With last nights 4-3 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Bolts dropped 6 points out of the 8th playoff spot with only 16 games to play. Barring a 6 to 7 game streak of some sort, the Bolts look like they’ll be missing the playoffs again.
“We play hard, but hard’s not good enough right now,” Lightning forward Martin St. Louis said. “For us it’s about results right now and we just can’t seem to find that.”
The Bolts took an early first period lead on “The Shot”, Steven Stamkos’s 42nd goal from his patented spot. Not sure why teams continue to allow this play to happen, but every time they do, they get burned. Viktor Stalberg scored two goals for the Leafs to start the 2nd period and give them a 2nd period lead. 24 seconds after Stalberg’s 2nd goal, Kurtis Foster blasted a slap shot by JS Giguere to tie the game at 2. Both teams scored goals in period 3, the Bolts goal scored by Steve Downie who started a new point streak after having his career high 10 gamer end on Tuesday night vs Montreal.
Both teams almost seemed content at the end of the period to allow the game to go to overtime. The Bolts really had one great shot though, with Paul Szczechura taking a stolen pass out of our defensive zone, and shooting at an empty net that JS Giguere left to come play the puck. Paul shot it, and Alex Tanguay tried to redirect the puck into a WIDE OPEN NET, but he’s awful, and of course it didn’t go in.
Phil Kessel scored an overtime goal 3:33 into OT, to hand the Bolts the loss.