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‘Killer’ has hat trick in leading Bolts’ victory

March 17, 2019 general

Sunday, 4 a.m. Seven seasons. Five hundred and seven games. One hundred and three goals. All of that, and Alex Killorn has never had a night such as this one. Killorn, or “Killer” to his Tampa Bay Lightning teammates, had the first hat trick of his career Saturday night, leading the Bolts to a 6-3 […]

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Random thoughts: Is Pittsburg still to be admired?

March 17, 2019 general

Sunday, 3 a.m. Once, the Pittsburgh Steelers were the most stable franchise in the NFL. They have great ownership, terrific coaching and a wonderful scouts. They were the team other teams wanted to be. Even if they didn’t win the title, they maintained excellence. Now? Not so much. In recent months, the Steelers have been […]

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Ask Gary: Are improved Browns contenders?

March 16, 2019 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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This time, it’s Stamkos who catches Lecavalier

March 15, 2019 general

Friday, 4 a.m. Think of it like this: The Tampa Bay Lightning keep reminding its fans that Vinny Lecavalier was a pretty good player. At the same time, they keep pointing out that they have players who are better. Steven Stamkos tied Lecavalier’s record for 383 goals for the Lightning in Thursday night’s 5-4 comeback […]

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Thinking of the playoff opponents to come

March 14, 2019 general

Thursday, 4 a.m. So who do you fear? Well, no one. Who concerns you? Everyone. By now, we have established two things. One) The Lightning is closing in on the President’s Trophy. It would take a slump unlike anything we have seen this year to stop them. Two) President’s Trophy winners often fall on their […]

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Paquette, scoring machine, leads the Bolts to victory

March 12, 2019 general

Tuesday, 4 a.m. Suddenly, he is the lighter of lamps. Suddenly, he is a sniper on ice. For much of his career, Cedric Paquette has specialized in being a stone in someone else’s skate. He is an irritant, one of those guard dogs of a player who gave opponents a headache. He has been feisty. […]

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Can the President stop the Tampa Bay Lightning?

March 11, 2019 general

Monday, 4 a.m. Lord Stanley walked under ladders, and along the way, he stepped on a black cat. There were broken mirrors on his route, which was lined by voodoo dolls.  The horseshoes were hanging upside down. The salt shaker was tipped over. As historians may recall, it all happened on Friday the 13th. The […]

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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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