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Namestnikov shines between Stamkos and Kucherov

November 9, 2017 general

Thursday, 2 a.m. Everyone knows about Steven Stamkos. He’s been doing this for a while. Take Wednesday night, when Stammer added three assists to his league-leading point total, which is now at 28. And eveyone knows about Nikita Kucherov. He’s a rising star. As long as you’re talking Wednesday night, Kucherov added a goal to […]

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Lightning falls in overtime to New Jersey

October 18, 2017 general

Wednesday, 2 a.m. Now that the winning streak is over, the Tampa Bay Lightning can continue its search. Somewhere out there, a complete game is waiting. After suffering its second loss of the year, a 5-4 decision to New Jersey in a shootout, the Lightning can concentrate on the number of goals it has surrendered, […]

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Once again, Kucherov leads Lightning victory

October 17, 2017 general

Tuesday, 2 a.m. Have you heard this one before? Nikita Kucherov stars. The Lightning win. A hot opening to the season continues. Andrei Vasilevskiy wins another one. For the Tampa Bay Lightning these days, victoriess come as if they are being spit out by a photo copier. Same stars, same smiles, same results. It happened […]

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Random thoughts: Beware the stealth tweet

October 15, 2017 general

Sunday, 5 a.m. I thought it was amusing that Roger Goodell’s wife Jane had a secret twitter account to defend him. What are the odds she has a second secret twitter account she uses when he doesn’t clean up the bathroom? – I never thought Chris Foerster was much of a line coach. I just […]

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Koekkoek drives Penguins cuckoo in Lightning win

October 13, 2017 general

Saturday, 3:30 a.m. It took 23 years and 263 days for Slater Koekkoek to score his first NHL goal. It took him one period to score his second. Koekkoek, a Lightning defenseman who has struggled to work his way into the lineup, scored a pair of goals Thursday night to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning […]

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Lightning comeback beats Caps in overtime

October 10, 2017 general

Tuesday, 3 a.m. Finally, the NHL has found someone to stand in the way of Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov. Fortunately for the Lightning, it’s teammate Brayden Point. Kucherov scored to force overtime Monday night, then ripped a one-timer toward the goal 188 seconds into overtime that deflected off of Point for a 4-3 overtime victory […]

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Random Thoughts: Simpson already selling his name

October 8, 2017 general

Sunday, 4 a.m. It’s a month into the NFL season. Is that too soon to talk about the draft? CBSsports.com has the Bucs taking LSU defensive end Arden Key with the 22nd pick. That would further the LSUing of the Bucs with ex-teammates Kwon Alexander and Kendall Beckwith. – Question: Why is Nick Folk still […]

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This time, Panthers take control against Bolts in 3rd

October 8, 2017 general

Sunday, 1 a.m. This time, the finish went the wrong way. The Tampa Bay Lightning, for the second straight night, was facing the Florida Panthers. The Lightning, for the second straight night, took a 2-0 lead. The Lightning, for the second straight night, let the Panthers back into a tie. And then the third period […]

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Stamkos returns in Lighting’s opening victory

October 7, 2017 general

Saturday, 2 a.m. The puck was coming, just the way it used to it when the world was young, back when Steven Stamkos was somebody. The pass from Alex Killorn was headed his way on the power play, and Stamkos coiled his body, the way he always has. If the puck was in his wheelhouse, […]

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Lightning loses 2-1 in preseason opener

September 20, 2017 general

Wednesday, 2 a.m. The boys are back. At least, they’re back in the penalty box. The Lightning finally returned to the ice Tuesday night in Tampa, or at least very near it. The Lightning and Carolina combined for 18 penalties in their preseason opener Tuesday night, a match won 2-1 by Carolina after Alexander Volkov […]

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