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Lightning wins, waits, watches to see if playoffs are possible

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The Tampa Bay Lightning has one game left, but the games they don’t control that will be the most nerve-wracking. The Lightning has to watch as the Toronto Maple Leafs play the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday and the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday. A win in either game clinches the playoffs for the Leafs and eliminates the Lightning. The Lightning closes out his season Sunday against the Buffalo Sabres. The team has to wait to see if that game matters.…

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Lightning falls further behind despite gaining a point against Montreal

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The Tampa Bay Lightning gained a point Saturday night. Still, it lost ground. The Lightning dropped a 2-1 game in overtime against the Montreal Canadiens, but watched as both of its playoff competitors won. Tampa Bay now trails Boston by four points for the final wild-card spot and both Toronto and Ottawa by five points for third place in the Atlantic Division. Montreal’s winning goal came from Alexander Radulov 51 seconds into overtime. The Bolts lost despite  34 saves by Andrei…

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Rowdies take impressive win over MLS’s Montreal in exhibition

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If you want to join them, well, first you beat them. The Tampa Bay Rowdies, who have announced their plans to pursue admission into the MLS, took a symbolic step toward their goal Saturday night when they beat the Montreal Impact. The Impact was the Eastern Conference runners-up last season. However, the Rowdies dominated play most of the evening, taking a 2-0 lead en route to their victory. Joe Cole and Deshorn Brown, a training guest, scored the goals within…

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Triplets lead Lightning’s huge comeback against Montreal

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Hey, didn’t you used to be The Triplets? Frankly, it’s good to see you again. The Triplets – the Tampa Bay Lightning’s line of Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat and Nikita Kucherov, couldn’t have picked a better time to show back up Wednesday night. At the time, it was the third period, and the Bolts trailed the Montreal Canadiens 3-1, and Carey Price was in goal. None of it mattered. The Bolts charged from behind to win, 4-1. Johnson scored twice.…

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Canadiens come from behind in third period to defeat Lightning

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The Tampa Bay Lightning haven’t finished second in many games this year. Thursday night, however, the Montreal Canadiens were just a tad better. The Lightning fell to 5-2 on the year in a 3-1 loss to Montreal, which improved to 7-0-1. The Canadiens scored three times in the third period to pull out the game. Tampa Bay took a 1-0 lead on Alex Killorn’s sixth goal, but Montreal came back with an even-strength goal (by Alex Galchenyuk), a power-play goal…

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Center Tyler Johnson injured as Tampa Bay loses final game to Montreal

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Repeat it to yourself: It just didn’t matter. The Tampa Bay Lightning lost Saturday night to Montreal, 5-2, for the third time in its last four games, and it’s fifth time in its last eight, to conclude its regular season. Tampa Bay now proceeds to play Detroit in the playoffs. The Lightning absorbed more than defeat, however. Center Tyler Johnson was driven into the boards by Greg Pateryn, which left Jon Cooper livid. “There’s honor and there’s respect, and that…

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Lightning wins after calling up Jonathan Drouin from minors

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Sometimes, the truth is better than fiction. Sometimes, you couldn’t write stuff like this. Jonathan Drouin, banished to the minors, suspended and almost written off, salvaged his season Thursday night. Drouin scored the game-winning goal Saturday night in the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 3-2 victory over New Jersey. The twice-suspended Drouin, who swore he would never again play for the Bolts, was promoted earlier in the day and scored in a 4-2 victory. “It wasn’t just the goal,” said coach Jonathan…

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