Thursday, June 21, 2018
Tampa Bay Lightning

Tampa Bay Lightning loses 3-1 to Los Angeles Kings

TAMPA — The Lightning power play is so inept, even fans have seen enough.

As the players repeatedly tried and failed Tuesday night against the Kings to simply cross the blue line into the offensive zone, boos filled the arena.

"Just to set it up was hard," captain Vinny Lecavalier said.

The Lightning lost 3-1 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, and there was plenty of blame to go around from defensive lapses to missed scoring chances. But nothing was as frustrating as the power play that generated just two shots while going 0-for-3 and is in a 6-for-63 slump that seems to defy solutions.

Converting any of its three power-play chances would have changed the game for the Lightning, maybe even won it.

Instead, Tampa Bay (23-24-5) lost its 6-0-1 points streak to the league's lowest-scoring team and fell nine points behind the first-place Capitals in the Southeast Division.

"It's been frustrating all year," center Steven Stamkos said. "We needed it to at least give us some momentum, but we didn't generate anything. It's on us. We haven't been good all year and it's cost us games. It certainly cost us a chance to get back in the game (against Los Angeles)."

Consider that 19 seconds after Stamkos scored his league-best 35th goal to tie the score 1-1 7:49 into the second period, Tampa Bay went on a power play when Kyle Clifford was called for roughing.

The Lightning did not even get a shot on goal. Worse, it lost track of Clifford, who took a pass out of the penalty box and beat goaltender Dwayne Roloson on a breakaway with a backhand for a 2-1 lead.

It was a strange play as the arena horn that signals a Lightning goal blew briefly when a shot from defenseman Victor Hedman hit the side of the net just as the power play expired.

"I guess everybody was focused on that and didn't pay attention to the guy coming out of the box," coach Guy Boucher said.

But Lecavalier said, "We knew (the shot) wasn't in so the horn didn't have any part in it."

"We've just got to be more aware," Stamkos said. "Even the guys on the bench, myself included, should have been screaming the guy was coming out of the box."

Trailing 3-1 entering the third period, the Lightning got two power plays in the first eight minutes, but two combined shots did nothing except confirm the power play's No. 26 league ranking.

"It's frustrating," Lecavalier said. "Just to get one power-play goal can make a difference in the game and a huge difference between winning and losing."

Tuesday night was a prime example.

Kings 1 2 0 3
Lightning 0 1 0 1

First Period1, Los Angeles, Kopitar 17 (Greene, Williams), 2:47. PenaltiesKubina, TB (interference), 18:05.

Second Period2, Tampa Bay, Stamkos 35 (Purcell, Brewer), 7:49. 3, Los Angeles, Clifford 4 (Scuderi), 10:16. 4, Los Angeles, Penner 5 (Richards, Stoll), 17:46. PenaltiesDownie, TB (tripping), 2:17; Clifford, LA (roughing), 8:08.

Third PeriodNone. PenaltiesPenner, LA (holding), 3:50; Williams, LA (high-sticking), 7:03. Shots on GoalLos Angeles 6-6-8—20. Tampa Bay 10-4-11—25. Power-play opportunitiesLos Angeles 0 of 2; Tampa Bay 0 of 3. GoaliesLos Angeles, Quick 23-13-9 (25 shots-24 saves). Tampa Bay, Roloson 7-11-2 (20-17). A16,489 (19,204). T2:19.

 
Comments
Lightning’s Victor Hedman salutes survivors in Norris Trophy acceptance speech

Lightning’s Victor Hedman salutes survivors in Norris Trophy acceptance speech

The victims and survivors of three tragedies — the mass shootings in Las Vegas and at Parkland Stoneman Douglas High School, and the bus accident that killed 16 members of the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team — were a big part of Wedne...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Lightning’s Victor Hedman wins NHL’s Norris Trophy

Lightning’s Victor Hedman wins NHL’s Norris Trophy

Victor Hedman, a relentless part of the Lightning's push to the Eastern Conference final last season, was honored Wednesday night with the Norris Trophy, given to the NHL's top defenseman."To the Lightning organization, Mr. Jeff Vinik, Steve Yzerman ...
Published: 06/20/18
Lightning announce home opener: Oct. 6 vs. Panthers

Lightning announce home opener: Oct. 6 vs. Panthers

The Tampa Bay Lightning will announce their full 2018-19 schedule on Thursday, but the league announced each home opener Wednesday, with Tampa Bay playing host to the Florida Panthers at Amalie Arena on Saturday, Oct. 6.The Lightning will know their ...
Published: 06/20/18
Norris Trophy could be good consolation for Lightning’s Victor Hedman

Norris Trophy could be good consolation for Lightning’s Victor Hedman

Victor Hedman is talking from a hotel room in Las Vegas and admits he's a little jet-lagged."Actually, very jet-lagged," Hedman says.That's what happens when you take a flight from Sweden to the party capital of the world.But he knows exactly what he...
Published: 06/19/18
Updated: 06/20/18
Mike Hoffman traded twice in wake of harassment, cyberbullying claims

Mike Hoffman traded twice in wake of harassment, cyberbullying claims

The Ottawa Senators traded winger Mike Hoffman on Tuesday, hoping to solve an ugly off-ice issue involving star defenseman Erik Karlsson and his wife. The Senators sent Hoffman to the San Jose Sharks, who then dealt him to the Florida Panthers. All t...
Published: 06/19/18
Salary-cap increase makes for ‘more fun’ NHL offseason

Salary-cap increase makes for ‘more fun’ NHL offseason

Thanks, Vegas. That’s what NHL general managers are saying this offseason after the Stanley Cup Final run of the expansion Golden Knights contributed to what’s expected to be a healthy increase for the salary cap. With elite center John Tavares, No. ...
Published: 06/19/18
Barry Trotz resigns as coach of Stanley Cup-winning Capitals

Barry Trotz resigns as coach of Stanley Cup-winning Capitals

Barry Trotz abruptly stepped down as coach of the Washington Capitals on Monday after failing to agree to terms on a new contract, a stunning move that left the newly minted Stanley Cup champions without a coach with the draft later this week and wit...
Published: 06/18/18
Lightning re-signs goaltender Eddie Pasquale to two-way deal

Lightning re-signs goaltender Eddie Pasquale to two-way deal

The Lightning re-signed goaltender Eddie Pasquale to a one-year, two-way contract general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.Pasquale, 27, split this past season between the Syracuse Crunch and Bakersfield Condors of the American Hockey League. He...
Published: 06/18/18
Lightning opens seven-game preseason schedule at home Sept. 18

Lightning opens seven-game preseason schedule at home Sept. 18

TAMPA — The Lightning will open its seven-game preseason schedule at home with a 7:30 p.m.  game Sept. 18 against the Carolina Hurricane, the team announced Thursday.That is one of three home games the Lightning will play in a preseason sc...
Published: 06/14/18
Lightning trades Peter Budaj to Kings, acquires forward Andy Andreoff

Lightning trades Peter Budaj to Kings, acquires forward Andy Andreoff

Sixteen months after acquiring Peter Budaj from the Kings, the Lightning today returned the veteran goaltender to Los Angeles.The Lightning traded Budaj for forward Andy Andreoff, general manager Steve Yzerman announced in a news release.Andreoff, 27...
Published: 06/13/18