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This time, Lightning rallies after blowing two-goal lead and wins in OT

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Forget that the opponent was in last-place. Forget that the Tampa Bay Lightning blew a two-goal lead for the second straight night. Forget that it took until overtime to complete the task. The Lightning won. What else matters? The Lightning, getting points in its sixth straight game, is starting to show signs of life in the Eastern Conference Wild-card race. Sunday night, Tampa Bay launched 40 shots at Colorado, and came away with a 3-2 overtime victory. The winning goal…

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Lightning beats Kings, 2-1, with solid game by Ben Bishop

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Is it too late for the Tampa Bay Lightning? The Lightning certainly hopes not. And Monday in Los Angeles, for once, the Lightning didn’t play like it. They ground out a 2-1 victory over the Kings that once again put them on the right side of .500 at 21-20-4. The Kings scored first on a goal by Kyle Clifford. But the Bolts charged back with goals by Tyler Johnson and by Brian Boyle. The goal by Johnson was particularly nifty,…

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Lightning loses despite retiring the jersey of Marty St. Louis

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Turns out, maybe the Tampa Bay Lightning should have brought back Marty St. Louis … and given him a uniform. Despite the charge the team got from retiring the jersey of St. Louis – the only retired number in franchise history, the Lightning could not maintain its energy and fell, 3-1, to the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Bolts started well, getting off a season-high of 19 shots  in the first period, and taking a 1-0 lead on Jonathan Drouin’s goal.…

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Lightning comes from behind to beat St. Louis is solid effort

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Now, that’s more like it. The Tampa Bay Lightning still cannot be certain that its struggles are over, especially not as beaten up as they are. But for a night, the Lightning was a special team again Thursday night. The Lightning came back from a two-goal deficit to defeat the St. Louis Blues, 5-2. Tampa Bay fell behind with two quick goals in the first period before coming back. “It’s the National Hockey League,” said coach Jon Cooper. “To me,…

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Lightning ends slump with convincing win over Detroit Red Wings

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For a night – at least, for a night – they were the Bolts again For a game – if only for a game – they skated like the wind and they played solid defense and they got great goaltending. For once – if it was only for once – the Tampa Bay Lightning had a terrific penalty kill, and a terrific power play. And they won, 4-1 against Detroit. The Lightning, of course, has to prove that their play…

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Lightning loses again, this time in a shootout to Edmonton

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The Tampa Bay Lighting played better Saturday night, but it still lost. This time, the Bolts fell 3-2 in a shootout against the Edmonton Oilers. Tampa Bay, which has now lost nine of its last 11, took a 2-1 lead in the second period on goals by Jonathan Drouin and Tyler Johnson. But the Oilers tied the game on a goal by Leon Draisaitl with 13 minutes to play in regulation. It was Drouin’s fourth goal in six games, but…

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This time, it’s the power play of the Penguins that dooms Bolts

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Stop us if you’ve heard this one before. The Lightning lose. They give up a lot of goals. The streak lives on. Got it? It’s getting to be pretty painful for the Bolts, who have now lost seven of their last eight with Saturday night’s 4-3 loss to Pittsburgh. In five of their last seven games, they’ve given up at least four goals (four times, they’ve given up five.) This time, the Bolts lost 4-3 to Pittsburgh, blowing a 3-1…

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