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Montreal blanks Tampa Bay Lightning in disappointing content

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As the playoffs approach, the Tampa Bay Lightning look less and less ready for them.

The Bolts lost a 3-0 game to a Montreal team that has long since been eliminated from the post-season. But the Lightning, too, looks wobbly.

Tampa Bay got off only three shots in the third period, and had a power play when it didn’t get any. Tampa Bay has one more game at home, a Saturday night effort against New Jersey, before finishing the season with a four straight road games.

“We just had too many passengers today,” captain Steven Stamkos said. “We’re at a point in the season that can’t happen. That’s not acceptable. I don’t care who we’re playing. We’re playing the best team in the league, we’re playing the worst team in the league. This is almost go time with the playoffs here.”

“It’s been our Achilles’ heel all season long. When we don’t compete and we don’t stick to the structure and the game play you’re a very beatable team. When you do, it’s special.”

Still, it was the 19th time this season the Lightning have scored one goal, the 37th time they’ve scored two goals or fewer.

“A lot of people talking the talk, not many guys walking the walk,” said goaltender Ben Bishop “We’ve got five games left.”

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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