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Ask Gary: Which quarterback might fold this week?

January 20, 2018 College Sports in Florida

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 busted by Las Vegas again

January 19, 2018 general

Friday, 2 a.m. As they prepare for their mid-term grades, the Tampa Bay Lighting might need to stay after school a bit. The Lightning lost their second straight game, and their fourth in the last six games, in a 4-1 loss to the expansion Las Vegas Golden Knights. The Bolts have lost their last two […]

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Tampa Bay’s Hedman to miss 3-6 weeks

January 13, 2018 general

Saturday, 2 a.m. If you are an optimist, if you hoped that a band-aid and an aspirin would make Victor Hedman okay overnight, it was bad news. But if you are pessimist, if you feared the worst for Hedman, it was good news. The truth is probably somewhere in between. Hedman will miss between three […]

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Hedman injured as Lightning lose to Calgary

January 12, 2018 general

Friday 2 a.m. For a half of a season, the Tampa Bay Lightning has taken your breath away. Now, the Bolts find themselves holding their own. Victor Hedman, the rock of the Lightning’s defense, limped off the ice in Thursday night’s 5-1 loss to Calgary. Hedman played only 10 minutes; for the season, he’s averaging […]

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Johnson’s hat trick leads Lightning victory

January 10, 2018 general

Wednesday, 3 a.m. On the first one, he was a swordsman. He feinted. He parried. He stood in the heavy traffic in front of the goal, and he deflected the puck into the net. It was an impressive bit of hand-eye coordination. On the second, he was a trapeze artist. He flew. He twisted. Somehow, […]

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Bolts bounce back behind goalie Domingue

January 8, 2018 general

Monday, 2 a.m. Faced with one of their few slumps of the season, playing a new goaltender and in a hostile arena, the Tampa Bay Lightning bounced back Sunday night. The Lightning, one day after being drubbed 6-3 by Ottawa, came back to beat the Detroit Red Wings, 5-2. Goaltender Louis Domingue started for the […]

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Lightning flattened by Ottawa in 6-3 loss

January 7, 2018 general

Sunday, 3 a.m. Even in the good times, the bad ones are not that far away. Even when a team has played as well as the Tampa Bay Lightning, the road can turn rough. For instance, Saturday night’s 6-3 loss to the Ottawa Senators. The Bolts fell behind 3-0, then incredibly came back to tie […]

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Lightning loses shootout to Montreal, Price

January 5, 2018 general

Friday, 2 a.m. This time, the Tampa Bay Lightning came out shot in a battle of titans. Carey Price of of the Montreal Canadiens out-dueled Tampa Bay’s Andrei Vasilevskiy Thursday night, stopping 44 shots  in a 2-1 shootout victory over the Bolts. It stopped a scoreless streak by Vasilevskiy that had reached 184:49. Vasilevskiy stopped […]

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Vasilevskiy shuts out another opponent in win

January 3, 2018 general

Wednesday, 1 a.m. Every day, he gets bigger. Every game, he gets better. More and more, the image of Andrei Vasilevskiy looming in net becomes more intimidating. Not long ago, he was 6-foot-3. These days, he seems 10 feet tall, and he wears the net for a belt.  Content beyond this point is for members […]

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Four quick goals leads Bolts to victory

January 1, 2018 general

Monday, 2 a.m. For the Tampa Bay Lightning these days, hockey is as easy as flipping a switch. Take Sunday’s game in Columbus, for instance, after the lights came on. There the Bolts were, stumbling through the dark, trying to score goals without shooting the puck. And then, everything changed. The Bolts scored four times […]

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