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)

Tampa Bay Lightning shut out by Colorado Avalanche

The Avalanche’s Kyle Quincey knocks Steven Stamkos into the Lightning bench. Tampa Bay, 0-for-7 on the power play, failed to take advantage of a team that came in on a 4-7-3 skid and was winless in its past three.


The Avalanche’s Kyle Quincey knocks Steven Stamkos into the Lightning bench. Tampa Bay, 0-for-7 on the power play, failed to take advantage of a team that came in on a 4-7-3 skid and was winless in its past three.

TAMPA — Matt Duchene, 18 years old, could teach the Lightning a thing or two about scoring goals.

The Avalanche rookie got two in a 3-0 victory Monday night at the St. Pete Times Forum by doing what Tampa Bay coach Rick Tocchet has implored his players to do — get to the net and get the puck on goal.

"And he got rewarded for it," Tocchet said.

On the other hand, Lightning players were left to kick themselves for playing on the perimeter, relying on the big shot rather than getting in close and going 0-for-7 on a supposedly rejuvenated power play.

Worse, they let a team that was winless in three straight and on a 4-7-3 streak dictate play for the first 40 minutes and take a 2-0 lead. The third period was better as Tampa Bay (10-7-8) had a 16-7 shot advantage.

But it was no consolation.

"As a coach you're almost (ticked) off even more," Tocchet said. "You say, 'If you would have put this effort in the first, we wouldn't have been in this situation.' "

You would think offensive urgency is a no-brainer for the Lightning as Steven Stamkos and Ryan Malone, with 17 and 15 goals, respectively, have 32 of the team's 66.

No other player has more than five.

Tampa Bay had three power-play chances in the first 10 minutes but managed only two shots. And consider Tampa Bay had a 6-2 shot advantage in the first 6:56 but was behind 21-17 after two periods.

"Everybody wants the shot," Tocchet said. "Everybody wants the pretty play. Every once in a while you have to get ugly with it."

When you don't, 16 shots get blocked (Vinny Lecavalier had four) and another 18 miss the net (Andrej Meszaros had four).

"We didn't do our job of keeping it simple," right wing Kurtis Foster said. "They have a lot of young guys over there who work hard and came to play. They kept it simple."

Like this:

Duchene drove to the net in the first period and somehow squeezed a wrist shot under the arm of goalie Antero Niittymaki, who should have made the save. He created his second-period power-play goal in front of the net, where he converted his own rebound.

"They were more hungry for the two points than we were," Marty St. Louis said.

When Tampa Bay finally got hungry, goalie Craig Anderson was solid. He made 33 saves for his third shutout of the season and 10th of his career.

"We thought it was going to be easy at the beginning of the game," Tocchet said. "We tried to come on at the end, but we wasted the first 40 minutes."

Let that be a lesson.

Avalanche 1 1 1 3
Lightning 0 0 0 0
Avalanche 1 1 1 3
Lightning 0 0 0 0

First Period1, Colorado, Duchene 5 (Stewart), 8:16. PenaltiesHalpern, TB (high-sticking), 1:03; Quincey, Col (hooking), 2:57; Colorado bench, served by Tucker (too many men), 5:24; Wolski, Col (delay of game), 9:05; McLeod, Col, major (fighting), 17:54; Konopka, TB, major (fighting), 17:54.

Second Period2, Colorado, Duchene 6 (Stewart, Stastny), 13:38 (pp). PenaltiesStamkos, TB (delay of game), :14; Malone, TB (hooking), 2:26; Stastny, Col (tripping), 3:25; Ohlund, TB (roughing), 6:11; Hendricks, Col (slashing), 8:39; Tampa Bay bench, served by Downie (too many men), 12:44; Konopka, TB, misconduct, 18:12.

Third Period3, Colorado, Wolski 10 (Galiardi), 19:46 (en). PenaltiesGaliardi, Col (boarding), 5:03; O'Reilly, Col (holding), 10:31. Shots on GoalColorado 9-13-7—29. Tampa Bay 9-8-16—33. Power-play opportunitiesColorado 1 of 5; Tampa Bay 0 of 7. GoaliesColorado, Anderson 14-7-5 (33 shots-33 saves). Tampa Bay, Niittymaki 6-3-3 (28-26). A12,214 (19,758). T2:28.

Avalanche 3

Lightning 0

Tampa Bay Lightning shut out by Colorado Avalanche 11/30/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 1, 2009 12:09am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Storm routs Cleveland


    TAMPA — Alvin Ray Jackson intercepted two passes, returning one for a touchdown, and recovered two fumbles as the Storm routed Cleveland 57-27 Saturday night in its home regular-season finale at Amalie Arena.

  2. Miscue sends Rays to another stinging loss to Rangers (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays gave away DJ Kitty onesies Saturday night. Then they gave away the game.

    Rays centerfielder Mallex Smith misses a drive hit by Adrian Beltre with two outs in the sixth, allowing the tying runs to score. Beltre puts Texas ahead 4-3 when he scores after two wild pitches.
  3. Rowdies shut out Charleston


    ST. PETERSBURG — The Rowdies know a thing or two about stalemates, with five of their past 10 games ending in a draw.

    Rowdies in the first half during the game between Tampa Bay Rowdies and the Charleston Battery at Al Lang Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Saturday, Jul 22, 2017.
  4. Rays journal: Former closer Sergio Romo acquired from Dodgers

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays made a move to help the bullpen Saturday night when they acquired RHP Sergio Romo, who had been designated for assignment last week by the Dodgers.

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi (23) throwing in the first inning of the game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Friday, July 7, 2017.
  5. Dale Earnhardt Jr. backs wife's "not worth risk'' opinion on Daytona

    Auto racing

    INDIANAPOLIS — Dale Earnhardt Jr. on Saturday defended his wife's Twitter post — and blamed himself for putting her in a position where she believed she had to speak out and upset some of his fans.

    Amy Earnhardt worries about Dale Jr.’s concussions.