Lightning Leaders Called On To Circle The Wagons After Loss To Ottawa

Lightning Fall 6-3 To Senators

The Tampa Bay Lightning fell 6-3 to the Ottawa Senators. After the game Lightning Coach Jon Cooper delivered some tough messaging to his team.

He was very upset with his teams effort in front of Andrei Vasilevskiy. “I think there’s a little bit of entitlement running through our team right now. What’s a little discouraging, is our goaltender who in my opinion has been our MVP this year, and for us to let him down like that – those goals that went in starting the period were men’s league goals.That’s just a commitment or a non-commitment to playing your own end. To win in this league you have to play in your own end. ”

He called out the leaders in the locker room to circle the wagons. “There’s a group of guys that are going to have to circle the wagons in there. The leaders and figure this one out because we’re just going down a road right now that it’s that part of the season where you can’t just let things slide.”

He also suggested that there may be players in the locker room who already believe the team is in the playoffs. “The regular season – you can’t win a Stanley Cup in the regular season – you have to get to the playoffs first and I think there’s a team in there that thinks we’ve already made the playoffs and with that attitude we’re not going to go anywhere.”

About The Game:

Ryan Dzingel scored twice, Matt Duchene, Zack Smith, and Mark Stone, Jean-Gabriel Pageau also scored and Craig Anderson made 45 saves in the Senators win. Ottawa improves to 14-17-9 on the year.

Victor Hedman, Slater Koekkoek, and Yanni Gourde scored for the Lightning. The loss drops the Lightning’s record to 29-9-3 as they reach the midway point of the season. It was Tampa Bay’s second consecutive loss. It’s the first time they’ve had back-to-back losses since November 24 and 25th against the Capitals and Penguins.

The Senators took advantage of a pair of Lightning turnovers jumping out to a 3-0 lead at the first intermission. To the Lightning’s credit, they fought back with three goals in the second period to tie the game after two periods.  The third period belonged to the Senators who scored three goals to put the game away.

Lightning Notes:

  • Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed a career-tying six goals. He also allowed six goals on January 8, 2017 against the Pittsburgh Penguins in a 6-2 Lighting loss.
  • Slater Koekkoek scored his fourth goal of the season. It was his first goal since November 8th against the San Jose Sharks.
  • Nikita Kucherov picked up an assist on Slater Koekkoek’s goal. He now has points in 12 of his last 13 games (7-11–18).
  • The Lightning will have a quick turn-around as they play the back half of their back-to-back as they travel to Detroit to take on the Red Wings Sunday at 7:00.

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