Bolts Lose 2-1 to Avalanche in OT

By Bradley Walker, 1010 Sports

DENVER (CBS) After suffering one of the worst losses of the season Wednesday night, the Tampa Bay Lightning ended their brief road trip with a 2-1 overtime loss to the Colorado Avalanche.

Matt Duchene scored the game-winning goal with 1:22 left in overtime to give the Avalanche its eighth consecutive win at the Pepsi Center.

Mathieu Garon rebounded after an unforgettable night on Thursday with 27 blocked shots, but in the end it wouldn’t be enough and as a result the bolts fell to 6-12-3 on the road this season.

Compared to the crushing loss to San Jose earlier in the week, this defeat came on a night when the Lightning came out and played really well. They got off to a quick start, outshooting Colorado 14-5. One of those shots came from Lightning defenseman Pavel Kubina and found the back of the net to give Tampa Bay a 1-0 lead.

Ryan O’ Reilly tied it in the second period with a rebound passed Garon to get the Avs on the board. Colorado didn’t turn it on until later in the game, outshooting the Lightning 14-7 through the third period and overtime.

Garon made some great saves throughout the game to keep it level, but the loss really put Tampa Bay’s play for the month for December into perspective. The losses were plentiful, the wins were scarce and the road was a scary place for the bolts.

So what’s your new years resolution for the Lightning?


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