Dallas Stars DESTROY Tampa Bay Lightning 8-1, hand them their fourth consecutive loss of the season

The Tampa Bay Lightning have been outscored 19-5 by their opponents in this massive four-game losing run


Dallas Stars DESTROY Tampa Bay Lightning 8-1, hand them their fourth consecutive loss of the season

Mason Marchment (L) Tyler Seguin (C) and Esa Lindell (R) celebrating against Lightning [Pic Credit: The Portland Press Herald]

The team may have Lightning in their name, but the dark clouds keep on pouring over the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Atlantic Division side started the season brightly but has lost track in the past few games. Things got worse on Saturday as they were crushed 8-1 by the Dallas Stars.

Losing a game in sports is the most common thing. However, when big marquee teams start dropping games, several questions are raised. In the past few years, the Lightning have been one of the best teams in the NHL while reaching three successive Stanley Cup finals. This season though, they are struggling as this heavy loss for their fourth consecutive loss of the season.

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This match was a game that saw the stars of the Dallas Stars shine brightly. Joe Pavelski would lead the way for his team with a goal and two assists in this game. As a result of this performance, he extended his point streak by nine games. In this time span, the Stars man has picked up twelve points (six goals and six assists).

In this goals-galore game, Jason Roberston scored twice for the Stars. He was well supported by his teammates as Jamie Benn, Mason Marchment, and Thomas Harley each scored and assisted as well. Meanwhile, goalie Jake Oettinger made 32 crucial saves for his side and improved his record to 7-2-2 in eleven games this season.

Coach Jon Cooper admits feeling pained following enormous 8-1 loss

When a game in sports ends up with a huge scoreline like this, the eyes of the fans go straight towards the coach. The 8-1 loss at the hands of the Dallas Stars saw Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper come under the spotlight of many. He has now admitted to feeling pained while claiming the feeling of getting “stung”.

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Having dropped three games on the bounce, the pressure was certainly on Cooper to help his team out of this mess. Unfortunately for him, things did not go as per his plan as the Stars exploded on his team. He would later clarify what made this defeat tough to swallow.

Jon Cooper
Coach Jon Cooper (Pic Credit: AP)
In 82 games, there’s going to be some stinkers, when it feels like every shot’s going in the net (for the opponent) and every one you take is not...  What makes it tough is three of the four where we feel for sure could have taken two of them, got points out of the last three. Then you don’t, and all of a sudden you’ve lost four in a row, so this one is much more of a stinger.
Jon Cooper on this 8-1 loss through NHL.com

The Lightning have now been outscored 19-5 in this four-game losing run. This has left them with a 10-10-5 record in the midst of their division table. They will have the chance to avenge this defeat when they take on the Stars again next time out at their home on Monday. They will need a much better performance than this though to get some positive results from that game.

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