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Tampa Bay coach blasts woeful penalty kill

Oct 15, 2013, 11:08 AM EDT

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The Tampa Bay Lightning have done a poor job of killing penalties this season, much to the chagrin of the coaches in charge of it.

“We showed them too much respect,” assistant coach Rick Bowness told the St. Petersburg Times after allowing three PP goals to Pittsburgh on Saturday. “We weren’t aggressive enough, just letting them stand there and make plays.

“We didn’t communicate enough and, quite honestly, we just didn’t compete hard enough.”

Tampa Bay’s penalty kill has fallen on hard times after starting a perfect 3-for-3 in a season-opening loss to Boston. The Bolts have allowed at least one power play goal in each of their last four games, including a pair against Buffalo on Oct. 8 and the aforementioned three against Pittsburgh.

All told, the Lightning own the NHL’s fifth-worst penalty kill in terms of percentage (68.2) and have given up the most 4-on-5 goals (seven) in the league.

Bowness said the entire PK is in a state of flux, including goalie Anders Lindback. Filling in for the injured Ben Bishop on Saturday, Lindback stopped just seven of 10 power play shots, including Matt Niskanen‘s unscreened slapper that proved to be the game-winner:

“You can go work and compete, but if you don’t know what the other guy is doing then you’re working your butt off and doing nothing,” Bowness explained. “It’s five guys, including your goalie working together.”

In good news for the Tampa PK, Bishop was back on the ice Tuesday morning and looks to be the starter for Tampa Bay’s game against the Kings.

  1. 950003cups - Oct 15, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Still waiting for the “Devils fire DeBoer, and hire [insert name]”

  2. ctcork - Oct 15, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    Goalie is the best PKer and Lindback hasn’t been terribly impressive. Looking forward to having Bishop back. That said, it’s certainly not all Lindback’s fault and I’d like to see more pressing as well.

    • hystoracle - Oct 15, 2013 at 12:26 PM

      Agree. Bishop is a better goalie.

  3. hystoracle - Oct 15, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    There was a good 6-8 feet between the Bolts Pkers and the Pens players all night. How does Crosby get left all alone not once, not twice, but three times.. completely unmarked. Not like it is a Mystery that 87 is arguably their best player coming in. You give him that much time and space and he will do what he did.

    Bolts should know that because they have a very similar player in Stamkos. When other team forgets to mark him he buries them.

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