One of the bright spots in the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 6-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins Thursday night at the Tampa Bay Times forum was that the power play contributed three goals. Normally when a team gets three goals with the man advantage, you stand a pretty good chance to win the game, so in a sense; the feeling was that an opportunity was wasted Thursday night. That point was not lost on Lightning head coach Jon Cooper.
“The power play, I have said it before, it is streaky,” Lightning head coach Jon Cooper said. “I think we were 0-for-7 or 0-for-10 not too long ago, I can’t remember. We were getting chances, and they just were not going in. You are not going to score every single power play. You sit there, and if you go 1-for-5 every game, that is 20 percent and all of a sudden you are looked at as a really good power play. We missed a few chances and now we are starting to bury them.”
Still, scoring three power play goals in a game and not winning is frustrating for the head coach.
“The frustrating part is we just wasted three power play goals on a game that we lost,” Cooper said. “That’s what’s tough. Sometimes you need them in the games, a little more consistency. Of the last three or four games, we have consistently scored on the power play, and now we have to take advantage of that.”Tampa Bay Lightning Need To Take Advantage Of Power Play Success by Mike Corcoran