In case you missed it, the Tampa Bay Lightning did the unthinkable last week: They held the Ottawa Senators to a single touchdown. And yet, for all of the grit and pluck on display in that hard-fought contest, the Bolts failed to convert on a 4th-and-goal attempt late in the game. The good news is that they nailed the extra point. 7-1, Ottawa. 7-1, Ottawa. A score like that certainly goes a long way towards illuminating a team's problems, no? Now, the easiest way to explain away a loss of this magnitude is to simply throw the goalies under the bus. And this approach, while admittedly cruel, is probably acceptable given the hitherto abysmal play of Tampa's two netminders, Mike Smith, and Antero Niittymaki. To be fair, Niittymaki has posted borderline-respectable numbers; but neither player ...
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