After Thursday’s loss, Tampa Bay Lightning captain C Steven Stamkos said that his team wasn’t “mentally prepared to play” and that it was unacceptable.
Saturday’s game against the Dallas Stars was no different. The team looked as if they weren’t ready yet again as it was 2-0 before the halfway mark of the first period.
D Radko Gudas was sent to the locker room for a match penalty, which means he is automatically suspended pending a hearing from the league. Gudas was playing the puck and Antoine Roussel ran right into the back of Gudas, but Gudas was called for an illegal check to the head.
After that, things seemed to continue the roller coaster of inconsistent play that Stamkos disgustedly described Thursday.
Andrej Sustr would score his first goal after Stamkos scored and the Lightning looked like they would rally then F Ryan Malone took a double minor effectively killing any shot the Bolts had at rallying and tying the game as it killed the moment and the Bolts confidence.
All night it was pucks hopping over sticks, Players leaving passes to no one and the opposing player picking it up and going the other way. Inconsistent play, indeed.
“Regardless of if it is game one or game seventy-seven, you just have to continue to teach and pull a little more urgency out of these guys.” Coach Jon Cooper said. “Hang your hat on making the playoffs? Is that what we are doing? If that’s the case then playoffs won’t last very long if that’s what we are doing”
Cooper has talked before not how every win is going to be a Picasso, right now the Bolts aren’t painting a coherent picture, it’s just a bunch of colors or plays running into each other and it is showing on the ice at a most critical juncture.