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Quick goals rescue Lightning against Philadelphia, 4-2

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By the time Lightning fans were finished cheering Wednesday night, it was time to do it again. The Lightning scored two goals in 12 seconds and came from behind to beat the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-2. Tampa Bay trailed 2-1 when Alex Killorn scored with 13:28. A dozen seconds later, Ryan Callahan scored to put the Bolts ahead. Five minutes after that, Nikita Kucherov scored his 10th goal to put the game away. “It was a great play, a great look,”…

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Lightning wins another, stretches streak to six straight in Boston

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The Tampa Bay Lightning is playing as if it will never lose again. The Bolts won their sixth straight game Sunday night, sweeping past the Boston Bruins with relative ease, 4-1. Ryan Callahan scored twice for Tampa Bay. Steven Stamkos and Alex Killorn each scored once. For Stamkos, it was his sixth straight game of scoring a goal and his 28th of the season. Callahan has had a tough year, but this was his fourth goal in the last four…

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Lightning loses fourth in five games, falls out of playoff spot

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At a crucial time of the season, the Tampa Bay Lightning are going in the wrong direction. The Lightning, in second place only days ago, lost their fourth game of five Friday night when the San Jose Sharks took over a tied game in the final period and won 4-2. “We’re cheating the game a little bit right now,” Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said. “It’s what we’re doing. Things on the defensive side of the puck we’ve done for…

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Vasilevskiy stars as Lightning beats Minnesota in shootout

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At this point, perhaps Andrej Vasilevsky should buy a lottery ticket. The Tampa Bay Lighting’s kid goaltender had quite the week. He became a father for the first time, he was promoted to the major league team and, Saturday night against Minnesota, he took his first shootout victory as the the Bolts beat Minnesota 3-2. Vasilevskiy forced Charlie Coyle to his left, and Coyle hit the goalpost to provide the Lightning with the victory. Ryan Callahan had scored the Lightning…

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Year in Review: Lightning still searching for their identity halfway through a season

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Of all the adjectives you might have applied to the Tampa Bay Lightning, average would not have been one of them. Electric. There’s one. Relentless. There’s another. They were dynamic and young and fast and talented and breathtaking … last year. Everyone agreed on that. But mediocre and pedestrian and routine. But like the Tampa Bay Rays of 2009 (the year after the World Series) and the Bucs of 2003 (the year after the Super Bowl), the Lightning have settled…

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Tampa Bay Lightning resemble their old selves in victory over Carolina

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Now, that’s the Tampa Bay Lightning you remember. Fast. Skilled. Gathered in front of the net to celebrate another goal. You know. Those guys. After a scoring drought in which the team scored only two goals in a four-game losing streak, the Bolts broke out against Carolina. It finished 4-3, but only because the Hurricanes scored two goals in the final minutes. Goaltender Andrej Vasilevskiy made his first start of the season for the Lighting and stopped 32 shots in…

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Red Wings hand Tampa Bay Lightning first defeat of new season

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As it turns, the Tampa Bay Lightning will not go undefeated in the 2015-16 season, after all. The Lightning, playing its third game in four days, lost their first game of the season on Tuesday night to Detroit, 3-1. It was the first time the teams had played since the Lightning eliminated the Red Wings in seven games in last year’s playoffs. The energy from an early-season competition didn’t match the vigor of the post-season, but for Detroit, it was…

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