It’s tough to be disappointed no matter what you read on Twitter. 2 games in as many nights are difficult for any team no matter how many goals they’ve been scoring. That seems to be what the Lightning suffered tonight. Through the second and third periods they just seemed tired. New York disrupted their rhythm and took the victory in the 3-2 game. A tad ironic as current members of the Rangers Brad Richards and John Tortorella were honored as part of the 20th anniversary celebration this evening.
The main thing that I take away from tonight, other than rage at the jerk Rangers fans sitting behind us, is how fickle Tampa’s fan base really is. Having been with them through thick and thin apparently I assume everyone has as well. Yesterday people were ready to hand the Bolts the Stanley Cup and now the sky is falling. It’s one game. The condensed schedule does place extra importance on each match up, but they’re going to lose games.
Oh yeah, Stamkos had two goals in the game and Mathieu Garon had some downright acrobatic saves.
“We had chances,” Stamkos said. “But we just couldn’t capitalize on them. They capitalized on theirs, but you look at the big picture, and if we can take eight out of a possible 10 points, we’ll take that all the time.” (Quote Source: Lightning Official Site)
One area for concern is that Vinny Lecavalier went down after taking a Sami Salo shot to the foot. No word on the extent of the injury is expected until tomorrow. For now we rest up and regroup.