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The Lightning says it’s time to get answers from forward Steven Stamkos

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It has been the world’s longest negotiation, but things may be coming to a head between the Tampa Bay Lightning and center Steven Stamkos. Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman told the Tampa Bay Times he hopes to have some clarity on Stamkos by the weekend. “We’re doing all we can to sign him,” Yzerman said. “What we look like if Stammer re-signs with us, it affects what we can do with our team. For us, we’d like to know sooner…

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Did Steven Stamkos return to Lightning provide a hint for the future?

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He tried to ride to the rescue. He did not save the day, but you have to give Steven Stamkos credit for trying. He was rusty, and he was out of tune. Sitting out for 22 games, since March 31, will do that to a player. It was asking an awful lot of Stamkos to be a difference maker for the Tampa Bay Lightning in less than 12 mintues of play in Game Seven of the Stanley Cup. What it…

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Lightning loses to Penguins for Eastern Conference Title

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Turn out the lights. Lock the rink. Gather the sticks. It is over. The Tampa Bay Lightning has lost. The Lightning closed out their 2015-16 season Thursday night, losing a 2-1 game to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Bolts led the series three games to two and were at home, but they lost back-to-back games to Pittsburgh to end their season. “Everybody who plays in this league and coaches in this league knows how hard it is…

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Key players must improve if the Lightning is to upset Penguins

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If the series is tied, then why in the world do the Tampa Bay Lightning seem so far behind? Technically, the Lightning and Pittsburgh Penguins are knotted at three games, with one walk across the tightrope left to determine who goes to the Stanley Cup Final. But considering the team’s lethargic performance in a 5-2 loss in Pittsburgh, it feels worse. During the series, the Penguins at their best have been better than the Lightning at their best. Pittsburgh is…

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Lightning has a good history in playing in NHL Game Sevens

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Game Seven is hockey’s answer to a loser-leave town match. Game Seven is a walk across the tightrope juggling chainsaws. Game Seven is the final scene in Star Wars, with one shot to blow up the Death Star. And here come the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Pittsburgh Penguins, playing Game Seven Thursday night for the right to go to the Stanley Cup Finals. Think of it like Final Jeopardy, only the answers are in a foreign language. Does the…

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Lightning lets one opportunity pass, waits for another one vs. Penguins

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The opportunity was gone. The chance had slipped through their fingers. The game had been blown. And now, the players of the Tampa Bay Lightning, were already talking about their next turn. The Lightning, with an opportunity to get to its second consecutive Stanley Cup Final, were badly outskated by the Pittsburgh Penguins for most of Tuesday night’s game. The Lightning lost, 5-2, to force Game Seven on Thursday night in Pittsburgh. “We have one game to get to the…

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Bucs pleased for Lightning, but they feel a bit of jealousy, too

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The Tampa Bay Bucs feel a lot of things for the Tampa Bay Lightning. They feel excitement, and they feel passion, and they feel kinship. Also, they feel, well, jealous. The Lightning is in its third straight playoffs, and its eighth in the past 13 seasons. The Bucs, meanwhile, have been to the post-season twice in that span, and they have’t won a game. What the Lightning is feeling, the Bucs would like some of, thank you very much. “I’m…

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