Carolina rallies as Lightning stops shooting

by Gary Shelton on October 7, 2019 · 0 comments

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Tyler Johnson scored two quick goals./CARMEN MANDATO

Monday, 2 a.m.

At this rate, the Lightning won't have to worry about over-confidence as it enters this year's post-season.

Assuming, of course, that the team makes it.

The Lightning lost its second straight game Sunday night, dropping a 4-3 game to Carolina in overtime. The Bolts were outshot by a staggering 44-13 margin in the game.

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The Lightning had only two shots in the second period, the third period and overtime. Regardless, the Bolts built a 3-1 lead early behind goals by Tyler Johnson, Steven Stamkos and Kevin Shattenkirk, but couldn't hang on. Goalie Curtis McElhinney made 40 saves in his Lightning debut.

Jaccob Slavin scored at 1:53 of overtime to give the Hurricanes their win, dropping the Bolts to 1-1-1 on the season. Doug Hamilton had tied the game with 7:12 to play in the third period.

"They were hungry and we got complacent," said Lightning coach Jon Cooper.

The Hurricanes had won 19 of the previous 23 games between the teams.

“Believe it or not, you get one or two like that," Cooper said. "We didn't like the penalty kill (Saturday night) ,and it hurt us again tonight. So we've got to fix it. Sometimes, you have to take a step back before you can take two forward."

The Lightning plays Thursday night in Toronto at 7 p.m.

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