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Injuries mar big victory by Tampa Bay Lightning over Stars

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The Tampa Bay Lightning is learning one of the oldest lessons in hockey. Every time it gets a little bit of a gain, it finds itself in a little more pain. The Bolts took a big victory Thursday night, beating the Minnesota Wild 4-1 at home. The Wild, 32-17-6, has been the best team in the Western Conference, while the Bolts are still struggling to make the playoffs. As big as the win was, however, it came with a sting.…

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Another penalty in overtime dooms the Lightning in loss to Panthers

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The hollow feeling was familiar. Once again, the Tampa Bay Lightning had let an opportunity slip away. Once again, the game went into overtime. Once again, Tyler Johnson – the hero of the upset of the Chicago Blackhawks – was called for a penalty. Once again, the opponent quickly scored to win a 2-1 game. It was, in other words, just like the team’s loss on Jan. 17 to Anaheim. This time, the loss was to the Florida Panthers, who…

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Lightning star Tyler Johnson scores back-to-back goals to lead win

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One game after losing to one of the worst teams in the National Hockey League, the Tampa Bay Lightning beat one of the best. The Lightning, still struggling in its effort to make the playoffs, came from behind to beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-2 Tuesday night. Coming one game after losing to Arizona, it was a needed win. “This is desperation mode for us,” said Lightning coach Jon Cooper. “This was a winnable hockey game. A lot of good things…

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Tampa Bay Lightning loses final game of road trip to Nashville

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A successful road trip ended poorly for a tired Tampa Bay Lightning team Monday night. The Bolts lost a 3-1 game to the Nashville Predators Monday night in the final game of a five-game road trip. Tampa Bay won the first four games, but they lacked the jump in their step against Nashville. “It was just one of those games,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. We needed to get the lead, and that was it. We didn’t get it. We…

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Goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy wins his second straight shutout

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The way he is playing, Tampa Bay Lightning backup goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy may never give up a goal again. Vasilevskiy threw his second consecutive shutout Saturday afternoon, leading the Bolts to a 3-0 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. “In today’s day and age, it’s tough to play somebody 70-plus games,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. You need two of them (goaltenders) to give yourself a chance. We’re in an extremely fortunate situation to have two guys the caliber of Vasy…

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Lightning falls behind 2-0 again, loses game to Boston Bruins

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Another game at home. Another hole to dig out of. The Tampa Bay Lightning, once again, found themselves behind two goals in a 4-3 shootout loss to Boston Thursday night. In five home games, the Bolts have fallen behind 2-0 in four of them. This time, Boston’s Jimmy Hayes scored the winning goal in the 10th round of the shootout. “Clearly it’s troublesome,” said Lightning coach Jon Cooper. “You don’t want to give the guys a free pass, but you…

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USF takes big lead in conference game, holds on to beat Navy

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It started out as a stroll in the park. Then USF almost got mugged. For much of Friday night, the Bulls looked as if they were on their way to an impressive victory over American Conference foe Navy. They led 28-0 after one period and 42-14 at the half. Navy, however, came back strong in the final period to narrow the final score to seven. “It was a great win for our football team. I’m really excited with the way our…

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