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Lightning lose 3-2 on the road against the Wild

After winning 10 straight, the Bolts have lost 2 of 3.

Tampa Bay Lightning v Minnesota Wild Photo by Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI via Getty Images

Recap

The Lightning lost to the Minnesota Wild 3-2 tonight. The loss is the second in three games for the Bolts following the 10 game winning streak. If not for the late game heroics against the Kings on Tuesday, this would’ve been the third loss in a row.

The Wild opened the scoring in the first period on a power play goal by Zach Parise. He got loose at the back post and Eric Staal found him for the goal. The Wild took that 1-0 lead into the first intermission.

The second period saw most of the scoring. It started with Nikita Kucherov tying the game at one. The Wild responded with two consecutive goals from Joel Eriksson Ek and Ryan Suter. They appeared to have added another but Lightning coach Jon Cooper challenged for offsides and the call was overturned.

In the third, Kucherov scored again to cut the lead to one with a little over ten minutes left. But unlike the game against Los Angeles earlier this week, the Lightning couldn’t find the tying goal and the game ended with the Wild winning 3-2.

StatCap

Tampa won the shot metric battle again tonight. It wasn’t a dominant performance but they did lead in both shots and expected goals. The pairing of Ryan McDonagh and Erik Cernak struggled in McDonagh’s return to the lineup.

FeelingsCap

The Lightning had a lot of things go their way during the 10 game winning streak. This loss, like the one against New Jersey, is another example of the good fortune going back the other way. The difference in the game was Curtis McElhinney get slightly outplayed by Alex Stalock.

The Lightning also slightly underperformed their expected goal total offensively, which is unusual. They certainly didn’t play a dominant offensive game but normally, in a game like this, they would’ve been able to find a third goal somewhere and secure a point.

Instead, they head to Winnipeg looking to avoid losing three of four before the All-Star break. They’ll be on the second night of a back to back, which is tough. But Andrei Vasilevskiy will be in net. He’s been playing well lately and tomorrow would be a perfect time for him to step up and steal one for the skaters.