This was not only the most lopsided loss of the season for the Lightning, it was also their poorest performance of the year. There have been other games in which the Bolts have spotted the opposition a multi-goal lead - including in Friday's loss to the New Jersey Devils. But in none of those other games were the Lightning as decisively outplayed as they were in this contest. Excluding the opening minutes of the game and a short stretch early in the second period (segments when the Lightning were applying offensive zone pressure), the Rangers dominated the game.
The Rangers won the majority of puck battles. They executed plays well - both off the rush and in the offensive zone. Conversely, the Lightning suffered multiple breakdowns in both their rush coverage and the d-zone coverage. All six of the New York goals either came off the rush or after a Lightning d-zone breakdown/turnover.
If they can beat the Islanders on Tuesday, the Bolts would salvage a .500 record on this road trip. But if they hope to end their three-game losing streak, they'll need a much better overall performance than what they showed on Sunday.
Lightning Radio Big Moment of the Game:
Rick Nash's opening goal.
Lightning Radio Three Stars of the Game:
- Michael Grabner - Rangers. Hat trick.
- J.T. Miller - Rangers. Goal and two assists.
- Kevin Hayes - Rangers. Three assists.