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Triplets reunited as Tampa Bay Lightning continues playing well

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Once again, they were magic. Once again, they were so electric you could almost see sparks on the ice. Nikita Kucherov. Ondrej Palat. Tyler Johnson. The Triplets. Stop them if you can. You remember the Lightning’s Triplets, don’t you? In 2014-15, they were the most amazing line in the National Hockey League. They led the NHL in scoring that year, and given their tender ages, it seemed they would be a success for years to come. Ah, but injuries happened,…

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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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Rowdies lose to Edmonton, 1-0, on snowy afternoon

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The Tampa Bay Rowdies fell one point out of the playoff race Sunday afternoon, dropping to fifth with a 1-0 loss to Edmonton. The loss ended a seven-game unbeaten streak for the Rowdies. Ben Fisk scored the only goal of the game in snowy conditions. The Rowdies had close-in attempts from Tommy Heinemann and Keith Savage but could not score. “We had two or three really good scoring opportunities in the first half,” Rowdies coach Stuart Campbell said. “If we…

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Rowdies lose 1-0 as Edmonton goaltender Matt van Oekel stars

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The Tampa Bay Rowdies kept hammering at the opponent’s goal Saturday night. They simply couldn’t penetrate it. The Rowdies got off 21 shots, nine of them on goal, only to see Edmonton’s Matt van Oekel turn them all away in a 1-0 Edmonton  victory. The Rowdiess fell to 10th place in the 11-team NASL with the loss. “I think we actually had a good performance tonight,” Rowdies coach Stuart Campbell said. “I liked the way we moved the ball, the…

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Rowdies find defensive help in the stands in Scotland’s Neill Collins

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A soccer team can find players anywhere. Sometimes, they look half a world away. Sometimes, they would be smart to check out their own stands. If the Tampa Bay Rowdies had done so last year, as they played Atlanta, they might have found a tourist in the stands, watching the game. It was Neill Collins, happening by on one of his regular vacations to the Tampa Bay area. Collins and his family have been vacationing in Florida for 24 years.…

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Rowdies disappointed after earning a draw with last-place Indy

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The new kids were pretty good, but the Tampa Bay Rowdies were not quite good enough in a midweek match Wednesday night at Al Lang Stadium. The Rowdies drew 1-1 with the last-place Indy 11, letting a perfect opportunity to slip back into fourth place in the combined NASL standings. Tampa Bay’s lone goal came when newcomer Long Tan one-timed a shot in off a corner kick from Freddie Adu, who has spent most of his time with the Rowdies…

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Edmonton ends Rowdies mini-hot streak with 1-0 victory

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So much for the Tampa Bay Rowdies getting onto a hot streak. Following an impressive come-from-behind draw and a victory over the New York Cosmos, the Rowdies dropped a 1-0 game to FC Edmonton on the road. The loss kept the Rowdies tied for last place in the Fall Season, although the Rowdies continue to hold onto fourth place in the combined standings. Tampa Bay did not start the game well, giving up a goal in the 16th minute to…

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