Bolts lose another with shaky goaltending

by Gary Shelton on January 1, 2022

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Elliott's puck-handling got him into trouble./JEFFREY S. KING

Saturday, 4 a.m.

Someone ought to say it: Man, do the Tampa Bay Lightning miss Andrei Vasilevskiy.

The Lightning lost their second game in 24 hours Friday night, falling to the New York Rangers 4-3 in a shootout. And as much as the team will insist the goaltender was just peachy, the truth is that it was shaky for the second straight night.

Brian Elliott allowed three goals on just 23 shots, two of them after errant passes from in front of his net.

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Mika Zibanejad scored the winning goal in the shootout after the first five skaters all drew a blank.

For the Lightning, goals came from Steven Stamkos (his 16th), Ross Colton and Corey Perry. Perry's came with 1:57 to play to force overtime.

Former Bolt Barclay Goodrow scored twice for the Rangers in the victory and was honored with a video highlight.

“Am I disappointed we didn’t get two points?” Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said. “I am. But if they were going to get two points away from us and Goody was going to score two, I can sleep at night because he meant the world to our organization.”

The Bolts now travel to New York to face a Sunday rematch with the Rangers. The game is to begin at 12:30 p.m.

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