Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Bolts Beaten In Boston

By JC De La Torre

The Tampa Bay Lightning fell behind 3-0 and their rally fell short as they dropped their 8th straight game, this time to the Boston Bruins, 5-3.

Milan Lucic, Phil Kessel, Michael Ryder scored first period goals for Boston. Tampa Bay got within 3-1 on a goal from Adam Hall, but Zdeno Chara's goal at the 18:43 mark of the second period to re-establish the Bruins three goal advantage.

The Lightning did make one last comeback bid in the third period, with Vincent Lecavalier scoring at the 9:27 mark of the third period to cut it to 4-2, it would stay that way until there were 0:28 left in the game, when rookie Paul Szczechura got his first career NHL goal to pull the Lightning within 1 but P.J. Axelsson would finish this one off with an empty net goal.

"I don't know if we're a dumb team or we just don't get it, or we don't deserve to be in this league," Lightning goalie Mike Smith told the Associated Press, "I mean, we're making the same mistakes we talk about, game in and game out."

"To me it's an embarrassment when you have more than three or four individuals not ready to play," Lightning coach Rick Tocchet said to the AP.

Tampa Bay falls to 6-13-8 on the year.

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