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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Bolts lose another one despite comebacks

March 3, 2023 general

Friday, 4 a.m. For the Tampa Bay Lightning, a team that can use a little good news, there is this: The Bolts came from behind three times Thursday night. On the other hand, they fell from ahead four times. The Lightning’s recent slump continued to spiral downward Thursday night in a 5-4 overtime loss to […]

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Can you name that Bucs’ quarterback?

March 2, 2023 general

Thursday, 4 a.m. I don’t know what all the fuss is about when it comes to the quarterback of the Tampa Bay Bucs. Heck, the Buts are surrounded by quarterbacks. They can’t move in the hallways without bumping into a quarterback. They have quarterbacks in whispers, quarterbacks in rumors and quarterbacks in speculation. The only […]

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Lightning’s skid continues against Panthers

March 1, 2023 general

Wednesday, 4 a.m. Maybe the Tampa Bay Lightning needs to make another trade. Maybe two. After all, they have some draft picks left from late in the decade, right? Don’t look now, but the Lightning is in a swoon. They have now lost three of their last four games, the latest an 4-1 loss on […]

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Bolts bring in more help for today

February 28, 2023 general

Tuesday, 4 a.m. By and large, going for it is better than playing it safe. Risk it is better than biscuits. Aggressive is better than safe. And that’s why you should appreciate the latest trade of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Oh, the Bolts didn’t seem to acquire greatness when they brought in Tanner Jeannot from […]

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Bolts blasted by Penguins in 2nd period

February 27, 2023 general

Monday, 4 a.m. It was, quite possibly, the ugliest five minutes in the history of ice. It started with a tie. It ended up in a blowout. And before you know it, there were tiny bits of the Tampa Bay Lightning all over the arena. The Pittsburgh Penguins, a team struggling to stay in the […]

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Vasilevskiy stellar in victory over Detroit

February 26, 2023 general

Sunday, 4 a.m. Say this for Andrei Vasilevskiy. He can take a punch. Sometimes, he can fight back, too. Vasilevskiy, two days after giving up six goals to the Buffalo Sabres, rebounded with a 45-save shutout Saturday night, leading the Bolts to a 3-0 win over the Detroit Red Wings. Content beyond this point is […]

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Bolts have a lot of work to do before contending

February 25, 2023 general

Saturday, 4 a.m. The engine doesn’t always run smoothly. There are squeaks coming from underneath. At times, there are rattles and hiccups. Still, the Tampa Bay Lightning hovers. They sometimes get lost in coverage. There are moments they handle the puck like the Skating Jameis Winstons. They are horrible away from home. Content beyond this […]

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Bolts give up six in OT loss to Buffalo

February 24, 2023 general

Friday, 4 a.m. Maybe what the Tampa Bay Lightning needs are better cornerbacks. Maybe a safety or two. Something, anything, to stop teams from going deep on them. Take Thursday night’s 6-5 loss to Buffalo in overtime. The Sabres spent most of the evening slipping behind the Lightning defense and sprinting down the ice for […]

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