Lightning lives after almost dying in third

May 21, 2016 general

Saturday, 5:45 a.m. Give up one goal, and it’s a nuisance. Yeah, Andrei Vasilveskiy lost his shutout. But that’s why heaven invented 4-0 leads. What’s the worry? Give up a second goal, and it’s a dilemma. Here come those dangerous Penguins again, scoring as quickly as a sneeze. Still, it’s going to be okay. Right? […]

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First place slips away as Panthers beat Lightning

March 26, 2016 general

Saturday, 10:45 p.m. Evidently, the road for the Tampa Bay Lightning will be bumpy all the way to the end. After the season they have had, would you expect anything else? With first-place on the line Saturday night against the Florida Panthers, a rivalry that has taken on importance, the Lightning ran out of gas […]

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Callahan lifts Lightning with shootout goal

January 2, 2016 general

  Saturday, 11:04 p.m. Ryan Callahan is not known for his moves. He is not known for his shot. He is not known for his scoring touch. Perhaps, just perhaps, it is time to introduce us to Callahan, the guy who absorbs the punishment to score. After all, it was Callahan who came in on […]

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This time, the Lightning finds plenty of power

December 26, 2015 general

Saturday, 10:55 p.m. This time, there was power to the power play. This time, the goal was plenty wide enough. This time, the Lightning took advantage of its opportunities. It’s amazing the difference one game can make. In its previous loss to Vancouver, the Lightning was one-for-10 on its power play. Against Columbus, however, Tampa […]

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Random Thoughts: Holtz looks good far away

December 20, 2015 general

Sunday, 6 a.m. Hi, I’m Skip Holtz. And the further away from USF that I get, the smarter I seem to be. –Just wondering:  Could the Tampa Bay Lightning score on the Tampa Bay Bucs? – Funny way for Will Grier to say thanks for Florida sticking by him? – Why did the Rangers sign […]

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For a night, the Lightning looks familiar

December 11, 2015 general

Friday, 12:38 a.m. Okay, no one speaks too soon. But we might have a sighting at the elusive Tampa Bay Lightning. Finally. The Lightning certainly looked enough like last year’s team in a 4-1 bashing of Ottawa Saturday night. Nikita Kucherov was scoring, and the Triplets were reunited, and Ben Bishop was on his game. […]

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It wasn’t Marty’s show; it was Callahan’s

November 27, 2014 general

TAMPA On the last night he mattered to Tampa Bay, there were fans who cheered the name of Martin St. Louis. And that was good. To those fans, the years mattered more than the end, and the way he played was more important than the way he left. And so, they showed St. Louis a […]

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