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The world is full of things that make us thankful

November 22, 2018 College Sports in Florida

Thursday, 4 a.m. I am thankful I live in warm weather. You don’t have to shovel grass. I am thankful for bacon. I intend on giving its discoverer a high-five in the afterlife. I am thankful for a nice mist of rain on a hot day. I am thankful for Bruce Springsteen, especially when he […]

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Lightning capture easy win over Florida

November 22, 2018 general

Thursday, 2 a.m. Yeah, that’s how Marty St. Louis used to play, all right. On a night when the Lightning paid tribute to former star St. Louis, who was just inducted in the Hockey Hall of Fame, much of the current roster spent the night emulating him in a 7-3 victory over the Florida Panthers. […]

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Bolts’ furious finish falls short against Predators

November 20, 2018 Tampa Bay Lightning

Tuesday, 3 a.m. Sometimes, a team just loses. Sometimes, the other goaltender is better. Sometimes, the calls go the other way. Sometimes, none of the flurry of final shots goes in. Yeah, it was one of those nights for the Lighting Monday night in Nashville, as a sluggish start turned into a 3-2 defeat at […]

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Bolts escape after third-period collapse

November 18, 2018 general

Sunday, 3 a.m. Playing on a team of stars, Anthony Cirelli can get lost at times. He isn’t as experienced as Steven Stamkos and he isn’t as flashy as Nikita Kucherov, and he doesn’t score as often as Brayden Point. He isn’t a sparkplug like Tyler Johnson, or as stable as Victor Hedman or as […]

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Bolts’ Point erupts for microwave hat trick

November 16, 2018 general

Friday, 4 a.m. It happened in the time the station breaks for a TV commercial. It happened in the time it takes to read a page of a novel. It happened even faster than bad news travels. Brayden Point didn’t just scored a hat trick Thursday night. He scored, well, like Lightning. Point scored like […]

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Bolts drop their second straight game in narrow loss

November 14, 2018 general

Wednesday, 4 a.m. When it was over, when all that remained was the frustration, when the Lightning had establlished a two-game losing streak for the first time all season, Nikita Kucherov showed the angstof his team. Kucherov turned away from the net, and he rolled his head back. He lifted his stick, and he slammed […]

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Bolts clobbered by Arizona to end road trip

October 28, 2018 general

Sunday, 3:30 a.m. If this is how much the Tampa Bay Lightning miss Victor Hedman when he’s gone, the guy definitely deserves a raise. With Hedman sidelined because of an injury, the Lightning were clobbered in their worst defeat of the season. The Arizona Coyotes, in sixth place in the Pacific Division of the Western […]

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Bolts’ defense plays well in victory over Las Vegas

October 27, 2018 general

Saturday, 3 a.m. They are known for their goal-scoring, for their breakneck rushes down the ice, for their deft passing, for their breath-taking shooting. At times, they can light up the scoreboard as if it is a pinball machine. But more and more, the Lightning is playing on the other end of the ice, too. […]

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Bolts pepper Chicago goalie with shots on goal

October 22, 2018 general

Monday, 3 a.m. This must be what it is like on the wrong side of the firing squad. The Tampa Bay Lightning kept the  bullets flying at Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Cam Ward Sunday night in a 6-3 win. The Bolts fired a franchise-record 55 shots at Ward, including an NHL record 33 in the second […]

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Lightning loses an overtime game to Wild

October 21, 2018 general

Sunday, 3:30 a.m. As it turns out, the road isn’t nearly as friendly for the Tampa Bay Lightning as Amalie Arena. Playing in its first road game of the season, the Lightning suffered a 5-4 overtime loss to the Minnesota Wild. The Bolts led 2-0 and 3-1 in the first period, but couldn’t maintain its […]

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