Bolts Continue To Make Mistakes, Dominated By Habs

Fox wasn’t the only one having technical difficulties on Friday night as the Tampa Bay Lightning experienced their own. However, it seemed like the TV technically difficulties, Bright House subscribers weren’t able to tune into the game until midway through as Fox had difficulties at master control, would be an omen for the Bolts.

The Bolts fell to the Montreal Canadiens 4-1 and the Bolts played like a team with no structure or technique as Montreal had their way with them. Now they go to Montreal down 2-0 in a series where home ice was supposed to be an advantage.

Anders Lindback gave up the first goal on the power play as a P.K. Subban shot was deflected by David Desharnais.

From there it went all downhill as the Bolts had turnover after turnover and defensive lapse after defensive lapse.

The “colossal mistakes” reared their ugly head again and Michel Terrien’s team made all the adjustments they needed to prevent a high scoring affair and get inside Tampa’s head mentally.

It’s to the point that the players had a closed door meeting after the game.

“We have a good group of leadership in there,” Cooper said. “For them to sit down and gather their thoughts about it, that’s why I like that group of guys.”

Coach Jon Cooper tried to shake up his lineup by having Kristers Gudlevskis come in for relief after Lindback’s third goal on and Gudlevskis promptly gave up a goal on another defensive breakdown.

“I put Guddy in to give us a lift,” Cooper said. “There’s no goaltending controversy, we were looking for a spark.”

Cooper preached that the Lightning needed to get back to “their game” of speed and moving the puck–it hasn’t clicked for them. Montreal dominated this game and it showed in all facets of play.

“We know we are a good team,” D Victor Hedman said. “We have to start playing to our strengths. We need to come back to our game and play the way we can.”

It’s a bit confusing as to what the Lightning’s game is, as what they have said they needed to do isn’t working at all.  They want to play a puck possession game, but they turn over the puck. They want to play a speed game but they slow down while trying to set up the perfect pass or perfect shot.

It’s puzzling because in both games there has been a theme of saying words but not being able to put them into action and the Canadiens are just taking all of the Lightning’s mistakes and walking away with a two game lead heading to their home ice.

“I am disappointed at the loss. This is not ideal, this isn’t what we wanted, but a lot of the game we were better than the game one,” Cooper said.