Make us your home page
Instagram

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

(View our Privacy Policy)

Tampa Bay Lightning out of answers after another loss, this time to Boston Bruins

Phil Kessel of the Bruins hits the post as Lightning goaltender Mike Smith defends. Tampa Bay fell behind 3-0 in the first period and could not catch up, remaining last in the league with 20 points.

Getty Images

Phil Kessel of the Bruins hits the post as Lightning goaltender Mike Smith defends. Tampa Bay fell behind 3-0 in the first period and could not catch up, remaining last in the league with 20 points.

BOSTON — Perhaps, coach Rick Tocchet said with heavy sarcasm, he should devise a system in which the Lightning just keeps icing the puck.

Maybe, he said, he will give the bulk of ice time to players who show they are prepared to play.

"The warnings have been given," Tocchet said. "We'll go to boot camp now."

It was a fitting exclamation to Monday night's 5-3 loss to the Bruins at TD Banknorth Garden.

It wasn't that Tampa Bay (6-13-8) lost to the East's best, which won its 10th straight at home. It was the dysfunctional first period in which Boston outshot the Lightning 13-5 and scored three goals in 4 minutes, 2 seconds, the last two in 77 seconds, to take a 3-0 lead at 10:46.

"To me, it's an embarrassment when you have more than three or four individuals not ready to play," Tocchet said. "It's embarrassing right now. It really is."

It was an unsettling day for Tampa Bay, which dropped its eighth straight (0-6-2), as wing Radim Vrbata and center Chris Gratton were put on waivers.

Tocchet said it is no excuse.

"You're a pro. When does that come out as a pro, you being ready?" he said. "Yeah, we had some roster changes and distractions. Still, that doesn't mean you miss your man or don't finish your check or miss your coverage."

It wasn't all gloom.

Tampa Bay outshot Boston 24-11 in the final two periods, 15-4 in the third, and got goals by Adam Hall, Vinny Lecavalier and Paul Szczechura, whose first of his career made it 4-3 with 17.5 seconds left.

P.J. Axelsson's empty-netter with 10 seconds left after a weak clearing attempt by defenseman Paul Ranger was the clincher.

The comeback made the first period even worse.

"The effort," goalie Mike Smith said, "was not great."

"I don't think it's a situation where we're not ready," defenseman Steve Eminger said. "Guys know what to do. …It's just three breakdowns that hurt us."

Whatever the cause, you could see who got some of the blame.

Defenseman Mike Lundin played just 6:38, defenseman Lukas Krajicek 10:33, wing Vinny Prospal 15:45, center Steven Stamkos 12:27.

"Where do you look now? You look for guys who are ready to come to work," Tocchet said. "If there's six of them, as a coaching staff, you take your six and you work with them."

As for the game plan, he said, "Maybe we can devise a system where we play with just eight guys."

That would burn them out, someone said.

"Yeah," Tocchet said, "maybe we could just keep icing it."

Damian Cristodero can be reached at cristodero@sptimes.com.

Bruins 3 1 1 5
Lightning 0 1 2 3

First1, Boston, Lucic 7 (Wideman, Kessel), 6:44 (pp). 2, Boston, Kessel 17, 9:29. 3, Boston, Ryder 7 (Hnidy, Hunwick), 10:46. PenaltiesStamkos, TB (holding stick), 2:55; Ranger, TB (slashing), 5:00.

Second4, Tampa Bay, Hall 2 (Artyukhin, Ranger), 13:06. 5, Boston, Chara 5 (Krejci, Wideman), 18:43 (pp). PenaltiesKobasew, Bos (interference), :45; Artyukhin, TB (hooking), 4:01; Savard, Bos (hooking), 9:25; Downie, TB (roughing), 17:13; Jokinen, TB (holding), 18:01.

Third6, Tampa Bay, Lecavalier 11 (St. Louis, Ranger), 9:27. 7, Tampa Bay, Szczechura 1 (Malik, Meszaros), 19:42. 8, Boston, Axelsson 1 (Bergeron), 19:50 (en). PenaltiesKrejci, Bos (hooking), 2:55; Krejci, Bos (interference), 5:38; Malik, TB (interference), 10:21. Missed Penalty ShotAxelsson, Bos, 9:32 second. ShotsTampa Bay 5-9-15—29. Boston 13-7-4—24. Power playsTampa Bay 0 of 4; Boston 2 of 6. GoaliesTampa Bay, Smith 5-9-7 (23 shots-19 saves). Boston, Thomas 11-3-3 (29-26). A16,973 (17,565). T2:27.

Tampa Bay Lightning out of answers after another loss, this time to Boston Bruins 12/08/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 10, 2008 12:42pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. USF baseball heads to Gainesville for regional play

    Sports

    TAMPA — Had USF's players and coaches been less confident in their NCAA Tournament resume, Monday's selection show might have induced fidgeting, perhaps even frustration.

    South Florida coach Mark Kingston looks on during 2017 American Athletic Conference game Tuesday, May 23, 2017 in Clearwater during the American Athletic Conference. The Bulls won 7-6.
  2. Rays call up Jose De Leon to add depth to bullpen tonight

    Blogs

    The Rays decided that after playing 15 innings Sunday they could use some depth and length in their bullpen after all and are calling up RHP Jose De Leon from Triple-A.

    RHP Erasmo Ramirez is still slated to start tonight, even after throwing 12 pitches to get the final three outs - and the save - in Sunday's …

    The Rays have recalled Jose De Leon from Triple-A Durham.
  3. Tiger Woods arrested in Florida on DUI charge, released

    Public Safety

    Tiger Woods was arrested early Monday on a DUI charge in Jupiter, Florida, and spent nearly four hours in a county jail before he was released.

    Tiger Woods has been arrested on a DUI charge in Florida.
  4. After state, academics will trump athletics for King ace Brian Lee

    Baseballpreps

    TAMPA — Brian Lee can still see himself on the pitcher's mound at Venice High School. Four years ago he was a freshman left-handed reliever just trying to keep King's state championship dreams alive.

    Pitcher Brian Lee participates in a practice at King High in Tampa, Fla., on Friday, May 26, 2017.
  5. Five cool things to do when it's hot outside

    Outdoors

    Summer is not officially here, but it may as well be. School is out, vacations are coming, and it's time to enjoy the outdoors. Don't buy the argument that summer in Florida is too hot to get outside. There is plenty to do, and we'll prove it. Here are five cool things to do outdoors during another hot summer.

    Rainbow Springs State Park is a registered natural landmark. Rainbow Springs State Park in Dunnellon is one several state parks with natural swimming holes in Florida. (Octavio Jones | Times)