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Lightning’s power play has power, so does Steven Stamkos

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How easy is it getting for the Tampa Bay Lightning in its playoff series against the Montreal Canadiens? Why, it’s getting so easy that even Steven Stamkos is scoring. The Lightning jumped to a commanding 2-0 lead in its series against Montreal with a 6-2 bashing of the Canadiens and highly respected goaltender Carey Price Sunday night. The Bolts would have to lose four of the next five games not to win this series. Everything went the way of the…

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Lightning gets off on right foot vs. Montreal

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A hot goalie. A hotter center. A slump-breaking forward. For the Tampa Bay Lightning, it added up to just enough for a 2-1 win in double-overrime as the Bolts got off a good start in their second-round playoff against the Montreal Canadiens Friday night. Tampa Bay stole the home ice advantage against the remarkable Carey Price, eliminating the possibilitly of a second-straight sweep at the hands of Montreal. The Lightning’s own goaltender, Ben Bishop, actually outplayed Price, stopping 43 out…

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Ben Bishop’s shutout leads Lightning to advance

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The praise belonged to the other guy. Ben Bishop? He had ownership of the doubts. Forty times, he had won for the Lightning this year. And yet, fans could not remember a one of them. Where was the big moment? Where was the signature win? Where was  the evidence that Bishop was as good as the Lightning believed him to be. Wednesday night, it was there for everyone to see. Bishop, the goalie for the Tampa Bay Lightning, was superb…

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Legacies can change during Game 7s

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Wednesday night changes everything. Wednesday night, their legacies are on the line. No matter what you think of them now, good or bad, it could change Wednesday night. No matter whether you wear their jerseys, call their name or heckle them in your odd moments, a deciding game can be the final judge. It is that way for the Tampa Bay Lighting. It is that way for the Detroit Red Wings. It was deciding games that made Joe Montana who…

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Lightning finally wins one in the post-season

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TAMPA It was going to come. Of course it was going to come. A team this good doesn’t keep coming up empty. A sport this close doesn’t end up one-sided. Disappointment can’t last forever. And yet, Jon Cooper wondered. When, exactly, would winning start? For the Lightning, it finally happened Saturday. After going 0-for-five over the previous two seasons, Tampa Bay finally took one to the bank Saturday afternoon in a 5-1 victory over Detroit. Finally, Ben Bishop was solid…

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Gary Shelton: Lightning finds a way to lose its playoff opener

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Some losses, a team slinks away. Some losses, it talks of how much better it will do. Some losses, it vows to do away with its mistakes. This one. First, the Lightning has to figure out what happened. This time, a 3-2 loss in their playoff opener left the Lightning players muttering to themselves, trying to figure out how such an advantage on one of the game’s most meaningful statistics — shots — didn’t turn things in their direction. The…

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