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Step 8: Bolts measure up to Boston’s muscle…again

May 7, 2018 general

Monday, 4 a.m. Well, that was easier than expected. The big, bad Boston Bruins — feared in the deep, savage in the dark — proved to be no problem at all for the Tampa Bay Lightning in their second-round playoff series. Just like that, their muscles were no problem, and their teeth weren’t that long, […]

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Ask Gary: Did anyone predict this Lightning team?

May 5, 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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Step Seven: Lick this! Bolts rally to beat Boston

May 5, 2018 general

Friday, 3 a.m. Maybe  you  are offended by the tongue. Who wouldn’t be? Tongues are particularly loathsome, after all. Certainly, Brad Marchand, sleazy guy, the lizard king of the NHL, wants you to be offended by the tongue. That’s why he licked Ryan Callahan with it. When a hockey team is being outplayed in the […]

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Cooper masterminded Bolts’ turnaround

May 4, 2018 general

Friday, 4 a.m. His face is Andrei Vasilevskiy’s. The eyes gaze ahead, missing nothing but giving nothing away. Like Vasilevskiy, there is a fire burning inside, but darned if you can see the smoke. His voice is Steven Stamkos’. Always calm, always analytical. Maybe there are times he wants to snap, but he hides those […]

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Step six: Bolts take lead in series with win in Boston

May 3, 2018 general

Thursday, 4 a.m. If the members of the Tampa Bay Lightning live a bad life and die, it is assured what hell will look like. Frankly, it will look a lot like Boston. For most of this franchise’s history, the city has been the personal torture chamber of the Lighting. Think of it as a […]

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In their biggest game, Bolts need Stamkos again

May 2, 2018 general

Wednesday, 3 a.m. Once again, the other players of the Tampa Bay Lightning turn their heads toward his cubicle. Once again, they wait for him to make a pass, make a shot, make a goal. Once again, they look to Steven Stamkos to lead the way. On the Lightning, he has become the second-best scoring […]

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Lightning get up off the floor against Bruins

May 1, 2018 general

Tuesday, 4 a.m. It still isn’t the perfect situation. The numbers are not stacked in their favor. The series is tied at 1-1, but that gives an edge beyond the game score to the visitors. Still, the Tampa Bay Lightning showed a little push-back on Monday night. And, yes, their pulse is still beating. The […]

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Step four: Lightning send the Devils packing

April 22, 2018 general

Sunday, 4 a.m. Next? Boston? Toronto? If the Tampa Bay Lightning plays like this, with a purpose on defense, with solid goaltending, with offense from throughout its roster, does it matter? The Lightning beat the Devils again Saturday, winning its opening series 4-1 over a team that had swept all three regular-season games. It wasn’t […]

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Miller has made the Lightning deal pay off

April 20, 2018 general

Friday, 3 a.m. In the world of headlines, he was the other guy. It was the trading deadline, and as we all know, the Tampa Bay Lightning wanted a heaping helping of Ryan McDonagh. He was the target, the object of the team’s affections. He was the reason the Bolts gave up so much of […]

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Step Three: Lightning one win from advancing

April 19, 2018 general

Thursday, 4 a.m. The Tampa Bay Lightning is going home. And once there, they will try to send the New Jersey Devils home for the off-season. The Bolts moved within one game of advancement Wednesday night, beating the Devils 3-1 with a strong penalty kill. New Jersey was threatening to tie the series at two […]

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