Lightning Coach Cooper: “It was a tough game”

Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper took to the podium after a tough 4-3 loss to the Washington Capitals. Cooper was visibly frustrated with the game and the breakdowns in the defensive zone.

Cooper on the game…
“I thought we played pretty well, but we did not manage the end of the game. You just can’t turn pucks over like that. It’s too bad because we held them to 11 shots the last two periods and we had multiple chances to take the lead and we didn’t.”

Cooper on the last goal…
“We just broke down at the end which we haven’t done all year. You can make one mistake, but you can’t make two.”

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Eric Fehr had two goals, including a tiebreaking redirection with 51.5 seconds left in the third period, as the Washington Capitals beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 on Thursday night.

Fehr was positioned in close when he tipped Mike Green’s shot past Anders Lindback, helping the Capitals improve to 2-3-3 over their last eight games.

Tampa Bay had pulled even at 3 on Ondrej Palat’s nifty tip-in of Matt Carle’s shot at 14:30 of the third. Martin St. Louis also assisted on the goal to move past Rick Tocchet into sole possession of 89th place on the NHL’s career list with 953 points.

Washington also got goals from Mikhail Grabovski and Marcus Johansson.

Tyler Johnson and B.J. Crombeen had the other goals for the Lightning.

Source: Associated Press