With the Lightning 0-3 in shootouts this season, Tocchet scrambled his shooters in an effort to change the result. Getting a chance to go one-on-one with Brodeur was Andrej Meszaros and Jeff Halpern, along with Stamkos and Lecavalier. Only Meszaros got close, but his backhand attempt, which seemed to have Brodeur beat, clanged off the goalpost.
Meanwhile, Nittymaki kept the game alive until the fourth New Jersey Devil shooter, David Clarkson, ended the contest with a backhand flip into the Lightning net.
It wasn’t pretty, but it was one point, although Coach Tocchet wasn’t proud to grab it.
“We didn’t deserve the extra point,” Tocchet said. “We came out flat for the first two periods. Nittymaki was incredible tonight. He gave us a chance to get back into it.”
Tampa Bay did get back in. But that’s as far as it went. And they’d seen it all before.
Bolt Notes: With the shootout loss the Lightning are still the only team in the Eastern Conference without a regulation loss at home, going 4-0-3 at the Times Forum…With four misses, the Lightning are now 0-14 on the shootout this season…St.Louis’ assist was the 600th point in his career…Nittymaki finished with 37 saves on 38 shots…Lecavalier led the Lightning with five shots on goal…Mattias Ohlund led the club in time on ice with 28:58…The Lightning (4-3-4) head out for a four-game road trip which begins Monday in Philadelphia.
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