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Scheduling and Experience Will Guide Lightning to Playoffs

It wasn’t a strong start for the Tampa Bay Lightning Monday night at Amalie Arena. Down 4-1 to the Chicago Blackhawks by the middle of the second period, it looked as if the Lightning would lose ground in the wild card race and prove they do not belong on the same ice as the NHL elite. Tampa Bay Lightning center Yanni Gourde (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports) But the three-goal deficit was...
Via The Hockey Writers
18 hours ago

Gourde scores in OT, Lightning beat Blackhawks 5-4

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Yanni Gourde had a breakaway goal 4:25 into overtime and the Tampa Bay Lightning rallied from a three-goal deficit to beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-4 on Monday night. Victor Hedman set up the winner with his third assist of the game. Tampa Bay, which trails Boston by a point for the second Eastern Conference wild card, got two goals from Jonathan Drouin. Ondrej...
Via MyNorthwest.com
1 day ago

The Blues and Lightning are still closely scouting each other

The St. Louis Blues and Tampa Bay Lightning have been closely connected in various trade rumors over the past couple years, but nothing significant has come to fruition. There were a ton of rumors involving Kevin Shattenkirk and Jonathan Drouin, but when the dust settled, Shattenkirk headed to the Washington Capitals and Drouin is still with the Lightning. End of story, right? Maybe...
Via Frozen Notes
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Kucherov Putting Himself in Rare Company

Last night’s 6-3 win against the Boston Bruins was a big one for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Trailing those same Bruins by five points for the final wild card spot, the Lightning were in a precarious position. A loss would put them seven points out of a playoff spot and a Sisyphean climb for a playoff spot would ensue. But the Bolts pulled out the win with four unanswered goals...
Via The Hockey Writers
4 days ago

Lightning Fans Should Be Excited About Libor Hajek

General Manager Steve Yzerman made a signing of great importance yesterday by inking defenseman Libor Hajek (LEE-bohr, HIGH-ak) to a three-year, two-way entry level contract. With dust and cobwebs occupying the Lightning’s defense prospect cupboard, this becomes an important signing for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Steve Yzerman (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports) The Smrcek, Czech...
Via The Hockey Writers
6 days ago

The Tampa Bay Lightning are running out of time

Things were looking good for the Tampa Bay Lightning until the last two games. They had gone 7-2-1 and threw themselves back into the playoff mix. Goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy had performed lights-out and the forward core was dominant. Nikita Kucherov was playing especially well with eight goals and seven assists in those ten games. Unfortunately after such a great streak the Lightning...
Via isportsweb.com
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Kucherov, Killorn shine but Lightning fall to Capitals

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- T.J Oshie had three goals and an assist, Justin Williams and John Carlson had early third-period goals, and the Washington Capitals clinched a playoff spot by beating the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3 on Saturday night. Oshie scored twice, including an early power-play goal, as the Capitals took a 2-0 lead midway through the first. He completed the hat trick with an...
Via Associated Press
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Ondrej Palat scores late in 3rd, Lightning beat Panthers 3-2

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Ondrej Palat scored with 2:23 left to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 3-2 victory over the Florida Panthers on Saturday night. Palat redirected Andrej Sustr's shot to complete Tampa Bay's comeback from a two-goal deficit. Andrei Vasilevskiy made 32 saves, and Nikita Kucherov and Yanni Gourde also scored for the Lightning. They are 10-2-3 in their last 15 games...
Via Associated Press
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Ondrej Palat's 3rd-period goal caps Lightning's comeback win over Panthers

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Ondrej Palat scored with 2:23 left to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 3-2 victory over the Florida Panthers on Saturday night. Palat redirected Andrej Sustr's shot to complete Tampa Bay's comeback from a two-goal deficit. Andrei Vasilevskiy made 32 saves, and Nikita Kucherov and Yanni Gourde also scored for the Lightning. They are 10-2-3 in their last 15 games...
Via Associated Press
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Don’t count out the Tampa Bay Lightning

At this year’s trade deadline the Tampa Bay Lightning defined themselves as sellers. They traded away starting goalie Ben Bishop and two veteran forwards Valtteri Filppula and Brian Boyle. Clearly the team’s General Manager Steve Yzerman decided that this was not the season to push for the Stanley Cup. However, the Lightning are not out of the running yet. This is a team very...
Via isportsweb.com
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay’s Nikita Kucherov just pulled off the dirtiest shoot out move of the year

The Tampa Bay Lightning may be out of the current playoff picture but that doesn’t mean they have to play boring hockey. After Steven Stamkos went down with an injury earlier in the year, they’ve coasted a bit. Slowly but surely, the Lightning have been climbing the Atlantic division standings and a lot of the credit goes to Nikita Kucherov. The name may not sound familiar to...
Via The Comeback
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Fan offers NHL ref glasses to make sure video review done properly

Referees are often tasked with making tough decisions and are easily scrutinized immediately by fans when things don’t go their team’s way. In Tampa Bay, one Lightning fan offered some help – we think.In this case, a coach's challenge was called after the Carolina Hurricanes disputed whether or not Tyler Johnson was offside before he scored. Forced to review the play, a referee...
Via The Comeback
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Recent deals have already provided a trade deadline preview

Each year the trade deadline in the NHL comes and goes, there aren’t a lot of changes and people are left scratching their heads. Are these general managers so risk averse that they don’t want to make major trades?A few trades involving Patrick Eaves, Tomas Jurco, Martin Hanzal and Ben Bishop have taken place already, but they don’t inspire much drama.Let’s diagnose what...
Via Puck Drunk Love
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Lightning trade star goaltender Ben Bishop to the LA Kings in surprise deal

The NHL trade deadline has been pretty dull the past few seasons with many deals being finalized well before the actual deadline. This may once again be the case as the Tampa Bay Lighting have traded Ben Bishop to the Los Angeles Kings in an interesting deal occurring a few days before the March 1st deadline. It wasn’t particularly surprising that Bishop was traded, but it was...
Via The Comeback
February 26, 2017  |  Discuss

Steven Stamkos inches closer to return for Tampa Bay Lightning

The Tampa Bay Lightning have been missing one big piece of their team almost the entire season. Fortunately for them, that piece is forward Steven Stamkos and he seems to be progressing well from the injury he suffered on November 15. Recently he was able to resume skating drills and stickhandling practices and remains steadily on the timetable he was given for his injury. Unfortunately...
Via isportsweb.com
February 25, 2017  |  Discuss

Box Score 2/7: Still working off our Super Bowl hangover

Want more news first thing in the day? Sign up for the Yardbarker Morning Bark newsletter here.Happy birthday to Kristin Otto, Peter Bondra, Juwan Howard, Steve Nash, Matt Stafford, Steven Stamkos and Isaiah Thomas. On this date in 1998, the Winter Olympics kicked off in Nagano, Japan. It was the first Games that saw women's hockey and snowboarding as medal sports, and curling returned...
Via Yardbarker
February 07, 2017  |  Discuss
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