The problems with this game can be boiled down into four issues:
- The defense wasn't that great. The one big failing the Lightning have had this season is their defense. Giving up two shorthanded goals in the same power play earlier in the season wasn't one of their most stellar moments. And while they've improved since then, it's been very incrementally. You can't blame the goaltending entirely with allowing eight goals in one game.
- No one was blocking shots. The total number of blocked shots for the Lightning in this game was 10, and three of those were by Pavel Kubina. This team has blocked more than 10 shots in a period on a regular basis. That was a big reason why shots were getting through to Mike Smith.
Still, having said that, it's not as if he was getting a lot of help from his teammates, either. (See: blocked shots above, as well as the score.)
Statistically, the Lightning didn't have a bad night - other than scoring goals and blocking shots. On paper, it wasn't a bad game, actually. But on the scoreboard is was, and that's the bottom line.
The Lightning's next game is December 4th at the St. Pete Times Forum against the Colorado Avalanche. Game time is at 7:30 pm Eastern. The Raw Charge game thread opens up for business at 7 pm, so stop in and say hi if you're not attending the game.