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Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman tries to reshape roster

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When the smoke had cleared, Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman wouldn’t say his team was in better shape for the future. Just that it’s in position to be. Yzerman moved the third player off of his roster Wednesday, shipping forward Valtteri Filppula at the trade deadline in an effort to get out of his contract. Yzerman sent Filppula to Philadelphia along with a fourth- and a seventh-round draft pick for Mark Streit. The Bolts then traded Streit to Pittsburgh…

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Struggling Lightning loses quickly to Ducks in overtime

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Overtime hockey can be cruel. Quick, too. The Anaheim Ducks, who have struggled in overtime for most of the season, took only 54 seconds to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 in overtime Tuesday night. The Ducks’ winning goal came only four seconds after Tyler Johnson was called for hooking. The Bolts had hoped to win again behind goaltender Ben Bishop, who had been excellent in his two wins since coming off an injury. Bishop stopped 19 of 21 shots.…

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This time, Lightning loses in overtime after a comeback

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One step up, one step back. The Tampa Bay Lightning, one night after one of their most impressive overtime victories over Montreal, had a second straight comeback blunted in an overtime loss to Toronto. This time, they fell to the Toronto Maple Leafs, 3-2. The Bolts came from a 2-0 deficit to tie Thursday night’s game, but lost when Valterri Filppula was called for goaltender interference, setting up the team’s winning power play. Nazem Kadri scored from in-close for the…

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Lightning absorbs another lopsided defeat against Columbus

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The Tampa Bay Lightning’s slump continued in Columbus Tuesday night. From the looks of it, it may be difficult to get out of. The Lightning lost its third game, and its fourth in its last five games, with a 5-1 drubbing at the hands of the Blue Jackets. The Bolts have now been outscored 14-5 in their last three games. In their last two, they been outscored 9-2, and the two goals came at the end of the game when…

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Replay: Lightning comes from behind again to beat Devils

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Is every game going to be like this? Are the Tampa Bay Lightning going to fall behind 2-0 after every first period? Are they going to, somehow, manage a comeback to win? The Lightning won its second game in as many tries Saturday night, overcoming a lackluster first period to win over the New Jersey Devils. “Yeah, the big joke in our staff room was a two-goal lead is the hardest lead to protect,” said coach Jon Cooper. “Then somebody…

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Lightning upsets New York Rangers behind J.T. Brown assist

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Perhaps you would like to look at the victory as a turnaround moment for a sputtering team. That remains to be seen. You can look at it, however, as a metaphor for the way things have been going for the Tampa Bay Lightning. They were outnumbered. They were outmanned. The other team was hotter than they were. And still, the Lightning won one of its biggest games of a disappointing start Thursday night when they beat the New York Rangers…

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Ben Bishop deflects pucks, doubts in Lightning victory

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It wasn’t so much the skill of the New York Rangers that Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop had to deal with Sunday night. It was the doubts. And it wasn’t so much the pressure of the moment that Bishop had to put to rest. It was the questions. Bishop was bigger than all of them, bigger than the critics and the skeptics and the worriers. On a night when it was easy to wonder about his game, Bishop was a giant…

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