Lightning beat Canucks 4-2

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 2, 2014 at 1:24 am •  Published: January 2, 2014
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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Vancouver Canucks coach John Tortorella did not waste much time analyzing his club's effort Wednesday night.

"It was our worst game of the year," Tortorella said after the Canucks dropped a 4-2 decision to the Tampa Bay Lightning. "We deserved to lose that one. We did."

Valtteri Filppula had a goal and an assist for the Lightning, whose franchise is 21 years old and posted only its second win ever in Vancouver. Tampa Bay made history of another sort by posting a fourth straight road win for the first time since Jan. 8-Feb. 7, 2008.

"I just think it was a game that we were out of sorts, out of sync, and it wasn't just one particular guy," Tortorella said. "It was the whole team."

Tyler Johnson, Nikita Kucherov and Alex Killorn also scored for Tampa Bay.

Brad Richardson and Zac Dalpe replied for the Canucks, who lost their second straight.

After a scoreless first period, the Lightning overcame a 1-0 deficit to clinch the win in the closing seconds of the second period following a flurry of goals.

"We played a solid road game," Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said. "We fell behind, got the lead and found a way to hold onto it, and it's what you have to do if you want any chance to make the playoffs: Find ways to win on the road and hold leads."

Vancouver forward Daniel Sedin also called the effort Vancouver's worst of the season.

"Today was too sloppy," he said. "I don't think we worked hard enough, to be honest with you. Last game (a shootout loss to Philadelphia) was really different."

"They should have been up way more than they were after two periods," added Henrik Sedin. "We were fortunate to only be down one going into the third, and it was far from good enough.

"We have to be sharper. It was turnover after turnover, and that can't happen."

Tampa Bay's Ben Bishop made 28 saves for his 21st win of the season as the Lightning outshot the Canucks 33-30. Vancouver's Eddie Lack recorded 29 saves.

Neither team scored in the first period despite some decent chances. Both teams recorded 11 shots.

In the first minute of the second period, Lack denied Filppula on a 3-on-2 rush, stopping his shot from the wing and then smothering the rebound.

Richardson opened the scoring at 11:25 as he raced in alone and beat Bishop with a quick shot after Vancouver defenseman Dan Hamhuis forced a turnover in the neutral zone with a hip check on Richard Panik.



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