Lindback out, as the offense again turned anemic for the latter half of the game.
Another massive problem the Lightning has had in recent games is the power play. Tampa Bay was 0-1 last night, and the team is now on a 4-for-51 skid. If the Lightning has any chance of competing in the next five games, four of which are on the road, they must improve on the power play and once and for all jump out of the offensive slump.