NHL Game Night 11/3: Thrashers at Lightning

Rock bottom.

ATL-6
TB-4

Johan Holmqvist allowed 5 goals on 21 shots for the loss.

In fairness, the effort level has been there both in this game and the game against the Islanders. The Lightning outshot the Thrashers 34-22 and at times made Atlanta look like a junior team defensively. They could've (and probably should've) scored 8-9 goals tonight but did not finish their chances. Atlanta then capitalized on a rope-a-dope strategy that completely relied on counterattacking on the rush after surviving wave after wave of Lightning scoring chances generated both on the rush and on the forecheck.

The backchecking by the forwards tonight was suspect and some defensive details weren't handled. That needs to be minded in practice. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, that's the good news.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.