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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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Lightning beats Carolina, even though it really didn’t deserve it

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They didn’t deserve it. They didn’t work hard enough for it. They didn’t play well enough for it. On the other hand, the Tampa Bay Lightning isn’t giving it back. The Lightning, which has pointed in nine out of 10 games, and won four out of five, somehow rallied in overtime to beat the Carolina Hurricanes Wednesday night. Hours after enduring the loss of another player — Valtteri Filppula — the Bolts played one of their most listless games of…

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Lightning struggles again in disappointing loss to Boston

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This is the way it’s going for the Tampa Bay Lightning: Badly. This is the way it’s going: The Bolts finally get a game with three goals … and goaltender Ben Bishop gives up four. This is the way it’s going: The Lightning finally gets a breakaway in the third period of Thursday night’s game…and Tyler Johnson passes the puck backward instead of taking a shot. This is the way it’s going: Tampa Bay defenseman Anton Stralman is hit from…

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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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Lightning has an awful second period in loss to Winnipeg Jets

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For a while, things were going along swimmingly for the Tampa Bay Lightning. And then the team drowned. Tampa Bay gave up three goals in the second period Tuesday night, losing a 6-4 game to Winnipeg. The Bolts gave up three goals or more for the 10th time in 12 games. “It was men against boys after that first period,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. “We’ve been able to accumulate some points at home, and we come out and do…

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This time, Lightning loses in overtime after a comeback

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One step up, one step back. The Tampa Bay Lightning, one night after one of their most impressive overtime victories over Montreal, had a second straight comeback blunted in an overtime loss to Toronto. This time, they fell to the Toronto Maple Leafs, 3-2. The Bolts came from a 2-0 deficit to tie Thursday night’s game, but lost when Valterri Filppula was called for goaltender interference, setting up the team’s winning power play. Nazem Kadri scored from in-close for the…

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Lightning returns to the dark side in loss to Vancouver Canucks

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After a one-game reprieve, the Tampa Bay Lightning returned to its slump Friday night. The Lightning lost a 4-2 game to the Vancouver Canucks. The Bolts had stopped a streak in which they lost seven of eight with a win against Calgary Wednesday, but they lost their eighth in 10 games against the Canucks. “We can’t sit here and say we didn’t play well,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. They had 10 scoring chances the whole game. They score three…

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