Bolts fall to Winnipeg in narrow defeat

March 13, 2023 general

Monday, 4 a.m. The nosedive of the Tampa Bay Lightning has now entered the “shoulda, coulda” phase. The Bolts lost once again Sunday night, falling to the Winnipeg Jets, 3-2. The Bolts played fairly well, but they have now won only four times in their last 14 games, an unsettling statistic as the playoffs approach. […]

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Point delivers late again in Bolts’ victory

March 12, 2023 general

Sunday, 4 a.m. The closer the clock is to dying, the more Brayden Point comes to life. Once again, Point was the star for the Tampa Bay Lightning, which pulled out a 3-1 victory over Chicago. Point scored two goals for the Bolts, the ninth time this season he has had a two-goal game (but […]

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Bucs lagging in quarterback scramble

March 11, 2023 general

Saturday, 4 a.m. And just like that, the NFC South is a quarterback convention. Suddenly, it’s the place that all the strong-armed quarterabacks go. Free agents. Draft picks. Forgotten warriors. Everyone. And the Tampa Bay Bucs? They’re hiring. Going into the off-season, that was what the four NFC South teams had in common. They all […]

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Lightning comeback can’t pull out a victory

March 10, 2023 general

Friday, 4 a.m. For a precious few minutes, it looked as if the Tampa Bay Lightning was going to have a memorable comeback Thursday night. Instead, they ended up with another forgettable loss. The Bolts, 3-9 in their last 12 games, lost a 4-3 overtime game to the Las Vegas Golden Knights. It wiped out […]

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Reflecting on a life seeking answers

March 9, 2023 general

Friday, 4 a.m. At its most basic, journalism is about a pen and paper. About give and take. About questions and answers. Only secondarily is it about events, or moments, or victories. Those come and go and, honestly, they have very little to do with journalism except for the simple notion that happy people are […]

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Finally, the Bolts end their losing streak

March 8, 2023 general

Wednesday, 4 a.m. No one is saying they are cured. For the Tampa Bay Lightning, there are still obstacles to overcome. For the moment, however, the bleeding has stopped. For the moment, that is enough. The Bolts ended their 10-game swoon in a 5-2 victory over Philadelphia Tuesday night. Granted, the Flyers aren’t exactly world-beaters, […]

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The Bolts have to overcome self-doubts

March 7, 2023 general

Tuesday, 4 a.m. In the bleachers, it doesn’t matter. The Tampa Bay Lightning usually sells out its games, and as miserable as they have been for 10 games, that won’t change as the season approaches its stretch run. In the upcoming playoffs, it won’t matter. The Lightning has the look of a team that is […]

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Lightning’s slump ends with humbling loss

March 6, 2023 general

Monday, 4 a.m. Has the Tampa Bay Lightning hit the bottom yet? And if not, how much further can they fall? The Bolts took it on the nose again Sunday, losing an embarrassing 6-0 game to the Carolina Hurricanes, a loss that came one day after the team was so thoroughly beaten by Buffalo that […]

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Lightning benches stars in latest loss

March 5, 2023 general

Sunday, 4 a.m. After a coach has seen all he can stand, players start to sit. And so it was that the Tampa Bay Lightning displayed one of their most jarring images of recent seasons in the third period of their latest disappointment Saturday afternoon. There, in front of Cooper, stood the cornerstones of the […]

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Can teams think their way out of trouble?

March 4, 2023 general

Saturday, 4 a.m. Three men, all with the challenge of being wise. Three men. Three teams. Three challenges. It is the brainy start of the calendar, the time when ideas rule the pro franchises of our area. It is the time of blueprints, and of information gathering and of long-range planning. Right now, Tampa Bay […]

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