Streaking Lightning holds off potent Penguins

February 7, 2020 general

Friday, 4 a.m. The streaking Tampa Bay Lightning doesn’t seem to care who it plays these days. It just keeps rolling. The Bolts beat a talented Pittsburgh Penguins team Thursday night, 4-2, to keep winning. it was their eighth straight home win. The Bolts are now 34-15-5 on the season. They’re 23-0 when giving up […]

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What if Price had never left the Rays?

February 6, 2020 general

He’s rich. He has his celebrity. He has a World Series championship. What, then, are we to make of the man who got away? Now that he has been shipped to another team in another town, what are we to make of David Price, pitcher? He is a Dodger now, an afterthought in the Mookie […]

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Bolts make successful return home vs. Knights

February 5, 2020 general

Wednesday, 4 a.m. Give the Tampa Bay Lightning credit. After three weeks away from home, its players were at least able to find their ways back to Amalie Arena Tuesday night. Once there, they were able to locate the locker room, find their sticks and make their way to the ice. Upon arriving, they even […]

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How much should the Bolts rest Vasilevskiy?

February 4, 2020 general

Tuesday, 4 a.m. As always, he is a beast between the pipes. But how often to you unleash him? He is on a hot streak, and once again, he is the backbone of the Tampa Bay Lightning. He is the man in charge of keeping pucks out of danger, a man who will put his […]

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Mahomes sells us all on his Super Bowl effort

February 3, 2020 general

Monday, 4 a.m. Would you buy a new car from this man? How about a luxury watch? A cheeseburger? A new suit? A Disney vacation? Today, it starts. In every ad agency with a medium-sized account, execs are going to start imagining their protects in the hands of Patrick Mahomes. After all, if he can […]

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Backup goalie snuffs San Jose for latest win

February 2, 2020 general

Sunday, 4 a.m. There for a while, it appeared that Curtis McElhinney might as well take the day off. He could have gone to the beach. He could have worn flip-flops onto the ice. He could have brought a magazine. After all, for one period, the San Jose Sharks managed just two shots — two […]

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Kucherov’s splashy goal lifts Lightning again

February 1, 2020 general

Saturday, 4 a.m. This is how you will remember him, with the puck on his stick, with the ice open in front of him. Nikita Kucherov, the best player in the NHL a year ago, has been downgraded to “pretty good” for most of the season. But in the third period of the Lightning’s 4-3 […]

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Super Bowl could turn into the Mahomes show

January 31, 2020 general

Friday, 4 a.m. He is on the front porch of history. From here, all he has to do is enter the room. He is Patrick Mahomes, and he is 24, and he could be voted mayor of Kansas City any time he wants to run. He has won 23 of 30 regular season games, and […]

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Stamkos leads Lightning rally over Kings

January 30, 2020 general

Thursday, 4 a.m. Early in the second period, there was an uh-oh moment for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Seventy-eight seconds into play, and Alex Iafallo scored to give the Los Angeles Kings a 2-0 lead over the Lightning. Because Tampa Bay had lost to Dallas in overtime Monday night, a slow start to the second […]

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Do the Lightning scare enough opponents?

January 29, 2020 general

Tuesday, 4 a.m. Here at the oasis, you ask: How’s the trip going so far? Halfway through their journey (actually, a tad more), and how are the Tampa Bay Lightning doing? Well, pretty good. Call it a B. A par. Better than most teams, not as good as you might think. Frustrating at times. Vexing […]

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