After tonight’s loss, the Lightning and their fans must be looking back at the Curtis McElhinney trade and wonder what would have happened had the Ottawa Senators not snatched him up. Would the Lightning be sound in goal after this season should Dwayne Roloson’s age become an issue? Would the Lightning not have lost tonight 3-2OT off a mishandled Jason Spezza goal that handcuffed Roloson?
The Lighting continued a trend of losing the lead in the third period. After outshooting the Senators 13-3 in the first period, the tables turned in the third and the Lightning were outshot 18-10 resulting in two goals for the Senators.
Nick Foligno scored the tying goal with 3:55 left in the game off a tip from a hard shot through the crease.
Ryan Shannon scored a shorthanded goal 12:27 into the third for the Senators while Marek Svatos was in the penalty box
For the Lightning, Vincent Lecavalier and Dana Tyrell got the goals.
The Lightning continue to lose ground in the race for the division title as the Washington Capitals. At this point in the season, the focus cannot be the title, but to figure out how to play a full 60 minute game. Give credit to the Lightning for the effort in the overtime period, but it would not have been necessary if they finished the game as strong as they started.
Even though Roloson put in a good game and blocked 31 shots, Lightning fans must wonder if the defense isn’t limiting his nights to less than 30 shots a game, will his age (41) end up being a factor through a rough playoff season?
McElhinney finished the game with 35 saves and left Lightning fans wondering what if?
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Written by Christopher Tran
New York transplant from California, and an avid blogger and sports fan. As he tends to do every year, he picks an Eastern Conference NHL team to root for until they become too good and he fears for his team out west. If you want to talk hockey with me, feel free to send a line.