Playoffs Slipping Away For Slumping Tampa Bay Lightning

March 5th, 2010 by JC De La Torre Leave a reply »
The Tampa Bay Lightning watched as their competitors for the final playoff spots in the Eastern Conference pulled further away. The Bolts lost for the fifth consecutive game, getting no points despite a gallant effort in Washington against what some believe to be the best team in hockey, the Capitals.

The Lightning fell behind twice by two goals, but fought back to tie the game at four before Capitals newcomer Scott Walker scored his second of the night to break the tie.

It's a frustrating time for Tampa Bay, which made no moves at the trade deadline to strengthen their hockey team.

Five straight losses, and in each giving up five or more goals, has left the team looking for answers as to how to keep the puck out of the back of their net. The streak of five or more goals allowed is a franchise record.

"You've got to block a shot or dive to get the puck out of your own end." Tampa Bay coach Rick Tocchet told reporters. "Bite the puck to get it out of your own end. We need those types of players. There are five or six guys that are costing us right now."

One player who isn't costing Tampa Bay, at least in the last two games, ...

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