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Bolts clobbered by Arizona to end road trip

October 28, 2018 general

Sunday, 3:30 a.m. If this is how much the Tampa Bay Lightning miss Victor Hedman when he’s gone, the guy definitely deserves a raise. With Hedman sidelined because of an injury, the Lightning were clobbered in their worst defeat of the season. The Arizona Coyotes, in sixth place in the Pacific Division of the Western […]

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Bolts’ defense plays well in victory over Las Vegas

October 27, 2018 general

Saturday, 3 a.m. They are known for their goal-scoring, for their breakneck rushes down the ice, for their deft passing, for their breath-taking shooting. At times, they can light up the scoreboard as if it is a pinball machine. But more and more, the Lightning is playing on the other end of the ice, too. […]

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Bolts pepper Chicago goalie with shots on goal

October 22, 2018 general

Monday, 3 a.m. This must be what it is like on the wrong side of the firing squad. The Tampa Bay Lightning kept the  bullets flying at Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Cam Ward Sunday night in a 6-3 win. The Bolts fired a franchise-record 55 shots at Ward, including an NHL record 33 in the second […]

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Lightning loses an overtime game to Wild

October 21, 2018 general

Sunday, 3:30 a.m. As it turns out, the road isn’t nearly as friendly for the Tampa Bay Lightning as Amalie Arena. Playing in its first road game of the season, the Lightning suffered a 5-4 overtime loss to the Minnesota Wild. The Bolts led 2-0 and 3-1 in the first period, but couldn’t maintain its […]

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Ask Gary: Browns are awful, but are Bucs better?

October 20, 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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Vasilevskiy sharp in another Bolts’ victory

October 19, 2018 general

Friday, 4 a.m. Once again, he is on the prowl. Once again, his eyes sharpen as the opponent nears, and once again, he is quick beyond belief, and once again, he protects the net as if he were a guard dog. Five games into the season, and already, Andrei Vasilevskiy is the finest weapon the […]

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Bolts’ Johnson scores a hat trick in victory

October 17, 2018 general

Wednesday, 4 a.m. The first goal was a gimmie putt. Tyler Johnson took a perfect pass from young Mathieu Joseph and simply steered it into the net. Of the 110 goals Johnson had scored before that one, most of them were more difficult. The third goal was a layup. That goal, the one that put […]

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Bolts offense breaks out in easy win over Jackets

October 14, 2018 general

Sunday, 3:30 a.m. Now, that’s the team you came to know and love a year ago. Welcome back, boys. After two games where they absolutely could not score, the Tampa Bay Lighting exploded Saturday night with eight in an 8-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets at Amalie Arena. The players had sworn that it […]

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Lightning struggles to score in loss to Vancouver

October 12, 2018 general

Friday, 3 a.m. The new season is open. The nets, however, remained closed. Once again, the Tampa Bay Lightning struggled to score Thursday night, seeing a 1-0 lead evaporate in a 4-1 loss to Vancouver in the second half of the third period. The Canucks, who had struggled to start their season, scored two goals […]

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Random thoughts: Welcome back, Lightning

October 7, 2018 College Sports in Florida

Sunday, 4 a.m. I don’t know about you, but I thought it was cool to see the Lightning return Saturday night. Let’s see: Kucherov scored the winner in a shootout. Vasilevskiy was solid in goal. The team won a comeback. Yeah, those were the Lightning, all right. — Now that Richie Incognito is a memory, […]

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