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Lightning wins comeback in opening game of 2016-17 season

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It wasn’t just the key names on the big contracts who came through for the Tampa Bay Lighting in their season-opening victory Thursday night. It was Jonathan Drouin, who seems intent on taking up where he left off in last year’s playoffs. It was Brian Boyle, who seems to score only big goals. It was the power-play, which was 28th in the league a year ago, that find the net three times in the Lightning’s 6-4 comeback victory over the…

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Lightning players probably wonder what might have been

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Right about now, members of the Tampa Bay Lighting are probably kicking themselves. They are talking to themselves, and sighing, and rolling their eyes over the opportunity they let slip away. The Lightning, who were up 3-2 on the Pittsburgh Penguins, lost back-to-back games to get eliminated. Members of the team have probably reminded each other a few times of that in recent days as the Penguins have built a 3-1 lead over the San Jose Sharks in the Stanley Cup…

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How close are Steven Stamkos, Anton Stralman to returning?

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The Tampa Bay Lightning may soon be whole again. Team captain Steven Stamkos practiced with the team Tuesday, just 22 days after having surgery, leading to hopes that he might be back sometime in the team’s series with the New York Islanders, which begins Wednesday night in Tampa. Originally, Stamkos was supposed to be out 1-3 months. His surgery to remove a blood clot near his right collarbone was performed on April 4. On Monday, head coach Jon Cooper predicted…

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Tampa Bay’s nine-game winning streak ends against Flyers

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The record nine-game winning streak for the Tampa Bay Lightning has ended. The Lightning came out cold against the Philadelphia Flyers Monday, getting off a season-low of 18 shots in a 4-2 defeat. The Bolts gave up three goals – including an empty-netter – in the third period. Tampa Bay had taken a 1-0 lead on a shot by Ondrej Palat, and goaltender Andrej Vasilevskiy was playing well. But Vasilevskiy faced 39 shots and, eventually, gave up the go-ahead goals.…

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Lightning loses 2nd in a row as defense springs leaks

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Some nights, you don’t look like a Rembrandt, either. The Tampa Bay Lightning lost its second straight game in Canada Tuesday night, losing a 4-2 game to Montreal to officially cool off the franchise. Tampa Bay had won 10 of 11 going into Monday night’s loss against Ottawa, a game when head coach Jon Cooper suggested that they can’t “all be a Picasso.” Tampa Bay has given up nine goals in two nights. Tampa Bay is 12-12-2 on the road this…

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Don’t call Lightning playoff game against Chicago a must-win

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Look, it’s a want-to-win game. It’s a it-would-feel-good-to-win game. It’s a wouldn’t-this-series-look-nice-tied game. But a must win? No, the players of the Tampa Bay Lightning stop short of calling it a must win. Why, they could lose this game, and all they would have to do would be to win four out of five, three of those on the road. They could lose this, and they would still have time. There is a difference between being on a cliff, after…

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Lightning’s power play has power, so does Steven Stamkos

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How easy is it getting for the Tampa Bay Lightning in its playoff series against the Montreal Canadiens? Why, it’s getting so easy that even Steven Stamkos is scoring. The Lightning jumped to a commanding 2-0 lead in its series against Montreal with a 6-2 bashing of the Canadiens and highly respected goaltender Carey Price Sunday night. The Bolts would have to lose four of the next five games not to win this series. Everything went the way of the…

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