Bolts begin their season with a defeat

by Gary Shelton on October 12, 2022

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Stamkos scored his first goal./TIM WIRT

Wednesday, 3 a.m.

Already, they are playing chase.

The Tampa Bay Lightning opened its season Tuesday night, and just like last year, they did it with a loss.

The Bolts fell 3-1 to the New York Rangers, a team that looked quicker and more efficient for most of the night. Tampa Bay got only a power play goal by Steven Stamkos to avoid the shutout.

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The game was tied at 1 going into the third period, but the Rangers scored two more goals. In all, New York had 39 shots.

The Bolts had 27 shots but only the one goal.

The Lightning plays again in Columbus on Friday night at 7 p.m.

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