Friday, February 22, 2008

Game Recap: TB 0 - NYI 1


The Lightning dropped their second in a row last night on the island in New York. For the Isles, Rick DiPietro was stellar and a bit lucky. He stopped all 32 of the Lightning's shots, and got some help from the post on a rocket of a shot from Lecavalier, and dashed the Bolts hopes of making up ground in the Southeast Division. On the opposite side of the rink, Karri Ramo was nearly as good, stopping 27 of 28 shots.

“It could have hit something and gone in. What can you do?” Lecavalier lamented. “The chances are there, they’re just not going in.”

The Bolts made up one of their games in hand, but failed to convert it to points in the standings. Fortunately, both Florida and Atlanta lost as well. The bad new is that even though they still have 3 games in hand on Carolina, the Lightning now sit 10 points back of the Southeast leaders. With only 1 game remaining before the trade deadline, it looks as though the Lightning may have indeed played themselves into sellers.

“We just have to keep fighting and keep trying,” Boyle said. “A loss is frustrating, no matter which way it happens. It’s a crucial two points lost.”

"We enter a third period tied 0-0 on the road, and still in position to win the game, and I think we played a pretty good third, but we can't give up that type of chance," center Brad Richards said. "But you have to score a goal in order to win a game."

"We hold them to eight or nine scoring chances, then we make a huge mistake on a read by our defensemen and it ends up in our net," Lightning coach John Tortorella said. "Then we don't score. You knew how that game was going to be played as we went through, it was who makes the mistake and we made a pretty big one off a pretty easy rush coverage."

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