Slow start dooms Lightning against Carolina

by Gary Shelton on December 1, 2019

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Tyler Johnson scored for the Bolts./CARMEN MANDATO

Sunday, 4 a.m

The hole is too deep.

The start is too slow.

The energy is too limited.

And the start of the Tampa Bay Lighting is becoming more and more troubling.

The Lighting lost again Saturday night, as the slow start to a game added to the slow start to a season. Tampa Bay fell behind Carolina 3-0 and went on to lose 3-2, falling to 12-9-3 on the season.

"It’s the details," said captain Steven Stamkos. "There is only so much we can talk about . We’re all sick about talking about it. We weren’t ready to start the game. We played arguably our best two periods of the year in the second and third. It wasn’t good enough.You know, I should have scored two or three tonight. I had two many grade A chances not to score. I ve got to put it on myself. We had enough chances to win the game. “

Brayden Point and Tyler Johnson scored for the Bolts.

Lightning coach Jon Cooper defended his team.

"You can’t give up that number (of goals)," Cooper said. "We have to limit what extra goal that we’re giving up a game."

The Lightning play at Nashville on Tuesday night. The puck is scheduled to drop at 8 p.m.

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