The Tampa Bay Lightning came home after two very disappointing road losses to the Blues and the Jets. Before I detail the Bolt’s issues, I’ll explain the positives. Obviously, any time you are able the beat the Pittsburgh Penguins, you should feel very accomplished. The Lightning, despite some inconsistent play lately, beat the Penguins Thursday night by a score of 4-1. Lecavalier had two goals, both on take aways, while Downie and Connolly scored as well. Downie’s Goal was just his first, while Connolly scored his fourth career goal. Dwayne Roloson was also hot on the night, stopping 33 of 34 shots. And there lies the issue.
The Tampa Bay Lighting have always had great offensive depth. Goal tending has been better, but still has it’s inconsistencies. However, the main issue for the Lightning has been defense. Granted, the Penguins are a tough team to defend, but allowing 34 shots is never good when you only manage 17 of your own. While the Lightning have mentioned to win and keep themselves competitive in the middle of the Eastern Conference, they are out shot in a good portion of their games. Guy Boucher and Steve Yzerman will focus, like they did last year, on ways to stabalize the defense and turn it into a consistently suffocating system for opposing offenses. Since the Lightning are winning, I will end this post on a positive note: the Tampa Bay Lightning are 9-7-2 with 20 points despite not having consistency throughout the team. The team is only 5 points behind the first place Flyers, and while standings don’t matter too much yet, it certainly is important to remain competitive as the season goes on.
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