Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Lightning falls to Jets in OT

TAMPA — Sometimes it's difficult to know whether Lightning coach Jon Cooper is kidding.

Take this bit of commentary, said with a straight face, after Saturday night's 2-1 overtime loss to the Jets at the Tampa Bay Times Forum:

"The game (of hockey) would change if the only goals that were shown on highlight shows are the ones that go off skates and butts into the net, and they didn't show the cool-guy goals. You'd see completely different players. But everybody wants to be that guy, and they want to score that type of goal," meaning the pretty goal with a perfect pass leading to a perfect shot.

A better strategy for the Lightning, with just 13 goals in its past seven games, is get as many shots on net as it can. But seven minutes into the second period, Tampa Bay was being outshot 26-9.

"It wasn't like we didn't have our legs," Cooper said. "We just didn't shoot pucks. When you just want to sit there and try and play keep-away and not shoot, it's not going to work for you."

The Lightning (17-10-2) got a point for the regulation tie, but it wasted Anders Lindback's 34 saves. And it couldn't capitalize on Nate Thompson's goal with 1.1 seconds left in the second period that tied the score 1-1.

Instead, Winnipeg's Mark Scheifele scored 1:04 into the extra period when he outmaneuvered Mark Barberio in front of the net to tap in Blake Wheeler's pass. That came 23 seconds after Tampa Bay's Alex Killorn hit the inside of the left post on a breakaway.

"I thought I scored," Killorn said. "It rolled right behind (goalie Al Montoya). It's frustrating."

What is frustrating for Cooper is that he has preached shooting the puck ad nauseam. And when Tampa Bay actually got pucks to the net — final shots were 36-29 for the Jets — it created plenty of scoring chances. But Montoya was solid with 28 saves, including a right-leg stop on Nikita Kucherov in front of the net with 9:11 left in the third period.

"It was the first 30 minutes of the game," Thompson said. "We didn't shoot the puck. We pushed at the end, but we didn't do enough in the first half of the game."

Thompson's second goal of the season and first in 20 games seemed as if it would be a momentum-changer.

Thompson set up in the slot on an offensive-zone draw after a linesman threw him out of the faceoff circle. Marty St. Louis won the faceoff to Radko Gudas, who passed to Thompson, whose snap shot beat Montoya.

"Weird," Cooper said, "he shot the puck, and it went into the net."


Jets 1 0 0 1 2
Lightning 0 1 0 0 1
Jets 1 0 0 1 2
Lightning 0 1 0 0 1


First1, Wpg, Wheeler 7 (Trouba, Clitsome), 5:25. PenaltiesCarle, TB (high-stick), 1:17; Stuart, Wpg (unsportsmanlike conduct), 9:39; Crombeen, TB (unsportsmanlike conduct), 9:39; Stuart, Wpg, major (fight), 11:44; Crombeen, TB, major (fight), 11:44; Thompson, TB (boarding), 16:18; Ladd, Wpg (roughing), 18:58.

Second2, TB, Thompson 2 (Gudas, St. Louis), 19:58. PenaltiesKucherov, TB (hooking), 7:00.

ThirdNone. PenaltiesLadd, Wpg (roughing), 13:34; Gudas, TB (roughing), 13:34.

OT3, Wpg, Scheifele 3 (Wheeler), 1:04. PenaltiesNone. Shots on GoalWpg 15-14-6-1—36. TB 5-12-12-0—29. PP opportunitiesWpg 0 of 3; TB 0 of 1. GoaliesWpg, Montoya 4-2-1 (29 shots-28 saves). TB, Lindback 2-5-1 (36-34). A18,354 (19,204).

Up next

Lightning at Capitals, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Washington

TV/radio: Sun Sports, 970-AM

Lightning falls to Jets in OT 12/07/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 7:40pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. After offseason of work hard, play hard, DeSean Jackson ready to produce for Bucs


    TAMPA — There's no telling what DeSean Jackson will do once he gets a football in his hands. Perhaps that's why a camera crew followed his every move Wednesday while the Bucs' new $30 million receiver stood on a step of the hot tub that empties into a spacious, azure pool at his new, sprawling five-bedroom home in …

    DeSean Jackson jokes around with girlfriend Kayla Phillips at their Tampa home as a crew from HBO’s Hard Knocks documents their day.
  2. Rays journal: Jake Odorizzi goes on 10-day DL with back strain

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — RHP Jake Odorizzi is hoping his struggles this season can be tied directly to the lower-back strain he has tried to pitch through since spring training. Toward that end, the Rays placed Odorizzi on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday retroactive to Tuesday.

    Rays center fielder Mallex Smith smiles after hitting a single advancing runners in the third inning. [CHRIS URSO   |   Times]
  3. Playoff chase heats up for Rays with key series at Yankees up first (w/ video)

    The Heater


    It was important that Evan Longoria crushed a two-run homer in the sixth inning Wednesday and Steven Souza Jr. blasted a solo shot off the farthest catwalk an inning later.

    Adeiny Hechavarria (11) and Tim Beckham (1) celebrate the double play to end the top of the sixth inning. [WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times]
  4. Rays at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. Thursday, New York

    The Heater

    Tonight: at Yankees

    7:05, Yankee Stadium, New York

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer (22) throwing in the first inning of the game between the Texas Rangers and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Saturday, July 22, 2017.
  5. Roger Mooney's takeaways from Wednesday's Rays-Orioles game

    The Heater

    It is going to get interesting tonight when the Rays begin a four-game series against the Yankees in New York. The Rays feel they are good enough to win the East Division. These next four games and the four that follow in Houston will be a good measuring stick.