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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 comes from behind to beat St. Louis is solid effort

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Now, that’s more like it. The Tampa Bay Lightning still cannot be certain that its struggles are over, especially not as beaten up as they are. But for a night, the Lightning was a special team again Thursday night. The Lightning came back from a two-goal deficit to defeat the St. Louis Blues, 5-2. Tampa Bay fell behind with two quick goals in the first period before coming back. “It’s the National Hockey League,” said coach Jon Cooper. “To me,…

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Lightning finally wins a game, beating Calgary on the road

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Finally, victory. The Tampa Bay Lightning ended its losing streak, a slump that had seen the team lose seven of eight games. The Bolts scored two goals in each period to beat the Calgary Flames, 6-3. The Lightning gave up an early goal, but then scored two in each period. Brian Boyle scored two in the first period and Alex Killorn scored two in the third. In between, Braydon Coburn and Andrej Sustr scored goals. Goaltender Ben Bishop faced only…

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Lightning gets another key piece of its puzzle under contract in Alex Killorn

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Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman gave a lot of money to his star players this off-season. He did not forget about the the rest of the roster, however. Yzerman signed forward Alex Killorn to a seven-year contract extension on Sunday. Killorn, 26, scored 14 goals last season and added five more in the post-season. He tied for fourth in goals and points on the team. In all, Killorn has scored 53 goals and 15 goals in the playoffs.…

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Lightning wins 9th straight on Alex Killorn’s overtime goal

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The streak has reached record proportions. The Tampa Bay Lightning won their ninth straight game Saturday night, the most in the history of the franchise. The previous best was eight in the Stanley Cup-winning season of 2004. Alex Killorn scored the winning goal with 42.5 seconds left in overtime to snap a 3-3 tie with the Carolina Hurricanes. Ondrej Palat scored two goals and Tyler Johnson scored one when the Bolts trailed 3-2 in the third period. Killorn took the…

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Lightning streaks to fifth straight victory over tired Devils

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The New Jersey Devils were tired. So the Tampa Bay Lightning, as giving as possible, turned out the lights. The Devils, playing their second game in as many nights, could hardly compete with the fresh Lightning Friday night. Tampa Bay won 4-0, winning its fifth straight game. The Lightning has 64 points, tied with Boston for second place in the Atlantic Division. The Lightning visit the Bruins on Sunday night. In this one, goaltender Ben Bishop stopped all 21 shots…

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Lightning falls back to .500 after late loss to Islanders

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The Tampa Bay Lightning continue to try to get a foothold on their hockey season. Perhaps a three-game winning streak had convinced you that the Lightning had awakened. Not so much. The Lightning lost their second straight Saturday night, blowing a two-goal lead and falling 3-2 to the New York Islanders. John Tavares scored the only goal of the third period to snap a 2-2 tie. Tampa Bay had jumped to a lead on a goal by Alex Killorn and,…

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