Lightning clobbered in another sloppy game

by Gary Shelton on April 6, 2023

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Hagel scored his 28th goal./TIM WIRT

Friday, 4 a.m.

Sometimes they fly. Sometimes they fall.

Some days, they are hell on ice. Some days, they play like it.

There are nights when the Tampa Bay Lightning makes you wonder how far they might go in the upcoming NHL playoffs. And others when you wonder how fast they might fall.

The bad Lightning (as opposed to the good) showed up again in Wednesday night's 6-3 loss to the New York

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Killorn scored his 25th goal./TIM WIRT

Rangers. They started slow, and they had gaps in their defense, and in the end, they took it on the chin.

There for a while, it figured that the Bolts had stopped this. At their best, they are good enough to beat the Hurricanes and sweep two games in a row from New Jersey. Ah, but they are bad enough to give up six goals or more in 18 games.

Goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy gave up six goals, three of them on the Rangers' first six shots. Coming into the game, Vasilevskiy had stopped 99 of his previous 100.

The Bolts came back within 3-2 and again at 4-3, but New York finished strong to close out the game.

Alex Killorn, Darren Raddysh and Brandon Hagel scored the goals for the Lightning. It was Raddysh’s first career goal.

Tampa Bay's road swing continues tonight in a game against the New York Islanders. The game is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.

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