After two games, the Tampa Bay Lightning are still searching for their first goal of the 2019 preseason.
And their first win.
The Lightning dropped both halves of a home-and-home against the Carolina Hurricanes, falling 2-0 at PNC Arena in Raleigh Wednesday night. A day earlier, the Bolts were shut out 3-0 by the Canes at AMALIE Arena in the preseason opener for both teams.
Carolina's Steven Lorentz broke a 0-0 deadlock at 4:53 of the second period after beating an unaware Mikhail Sergachev to a loose rebound in the blue paint and shooting past Lightning starting goaltender Spencer Martin (12-of-13 saves).
Clark Bishop pushed Carolina's lead to 2-0 at 5:06 of the third period, the Canes centerman snaring a turnover deep in the Lightning zone, wheeling around in the slot and scoring on Zach Fucale, who stopped 10-of-11 shots in relief of Martin, the two splitting the game nearly evenly.
Penalties continue to be an issue for the Lightning to start this preseason. A night after taking six minor penalties to the ire of head coach Jon Cooper, the Bolts were sent to the box five times Wednesday, although the penalty kill was a perfect 5-for-5 and improved to 10-for-11 this preseason.
Carolina outshot Tampa Bay 24-21 and owned a plus-25 shot advantage over the two games. Cal Foote had a game-high five shots Wednesday.
The Lightning (0-2-0) return to action in search of their first preseason win Friday at AMALIE Arena against the Nashville Predators (7 p.m. puck drop).