Tampa Bay keeps losing games…and players

by Gary Shelton on December 12, 2015 · 0 comments

in general, Tampa Bay Lightning

Bishop gave up two goals again, and it was too many.

Bishop gave up two goals again, and it was too many.

Saturday, 10:53 p.m.

Sometimes, it's hard to see which is happening faster -- the Tampa Bay Lightning losing games or losing players.

The Lightning dropped a 2-1 decision to the Washington Caps Saturday night, and their record fell to 14-13-3. The team has now lost 67 man-games to injury this year.

“I'm speechless this keeps happening,” said coach Jon Cooper, who

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seemed frustrated. “This isn't October anymore. This is almost Christmas.”

Kucherov has scored five goals in four games.

Kucherov has scored five goals in four games.

The Lightning outshot Washington 35-20, but as they have for most of the season, the Lightning struggled to bury the puck. Their only goal came from Nikita Kucherov, who has scored five in the last four games.

“We have to score more than one,” Cooper said. “You can't expect your goaltender to do it every night.”

It was the ninth loss of the season for Bishop, but the 18th time he has held an opponent to two goals or fewer. Bishop and Braden Holtby of Washington entered the game as the top two in the NHL in goals-against average.

Tampa Bay is at Columbus Monday night to play against former coach John Tortorella.

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