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Rank the Players: Lightning Overcome Missing Talent, Kings Don’t

Kopitar’s absence is keenly felt in a 2-1 loss.

NHL: Tampa Bay Lightning at Los Angeles Kings Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Think a lot of Kings fans were bolting for the exit after that one. (I’m sorry, it is literally impossible for me to write about the Lightning without making a pun.) Rank ‘em:

Lots of compliments were given to the Lightning after this game, and they were deserved; LA hits the 30-shot mark fairly often, but today it didn’t really feel like they were threatening enough. With the pace of the game, if they’d been more effective, they could have put 40 on Ben Bishop, who had been surprisingly poor this season but has picked it up since returning from injury. He slipped up once, allowing Kyle Clifford to score the Kings’ early goal, but otherwise Tampa Bay was able to keep the Kings from getting clean looks for most of the game. The Lightning got a flashy goal and a greasy goal, and Marian Gaborik got denied in close on LA’s best chance down the stretch.

Come back soon, Anze. (And Tyler. And Jonathan.)