New Lightning coach Barry Melrose is still seeking his first victory with the team. Tampa Bay has dropped four in a row—including two overtime defeats— to start the season.
The Lightning only scored 8 goals and they allowed 12 goals in 4 games. However, they allowed on average a league worst 37.5 shots per night. The stellar goaltending of Olaf Kolzig and Mike Smith prevented them from getting shelled in every game.
You also have to wonder why the mullet-less Melrose doesn't give more ice-time to rookie sensation Steven Stamkos. Stamkos only played 9 minutes yesterday against a weak NYIslanders team. If Melrose doesn't give more ice time to #91, they should send him back to junior where he can get plenty of ice-time.
Tampa Bay's next 3 games are at home against Minnesota, Atlanta and San Jose. Melrose will be hard pressed to get at least 2 wins to save his job; otherwise, Koules and Barrie will not wait long to relieve Melrose of his duties a la Denis Savard.
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