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Random thoughts: Rays’ early in pulling Snell

April 14, 2019 general

Sunday, 2 a.m. Ah, so that’s how you beat Blake Snell.  You just pull him out of the game. Of course, you have to be his own manager to do so. — Can an entire league play rope-a-dope? Was the rest of the NHL playing possum as the Lightning set itself up for a collapse? […]

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Lightning reeling after another loss to Columbus

April 13, 2019 general

Saturday, 4 a.m. Uh-oh. The Tampa Bay Lightning, who spent most of their regular season scribbling in the record book, is in trouble. The Bolts, losers of back-to-back games only twice all season, lost their second straight playoff game to the upstart Columbus Blue Jackets  on Friday night, losing a lopsided 5-1 decision that left […]

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Ask Gary: Are the Rays good enough at trading?

April 13, 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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Excellence doesn’t always win in the end

April 12, 2019 general

Friday, 4 a.m. There was a time when Goliath was the rage. He had had a record season, and he kept winning comebacks. No one could stop Goliath from scoring. And then he lost. And, yeah, the next day, his followers felt pretty much the way the Tampa Bay Lightning do. How does this happen? […]

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Bolts stumble in their opening playoff game

April 11, 2019 general

Thursday, 4 a.m. And so, the grand journey of the Tampa Bay Lightning begins with a misstep. The Lightning, fresh off of one of the regular seasons for the ages, stumbled with their first stride Thursday night. They lost. With a 3-0 lead, they lost. Playing at home, they lost. Playing the lowest seed in […]

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Lightning risks it all to begin its playoff run

April 10, 2019 general

Tuesday, 4 a.m. The safest thing, of course, would be to call the league offices and tell them no one around here is interested in the NHL playoffs. The safest thing would be to sit back and count the statistics. The three 40-goal scorers. The 39-wins by the goaltender. The wins. The comebacks. The consistency. […]

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Bolts finish with a bang with comeback over Bruins

April 7, 2019 general

Sunday, 4 a.m. Take a minute. Smile. Let the season pour over you. True, there is bigger game to be hunted. But don’t think about that right now. Think of your Tampa Bay Lightning celebrating once again. Seize the moment. Celebrate. The Lightning wrapped up their sweetest regular season Saturday. Another win. Another comeback. Another […]

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Bolts beat Toronto as regular season winds down

April 5, 2019 general

Friday, 4 a.m. From here, there is failure and there is success. There is no middle ground. From here, the Tampa Bay Lightning lifts the Stanley Cup. Or it drops a trophy on its toes. The regular season is all but gone now, and the resume gets better and better. Which means the Lightning makes […]

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Bolts lose to Montreal as regular season nears end

April 3, 2019 general

Wednesday, 3 a.m. In 80 games, they have lost just 16 times. Still, every loss smells like trouble, doesn’t it? The Lightning, with little to play for but the record book, lost a 4-2 decision to a Montreal team that is playing for a wild-card spot. The Canadiens pulled into a tie for the second […]

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Lightning wins 60th game of the season

April 2, 2019 general

Tuesday, 4 a.m. Evidently, the Tampa Bay Lightning isn’t finished with its regular season yet. At a time when the Bolts should be preparing for the post-season, it fattened its record a bit more Monday night in Ottawa. The Lightning won, 5-2, for its 60th win of the season. Only two other teams in the […]

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