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Lighting on verge of elimination from playoffs after loss to Bruins

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The Tampa Bay Lightning hasn’t been eliminated yet. But it may be time to dim the lights. The Lighting were clobbered 4-0 by Boston Thursday night in a last-chance effort to stay in the NHL wild-card race, and as a result, they are hanging on by their fingernails. Both Ottawa and Toronto could clinch playoff spots with just a bit of success, leaving the Lightning on the outside. Tampa Bay got only four shots in the first period, and the…

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Lightning embarrassed by Arizona with defeat in playoff drive

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Quick question: If a team is going to be embarrassed by the second-worst team in the NHL, what does it say? Other than, for a night, that the Tampa Bay Lightning was among the worst. The Lightning blew every advantage Tuesday night. They were playing the second-worst team in the league, the Arizona Coyotes. They were at home. They held a lead in the third period. They were playing with playoffs in mind. And still, they lost a 5-3 game…

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When it comes to the Lightning, have you heard this before?

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Groundhog day, and the Tampa Bay Lightning are repeating themselves. Check out Thursday night’s 5-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators. They started with a lead. They fell behind. They got off only 21 shots. And they lost their second game in a four-game home stand (and third overall)  that was supposed to turn all of this around. “What did Punxsutawney Phil say?” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. He was told six more weeks of winter. “Let’s hope not,” he said.…

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Lightning star Tyler Johnson scores back-to-back goals to lead win

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One game after losing to one of the worst teams in the National Hockey League, the Tampa Bay Lightning beat one of the best. The Lightning, still struggling in its effort to make the playoffs, came from behind to beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-2 Tuesday night. Coming one game after losing to Arizona, it was a needed win. “This is desperation mode for us,” said Lightning coach Jon Cooper. “This was a winnable hockey game. A lot of good things…

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Tampa Bay Lightning embarrassed by a bad Phoenix Coyotes team

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What does it say about a team when it is blasted by the next-to-worst team in the league? No, the Tampa Bay Lightning isn’t the worst team. But it’s far from good, too. No one would argue it after a 5-3 blasting at the hands at the point-at-and-laugh Phoenix Coyotes. Phoenix was near the bottom of the league in most statistics, including 25th on the power play and 27th on the penalty kill. Against the Lightning, however, Phoenix was an…

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Lightning clobbered yet again, falls to .500 for the season

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After a while, it isn’t just a slump. After a while, it’s a new reality. The Tampa Bay Lightning fell to .500 on the season, losing their fourth straight game of the season. This time, it was a 6-2 beating at the hands of the Pittsburgh Penguins. It lowered the Bolts’ record to 19-19-4 on the season. The Lightning has now given up three or more goals in 16 of their last 21 games. “We played a really good team…

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Defenseless Lightning continues slump against Philadelphia

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The Tampa Bay Lightning continues to talk about how big the games ahead of them are. And they continue to lose them. The Bolts lost their third straight game – giving up 16 goals in the three – in a 4-2 loss to Philadelphia Saturday afternoon. “It was turnovers and lost battles pretty much all night,” said Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper. “When you’re going to do that, you don’t really have much of a chance of winning. And then, on top of that,…

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