Lightning’s Sloppy Play Results In First Home Loss

Lightning Unable To Find Their Rhythm 

The Tampa Bay Lightning were sloppy with the puck and allowed the Anaheim Ducks to dictate the tempo as they were defeated 4-1.

“If I was just going to summarize this, to save any additional questions, it was a bad hockey game. It was whistles, offsides, pucks out of play.” Jon Cooper said after the  game. “There was zero flow. We get power plays, do nothing with them. It didn’t generate momentum for us. They got two power plays and scored on both of them.”

Tampa Bay Lightning

Chris Kunitz scored the Bolts lone goal as the Lightning suffer their first home loss of the season and drop to 9-2-1. They also see their consecutive game point streak end at nine.

Rickard Rakell scored a pair of goals, Brandon Montour, and Hampus Lindholm scored, and John Gibson made 27 saves as the Anaheim Ducks improve to 5-4-1. The win was Anaheim’s first won in regulation at Tampa Bay since December 9, 2006.

Lightning Notes: 

  • Tampa Bay lost their first game in which the opposition scored first (2-1-1)
  • Nikita Kucherov failed to record a point in a game for the first time this season ending his streak to start the season at 11 games. He had registered a point in 14 straight games dating back to last season.
  • Steven Stamkos, like Kucherov, saw his streak of recording a point end at 11 consecutive games. He had recorded a point in 13 consecutive games dating back to last season.
  • Dan Girardi played in his 800th career NHL game.
  • Ryan Callahan skated in his 200th game with the Bolts.

Up Next For The Lightning:

Tampa Bay will travel to Sunrise to take on the Panthers Monday night. They will be looking to bounce back from their disappointing loss to the Ducks.

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