"Third periods are all about depth, and when you've got depth you can maintain and sustain your efficiency, drive, puck possession and forecheck. We haven't had depth for a long, long time now and it's taking a toll." -- Guy Boucher
"That's my learning curve in my first year as a coach in the NHL," Boucher told NHL.com. "It's amazing how much you're walking a thin line. Just a few games here and there -- it's a weird thing."
The Lightning have been falling to the wrong side of the line too often this month.
They're 2-5-4 since finishing February on a three-game win streak and have watched Washington zip past them in the Southeast Division race. The Lightning were five points ahead of Washington on Feb. 28, but today they trail the Capitals by seven points and barely are hanging on to fifth place in the Eastern Conference.