Jon Cooper: ‘We kind of like winning’

The Lightning coach doesn't think Tampa Bay needs a couple of losses for a teaching moment.
Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat (18) (right) celebrates with center Steven Stamkos (91), right wing Nikita Kucherov (86), and center Brayden Point (21) after Palat beat Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Petr Mrazek (34) to tie the score at 1 to 1 during third period action at Amalie Arena in Tampa on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat (18) (right) celebrates with center Steven Stamkos (91), right wing Nikita Kucherov (86), and center Brayden Point (21) after Palat beat Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Petr Mrazek (34) to tie the score at 1 to 1 during third period action at Amalie Arena in Tampa on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019. [DIRK SHADD | Times]
Published January 17

Sometimes coaches say a losing streak is a good thing in the long run: it teaches teams how to handle it when things aren't going its way. Cooper isn't buying it.

Maybe you can look at that the other way and say, we've been down a goal or two in a game and found a way to come back," he said when asked the question Thursday morning.

He's right.

The Lightning hasn't necessarily had it easy this year. Tampa Bay has managed to come back over and over again (including recently against Buffalo on Saturday and Carolina last Thursday).

Both of those wins featured a bad first period and a serious conversation among the players, as Cooper left it to them to figure out. That seems like a teaching moment.

"It's easy to sit back and say a couple game losing streak is a good thing," Cooper said, "but we kind of like winning. I'd rather teach off that."

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