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Lightning overcomes two-goal deficit to take big win over Florida

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The Tampa Bay Lightning is treating this playoff race like something real. The Lightning won a memorable game against the Florida Panthers Saturday night, coming from a two-goal deficit to take a 3-2 victory. The Bolts are now 10-2-3 in their last 15 games. After falling behind 2-0, the Bolts came back on a power-play by Nikita Kucherov, a short-handed goal by Yanni Gourde (his first in the NHL) and a tiebreaking goal off a deflection by Ondrej Palat. It was…

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Bucs add former Dallas safety J.J. Wilcox to free agent signings

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The Tampa Bay Bucs added safety J.J. Wilcox to their free agent signings Saturday. Wilcox, 26, is a former third-round draft pick of the Dallas Cowboys who should compete for former safety Bradley McDougald’s old job. He has started 38-of-58 regular season games played for the Cowboys over the past four seasons (2013-16), totaling 196 tackles, 15 passes defensed, five interceptions, three fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles.  A native of Cairo, Georgia, Wilcox played collegiately at Georgia Southern. He…

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Signing of DeSean Jackson puts Tampa Bay Bucs in NFL’s top half

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How much did the free-agent signing of DeSean Jackson help the Tampa Bay Bucs? Well, according to Bleacher Report, it vaulted them into the top half of the league. Bleacher Report did its latest power-rankings Friday, and the Bucs came in at No. 13. Not bad, when you consider that Super Bowl runner-up Atlanta was No. 12. “There are free-agent signings I really like. And there are free-agent signings I absolutely love,” wrote Chris Simms, the former Bucs’ quarterback. New…

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Injuries mar big victory by Tampa Bay Lightning over Stars

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The Tampa Bay Lightning is learning one of the oldest lessons in hockey. Every time it gets a little bit of a gain, it finds itself in a little more pain. The Bolts took a big victory Thursday night, beating the Minnesota Wild 4-1 at home. The Wild, 32-17-6, has been the best team in the Western Conference, while the Bolts are still struggling to make the playoffs. As big as the win was, however, it came with a sting.…

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Bucs add speed, strength in free agency to try to improve their team

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The Tampa Bay Bucs, trying to improve their team for the coming season, have added strength and speed from the nation’s capital. The Bucs signed the defensive tackle and wide receiver DeSean Jackson Wednesday on the first day of free agency. The big catch, so to speak, is Jackson, who led the NFL last year with an average 17.9 yards per catch. He will immediately slot opposite Pro Bowler Mike Evans, and immediately promises to help the rest of the offense. Quarterback…

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Mistake in overtime allows Rangers to edge Tampa Bay Lightning

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In one of their tightest-played games of the season, the Tampa Bay Lightning made the crucial mistake and paid for it. Late in overtime, an errant pass by defenseman Victor Hedman sailed off target, and the New York Rangers turned it into a breakaway and the winning goal by Mika Zibanejad with 1:04 left in the extra period. The Rangers went on to win, 1-0. The single point picked up for a regulation tie allowed the Bolts to get to…

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Pittsburgh takes over third period to handle Tampa Bay Lightning

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For 88 seconds, the Tampa Bay Lightning seemed to be in good shape. And then they were not. The Lightning, still scrambling to get back into the wild-card race, fell 5-2 to the Pittsburgh Penguins Friday night. The Penguins, who beat the Bolts in last year’s conference finals, scored the game’s final three goals. After the Lightning tied the game at 2-2, it took only a minute and 28 seconds to take the lead. Mark Streit, who was a member…

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