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Short-handed Lightning continue trip in San Jose

The Tampa Bay Lightning have been wracked by injuries, losing nearly 140 man-games this season. However, they still believe a playoff berth is in reach and that defense will be what gets them there. Tampa Bay wraps up the California portion of its six-game road trip Thursday night when it closes out the season series with the San Jose Sharks, who are looking for their third win...
Via FOX Sports
13 hours ago

Tampa Bay All-Star D Victor Hedman misses 2nd straight game

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) All-Star defenseman Victor Hedman has missed his second straight game for the Tampa Bay Lightning due to an illness. The Lightning faced the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday night. Hedman fell ill on Monday before the Lightning opened a six-game road trip with a 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings. He had played in each of Tampa Bay's first 44 games. Hedman has seven...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Recap: Kings Struck by Lightning in L.A.

The Tampa Bay Lightning opened a six-game road trip with a visit to Los Angeles to face the Kings. Tampa Bay came out on the right side of a 2-1 score in the process. Tyler Johnson and Brian Boyle scored goals and Ben Bishop put together a 31-save performance for the Lightning. The Kings got a goal from Kyle Clifford but dropped their first game in their last three contests. Both...
Via The Hockey Writers
2 days ago

Ben Bishop comes up big while Lightning hold off Kings 2-1

LOS ANGELES (AP) Brian Boyle scored the go-ahead goal late in the second period, and the Tampa Bay Lightning opened a six-game road trip with a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Monday. Ben Bishop made an early mistake that led to Kyle Clifford's goal for the Kings, but bounced back to make 31 saves in his second start back from a three-week absence with a lower-body injury...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

All-Star D Victor Hedman out for Lightning with illness

LOS ANGELES (AP) All-Star defenseman Victor Hedman is sitting out of the Tampa Bay Lightning's game at Los Angeles. The Lightning made the announcement Monday, shortly before the opening faceoff. Hedman participated in the pregame warmup, but left early. The Lightning didn't immediately announce why Hedman sat out for the first time this season. The Swedish defenseman has seven...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Lightning: What ifs…

What if the only Triplet with real potential was Nikita Kucherov? What if Tyler Johnson wasn’t an elite two-way forward? What if Ondrej Palat was wildly overrated after a 20 assist season? What if Stamkos really was the only superstar on the team? What if the youth core can’t fill a single top 6 role? What if Andrej Sustr somehow gets worse? What if Brian Boyle can’t take every...
Via isportsweb.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Lightning to Honor Martin St. Louis

On Friday night, prior to their game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Tampa Bay Lightning will retire and raise the first number in franchise history. Despite his unceremonious departure from Tampa in 2014, the organization is making the correct decision by making Martin St. Louis’ #26 the first ever to be retired and hung in the Amalie Arena rafters. It is fitting. It is...
Via The Hockey Writers
6 days ago

Lightning House in Disorder

For the Tampa Bay Lightning, the 2016-17 NHL season is past the halfway point. They have played 42 of the 82 scheduled games and have won exactly the same number of games that they have lost. If this team is what their record says it is, they are average. For a team with so many preseason expectations, they cannot be satisfied with where they find themselves. Of course, there will...
Via The Hockey Writers
8 days ago

Tampa Bay Lightning: new year, same problems

I’ll declare a New Year’s resolution for the Tampa Bay Lightning: stay healthy. The Bolts ended 2016 on a strong note. They beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1 in the final game of the year. However, the team is carrying a plethora of issues into the new year with them. First and foremost, the Lightning are banged up. It seems like a name gets added to the injury report after every...
Via isportsweb.com
17 days ago  |  Discuss

98-year-old WWII veteran sings national anthem duet at Tampa Bay Lighting game

The Tampa Bay Lightning are having a pretty average start to the 2016-17 season, sitting on 35 points and in fourth place in the Atlantic Division today. None of that matters much though, as the Lightning gave us one of the better feel-good moments of 2016 on Tuesday night. The organization honored World War II veteran Robert McClintock, who flew the P-51 Mustang as a 17-year-old...
Via The Comeback
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Lightning: Making up for Stamkos

Steven Stamkos collided with Gustav Nyquist three weeks ago, and the impact that the innocent contact has made on the Tampa Bay Lightning has been immense. Or has it? Stamkos had to leave that game with a knee injury. It was determined that he had a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee, and it would require surgery. He is expected to be out for four months, which from the surgery...
Via isportsweb.com
December 05, 2016  |  Discuss

Ben Bishop gets great cake for birthday

Ben Bishop recently turned 30 years old and to mark the occasion, he received a great birthday cake. During a game last month against the Maple Leafs, Bishop to a puck to the mask that resulted in the Lightning goalie losing two front teeth. Afterward, he had a little fun with the moment on Twitter. Hahahaha love it! https://t.co/juAUlPGHdi — Ben Bishop (@Benbishop30) October...
Via Larry Brown Sports
November 23, 2016  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Lightning’s J.T. Brown ejected from game, then destroys fan’s phone

The next time you see Tampa Bay Lightning forward J.T. Brown, you might want to keep your phone in your pocket. After helping lead a brawl between Brown’s Lightning and the Nashville Predators, Brown was sent to the locker room to wait out the remainder of the Predators’ impending win. On his way out, Brown made sure to get a piece of a fan’s phone. As this fan was heckling...
Via The Comeback
November 23, 2016  |  Discuss

Video: J.T. Brown smashes a fan’s phone after being ejected

Tampa Bay forward J.T. Brown wasn’t too happy after being ejected against the Nashville Predators on Monday night. Following a brawl with Nashville’s Ryan Ellis, Brown was escorted off the ice by an official. He barked at Nashville’s bench before knocking the phone out of the hands of a Predators fan. And here’s a look at the incident from the perspective of the fan: Do...
Via Puck Drunk Love
November 22, 2016  |  Discuss

WATCH: In enemy territory, Lightning fan gets Tyler Johnson’s stick in freak occurrence

When you are in a visiting arena, it can make for some tense moments. It probably shouldn’t be that way but that environment can be hostile. When a lone Tampa Bay Lightning fan was in the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, he got a great surprise courtesy of his favorite player, Tyler Johnson. Wow, Tyler Johnson sure knows how to take care of his fans. pic.twitter.com/ZlTuw4klns...
Via Puck Drunk Love
November 20, 2016  |  Discuss

Can the Lightning withstand a lengthy Stamkos absence?

To start off with the obvious, it sucks for the Lightning to lose Steven Stamkos. There’s no doubt it hurts them. By any measure, he’s one of the league’s most prolific scorers. Since entering the NHL, he’s been second only to Alex Ovechkin in terms of scoring rate. Despite prior injuries, he reached 300 goals at the age of 25 in a scoring-deprived era. He’s very good....
Via Puck Drunk Love
November 18, 2016  |  Discuss
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