Tampa Bay Lightning Shut Out Again

Lightning_Steven_Stamkos_2013COLUMBUS, Ohio — The offensive play of the Lightning looks lost in a deep winter freeze.

For the third time in the past five games, and second in as many games, Tampa Bay failed to get on the board, dropping a 1-0 decision to Columbus on Tuesday in front of an announced crowd of 10,223 at Nationwide Arena.

Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 18 shots before leaving with an injury while Curtis McElhinney stopped all eight shots he faced to preserve the shutout as Tampa Bay lost a 1-0 game for the first time since Nov. 4, 2010, at Los Angeles.

“You can’t win in this league if you don’t score goals,’’ Lightning head coach Jon Cooper said. “Our commitment to go to those areas you need to score, is not there, it’s just not.”

“If you are not (ticked) or frustrated, something is wrong with you right now,’’ captain Marty St. Louis said. “We have to win battles in the offensive zone. If it’s off the rush, we are done, we have to be able to sustain offensive pressure and that usually starts with winning a battle.”

Source: Erik Erlendsson, The Tampa Tribune