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Steven Stamkos leads Lightning to victory over Blue Jackets

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The Tampa Bay Lightning turned to the stars to guide it out of a late-season slump Sunday. Goaltender Ben Bishop? He pitched his fourth shutout of the season, stopping 37 shots by the Blue Jackets. It was the 14th shutout for Bishop as a Bolt, which tied him with Nikolai Khabibulin in the category (in six fewer games). Captain Steve Stamkos? He scored twice, his 30th and 31st of the season, and added an assist. It was Stamkos’ fifth 30-goal…

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This time, the Lightning power play contains some power

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This time, there was power to power play. This time, the goal was plenty wide enough. This time, the Lightning took advantage of its opportunities. It’s amazing the difference one game can make. In its previous loss to Vancouver, the Tampa Bay Lightning was one-for-10 on its power play. Against Columbus, however, Tampa Bay scored on three of eight chances in a 5-2 win. Captain Steven Stamkos scored two power-play goals in a 32-second span in the second period to…

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Lightning beats Columbus on shorthanded goal by Brian Boyle

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It isn’t his scoring touch that keeps Brian Boyle in the NHL. At least, not until lately. Boyle knocked in the winning goal with 6:13 gone in the third period. Alex Killorn took the puck away and turned it into a breakaway on the left side of the net, then passed across to Boyle. It was Boyle’s eighth goal of the year, not bad for a player who has only 23 goals combined in the last three seasons. Jonathan Marchessault also…

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Former Lightning coach John Tortorella returns to NHL with Jackets

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Former Tampa Bay Lightning coach John Tortorella, who won the Stanley Cup with the team in 2002, is back behind the bench. The Columbus Blue Jackets, who started the season 0-7, have hired Torts, the fiery coach of the Lightning, Rangers and Canucks. Tortorella, who has a reputation for being abrasive in press conferences and combative with his teams, has a lifetime record of 446-375-115. With the Lightning, Torts had a 239-222-74 record. “Tortorella is an experienced National Hockey League…

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