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Post Game Notes & Quotes From Last Night's Shootout Loss To The Florida Panthers

The Lightning rebounded, in terms of effort if not outcome, from the blowout loss to Washington on Friday.


Head coach Guy Boucher:

"Their effort was there the whole game. That’s why we scored the third goal to tie it. Our effort was there from the beginning."

Forward Mattias Ritola:

"We bounced back good from last game and I felt we had a good work ethic, but we should have closed that game being up 2-0. But we didn’t, we made some mistakes that cost us...We were a good hockey team in the first two periods and we came out exactly like we should have. We lost that game in the second period though."

Forward Steve Downie:

"The one point is the only positive thing. We were down a goal, we got that goal back, that was good, but we want to win. We did not want to lose that. We’re disappointed all around."

Goalie Dan Ellis:

"It’s tough when you give up a lead like that. We have to bear down and close that game. Those were two points that we needed to have. I think we all needed to execute to get that two points."

Forward Martin St. Louis:

"I thought our effort was there. We gave them a couple of their goals and we didn’t make it hard enough for them to get their goals. But we fought; at least we got the point. We’d like to have two, but the effort was there...We have to keep plugging away. We have to battle. We did that tonight, we just didn’t get the result we wanted. We had some good chances, we just didn’t put it in."

Dan Ellis started in goal, playing for the first time since starting (but being pulled with five minutes remaining in the 1st period) in the 8-7 win at Philadelphia on November 18th.

Guy Boucher:

"I thought he played well. The last goal they scored was a tip and he couldn’t do anything. It hit the inside of the post and went in, so I thought he played well."

The game was settled in a shootout, the first of the year for the Lightning. Guy Boucher wouldn't mind if the Lightning aren't involved in another ever again:

"I’ve never liked them. Win or lose. For me, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again a million times, we didn’t really get a team win or a team loss. It [the shootout] is an individual skill."

Tampa Bay went 1-7 on the power play and 4-4 on the penalty kill.

The Florida Panthers have scored five power play goals as a team this season. Steven Stamkos has scored 10 so far. 

This was the first loss for the Lightning this season in a game that led after two periods. They're now 10-0-1 in that scenario. 

 The Lightning have outshot their opponent in 14 of 24 games this season (58.3%).

The Lightning are 13-8-1 overall this season, and 2-3-1 against the Southeast Division. 

Photographs by cstreet.us, thelastminute, turtlemom nancy , fesek, kthypryn, justinwright, sue_elias, pointnshoot, and scrapstothefuture used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.