LIGHTNING RUMORS & GOSSIP

End of Lightning Playoff Run Begins Pivotal Off-Season

As Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final came to an end on Thursday night at Consol Energy Center, so too did the hopes of a return to the Stanley Cup Final for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Despite Stamkos’ Return, Penguins Advance to Stanley Cup Final After the Lightning took a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series, the Pittsburgh Penguins dominated the better part of two straight...
Via The Hockey Writers
1 day ago

Exit Interview: Steven Stamkos

Stamkos: “We have unfinished business here. This group has been unbelievable. This city has been unbelievable.”https://t.co/2cKyuxZq2b — Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) May 28, 2016 (Feature Photo/Christine Gunn) Follow me on Twitter @LightningShout and please “like” LightningShout on Facebook. You can email us at lightningshout@aol.com.
Via Lightning Shout
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Exit Interview: Ben Bishop

Bishop: “You want to be out there with the guys, you want to try to help the team win & when you can’t, it’s tough.”https://t.co/EYciyhsRgE — Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) May 28, 2016 (Feature Photo/Christine Gunn) Follow me on Twitter @LightningShout and please “like” LightningShout on Facebook. You can email us at lightningshout@aol.com.
Via Lightning Shout
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Photo: Ben Roethlisberger's newborn already decked out in Pittsburgh gear

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and his wife Ashley welcomed their third child into the world Thursday morning, a healthy baby boy named Bodie.  Just in time for the Penguins’ Stanley Cup Playoffs game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, the newest member of Steelers Nation is already decked out in Pittsburgh gear. Roethlisberger posted this fantastic photo to...
Via College Spun
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Lightning's Steven Stamkos makes return to ice in Game 7 vs. Penguins

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos picked an interesting time to make his 2016 playoff debut.Stamkos returned to Tampa Bay's lineup on Thursday night for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals against Pittsburgh. Stamkos last played on March 31 before undergoing surgery on April 4 to treat a blood clot near his right collarbone. Stamkos will play on the...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

NHL misses the point by nixing Tampa Bay Lightning outdoor watch party

When you are a league like the NHL, growing the game is of paramount importance. Doing anything to take away from it can not only damage the brand but can make the league look petty in the process. So what do we think the league did when the Tampa Bay Lightning tried to organize an outdoor watch party? C’mon, you already know the answer. Response from NHL on TBL watch party...
Via Puck Drunk Love
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Boucher: Koekkoek Making A Statement

It’s easy to get bogged down in disappointment at the Lightning’s 5-2 Game 6 loss at Amalie Arena last night. They had a chance to close out the Eastern Conference Final on their home ice and came up drastically short. There was a lot of bad on display in Game 6 but Tampa’s young defenseman Slater Koekkoek was a bright spot. Despite only playing in 12 NHL games over the last...
Via Lightning Shout
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Drouin’s No-Goal A Game Changer

The Pittsburgh Penguins took on the Tampa Bay Lightning Tuesday night in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals to force a Game 7 with a 5-2 victory in Amalie Arena. Lightning fans had every reason to think Tampa would close out the series when Jonathan Drouin put one in the back of the net passed Penguins Matt Murray at just 5:12 of the first period. Amalie was silenced when Pittsburgh...
Via Beyond The Benches
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Kucherov's excellence driving Lightning against Penguins

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The bigger the playoff moment, the more Nikita Kucherov shines. The young Russian has a knack for scoring when Tampa Bay needs it most, which is one of the reasons the Lightning are within one victory of reaching the Stanley Cup final for the second straight year. Kucherov has found the back of the net a NHL-leading 11 times in 15 games this postseason, seven of...
Via Associated Press
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Lightning Hold Off Penguins To Tie The Series

We are seeing some great playoff hockey right now! The Tampa Bay Lightning evened the series on Friday night when they held off the Pittsburgh Penguins to take a Game 4 victory and tie the series at two. It looked as though it was going to be all Lightning right off the start with them getting out to a 4-0 lead, but the third period proved to be a good one for Pittsburgh, battling...
Via Beyond The Benches
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Lightning turn rink into a giant TV for a game of Mario Kart

It can sometimes be tough to find ways to keep fans entertained between periods of a hockey game. Some teams employ the traditional zamboni ride or a short scrimmage for local youth teams.But the Tampa Bay Lightning stepped up their between-period entertainment Wednesday night with this awesome projection on the ice.That's right. That's a rink-sized game of Mario Kart.It's unknown...
Via Fox Sports
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Lightning turn rink into one big Mario Kart game

We’ve seen the innovations that go into on floor/ice projections in NBA and NHL arenas. We’ve gone from spotlights that might glide across the arena, to full blown graphics that create illusions and other spectacles on the surface. The Tampa Bay Lightning showed that innovation Wednesday night during intermission at Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Pittsburgh...
Via The Comeback
10 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Did Sidney Crosby slew foot Cedric Paquette?

The Tampa Bay Lightning imploded in the third period, allowing the Pittsburgh Penguins plenty of time and space which led to numerous goals. Lightning fans weren’t too happy and they weren’t too pleased with what might have been a slew foot from Sidney Crosby on Cedric Paquette. Slew foot or just Crosby losing his balance?
Via Puck Drunk Love
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa radio show gives out free Lightning tattoos to fans

The NHL Eastern Conference Final between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Pittsburgh Penguins has gotten pretty serious. How serious? Controversies over rally towels, traitorous tourism bureaus, and mayoral candidates getting tattoos. How did this start? With Elliott Falcione, a Pittsburgh transplant living in Bradenton who heads up the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau...
Via Larry Brown Sports
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Lightning: new hero for the Bolts?

After an unimpressive rookie year and an underwhelming sophomore campaign further marred by an immature trade deadline debacle, Jonathan Drouin has been an absolute stud this postseason. The kid has recorded 10 points in the team’s 11 postseason games, which ties him for third on the Tampa Bay Lightning alongside defender Victor Hedman and fellow top-six forward Alex Killorn. Drouin...
Via isportsweb.com
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Lightning: Vasilevskiy’s value growing in the playoffs

Nobody in association with the Tampa Bay Lightning wanted to see Ben Bishop getting stretchered off the ice in Game 1 against Pittsburgh. Unfortunately, that is exactly what happened. Thankfully, X-Rays on Bishop’s knee came back negative, and the goaltender from St. Louis is now day-to-day after what appeared to be a certain season-ending injury. His status for Game 2 is still...
Via isportsweb.com
14 days ago  |  Discuss

The Renaissance Of Jonathan Drouin

In the midst of the Jonathan Drouin drama, I wrote an article stating why he would never be a great fit for the Lightning and concluded that a mutual split would be best for both parties. After two rounds in the postseason, I am ready to admit my conclusion was hasty. Perhaps if everything went according to the Bolts’ plans, my conclusion may have held true. But there was one thing...
Via The Sports Quotient
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Ben Bishop leaves game with leg injury

The Tampa Bay Lightning played a very smart/sound game and emerged victorious on the road against the Pittsburgh Penguins, 3-1, in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Friday night. They did, however, suffer some unfortunate luck, as goaltender Ben Bishop left the game late in the first period with a leg injury. Bishop was moving around near the net and appeared to hurt himself...
Via The Sports Daily
15 days ago  |  Discuss

NHL postseason quick hits: Eastern Conference Final

Postseason VitalsPittsburgh: 8-3-0 in 11 games in the playoffsTampa Bay: 8-2-0 in 10 games in the playoffsHistory of the MatchupThe Lightning defeated the Penguins in a seven-game first-round series in 2011, their only time meeting in the playoffs. During the 2015-16 regular season, the Bolts won the three-game series.Squad Similarities Through the PlayoffsDepth, on both offense...
Via Yardbarker
16 days ago  |  Discuss

What does Steven Stamkos really want?

The NHL’s biggest free agent is going to have plenty of options to choose from when July 1st rolls around. Scorers capable of 50+ goals a season don’t find their way into the free agent market too often. While Stamkos may have lots of options and lots of suitors for his services, we must evaluate what Steven Stamkos is truly looking for. Is his number one priority cashing in...
Via Puck Drunk Love
22 days ago  |  Discuss
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