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Lightning hangs on for shaky 7-6 victory

March 23, 2018 general

Friday, 2 a.m. If you wish, you can revel in the glory of accomplishment. The Lightning won Thursday night, and along the way, a number of players achieved goals. Or, you can remember this game this way: For the first five minutes of the third period, they were slipping off of the ledge. It felt […]

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Will the final chapter be kind to Lightning?

March 22, 2018 general

Thursday, 4 a.m. Juliet died. The Godfather made amends. The Death Star blew up. Hannibal had a friend for dinner. Rick put Ilsa on the plane. Private Ryan lived to be old. We are all about the endings. The rest of the story, really, is just details. Rocky lost, then he won, then he made […]

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Lightning surge from behind to beat Maple Leafs

March 21, 2018 general

Wednesday, 4 a.m. Too many slow starts. Too many wobbly endings. Too many nights when the power is off. Too many games when the defense plays chase. Too many games forced into overtime. Too many mediocre efforts against mediocre teams. Yeah, there is something about the season of the Tampa Bay Lightning that has left […]

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Kucherov scores twice as Lightning rebound

March 19, 2018 general

Monday, 4 a.m. The night before, the penalty kill was murder. This time, it was lethal. The penalty kill unit of the Lightning stopped the Edmonton Oilers on five power plays Sunday in a 3-1 victory. The win snapped a two game skid by the Tampa Bay Lightning ad improved their record to 49-19-4. Tampa […]

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Bolts shut out in must win against Boston

March 18, 2018 general

Sunday, 3 a.m. If the Tampa Bay Lightning want to be remembered as a special team, perhaps it is time they concentrated more on their special teams. Such as that power play that doesn’t have any power. And a penalty kill that is dying on the vine. The Lightning suffered its second straight lopsided loss […]

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Picking the Lightning’s top 25 performers

March 16, 2018 general

Friday, 4 a.m. When a team is going well, the temptation is to toss confetti. You throw a parade. You schedule a party. You are warmed by the good vibes, and you hope they will last as long as possible. And so it is with the Tampa Bay Lighting, a franchise that deserves to slap […]

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Senators blast Lightning with 7 goals

March 14, 2018 general

Wednesday, 4 a.m. Ah, that’s why there is a lingering sense of impending disappointment with the Tampa Bay Lightning. For all the goals, for all of the saves, for all of the victories, a night like Tuesday night remains a possibility. The Lightning was clobbered by a pedestrian Ottawa Senators team Tuesday night, losing 7-4 […]

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Lightning capture another shootout victory

March 11, 2018 general

Sunday, 4 a.m. At this point, the members of the Tampa Bay Lightning are going to put in for overtime. Once again, the Bolts had to put in extra work, beating the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 in a shootout. It was the team’s seventh overtime game of its last eight; the Lightning has won six of […]

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Ask Gary: Have the Rays reinvented the wheel?

March 10, 2018 Baseball

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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Bolts scratch out five goals to beat Rangers

March 9, 2018 general

Saturday, 3 a.m. The “other guys” took over for the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night. On a team where five players have scored 20 goals this year (including departed Vlad Namestnikov), none of them managed to score in a 5-3 victory over the rebuilt New York Rangers. The Bolts, getting their first regulation win […]

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