Lightning fights slump after second straight loss

by Gary Shelton on December 10, 2014 · 2 comments

in general, Tampa Bay Lightning

Wednesday, 12:39 a.m.

TAMPA

The word itself seems hard to say. It catches in the throat as if it were foreign, as if its very pronunciation caused pain to attempt.

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It sticks on something down in the throat, and for some reason, it cannot get past the tongue. It is a stranger's word, and it sounds vulgar as it hits the air.

Slump.

And, now, we find out something else about this Tampa Bay Lightning team.

The Lightning lost its second in a row for only the second time this season, and for the first time on its home ice. Say what you want about effort, and say what you want about 36 shots, and say what you want about milestone goals. For the Lightning, however, the game is about winning, and it has not made that happen for a while now.

Slump.

Just like that, the world feels wrong.

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Cecil DeBald December 10, 2014 at 8:08 am

Several times this season I’ve see the Bolts have a hard time passing and controlling the puck – seems like a lot of miscues, and especially bringing the puck out of our defensive zone. Lots of turnovers, which aren’t good in hockey, either…

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Gary Shelton December 10, 2014 at 11:39 am

They’re turning the puck over too much. Some of that is that are quick and gifted passers, so a certain amount on turnovers are to be expected. But not this many, especially early in games.

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