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Lightning falls behind 2-0 again, loses game to Boston Bruins

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Another game at home. Another hole to dig out of. The Tampa Bay Lightning, once again, found themselves behind two goals in a 4-3 shootout loss to Boston Thursday night. In five home games, the Bolts have fallen behind 2-0 in four of them. This time, Boston’s Jimmy Hayes scored the winning goal in the 10th round of the shootout. “Clearly it’s troublesome,” said Lightning coach Jon Cooper. “You don’t want to give the guys a free pass, but you…

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Nikita Kucherov scores twice as Lightning ends streak

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Yep. That’s Nikita Kucherov, all right. Kucherov, who entered Tuesday night’s game against the Islanders with only one goal on the season, scored twice and had two assists in the Lightning’s 6-1 win. The victory snapped a three-game losing streak and enabled the Lightning to end their road trip with a 3-3 record. It was only the second time in 10 games the Bolts have scored a goal in the first period. “This was Kuch’s best game of the year,”…

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Rangers clobber Lightning behind Michael Grabner’s hat trick

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The good start by the Tampa Bay Lightning seems like only a distant memory. The Lightning lost its third consecutive game Sunday night in a 6-1 clobbering at the hands of the New York Rangers. After a scoreless first period, the Rangers scored four in the second period. Michael Grabner scored the third hat trick of his career in the win. “It’s a test,” said Lightning coach Jon Cooper. “But let’s pump the brakes. It’s game nine. If it was…

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Lightning’s slow start dooms them against New Jersey in loss

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The Tampa Bay Lighting, off to a good start this season, have now stubbed their toes in back-to-back games. The Lightning dropped a 3-1 decision to the New Jersey Devils Saturday night, marking the first time all season the team has lost two in a row. Tampa Bay is now 5-3 on the season. Tampa Bay had 33 shots on goal, including six by forward Steven Stamkos. However, a third-period goal by Tyler Johnson was the only score the Bolts…

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Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos validates decision against Toronto

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Yeah, Steven Stamkos made the right choice, all right. Stamkos, who declined to move to his home town of Toronto in the off-season and instead signed a seven-year contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning, scored twice in his return home Tuesday night. The Lightning ran its record to 5-1 with a 7-3 win over the Maple Leafs. “I’m sure he’s feeling a little better about his contract situation than he was a year ago,” said Lightning coach Jon Cooper. “He’s…

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Lightning finally take a lead in victory over Ottawa Senators

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A lead! The Tampa Bay Lightning finally held a lead! After failing to score first in four straight games, the Bolts finally took a lead in a 4-1 victory over Ottawa Saturday night. The Lightning liked it so much, they scored again to take a 2-0 lead in the second period. “The season is 82 games long,” said Lightning coach Jon Cooper. “I was hoping we’d score first at some point. I like the way our goaltender (Andrei Vasilevskiy) played. He…

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Avalanche ends unbeaten streak of Tampa Bay Lighting in 4-0 win

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Now that it has been established that the Tampa Bay Lightning will not go undefeated this year, coach Jon Cooper has a request. How about a lead, for crying out loud? The Lighting, which has trailed in every game this year, could mount no comeback Thursday night. They lost 4-0 to Colorado, giving up goals in the final minute of each of the first two periods. The Lightning came close – Nikita Kucherov hit the post, and Andrej Sustr was…

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