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Injuries mar big victory by Tampa Bay Lightning over Stars

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The Tampa Bay Lightning is learning one of the oldest lessons in hockey. Every time it gets a little bit of a gain, it finds itself in a little more pain. The Bolts took a big victory Thursday night, beating the Minnesota Wild 4-1 at home. The Wild, 32-17-6, has been the best team in the Western Conference, while the Bolts are still struggling to make the playoffs. As big as the win was, however, it came with a sting.…

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Lightning capture eighth straight win against Ottawa

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It wasn’t that long ago. It just seems like forever. It was Feb. 17, and the Lightning was in trouble. The team had lost four of five, and they seemed to be teetering. They were tied for eighth in the NHL Standings, and with more road games left than home games, things didn’t look too promising. Since then have come a franchise-tying hot streak of eight straight games, including four in a row on the road. The Lightning has won…

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First-ever penalty shot by Cedric Paquette leads Lightning

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So this is what a penalty shot is like, huh? You take the puck, and you skate toward the goalie. You give a quick move and then lift the puck to the top shelf. Bingo. And just like that, you’ve scored. Forgive Cedric Paquette for not understanding any of this. According to Paquette, he made the first penalty shot, well, ever in the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 2-1 victory over Arizona Tuesday, stretching the Lightning’s winning streak to four straight games.…

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Bolts’ Ben Bishop guts one out with 36 saves in playoffs

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Not playing would have hurt him more than giving it a go. And so Ben Bishop of the Tampa Bay Lighting strapped on his pads, and he limped toward the ice. There were times he looked to be in pain, other times in mere discomfort. But in the end, it was the Chicago Blackhawks who were in agony. And for Bishop, that was the finest relief of all. This is the one they will remember Bishop for, not his excellence against…

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