The set-up was perfect.
The Tampa Bay Lightning was coming off a rousing 6-3 home victory Saturday against their heated state and division rival, the first-place Florida Panthers.
It was a game that featured a Martin St. Louis hat trick to mark his landmark 900th career NHL game, league-scoring leader Steven Stamkos 34th goal and another important step forward for the Bolts on the comeback trail.
What better way to skate into the finale of a four-game home stand against the defensively tough but low-scoring Los Angeles Kings Tuesday night?
What better way to generate momentum for a road swing against the New York Rangers, (first in the Atlantic at 33-13-5), the Buffalo Sabres (last in the Northeast at 22-24-6) and the Pittsburgh Penguins (fourth in the Atlantic at 30-19-5)?
Unfortunately, it turns out the Lightning still needs to get way better especially when it comes to the power play.
Thats what proved most costly to the Bolts in their 3-1 loss to the Kings, causing them t...