March 17, 2012; Tampa FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Brendan Mikkelson (29) shoots and scores on St. Louis Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak (41) during the third period at Tampa Bay Times Forum. St. Louis Blues defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

No Irish Luck Leaves The Bolts With A Case Of The Blues

The Tampa Bay Lightning had another heart breaking loss Saturday against The St. Louis Blues. They seemed of of not had the gas in the first period, but fought hard in the second and third. St. Louis is the best team right now, they don’t allow scoring chances, and the block shots. With that Tampa out shot them, and allowed only three goals. Brendan Mikkelson had to take a couple of first shifts as a forward, to compensate for forward Ryan Shannon being out injured. Mikkelson prevented the shut out by scoring his first NHL goal.

At 52 seconds into the first period, Ryan Malone was out 2 minutes for goaltender interference. Scott Nichol allowed The Lightning their first power play at 13:08, however, it resulted in a short handed goal for St. Louis by Patrik Burglund, assisted by Pietrangelo and Oshie. At 18:28 Adam Hall landed himself 2 minutes in the penalty box for histicking. At 19:24 Jaden Schwartz scored the power play goal, assisted by Stewart and Colaiacovo. Shots on goal at the end of the first was Tampa Bay 6, St. Louis 13.
There were no penalties in the second period. David Perron assisted by Oshie scored with a wrist shot at 2:47. In that period, Tampa had 8 shots on goal, St. Louis only 3.
At 5:44 of the third period Jamie Langenbrunner went off for 2 minutes for hooking. The Bolts tried but just couldn’t capitalize on the power play. St. Louis’ defense proved to be too much, even with a second power play opportunity at 12:41 when Carlo Colaiacovo left the ice for 2 minutes for hooking. Finally at 15:49 Tim Wallace chucked the puck towards Adam Hall, who completed a great pass to Brendan Mikkelson and the trio broke the St. Louis barrier, Mikkelson recording his first NHL goal. Tampa Bay had 9 shots on goal for a total of 23, St. Louis had 5 for a total of 21.
Though a disappoint loss, the guys fought hard. When asked if Coach Boucher‘s message to the team is any different now that the playoffs seem even more distant than before, He had a simple answer.

No, because my message was never about the playoffs. You would like me to say it was about the playoffs because I get that question all the time, but it never has been. So the message doesn’t change. It’s GET BETTER EVER DAY.

Coach Boucher still spreads his message of hope. With giving the least scoring chances to opponents, this has been the best stretch of ten games this year. The team is still fighting. They aren’t giving up. As a fan, neither am I.

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