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‘It’s not panic time’ for Lightning, losers of two straight

Nov 21, 2013, 2:53 PM EDT

Dwight King, Ben Bishop AP

Nobody thought it would be easy. Minus Steven Stamkos, the Tampa Bay Lightning faced a four-game road trip to Phoenix, Los Angeles, San Jose, and Anaheim.

Turns out everyone was right; it hasn’t been easy. The first game of the trip was a loss, 6-3 to the Coyotes. The second was another three-goal defeat, 5-2 to the Kings.

Tonight, after suffering consecutive losses for the first time this season — and with “the high of emotion from Steven going down” having run out, according to head coach Jon Cooper — it’s a visit to the Shark Tank.

“It’s not panic time, it’s just addressing and correcting the mistakes and making sure we stop this,” Lightning captain Marty St. Louis said, per “You don’t want a two-gamer to turn into a four- or five-gamer. Let’s be honest and assess your game, be honest in how you’re playing, and at the end of the day we all have to do more.”

Whoever starts in goal for the Lightning, Ben Bishop or Anders Lindback, will “have to do more” as well. Tampa Bay has received excellent goaltending from Bishop this season; however, his last two outings have been rough ones. He left the game after allowing three goals on 14 shots in Phoenix, and he allowed five goals on 31 shots versus the Kings. Lindback, meanwhile, is 1-4-0 with a low .875 save percentage.

  1. lightning69 - Nov 21, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    No it isn’t time to panic. But it is time for Panik! We need these young guys not to play tentative. Easier said than done.

    Actually, it would be better for the whole squad to show up for Marty’s 1000th NHL game by showing up in the 1st period. We have a fast young team, but looked like statues at times. I honestly didn’t think Cooper’s decision to add size for LA was the way to go. Blackhawks showed what speed and team D could do last playoffs.

    Credit to the Kings, they played their game and we let them dominate us. If you add size and muscle, you have to use it, and we didn’t in the 1st 30 min.

    On another note. Will there ever be a day when the NHL officiates games without bias?
    Marty has all the hardware and accolades of an elite player. But not the respect of the officials. Maybe because he plays in Tampa?? Marty had Stoll draped on him all night. Holding, cross checks, interference, tackling even. Only call for cross checking is on Carcillo?! Really?

  2. muttbolts91 - Nov 21, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    Bishop got hurt against yotes not pulled.

  3. steelers88 - Nov 21, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    If the Lightning play .500 hockey while Stamkos is out. If they can do that and that’s a big IF they will be fine.

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