Slumping Bolts Need Offensive Spark

December 3rd, 2009 by JC De La Torre Leave a reply »
The Tampa Bay Lightning lost for the third time in as many games Wednesday night, and the theme has been the same for all three contests.

As the old commercial went, "Where's the beef?"

The beef, in this instance, is goal scoring. Tampa Bay has managed one goal in the last 126 minutes and 19 seconds.

Lightning stars Steven Stamkos, Martin St. Louis, and Vincent Lecavalier were a combined -9 in Tampa Bay's 4-1 loss to Boston.

Ryan Malone, whos second on the team with 15 goals, has managed just one point (an assist) in the last four contests.

The Bolts power play is powerless in their last 13 opportunities.

To say there's a scoring issue with the Lightning is putting it mildly.

"It seems before we were not getting shots but we were scoring, now we are getting the shots but we are not scoring," said Stamkos, who leads the team with 17 goals, told the Tampa Tribune , "It's tough because it's not coming from a lack of chances—pucks just aren't going in. We need to get more traffic to the net and keep it simple. I think 40 shots against a pretty good team, we'll take that every night, we just need to fi ...

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