Thanksgiving may be in the air, but home has hardly been a place of warmth and cheer these days for the Tampa Bay Lightning not after its turkey of a game Tuesday night or the way it got stuffed three days earlier.
Somehow, playing at the St. Pete Times Forum has become as troublesome for the Bolts as going on the road.
They had hoped to get a little momentum back on this recently completed three-game home stand, following consecutive losses of 3-0 at St. Louis and 5-2 at Winnipeg.
But after what began on an upbeat note last Thursday a 4-1 thumping of the potent Pittsburgh Penguins Tampa Bay lost its pre-holiday spirit in hurry with a 4-2 setback Saturday against the visiting New Jersey Devils and the humbling 7-1 rout Tuesday by the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Until now, the teams stumbles and inconsistencies were largely limited to other arenas, not the raucous building in which they had built a 6-1 record and knocked off three of the NHLs top-tier teams in quick succession: Ch...