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NHL to start looking at possible expansion cities

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The Las Vegas Snake Eyes? The Seattle Salmon? The Toronto Even-Leafiers? Evidently, the race is on for the next NHL expansion hockey teams. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said the formal expansion review process will begin July 6, although he cautioned that “this process does not necessarily mean that an expansion team will be granted.” Still, it seems that the league wants to learn what is available and how much revenue it might bring in. Las Vegas is among the early leaders,…

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Lightning homecoming coverage varied in Tampa Bay media market

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Just a day and a half after the Tampa Bay Lightning were shut out of a second Stanley Cup win, fans don’t appear to be licking their wounds. Media coverage throughout the Bay area paints a different picture – one of grateful fans who are proud of their Bolts. Several Tampa Bay area news websites are leading their pages with stories about Tuesday’s Lightning homecoming. The team landed at the Tampa International Jet Center at about 2:30 Tuesday afternoon and…

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Is Lightning rookie Andrei Vasilevskiy ready for big stage?

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What we know for certain is this: Medically speaking, Big Ben Bishop has a boo-boo. Except for that, things are vague. We know that Bishop has an owie, because he left the third period of Saturday night’s game twice. Because he didn’t talk after the game, and Bishop always talks. Because Tampa Bay Lighting Jon Cooper sat down in the press conference and immediately said he wasn’t talking about his goaltenders. With Game Three of the Stanley Cup Finals scheduled…

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Huge Game Six looms after Bolts lose

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On this side, there is a team with the series lead. On that side, there is a team with the series momentum. And there you have it. On Tuesday night, the Tampa Bay Lightning will play in one of the most pressurized games in its history when it plays at home against the historic Montreal Canadiens. The Canadiens won their second straight game of the series Saturday night in Montreal, taking a 2-1 decision when, for the third straight game,…

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Montreal beats the Bolts to come within 3-1

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Fans are born nervous, of course. It’s why they’re fans. And suddenly, how can a 3-1 lead feel so shaky? The Tampa Bay Lightning gave their fans a reason to chew their fingernails Thursday night, losing a 6-2 bashing to the Montreal Canadiens. And suddenly, a big lead doesn’t feel so big, and a comfortable margin doesn’t feel so comfortable. Does it? Yep, there the Bolts were, cruising along, on its way to a party, and it seemed that nothing…

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Gary Shelton: Lightning struggle again on the road in playoff defeat

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The road is not their friend. The power play is not good for them. The playoffs are all uphill. And furthermore, ouch. It all conspired to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning Tueseday night in a 3-0 loss to the Detroit Red Wings as the Bolts fell behind 2-1 in their best-of-seven playoff series. The Lightning now faces a must-win in its Thursday night game in Detroit. If it were to lose, the Bolts would trail 3-1 in the series, meaning…

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Anyone foolish enough to think the Rays can’t leave the Tampa Bay market (especially if Kathleen Ford is elected)…

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…need to read about the ongoing legal battle between the NHL and Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie’s effort to move the Phoenix Coyotes. Balsillie offered the city of Glendale $50 million to drop its objections to the transfer of the franchise, an offer that city is evaluating. Imagine four years from now, when the Rays, frustrated by Kathleen Ford’s efforts to prevent the baseball team from building a new stadium, are wooed by out-of-town interests, such as Las Vegas’ Steve Wynn,…

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