Bolts Lose Second Straight on the Road

By Bradley Walker, 1010 Sports

WINNIPEG (CBS) The Tampa Bay Lightning continue to struggle on the road this season, losing their second consecutive road game with a 5-2 result against the Winnipeg Jets Monday night.

With the win the Jets snapped a five-game losing streak, and ended the active streak of 12 straight wins that Tampa Bay held over the Atlanta/Winnipeg franchise.

Evander Kane, Tim Stapleton and Dustin Byfugien had a goal and an assist to help the slumping Jets break out and get the needed win at home. Ondrej Pavelec supplied saves in net for Winnipeg with 30 on the night.

Tampa Bay won the first meeting between these two teams earlier in the season, but last night’s performance was one that needs to be forgotten. Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis provided the two goals for the bolts, but missed chances and failed power plays erased any chance of a comeback for the bolts.

Pavelec remained steady in net for the Jets, and denied the Lightning on numerous power play opportunities in the second. Down 4-1 heading into the third period, the bolts could only muster up five shots in the final period to wrap up another forgettable performance on the road.

Goaltending problems have also plagued the Lightning. Dwayne Roloson let in four goals on 22 shots last night, and Mathieu Garon’s play hasn’t been up to par in recent starts.

A recurring theme for Tampa Bay this season has been their lack of intensity on the road. They are a completely different club playing at the Forum, but Guy Boucher needs to gather his men and evaluate their soft spots.

Special teams play should also be a concern at this point, because there is no reason why the bolts should be held scoreless when given more than enough opportunities to execute.

The loss sent the Lightning down to third place in the Southeast division behind the Washington Capitals and Florida Panthers. They will return home to prepare for a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins Thursday night.

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