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Bolts prepare to face New Jersey in playoffs

April 9, 2018 general

Monday, 4:30 a.m. As it turns out, the Tampa Bay Lighting is in control of the home ice, after all. The Boston Bruins lost for the second time in three nights to the Florida Panthers Sunday night, giving the Atlantic Division title to the Bolts. That means the Lightning will open its playoffs on Thursday […]

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Boston takes top spot in Atlantic from Bolts

March 30, 2018 general

Friday, 2 a.m. All of the sudden, things are going the wrong direction for the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Lightning lost its third consecutive game Thursday night, falling 4-2 to the Boston Bruins. The Bruins have won all three meetings between the teams this season. Tampa Bay also fell out of the lead in the […]

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Bolts clobbered by lowly Coyotes, 4-1

March 27, 2018 general

Tuesday, 4 a.m. “At this rate, it will be a relief when the playoffs finally start. Once again, the Tampa Bay Lightning played down to its competition. The Lightning, one of the best teams in the league all season, continues to be flummoxed by the worst of the NHL. This time, the Bolts lost to […]

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Bolts’ offense fizzles against New Jersey

March 25, 2018 general

Sunday, 3 a.m. Suddenly, the ice was not as clear. The air was not as clean. The net was not as big. This is what it’s like when a team, even a good one, finds itself in a power outage. The Tampa Bay Lightning lost a 2-1 game to the New Jersey Devils Saturday night. […]

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Lightning hangs on for shaky 7-6 victory

March 23, 2018 general

Friday, 2 a.m. If you wish, you can revel in the glory of accomplishment. The Lightning won Thursday night, and along the way, a number of players achieved goals. Or, you can remember this game this way: For the first five minutes of the third period, they were slipping off of the ledge. It felt […]

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Will the final chapter be kind to Lightning?

March 22, 2018 general

Thursday, 4 a.m. Juliet died. The Godfather made amends. The Death Star blew up. Hannibal had a friend for dinner. Rick put Ilsa on the plane. Private Ryan lived to be old. We are all about the endings. The rest of the story, really, is just details. Rocky lost, then he won, then he made […]

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Lightning surge from behind to beat Maple Leafs

March 21, 2018 general

Wednesday, 4 a.m. Too many slow starts. Too many wobbly endings. Too many nights when the power is off. Too many games when the defense plays chase. Too many games forced into overtime. Too many mediocre efforts against mediocre teams. Yeah, there is something about the season of the Tampa Bay Lightning that has left […]

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Kucherov scores twice as Lightning rebound

March 19, 2018 general

Monday, 4 a.m. The night before, the penalty kill was murder. This time, it was lethal. The penalty kill unit of the Lightning stopped the Edmonton Oilers on five power plays Sunday in a 3-1 victory. The win snapped a two game skid by the Tampa Bay Lightning ad improved their record to 49-19-4. Tampa […]

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Bolts shut out in must win against Boston

March 18, 2018 general

Sunday, 3 a.m. If the Tampa Bay Lightning want to be remembered as a special team, perhaps it is time they concentrated more on their special teams. Such as that power play that doesn’t have any power. And a penalty kill that is dying on the vine. The Lightning suffered its second straight lopsided loss […]

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Picking the Lightning’s top 25 performers

March 16, 2018 general

Friday, 4 a.m. When a team is going well, the temptation is to toss confetti. You throw a parade. You schedule a party. You are warmed by the good vibes, and you hope they will last as long as possible. And so it is with the Tampa Bay Lighting, a franchise that deserves to slap […]

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