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Bolts are within one game of Stanley Cup Finals after beating Pittsburgh

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The Tampa Bay Lightning has moved within one stride of their second consecutive Stanley Cup Final. The Lighting scored 53 seconds into overtime to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins, 4-3, and to take a 3-2 lead in the best of seven series. Tyler Johnson got credit for the goal when Jason Garrison’s shot caromed off of his back. “It’s a lot of fun to be their coach,” said Lightning coach Jon Cooper. “I’m not saying they don’t give you ulcers, but…

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Lightning wins after frantic 3-on-3 overtime period against Flyers

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Ah, yes. This is what hockey is, all right. The home team raising a banner to rekindle the memory of last season’s runner-up finish. The Lightning coming from behind. The Lightning winning in overtime. The crowd dancing and posing. The head coach finding a way. All of that returned to play Thursday night as the Lightning beat the Philadelphia Flyers, 3-2, at Amalie Arena. Throw in a fascinating new rule, the three-on-three overtime period, and it made for a nice…

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Lightning forces Game 7 with big win

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Prepare for drama. Prepare for noise. Prepare for a sword-fight on a castle wall. The Tampa Bay Lightning‘s playoff series against the Detroit Red Wings is going to a Game Seven on Wednesday night at Amalie Arena, an advance-or-go-home affair that is among the best of the playoffs of professional sports. The Lightning earned their way into the deciding game with a 5-2 victory in which their offense finally found room to skate. This time, tiny Tyler Johnson was the leader, scoring two goals to…

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