The Tampa Bay Lightning hasn’t been eliminated yet.
But it may be time to dim the lights.
The Lighting were clobbered 4-0 by Boston Thursday night in a last-chance effort to stay in the NHL wild-card race, and as a result, they are hanging on by their fingernails. Both Ottawa and Toronto could clinch playoff spots with just a bit of success, leaving the Lightning on the outside.
Tampa Bay got only four shots in the first period, and the Bruins scored twice in the second period.
“We weren’t even a threat,” coach Jon Cooper said. “We got beat by a better team.”
“We’re not out of it yet,” defenseman Victor Hedman said. “It’s obviously a tough hill to climb, and we need a lot of things to go our way.”
Still, the situation looks dire for Tampa Bay, which plays at Toronto on Thursday.