Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Vinny Sets Record in Loss: TB1 - VAN 5

Vinny Lecavalier set a Lightning team record for goals in a season when he netted his 43rd of the year, passing Brian Bradley, but the Bolts were unable to get to Luongo and the Canucks, and lost for the second straight game. The Lightning only tallied 2 shots on goal in the 1st period and only 17 for the game. The Bolts have now been outscored 11-3 in their last two games. The Canucks were effective full strength where they scored three times, on the power play where they got one, and even short handed, where they forced Holmqvist to mishandle the puck, and scored another. "In the second (period), we kind of got sloppy and ended up giving up the early goal in the third," said St. Louis. "That was tough. Then, five-on-three (for 1:01 in the third), we didn't get it done. We could have made it 2-2 and they get that fourth goal on the power play. Seventeen shots against Luongo is just not good enough."

The loss dropped the Lightning to second in the Southeast Division and 6th in the Eastern Conference as Atlanta won earlier in the evening defeating Florida 4-2. The Bolts will have to have a short memory as they hit the ice for the second night in a row in Edmonton Wednesday night to face the Oilers.

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