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Lightning come back again, defeat the Dallas Stars in crucial game

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The “Who Are These Guys?” tour continued for the Tampa Bay Lightning Sunday night, although playoff positioning continued to elude them. The Lightning came from behind to beat the Dallas Stars, 6-3, scoring four times in the third period. However, the Bolts remained three points behind Ottawa for the final wild-card berth and three behind Toronto for third place in the Atlantic Division. The Bolts need to make a move quickly. They have four games left, three of them on…

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Lightning overcomes two-goal deficit to take big win over Florida

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The Tampa Bay Lightning is treating this playoff race like something real. The Lightning won a memorable game against the Florida Panthers Saturday night, coming from a two-goal deficit to take a 3-2 victory. The Bolts are now 10-2-3 in their last 15 games. After falling behind 2-0, the Bolts came back on a power-play by Nikita Kucherov, a short-handed goal by Yanni Gourde (his first in the NHL) and a tiebreaking goal off a deflection by Ondrej Palat. It was…

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Triplets reunited as Tampa Bay Lightning continues playing well

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Once again, they were magic. Once again, they were so electric you could almost see sparks on the ice. Nikita Kucherov. Ondrej Palat. Tyler Johnson. The Triplets. Stop them if you can. You remember the Lightning’s Triplets, don’t you? In 2014-15, they were the most amazing line in the National Hockey League. They led the NHL in scoring that year, and given their tender ages, it seemed they would be a success for years to come. Ah, but injuries happened,…

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Lightning hopes to find future stars in tonight’s NHL draft

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Once, the Tampa Bay Lightning depended on losing to make their drafts better. These days, they depend on organization. The Lightning, in the NHL’s final four each of the last two seasons, have become a strong team organizationally the last few seasons under Steve Yzerman. They have finds such as Tyler Johnson, who was undrafted, and Ondrej Palat, who went in the seventh round. In tonight’s draft, the Bolts pick 27th, 44th and 58th. That means the Lightning won’t get…

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Goaltender Ben Bishop spectacular in victory over Toronto

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Toronto had more energy. But Tampa Bay had Ben Bishop. Toronto had more shots, more life, more energy. But Tampa Bay had Bishop. Toronto had more scoring chances. But Tampa Bay had Bishop. And so it went. For every advantage the Maple Leafs had Monday night, the Bolts had Bishop, who played perhaps his best game of the year. Bishop had his sixth shutout of the year, a 34-save effort, and the Lightning won 3-0. It was arguably one of…

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Lightning breaks slump as Ben Bishop shuts out Arizona

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They weren’t dazzling. They weren’t dangerous. For most of the night, however, the Tampa Bay Lightning finally was desperate enough. The Lightning, losers of five of their previous six games, stopped the Arizona  Coyotes 2-0 Saturday night. Goaltender Ben Bishop stopped 31 shots for his fifth shutout of the season and a franchise-record 15th of his career. The Lightning killed off back-to-back power plays in the second period. Ondrej Palat scored in the final minute of the first period, and Nikita…

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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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