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Tampa Bay Lightning finally win, beating Anaheim 3-2 in shootout

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They won? Finally? The Tampa Bay Lightning finally put up a winning scoreboard Saturday night, beating the Anaheim Ducks 3-2 in a shootout. The Lightning had lost six of its previous seven games (two in overtime), including two straight at home in which it managed only 21 shots per game in losses to Boston and Ottawa. This time, the Lightning outshot Anaheim by 21 shots (37-16). The Bolts scored three goals in the shootout. Brayden Point started the scoring, Nikita…

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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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Latest Lightning loss makes you wonder about their goaltender

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Here’s something for the Tampa Bay Lightning to consider as they go nowhere. What if Andrei Vasilevskiy isn’t the future? Vasilevskiy lost his sixth consecutive start Thursday night as the Bolts fell 2-1 to the San Jose Sharks. With the loss, the Lightning fell to 21-21-5 on the season. Vasilevskiy fell to 10-11-2. He has now given up 24 goals in his last six starts. Tampa Bay has now lost 12 of its last 14 road games. For the Bolts,…

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Lightning beats Kings, 2-1, with solid game by Ben Bishop

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Is it too late for the Tampa Bay Lightning? The Lightning certainly hopes not. And Monday in Los Angeles, for once, the Lightning didn’t play like it. They ground out a 2-1 victory over the Kings that once again put them on the right side of .500 at 21-20-4. The Kings scored first on a goal by Kyle Clifford. But the Bolts charged back with goals by Tyler Johnson and by Brian Boyle. The goal by Johnson was particularly nifty,…

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Lightning prepared to raise Marty St. Louis’ jersey to rafters

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Three years ago, he went away angry. Three years ago, a lot of Tampa Bay Lightning fans felt he had pulled out on the team. But tonight, Marty St. Louis returns home for the team’s first jersey-retiring ceremony before the game against Columbus. Finally, the team and its star have reconciled. “I don’t think even when you’re done playing and you’ve done some great things” St. Louis said, “it’s nothing you hope for. This is an add-on you never felt…

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Lightning’s Steven Stamkos has torn meniscus in right knee

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Once again, the captain is on the shelf. One day after injuring his right knee in a game against Detroit, Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos was diagnosed with a torn meniscus. The team has said Stamkos is out indefinitely, but most projections say recovery time is roughly one month, depending on whether the knee requires surgery. “We are in the process of evaluating options for repair and rehabilitation and will release more information as it becomes available,” Lightning General Manager Steve…

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Lightning starts slowly again, overcomes New Jersey Devils

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Every time, the Tampa Bay Lightning give the New Jersey Devils a head start. For the second time in three meetings, however, the Bolts came back. Saturday night, Tampa Bay fell behind 1-0 (the smallest lead the Devils have had), but came back to win 4-1. The Lightning had goals from Brian Boyle, Victor Hedman, Brayden Point and Nikita Kucherov. Goaltender Ben Bishop stopped 37 of 38 for his fifth win of the year. “It’s an issue,no question” coach Jon…

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