At end of road swing, Lightning goaltending gives out.
Curtis McElhinney allowed five goals on 22 shots for the loss. At the time of the fifth goal it was five on 14 shots. Hockey’s a very frustrating sport when the other team has to work half as hard to get goals as your team does. That’s been a rare occurrence for the Lightning over the past several seasons, but old-timers know it was far too routine early in franchise history. That’s not to pass all blame off on McElhinney, but at the end of the day the stat line doesn’t lie.
8:31 DET Stecher (1), (Gagner, Zadina)
10:55 TB Sergachev (2), (Palat, Cirelli)
12:12 DET Larkin (6), (Hronek, Mantha)
13:55 TB Stamkos (12), (Killorn, Palat)(PP)
14:56 DET Mantha (7), (unassisted)
0:33 DET Glendening (3), (Rasmussen, Zadina)
4:50 DET Fabbri (5), (Merrill)
15:51 TB Point (9), (unassisted)
17:05 TB Palat (11), (Point, Stamkos)
19:40 DET Namestnikov (5), (Mantha, Hronek)(EN)
Brayden Point was the game’s second star.
The Lightning actually outshot Detroit 44-23 in the contest, but when you’re not getting the goaltending and your defensemen are barrelling into your netminder to also push pucks in the net, it’s just not your night. This hasn’t been a great trip stylistically, but in terms of raw points this six game trip has been successful. We’ll see if the team rebounds now after being isolated for a couple of weeks once they get back to Tampa.
Cal Foote was -1 with 3 shots and 1 hit in 11:54. Hit a post in the game.
Ross Colton had 1 shot and 2 hits in 8:51. His 73% on 11 draws will get some attention from the coaches.