Bolts denied berth in shutout loss

by Gary Shelton on April 13, 2022

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Vasilevskiy has lost four straight games./TIM WIRT

Wednesday, 4 a.m.

The progress is going slowly enough as it is. But the Dallas Stars had a message for the Lightning, who are slowly crawling toward the NHL playoffs.

Wait a minute.

The Stars beat the slumping Lightning 1-0 Tuesday night, with Roope Hintz scoring the game's only goal with 4:50 remaining.

The loss continued the recent slow-down by the Bolts. They have now lost four of their last five and 11 of their last 17 games. Still, they could have clinched a playoff with a victory.

The Lightning have allowed two goals in regulation in the past three games, but are 1-1-1.

“It's unfortunate that we only have three points to show for it. That's tough,” coach Jon Cooper said. “Sometimes that can be frustrating. But if we're going to give up zero and one goal a game, I'll take our chances.”

However, the Bolts are scoring even less.

Lightning captain Steven Stamkos said. "The defensive side has been a lot better, but you also can't win a game when you don't score. It's just about finding that balance now."

Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy lost his fourth straight game. He stopped 28 of 29 shots.

The Bolts are home on Thursday night against Anaheim. The game begins at 7 p.m.

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