After ugly outing against Canucks, Bolts lament woeful power play


The Tampa Bay Lightning had 10 power play opportunities against Vancouver on Tuesday night.


Yet they only managed to score once — wasting five man advantages in the third period alone — and, when all was said and done, found themselves with the league’s seventh-worst PP, at 16.8 percent.

“It’s obviously not good enough,” Lightning forward Ryan Callahan said, per the club’s website. “It’s not where it needs to be.

“I mean, 1-for-10 is not even close to where it needs to be.”

The Lightning’s inability to score with the man advantage has been a problem all year long. The team opened the year 1-for-15 and, in the month of November, went six-for-41 (14.6 percent).

The worst part about last night’s effort is that it came at a time where things looked to be coming around.

On Sunday, the Bolts scored two power play goals against Ottawa, and enjoyed a nice streak in early December where they had PPGs in four of their first five games.

Failing to convert against a tired Vancouver team at the end of a six-game trip left the Lightning in a foul mood.

“It’s tough,” captain Steven Stamkos said. “[Special teams] are costing us games this year, so we have to take responsibility as players.

“There are no excuses.”