Marc Denis seemed sharp in his first start of the season, but once again the Lightning couldn’t buy a break on the road. Denis made some important saves and got hung out to dry on a bad line change, but the game-winner off Chris Clark’s knee was another unfortunate bounce for the Lightning.
John Tortorella often says a team needs to create its own breaks, but Clark’s goal continued an unfortunate road trend for the Lightning. Much like the goal Peter Schaefer scored in Boston as he tried to jump out of the way and the puck hit his knee, Clark’s game-winner was an unlucky bounce after Denis had made a nice initial save. I think the lesson to be learned is that good things happen when you charge the net. It seemed like the Lightning were on track to tie the game after Marty St. Louis’ re-direction in the third made it 4-3, but Olaf Kolzig slammed the door. Jan Hlavac appeared to have the tying goal on his stick, but his wrister from the slot wasn’t high enough to clear Kolzig’s outstretched leg pad.