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Lightning beats Islanders behind backup goalie Andrej Vasilevskiy

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On the scoreboard, the Tampa Bay Lightning was still in charge. On the ice, it must not have felt that way. It was in the second period, and suddenly, the lead felt wobbly. The New York Islanders awoke, and for once, they flashed a little fight. They got 11 shots in the second period, and they trimmed a three-goal deficit to two, and if not for the play of goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy, they might have shaved it to one. Frankly,…

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Nikita Kucherov scores twice as Lightning ends streak

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Yep. That’s Nikita Kucherov, all right. Kucherov, who entered Tuesday night’s game against the Islanders with only one goal on the season, scored twice and had two assists in the Lightning’s 6-1 win. The victory snapped a three-game losing streak and enabled the Lightning to end their road trip with a 3-3 record. It was only the second time in 10 games the Bolts have scored a goal in the first period. “This was Kuch’s best game of the year,”…

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Tampa Bay’s Ben Bishop leads Lightning to Eastern Conference finals

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He is in charge of turning off the lights. He is in charge of hammering in the final nail in the coffin, in charge of stepping on the necks, in charge of slamming the door. He is Ben Bishop, and what he does is end things. Bishop, the goaltender for the Tampa Bay Lightning, did it again Sunday. Once again, the Lightning had a chance to send an opponent home, and once again, he provided the directions. Bishop stopped all 28…

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Lightning beats Islanders again for 3-1 lead in playoff series

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The Tampa Bay Lightning is one game away from returning to the NHL’s Conference Finals. The Lightning won its second consecutive overtime victory in Brooklyn, beating the New York Islanders 2-1 in overtime. The Bolts lead 3-1 and can close the series out on Sunday at Amalie Arena. Once again, Tampa Bay started slowly, being outplayed in the first period and outshot. They fell behind 1-0 on a goal by Kyle Okposo. That lead held until the third period, when…

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Lightning’s Brian Boyle set to play the villain against Islanders

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The noise will start when he enters the building. It will continue through warmups. It will linger until game time. Brian Boyle of the Tampa Bay Lightning has become public enemy No. 1. And furthermore, boo. Oh, he wasn’t guilty of a cheap shot. Even the NHL shrugged when it saw footage of his hit on Thomas Hickey in Game Three. He was cleared before lunch, no matter how loudly New York Islanders’ coach Jack Capuano complained. Of course, Capuano is…

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Lightning captures wild playoff game against Islanders, 5-4

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Comebacks. Overtime. Players returning from injury. Seventy-two saves. Seventy-eight hits. Pulled goalies that result in goals. Blown leads. Furious rallies. Hits that will be argued about for days. Yeah, this hockey game had it all. The Tampa Bay Lightning, somehow, came from behind to beat the New York Islanders, 5-4, in a game that felt a lot like a series highlight reel. The Lightning now leads the best-of-seven series two games to one. The Lightning trailed with 38 seconds to…

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Lightning evens playoff series as Tyler Johnson scores two goals

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Evidently, the Tampa Bay Lightning isn’t done yet. The Lightning got back into their playoff series against the Tampa Bay Lightning Sunday, winning a 4-1 game that sends them to Brooklyn with the series tied 1-1. For the Lightning, it is nothing new. Tampa Bay is 6-0 in Game Twos over the last two years. “That just means we should do better in Game Ones,” joked coach Jon Cooper. The Lightning seemed to grow stronger in this one, taking a…

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