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Lightning loses 2nd in a row as defense springs leaks

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Some nights, you don’t look like a Rembrandt, either.

The Tampa Bay Lightning lost its second straight game in Canada Tuesday night, losing a 4-2 game to Montreal to officially cool off the franchise. Tampa Bay had won 10 of 11 going into Monday night’s loss against Ottawa, a game when head coach Jon Cooper suggested that they can’t “all be a Picasso.”

Tampa Bay has given up nine goals in two nights. Tampa Bay is 12-12-2 on the road this season. Steven Stamkos has not scored a goal in 10 games.

The Lightning got goals from Valtteri Filppula and Victor Hedman in the loss. For Montreal, Tomas Plekanec scored twice. Brendan Gallager and Devonte Smith-Pelly each had one goal.

“We had a clunker (Monday night),” Cooper said. “I don’t think tonight was a clunker. We were a little leaky (on defense). We have to tighten that up, because we’re not going anywhere with a leaky D.”

Tampa Bay is home against Nashville Friday night.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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