Usually, when Cheapseats has a 1-on-1 interview with a player after the morning skate, the guy either has a great game or a heroic moment later that night.

Rarely, if ever before, has he turned into a goat.

Coach Paul MacLean had his fourth line on the ice against Lightning stars Steven Stamkos and Marty St. Louis on at least a couple of occasions Tuesday night, including an early third period shift that ended with St. Louis breaking a 1-1 tie.

But the blame was not on Chris Neil, Jesse Winchester or Zenon Konopka, but Erik Karlsson, who was stripped of the puck at the Ottawa blue line a couple of seconds before St. Louis finished off a 3-on-1 by flipping a shot past Craig Anderson's on the stick side.