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Steven Stamkos has key assist, Lightning beat Panthers 5-3

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Steven Stamkos is back. Stamkos set up the go-ahead goal in his return from a right knee injury and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Florida Panthers 5-3 on Friday night in the season opener for both teams.

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Lightning, Panthers set to kick off NHL season on Friday

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It all begins for real tonight at Amalie Arena. The Tampa Bay Lightning open the 2017-18 season against the Florida Panthers, the first of four meetings between the two teams. For the Lightning, they seek a return to the playoffs after missing the post season by a single point last year. If they can avoid significant injuries to key players, always a big “if,” they have every reason to expect to be playing hockey well into the spring.

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Penguins look to retool for Game 5

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The best-of-seven Eastern Conference Finals series between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning is now a best of three. With the series tied at two games each, the pivotal Game 5 is in Pittsburgh on Sunday. The way Friday night’s game ended, with the Lightning surviving the third period to prevail, 4-3, some significant questions emerged for Sunday’s game. Pittsburgh has three important questions that will officially be answered by the time the puck drops, but preliminary answers have…

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Lightning blow three leads, lose in shootout to start long road trip

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Three leads, and the Lightning lost. A three-on-three overtime, and the Lightning lost. A shootout, and the Lightning lost. In all, it was a hard evening for Tampa Bay, which lost its third game in the last four. The Lightning lost 5-4 when Nashville’s Filip Forsberg scored the only goal in the shootout. The Lightning led 2-1, 3-2 and 4-3 in the evening, but still lost to the Predators, who have a 5-0 record over Tampa Bay since 2008. Tampa Bay scored…

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