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Oddsmakers like the Lightning better than a month ago

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Do you believe again? Has the recent winning streak by the Tampa Bay Lightning convinced you it is once again a contender? Want to bet? The odds of the Lightning winning the Stanley Cup championship have improved dramatically over the last month. On Jan. 5, the Lightning was 28-1 against winning the Cup. In odds released by Bovada Tuesday, those chances are now only 14-1, which is fifth-best among NHL teams. The Washington Caps are favored to win the Cup at…

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Lightning blows three-goal lead, collapses in loss to Caps

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It was going along so smoothly. The Tampa Bay Lightning had just taken a 3-0 lead, and they had run Washington goaltender Brian Holtby from the game, and captain Steven Stamkos had finally broken a 10-game streak without a goal. You could imagine the Bolts climbing the standings and getting back into playoff contention. And then the bottom fell out. Washington scored four third-period goals on six shots to come from behind and beat the Lightning, 5-3. Three of the…

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Shorthanded Lightning struggles to score against Capitals

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After his team’s latest defeat, the frustration was evident on the case of Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper. The Lightning dropped a 2-1 decision to the Washington Capitals Saturday night, and their record fell to 14-13-3. The team has now lost 67 man-games to injury this year. This time, the Bolts lost Jonathan Drouin in pregame and Ondrej Palat early in the game. “I’m speechless this keeps happening,” Cooper said. “This isn’t October anymore. This is almost Christmas.” The…

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Lightning’s winning streak ends at hands of Washington

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A three-game winning streak ended rudely for the Tampa Bay Lightning Friday. The Washington Capitals took a 4-2 victory from the Bolts after building a 4-0 lead. It was Washington’s fifth win in the last six games. Three of the Caps’ goals were on the power play. Alex Ovechkin scored the first of them, and Jason Chimera and T.J. Oshie followed. For the Lightning, Brian Boyle and Victor Hedman scored to make it sound closer than it was. It was…

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