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Tocchet looks for first win as Lightning coach

Florida (6-9-1) at Tampa Bay (5-7-5), 7:30 pm EST

TAMPA, Florida (Ticker) -- Rich Tocchet failed to make a good

first impression as the new coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Tocchet and the struggling Lightning look to snap a four-game

losing streak when the club hosts the Florida Panthers on


Tampa Bay dismissed Barry Melrose 16 games into the season

hoping Tocchet - an 18-year coaching veteran - could fix one of

the league's floundering squads. Yet, with a loss in this game

the Lightning will find themselves at square one by matching

their season-opening, five-game skid (0-2-3).

They are coming off a 3-2 shootout loss to the Carolina

Hurricanes on Sunday in Tocchet's debut. Martin St. Louis

scored and captain Vincent Lecavalier ended a six-game goalless

streak, but Tampa Bay was not able to rebound from a 4-3

shortcoming against the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday.

Prior to that contest, the Lightning were vanquished by the

Panthers, who used two goals by Gregory Campbell and tallies

from Nathan Horton and defenseman Bryan McCabe en route to

recording a 4-0 win on Tuesday.

Tocchet has inserted rookie Steven Stamkos to the Lecavalier-St.

Louis line.

The move could be a confidence builder for the top overall pick

in June's draft, who has gone eight games without a point since

his two-goal night in Buffalo on October 30.

Florida had a two-game win streak snapped and failed to win

three in a row for the first time this season after the Red

Wings skated to a 3-2 win on Friday.



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