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Rowdies sign another goalkeeper as first USL season approaches

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The Tampa Bay Rowdies gave goalkeeper Matt Pickens a little help Friday afternoon. The Rowdies signed Jamaican goalkeeper Nico Campbell, 22, who played at Valparaiso University. Campbell completed a trial with the Rowdies in the fall, including seeing action against VfL Wolfsburg and Atletico Mineiro. “I think the first thing you notice about Nico is his size,” Rowdies’ coach Stuart Campbell said. “At 6-foot-4, he’s got the height and wingspan you look for in a goalie, but he’s also very smooth…

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Latest Lightning loss makes you wonder about their goaltender

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Here’s something for the Tampa Bay Lightning to consider as they go nowhere. What if Andrei Vasilevskiy isn’t the future? Vasilevskiy lost his sixth consecutive start Thursday night as the Bolts fell 2-1 to the San Jose Sharks. With the loss, the Lightning fell to 21-21-5 on the season. Vasilevskiy fell to 10-11-2. He has now given up 24 goals in his last six starts. Tampa Bay has now lost 12 of its last 14 road games. For the Bolts,…

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Goaltender Diego Restrepo coming back to Rowdies

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Diego Restrepo is coming home. Restrepo, a former Rowdies’ goalkeeper, was re-obtained from Fort Lauderdale on Wednesday. Restrepo was in his first season with the Strikers and played in 11 NASL matches and four Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup matches. “Diego is a goalkeeper I know personally from playing with him in 2013 and from serving as an assistant coach in 2014,” said Rowdies head coach Stuart Campbell. “He’s a great goalkeeper, and he’s played well this season, particularly in the U.S.…

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Lightning claims Islanders goalie Kevin Poulin as backup

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The Tampa Bay Lightning may have made one of its biggest saves of the preseason. The Lightning claimed goaltender Kevin Poulin off of waivers from the New York Islanders, giving them a bit more insurance behind Ben Bishop and giving backup Andrei Vasilevskiy time to heal from his surgery to remove a blot clot in his collar. Because to the move, the Lightning released Ray Emery from his tryout. Poulin, 25, has some 50 games of NHL experience. He is…

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Lightning backup goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy has surgery

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Tampa Bay Lightning backup goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy, seemingly the club’s future in front of the net, will be out 2-3 months following surgery to remove a blood clot from his collarbone to treat a condition known as Vascular Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. Vasilevskiy is the backup to regular goalie Ben Bishop, and at the least seemed ready to push Bishop for playing time. This year, he was 7-5-1, appearing in 16 regular season games with a save percentage of .918 and…

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Tampa Bay’s Ben Bishop is either good to go, or he isn’t

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And now starting in goal for the Tampa Bay Lightning…Marcel Marceau. Goaltender Ben Bishop, who is either hurt or he is not, who is either in agony or feeling waves of pleasure, met with the media Monday morning. He was happy to be there. Or not. The Tampa Bay Lightning continued to play it coy with Bishop’s availability for tonight’s Game Three. Bishop had to leave the ice twice in the third period of Saturday night’s game, then skipped the…

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Is Lightning rookie Andrei Vasilevskiy ready for big stage?

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What we know for certain is this: Medically speaking, Big Ben Bishop has a boo-boo. Except for that, things are vague. We know that Bishop has an owie, because he left the third period of Saturday night’s game twice. Because he didn’t talk after the game, and Bishop always talks. Because Tampa Bay Lighting Jon Cooper sat down in the press conference and immediately said he wasn’t talking about his goaltenders. With Game Three of the Stanley Cup Finals scheduled…

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