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Ousted: Lightning loses scoring touch, loses series

May 24, 2018 general

Thursday, 4 a.m. The words were hollow, meaningless. Throughout the years, a hundred losing teams have repeated the clinches about losing and effort and bad breaks. Nothing new here. The faces, however, told a different story. It was a tale of pain and loss, of coming from behind and then falling from ahead. The eyes […]

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Either the Lightning flies, or it falls in Game 7

May 23, 2018 general

Wednesday, 4 a.m. Someone’s going to go on. Someone’s going to go home. Someone’s going to rush toward the center of the ice to celebrate. Someone’s going to drop their head and skate away from it. Someone will feel like heaven. Someone will feel like hell. There is no other choice for either team, no […]

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Bolts battered by Caps, must survive a Game Seven

May 22, 2018 general

Tuesday, 4 a.m. And so it comes to this. One last showdown in the street. One last sword fight on top of the castle walls. One chance to slay the monster in the final reel. Ah, Game Seven. And now we find out who is better? The Tampa Bay Lightning, with a chance to close […]

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Lightning have had a list of stars in their wins

May 21, 2018 general

Monday, 3 a.m. Who will it be? Whose turn is it? The Tampa Bay Lightning, showing resilience again, showing focus, has another team on the ropes. So who finds the net? Steven Stankos? Tyler Johnson? Nikita Kucherov. Someone? Anyone? That’s been the thing about the Bolts. They’ve found their heroes on any line, on any […]

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Ask Gary: Is there a bigger challenge than Bruins?

May 12, 2018 general

Each week, the readers take over GarySheltonsports.com and play Ask Gary. They send in a question, or a couple, on Thursday night or Friday morning and we all talk about the world of sports. Think of it as a radio show where you don’t have to be on hold. Join us and ask a question, […]

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Which playoff journey would make the best movie?

May 11, 2018 general

Friday, 4 a.m. We like their team. We love their story. They are a blockbuster, a blend of abilities and personal stories. There are thrills and chills and re-inventing themselves and tiny successes adding up big ones. Isn’t that like every movie you’ve ever seen? And so we prepare for another sequel. The Lightning Strikes […]

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Bolts’ win was their most impressive series

May 8, 2018 general

Tuesday, 4 a.m. Now that the Tampa Bay Lightning has kissed (ahem) the big, bad Boston Bruins goodbye, we should take a minute to reflect on just what the team has done. These were the Bruins, the beast from the dark. This was the unbeatable foe from the unwinnable arena. This was a burly first […]

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Step 8: Bolts measure up to Boston’s muscle…again

May 7, 2018 general

Monday, 4 a.m. Well, that was easier than expected. The big, bad Boston Bruins — feared in the deep, savage in the dark — proved to be no problem at all for the Tampa Bay Lightning in their second-round playoff series. Just like that, their muscles were no problem, and their teeth weren’t that long, […]

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Ask Gary: Did anyone predict this Lightning team?

May 5, 2018 general

Each week, the readers take over GarySheltonsports.com and play Ask Gary. They send in a question, or a couple, on Thursday night or Friday morning and we all talk about the world of sports. Think of it as a radio show where you don’t have to be on hold. Join us and ask a question, […]

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Step Seven: Lick this! Bolts rally to beat Boston

May 5, 2018 general

Friday, 3 a.m. Maybe  you  are offended by the tongue. Who wouldn’t be? Tongues are particularly loathsome, after all. Certainly, Brad Marchand, sleazy guy, the lizard king of the NHL, wants you to be offended by the tongue. That’s why he licked Ryan Callahan with it. When a hockey team is being outplayed in the […]

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