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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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However you spell it, Andrei Vasilevskiy (?) leads the Lightning

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Who was that masked man in goal for the Tampa Bay Lightning? The one who stopped 30 shots? The one who had his first shutout of the year? The one who led the Bolts to their ninth win in 11 games going into the All-Star Break? Well, the team would tell you it was Andrei Vasilveskiy. His father’s passport, however, spells the name “Andrei Vasilevskii.” His mother’s passport, to make it even more confusing, spells it “Liudmila Vasilevskaia.” Lightning coach…

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Lightning beats Toronto for second win in as many nights

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Vlad Namestnikov could have gone farther with the winning goal. For instance, he could have started in Buffalo. As it was, the length of the ice in Toronto was far enough. Halfway into the three-on-three overtime period, Namestnikov took the puck coast-to-coast to score and pull out a come-from-behind 5-4 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. Namestnikov led a night of lesser-known names filling the net for the Bolts. Besides Nikita Kucherov, goals were scored by Anton Stralman, Jonathan Marchessault,…

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