Bolts lose again with little offense

by Gary Shelton on February 9, 2024

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Kucherov had a goal and an assist./TIM WIRT

Friday, 4 a.m.

Here’s a bit of advice. If you’re traveling to New York, you might want to bring a stick.

That’s especially true if you are a hockey player.

For the second straight night, the once-hot Tampa Bay Lightning fizzled, this time in a 6-2 defeat to the New York Islanders. The flat Bolts got off only 18 shots, meaning that in back-to-back losses to the Ranges and Islanders, they managed just 38. In the first and second periods of each defeat, the Bolts managed just 10 shots total in the two games.

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Meanwhile, the Islanders simply wore out the Bolts’ backup goaltender Jonas Johansson, scoring six goals on 24 shots. Half of the goals came on long-range shots.

The Bolts managed goals from Brandon Hagel (his 18th) and Nikita Kucherov (his 33rd). Kucherov also had an assist to re-take the NHL scoring lead. Kucherov’s goal pulled the Bolts to within 3-1, but the Islanders scored twice in 68 seconds to pull away.

Johansson fell to 10-7-5 on the year.

The Bolts are now 27-20-5, but are only 10-15-2 on the road.

Tampa Bay plays at Columbus on Saturday night at 7 p.m.

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