Power outage: Bolts lose third straight, offense continues to sputter

Tough times in Tampa Bay.

The Lightning could only muster one goal on Thursday night against Colorado, dropping a 2-1 decision for their third straight loss and sixth in their last eight.

The Bolts came into tonight’s action having been shut out in consecutive contests, to the Blackhawks and Blues. While tonight’s goal was a welcome development — Alex Killorn scored on the power play — the lack of overall offense continues to be a major concern. Tyler Johnson is still without a goal this season while the likes of Valtteri Filppula and Jonathan Drouin have just one each.

Steve Stamkos hasn’t scored in four games. Neither has Nikita Kucherov. Neither has Ryan Callahan.

What’s more, the Bolts failed to get their offense back on track against a Colorado team that’d lost four straight, and has been pretty leaky of late.

The Avs surrendered eight goals in their last two games, to the Blue Jackets and Panthers. They also gave struggling Semyon Varlamov the start this evening — he came in with a 3.93 GAA and .889 save percentage — but the Russian ‘tender responded with a stellar outing, stopping 34 of 35 shots.

As for the rest of the Avs, Alex Tanguay and Nathan MacKinnon scored the goals, while Jarome Iginla picked up two assists.

That put Iginla at 1,233 points for his career, moving him past Hall of Famer Phil Housley for 38th on NHL’s all-time scoring list.

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