Lightning’s Budaj Injured In Loss To Flyers
The Tampa Bay Lightning saw their home win-streak end at nine in a row falling to the Philadelphia Flyers by a final score of 5-3. The win-streak was just one shy of of tying the franchise record for consecutive home wins (10) from December 11 through January 31, 2015.
Coach Jon Cooper kept it simple and boring after the game. “We sucked. They were way better than us. They deserved the two-points. We didn’t deserve anything. That was it. I don’t even know what else we can say about that.”
Steven Stamkos echoed Coach Cooper, “It’s going to be a boring answer, but we didn’t play well. Simple.” Stamkos said. “We didn’t execute, didn’t deserve to win, didn’t have the will to win and you’re not going to win when you don’t have those things.”
It was a rough night for the Bolts who saw goaltender Peter Budaj forced out of the game midway through the third period with an injury to his left leg. It’s more than likely that Budaj is going to be out a period of time and the Lightning will have to call up a goalie from Syracuse. “You’ll have to talk to Steve (Yzerman) about that.” Cooper said. “Maybe we don’t have to (call anyone up) and we’ll see what happens here. You just have to be ready, that’s why we have an American League team that’s having a lot of success. We’re confident of everybody in our organization.”
Steven Stamkos, Brayden Point, and Tyler Johnson each scored for the Lightning as they fall to 27-8-2. The loss brings to an end their three game win-streak. The Lightning fall to 1-4-1 on the second half of back-to-back games.
- Steven Stamkos opened the scoring with a power-play at the 7:27 mark of the first period. Stamkos entered the night tied for the NHL lead in power-play goals. He has recorded a power-play point in 21-of-37 games this season.
- Nikita Kucherov picked up an assist on Stamkos’ power-play goal to extend his point streak to nine games. During the streak he has registered 14-points (5-9–14). He later added an assist on Brayden Points goal giving him 19 multi-point games this season.
- His two assist give him 288 career points moving him past Freddy Modin (286) for eighth place on the Bolts all-time scoring list.
- Victor Hedman picked up his 23rd assist on Stamkos’ power-play goal. His 23 assist are the third most on the Lightning and he has 10-points (2-8–10) in his last eight games.
- Brayden Point scored his 16th goal of the season at the 15:37 mark of the 2nd period. He has 13 points over his last 12 games (6-7–13).
- Tyler Johnson scored his 10th goal of the season, a short-handed goal at the 11:02 mark of the third period. The goal extends his point streak to 11 straight games (6-10–16). He has points in 13 of his last 14 games. The 16 points in the month of December are his second most in any month (17- December 2014).
What A Difference A Year Makes:
On December 29, 2016, the Bolts lost in overtime to the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2 to fall to 18-14-2. They were 2-points behind the Boston Bruins for third place in the Atlantic Division and for the 8th and final Eastern Conference playoff spot. Ben Bishop, Brayden Point, Ryan Callahan, and Steven Stamkos were all in the early stages of lengthy absences.
Up Next For The Bolts:
The Lightning head north and hope to ring in the New Year with a victory as they take on the Columbus Blue Jackets Sunday at 6:00 pm.