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Tampa Bay Lightning trades goaltender Ben Bishop to Kings

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The Tampa Bay Lightning traded away the best goaltender in their history Sunday night. Now, the question is whether the team can make the playoffs without him. The Bolts swapped Ben Bishop, who has won 128 regular season games over past three-plus seasons, to the Los Angeles Kings for goaltender Peter Budaj, defensive prospect Erik Cernak and two draft picks. It is a trade that will free up salary cap space for the Bolts, but it hurts them in this…

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Lightning beats Kings, 2-1, with solid game by Ben Bishop

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Is it too late for the Tampa Bay Lightning? The Lightning certainly hopes not. And Monday in Los Angeles, for once, the Lightning didn’t play like it. They ground out a 2-1 victory over the Kings that once again put them on the right side of .500 at 21-20-4. The Kings scored first on a goal by Kyle Clifford. But the Bolts charged back with goals by Tyler Johnson and by Brian Boyle. The goal by Johnson was particularly nifty,…

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Kings finish Lightning’s west coast trip with 3-1 defeat

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The Tampa Bay Lightning started their second period off with a quick goal and a tie score Sunday night. It lasted 12 whole seconds. The Los Angeles Kings took care of the Lightning 3-1 in the final game of the Bolts’ California trip as Tampa Bay’s goaltending faltered. Brian Boyle scored to tie the game 1-1 only 27 seconds into the second period, but Brayden McNabb scored 12 seconds later as the Kings took the lead. Andrei Vasilevskiy started in…

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Lightning’s Jonathan Marchessault measures up in shootout

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You know how big Lightning forward Jonathan Marchessault is? He’s as big as a shootout. He’s as big as a winning streak. He’s as big as his moment on Wednesday night that led to a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings. Marchessault, the diminutive (he’s listed at 5-9, 175) player) has been fairly large for the Lightning lately. His assist set up an opening goal by Tyler Johnson, and his score to lead off a shootout was the team’s…

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