This time, the Tampa Bay Lightning looked decent in defeat.
One night after laying an egg in a 4-2 loss to Philadelphia, the Bolts fought to a 1-0 loss to Boston in overtime. The single point that Tampa Bay earned was enough to allow the team to hang onto a share of first place with Boston.
The loss came only 10 seconds into overtime as Brad Marchand scored.
“That was a pretty good hockey game,” said Lightning coach Jon Cooper. “It was going to take a good goal to win that game, and it did.”
Tampa Bay had 42 shots on goal in the game, but all of them were stopped by Boston’s Jonas Gustavsson. For the Lightning, Ben Bishop stopped all 32 shots in regulation, but not the one in overtime.
With both Braydon Coburn and Anton Stralman out for the Bolts, Victor Hedman had 26:52 of ice time.
“It felt like playoff hockey,” Hedman said. “We did a lot of good thigns today. If we can come away with a few more goals, we’ll be all right. If we keep playing the same way, I’ll take our chances.”
Tampa Bay is home Friday against Philadelphia.