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Tampa Bay Lightning loses third-period lead again in 4-2 defeat at Ottawa Senators

Lightning goalie Dwayne Roloson deflects a puck away from Zenon Konopka. Tampa Bay squandered two one-goal leads.

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Lightning goalie Dwayne Roloson deflects a puck away from Zenon Konopka. Tampa Bay squandered two one-goal leads.

OTTAWA — There was plenty of slamming cabinet doors in the Lightning locker room Monday night.

Another frustrating loss will do that, especially when the 4-2 decision to the Senators at Scotiabank Place was another game players and coaches believe was there for the taking.

"We're fighting," coach Guy Boucher said. "You can't say we weren't fighting."

But missed scoring opportunities in the first two periods — "The reality is it should have been 4-0," Boucher said — gave way to defensive mistakes and a couple of questionable goals allowed by goaltender Dwayne Roloson as Tampa Bay (11-13-2) lost its fourth straight.

For the second straight game the team allowed three third-period goals to disintegrate a 2-1 lead; this one built on a second-period goal by defenseman Bruno Gervais, playing only because Pavel Kubina is injured, and a third-period tally by Marty St. Louis.

Steven Stamkos assisted on both to extend his points streak, the league's longest current, to seven games (five goals and five assists). But he was as guilty as anyone when it came to missing scoring chances as he whiffed on a shot at an open net from in close off a Ryan Malone set-up.

Steve Downie, who played well, was robbed by goaltender Craig Anderson from in close and also dribbled a rebound wide of a partially empty net. And St. Louis was stopped from in close as well.

"If we score on any of those chances we probably win," Stamkos said.

Add a power play that was 0-for-3 with only four shots and you understand the frustration from a team that had a 33-31 shot advantage, including 12-5 in the second period that ended 1-1.

"Stamkos could have had four goals," Boucher said, and added, "We're getting tons and tons of quality scoring chances that we can't bury. And then the opponent gets a break here and there and it kills us."

Such as Nick Foligno's goal that broke a 2-2 tie with 4:27 left in the third. Foligno was at the left goal post when Daniel Alfredsson's shot from the right wing went wide and ricocheted to him off the end boards for an easy goal.

Roloson had no chance on that one but probably should have stopped Zack Smith's second-period goal that made it 1-1 — a deflection through Roloson's legs from in tight — and Alfredsson's shot from the top of the right faceoff circle that made it 2-2 8:58 into the third.

"I don't know. It doesn't seem like we're doing that bad," defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron said. "We couldn't find the back of the net. It's amazing how it turns around so quick."

Senators 0 1 3 4
Lightning 0 1 1 2

FirstNone. PenaltiesConnolly, TB (elbowing), 2:41; Brewer, TB (hooking), 10:31; Phillips, Ott (tripping), 15:26.

Second1, T.B., Gervais 2 (Stamkos, Bergeron), 13:52. 2, Ott., Z.Smith 7 (Cowen, Daugavins), 16:46. PenaltiesGonchar, Ott (hooking), 1:25; Bergeron, TB (tripping), 14:05.

Third3, T.B., St. Louis 8 (Stamkos), 3:35. 4, Ott., Alfredsson 6 (Spezza, Anderson), 8:58. 5, Ott., Foligno 8 (Alfredsson, Winchester), 15:33. 6, Ott., Z.Smith 8 (Gonchar, Phillips), 16:19. PenaltiesZ.Smith, Ott (high-sticking), 6:10. ShotsTampa Bay 9-12-12—33. Ottawa 14-5-12—31. Power playsTampa Bay 0 of 3; Ottawa 0 of 3. GoaliesTampa Bay, Roloson 6-8-1 (31 shots-27 saves). Ottawa, Anderson 12-8-2 (33-31).

Tampa Bay Lightning loses third-period lead again in 4-2 defeat at Ottawa Senators 12/05/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 6, 2011 12:02am]
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