Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/14/13
The Tampa Bay Lightning might have lost 5-4 to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday. However Coach Jon Cooper thinks his team played "a heck of a hockey game" against some of the league's "most elite players." The Tampa Bay Lightning are five games into the season and Coach Jon Cooper has no major complaints. The Bolts had been on a three game winning streak prior to Saturday's 5-4 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. However Saturday's loss to Pittsburgh reinforced one thing: Tampa Bay has an extremely young team. The team showed a lack of discipline especially among younger players in giving the Penguins five power play opportunities through the contest which Pittsburgh took advantage of. According to Cooper the team "failed to manage the game" after allowing three power play goals including two in the third period after penalties by Alex Killorn and Richard Panik . "We've got a young team and this is a team sport" Cooper said. "Did I like the way the penalties were taken? Absolutely not" Cooper said post-game. "Is it unacceptable? Yes it is. In saying that we have to kill one of them off. If we get just one penalty kill we're still playing. We had chances to get the puck out on the PK and we didn't." Killorn who was called for holding at 8:28 of the 3rd (and led to a Sidney Crosby power play goal) agreed with coach Cooper and said the sting of the loss leaves "a pit in the bottom of your stomach."
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