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Lightning breaks slump as Ben Bishop shuts out Arizona

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They weren’t dazzling. They weren’t dangerous. For most of the night, however, the Tampa Bay Lightning finally was desperate enough. The Lightning, losers of five of their previous six games, stopped the Arizona  Coyotes 2-0 Saturday night. Goaltender Ben Bishop stopped 31 shots for his fifth shutout of the season and a franchise-record 15th of his career. The Lightning killed off back-to-back power plays in the second period. Ondrej Palat scored in the final minute of the first period, and Nikita…

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Lightning loses another one as offense dries up vs. Leafs

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For the third time in four games, the Tampa Bay Lightning finished a game by shaking its head Tuesday night. The Lightning lost, 4-1, to the Toronto Maple Leafs. It was close for most of the game, and the Bolts tied the game at 1-1 in the third period. But after Toronto took the lead, it finished with two empty-net goals for the win. Brian Boyle scored the only goal for Tampa Bay. “It was disappointing,” said coach Jon Cooper.…

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Tampa puts in bid to host World Junior hockey event

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Where in the world would you hold a hockey tournament. Well, how about Tampa? The Tampa Sports Commission has officially submitted a bid to host the 2018 World Junior hockey tournament at Amalie Arena. The Germain Arena in Estero, Fla., would be the second site. Tampa Bay has had its share of hosting big hockey events, including this year’s Stanley Cup, the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals and the the 2004 Stanley Cup. The city hosted the Frozen Four in 2012…

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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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Rick Kriseman sends good luck vibes to Lightning ahead of Stanley Cup Game 1

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It may not be a wager with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, but St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman is jumping on the Lightning Stanley Cup fever bandwagon. In a video posted Wednesday on Kriseman’s Facebook page, he issues a message to the Tampa hockey team. “As we like to say, the sun shines here on us in St. Pete, but for the next two weeks we know that it’s the Lightning that’s going to be shining bright,” Kriseman said. “We want…

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