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Kucherov, Stamkos score in Lightning victory

February 9, 2018 general

Friday, 3 a.m. Oh. So this is what they mean by many happy returns. The Tampa Bay Lightning returned to Amalie Arena Thursday night after an eight-game road trip and knocked off the Vancouver Canucks 5-2. And Nikita Kucherov — remember him? — scored a goal for the first time in 12 games. And Steven […]

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Lightning can’t stop McDavid in defeat

February 6, 2018 general

Tuesday, 2 a.m. For most of the year, the Tampa Bay Lightning has been one of the hottest teams in the NHL. Not Monday night, however. Monday night, the Lightning was outnumbered by the Winnipeg Fightning McDavids. Connor McDavid of Winnipeg scored four goals and had an assist to help Winnipeg clobber the Lightning, 6-2. […]

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Bolts hang on to win on Conacher’s penalty shot

February 4, 2018 general

Sunday, 2 a.m. The big lead was mostly gone now, and defeat was in the air, and the Vancouver Canucks — the lowly Canucks — had all of the momentum. Which is when Corey Conacher stepped in to save the day for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Really.  Corey Conacher. Conacher scored on a penalty shot […]

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Lightning comes from behind to beat Calgary

February 2, 2018 general

Saturday, 2 a.m. Alex Killorn might have thought he had problems. After all, it had been a long time since he found the net. Big deal. Talk to Corey Conacher. It had been a long time since he even found the ice. That was before Thursday night, when both players had season-bests with a pair […]

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Bolts resume action with 3-1 loss to Winnipeg

January 31, 2018 general

Wednesday, 2 a.m. For the Tampa Bay Lightning, the stars didn’t come out Tuesday night. The Lightning, just on the other side of the All-Star game, sort of fizzled on their return to NHL play in a 3-1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets. Goaltender Andrei Vaslevskiy? He didn’t play. Captain Steven Stamkos? No goals, no […]

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Kucherov scores a hat trick in All-Star semis

January 29, 2018 general

Monday, 4 a.m. In the city of Hard Scratch, Iowa, some may still think he’s an up-and-comer. Promising, maybe. But nothing more. In the burg of Elbow, Texas, they may think he’s another mysterious player who brought a scoring touch from Russia. That’s about it. In the metropolis of Goobertown, Arkansas, maybe they know about […]

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Random thoughts: Skills set NHL all-stars apart

January 28, 2018 general

Sunday, 3 a.m.  I’m sorry, but I’m a sucker for the NHL skills competition. That’s what sets the NHL all-star weekend above most of the others. The accuracy shooting is breathtaking, I find. — The best performance by a Lightning player? How about Brayden Point in the fastest skater competition? And didn’t it feel good […]

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Lightning rides Vasilevskiy to another victory

January 26, 2018 general

Friday, 3 a.m. When a team’s front line stars are struggling, it is up to the next line. You know. Like the Lightning did on Thursday night. The Bolts, playing in their final game before the All-Star game, blasted the Philadelphia Flyers, 5-1, despite being outshot 37-22.  Content beyond this point is for members only.

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Lightning rallies late to edge Predators in OT

January 24, 2018 general

Wednesday, 3 a.m. They lurched. They stumbled. They reeled and they almost fell. In the end, however, the Tampa Bay Lightning ended up with a step in the right direction. With 133 seconds to play, the Tampa Bay Lightning looked as if it was on its way to another defeat, this one against the Nashville […]

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Vasilevskiy at his best as Bolts stop streak

January 23, 2018 general

Tuesday, 3 a.m. It wasn’t just the puck that Andrei Vasilevskiy kept at bay Tuesday night. It was the pressure, too. Vasilevskiy, riding a losing streak, came up with perhaps his signature effort Tuesday night in a 2-0 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. It was Vasilevskiy’s seventh shutout of the season, which leads the NHL, […]

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