Lightning doesn’t shoot, loses to Ottawa

by Gary Shelton on October 13, 2019 · 0 comments

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Ondrej Palat scored one of the Lightning goals./TRAVIS PENDERGRASS

Monday, 4 a.m.

You can pass it. You can spin it. You can maneuver it up the ice.

But until you actually shoot the puck, you probably aren't going to win.

The Tampa Bay Lightning, still struggling to get a foothold on the young season, had just five shots in the first period, and just six in the third in a 4-2 loss to Ottawa. In all, the Bolts had just 21 shots, and missed on all four of their power plays.

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"We were driving the play against Toronto (Thursday night)," said Lightning coach Jon Cooper. "Tonight, Ottawa drove the play against us. It was a little disappointing. It was not up to our standard, that's for sure.

"We just didn't generate anything. Give credit to them. I think they blocked 20 shots (19), so. you have to tip. your hat a little bit to them. We had a few waves. Bad timing on penalties took a little momentum from us."

The Bolts trailed 2-1 going into the third period, but Luke Witkowski tied the game with his second career goal. But former Lightning player Vlad Namestnikov scored on a tap-in goal and an empty netter.

Tampa Bay had seemingly took a 3-2 lead on a goal by Nikita Kucherov, but the Bolts were called for goaltender interference.

Earlier, Ondrej Palat had scored his third goal of the season.

The Senators were the worst team in the East coming into the game and were 0-3.

The Lightning play Montreal at the Bell Centre Tuesday night. The puck is scheduled to drop at 7 p.m.

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