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Bolts find another way to win in beating Calgary

December 21, 2018 Tampa Bay Lightning

Friday, 4 a.m. What’s next? Does Nikita Kucherov drop down from the rafters to score the winning goal? Does the Lightning spot someone a seven-goal lead? Does someone set the net on fire? What? How next will the Tampa Bay Lightning find a way to victory? This time, it took a long, long shootout. It […]

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Bolts at their best as they stop the Avalanche

December 9, 2018 general

Sunday, 3 a.m. If the Stanley Cup took applications, this would on the first sheet of the resume. This is how good the Tampa Bay Lightning can be. This is how explosive their offense can be. This is how dependable their defense can be when it’s on. This is how solid their goaltending can be. […]

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Lightning’s talent proves too deep for Boston

December 7, 2018 general

Friday, 4 a.m. Pick your poison. Take a number. Spin the wheel and hope that isn’t the guy who beats you. With the Tampa Bay Lightning, it doesn’t seem to matter these days. They are a greatest hits album, an awards show, fireworks on display. The depth of the Lightning keeps flexing its muscles, and […]

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Bolts come back to beat Detroit behind Pasquale

December 5, 2018 general

Wednesday, 4 a.m. Lately, the Tampa Bay Lightning has had ownership of the Detroit Red Wings. And so you can’t blame the Bolts for giving the Red Wings a chance Tuesday night. I know. Let’s play the game in Detroit. Hockeytown, you know? Home ice should give the Wings a nice push, right? Despite six […]

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Dynamic duo leads Lightning to easy victory

December 4, 2018 general

Tuesday, 3 a.m. Starskey had Hutch. Batman had Robin. Sherlock had Watson. The Lone Ranger had Tonto. Sometimes, greatness keeps company. It’s that way in hockey, too, and with the Tampa  Bay Lightning, who can now throw Brayden Point and Nikita Kucherov onto the same patch of ice. It paid off again Monday night, as […]

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Bolts come from three goals down to trip Panthers

December 2, 2018 general

Sunday, 4 a.m. Some nights are remembered by their nightmares. Some are remembered by a man conquering them. Take Louis Domingue, the Bolts’ shaky-but-solid goaltender. Domingue started Saturday night wit the worst possible way, falling behind 4-1 to the last-place Florida Panthers. It took Florida only eight shots to take the lead. It was one-of-those […]

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Bolts beat Buffalo on a shot by … Paquette?

November 30, 2018 general

Friday, 4 a.m. As a player, he is best known for blood on his knuckles. Usually, it is not his blood. Cedric Paquette is the instigator, the pest, the irritant. He will shove, and he will slash, and he will venture in the corners where the faint of heart dare not go. He knows his […]

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Once again, Lightning struggles to overtake Miller

November 28, 2018 general

Wednesday, 4 a.m. For the first time, the Tampa Bay Lightning missed their goaltender. Unfortunately, it came on a night when the Lightning faced another hot goalie. Tampa Bay saw its three-game winning streak come to an end Tuesday night in a 3-1 defeat against the slumping Anaheim Ducks, who were led by longtime Lightning […]

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Point scores twice as Lightning runs away

November 26, 2018 general

Monday, 3 a.m. They are tough enough in the second period. They are dangerous in the third. They can be a handful in extra time. But when the Tampa Bay Lightning attacks in its first period, it is something to behold. For the second straight game, the Bolts jumped their opponents from the time the […]

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Lightning’s fast start leads it past Chicago

November 24, 2018 general

Saturday, 3 a.m. They have started their season in a hurry, as if they cannot wait to get to the post-season. They don’t slow down, they do not hesitate, they do not tiptoe. They are full speed ahead, and most of the time, it has worked for them. Friday night, they approached their game that […]

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