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Tampa Bay Lightning’s Inability to Hold Lead Could Prove Costly

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Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

For the second time in three games, the Tampa Bay Lightning have blown a lead. In their first game back from the Olympic break, Tampa held a two-goal lead against the Nashville Predators only to lose the game 3-2. Martin St. Louis provided both goals for the Lightning in the loss.

Against the Colorado Avalanche Sunday, they had a 3-2 lead going into the third period. Not only did they lose the lead, they gave up four goals in the final period to lose 6-3. The only other game played between the two was a game against the Dallas Stars and they almost lost a lead in that game as well. Leading 3-0 late in the second, the Lightning gave up two goals late in the period. Luckily that’s all they gave up.

This is a problem the team is going to have to fix and they’re going to have to fix it sooner rather than later. Tampa is hoping to get Steven Stamkos back soon and with St. Louis lighting up the scoreboard, it’s imperative that the defense and the goalie start doing a better job of holding a lead.

The Lightning are currently in fourth place in the conference but they are only five points ahead of the No. 9 team in the conference – Washington Capitals. Right now, they are a playoff team but if they keep losing games like they have been, they could be out of the race really fast. It’s not going to get easier either as they have games coming up against the St. Louis Blues and Boston Bruins. This might be a good time for the Lightning to figure out how to hold a lead.

Greg Higgins is an NHL writer for Rantsports. Follow him on Twitter, Like him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.