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Nikita Kucherov’s fancy move gets shootout victory for Lightning

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Nikita Kucherov brought the playground to Buffalo Saturday night. In a shootout against the Sabres, Kucherov, of the Tampa Bay Lightning, swept toward the goal. He shot, then whipped his stick over the puck as it slid past Buffalo Sabres goalie Robin Lehner. “He brought the schoolyard to the big stage,” said Lightning coach Jon Cooper. “You better score on that, and he did.” Tyler Johnson scored in regulation, and Brayden Point and Kucherov scored in the shootout for a…

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Lightning gets a point, but loses to a strong Minnesota team

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The Tampa Bay Lightning needed two points Friday night. They settled for one. The Lightning lost a shootout to the Central Division-leading Minnesota Wild, 2-1. At this point of the playoff race, with 27 games to play, the Lightning can use every point it can get. Tampa Bay is 3-3 in shootouts this year. They are 24-24-7 overall. Goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy played well for Tampa Bay, saving 37 of 38 shots. The one he didn’t stop was a second period…

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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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Lightning finally snaps losing streak, beats Washington in shootout

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The Tampa Bay Lightning, finally, are winners again. After a four-game losing streak, the Bolts returned to the winner’s circle with a 2-1, shootout victory over the Washington Caps. Goaltender Ben Bishop stopped 34 of 35 shots. The Lightning got a regulation goal from Nikita Kucherov, and both Brayden Point and Brian Boyle scored in the shootout. The five minute four-on-four period ended scoreless. The Bolts had struggled with their goaltenders during their four-game losing streak, giving up 19 goals…

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Somehow, Lightning wins a wild 6-5 game against Winnipeg

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It was a laugher. It was a blown opportunity. It was a comeback. It was a special teams collapse. It was a shootout. In the end, it was wild. The Tampa Bay Lightning ended up with one more good moment than bad one Thursday night, winning a 6-5 game over Winnipeg  in a shootout. Captain Steven Stamkos scored the winner. There were plenty of good things with the win. The Bolts scored three goals in 241 seconds, and they led…

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Bad things happen late in Lightning loss to Panthers

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Things ended badly for the Tampa Bay Lightning Saturday night. The later it got, in fact, the more painful it was. Start with 53 seconds left and the Lightning clinging to a one-goal lead. But forward Ryan Callahan was penalized for flipping a puck over the glass. Then there was 38 seconds to play, when Florida’s Aaron Ekblad tied te game. There was the overtime penalty shot by Steven Stamkos, who was stopped by Panthers’ goaltender Roberto Luongo. Then there…

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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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