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Bolts are within one game of Stanley Cup Finals after beating Pittsburgh

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The Tampa Bay Lightning has moved within one stride of their second consecutive Stanley Cup Final. The Lighting scored 53 seconds into overtime to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins, 4-3, and to take a 3-2 lead in the best of seven series. Tyler Johnson got credit for the goal when Jason Garrison’s shot caromed off of his back. “It’s a lot of fun to be their coach,” said Lightning coach Jon Cooper. “I’m not saying they don’t give you ulcers, but…

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Could the Triplets save the Lightning against the Penguins?

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The Tampa Bay Lightning hope they can be saved by the rebirth of the Triplets. The Triplets’ line dazzled the NHL a year ago, as Tyler Johnson, Nikita Kucherov and Ondrej Palat went through the league in a blur. This year, however, the group has been largely split up because of the team’s scoring woes. Alex Killorn has replaced Palat much of the time, who has played with Steven Stamkos and now Jonathan Drouin. In Wednesday night’s 4-2 defeat by…

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Tampa Bay Lightning battered by Pittsburgh’s potent attack

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Here comes another one. And another. Close your eyes, and the pucks are still flying. From here. From there. From everywhere. The Tampa Bay Lightning lost again in the finals of the Eastern Conference championship Wednesday, as the high-powered Penguins took back home ice advantage and battered the Bolts for the second striaght night in a 4-2 victory. This time, Pittsburgh got off a staggering 48 shots. They had 41 in their victory Monday night, and they have 124 in…

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Lightning thinks it can play better against Pittsburgh in playoffs

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The Tampa Bay Lightning are 9-3 in the playoffs. They have discovered a beast in Nikita Kucherov. They have found a star of tomorrow in Jonathan Drouin. They have discovered defensive stability in Victor Hedman. And for the next trick of the Lightning? They want to be better. The Lightning were disappointed with its performance in a 3-2 overtime loss Monday night to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Despite not losing until the extra frame, the Bolts were outshot 41-21 and spent most of…

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Lightning loses a chance to take hold of NHL Playoff series

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Perhaps the Tampa Bay Lightning are still in good shape in the NHL Eastern Conference Finals. After all, they split their two games in Pittsburgh, and the next two games will be in Tampa Bay. After all, they got a good performance from Andrei Vasilevskiy, who had 38 saves. But, man, would this one have been sweet. The Lightning lost a 3-2 overtime game to the Pittsburgh Penguins Monday night. Playing without Ben Bishop, without Ryan Callahan and, once again,…

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Lightning learns schedule, but will be underdogs vs. Pittsburgh

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The Tampa Bay Lightning have their times and dates. Now, they just need their results against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Lightning open in Pittsburgh Friday and Monday with both games at 8 p.m. The Bolts came home on Wednesday and Friday. Game Five would be on Sunday. The Lightning would be the host of Game Six on Sunday, May 22. Game Seven would be Tuesday, May 24. Every game starts at 8 p.m. The Bolts beat Pittsburgh in all three games…

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Lightning to face Penguins in Eastern Conference Final series

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The Tampa Bay Lightning got their dance partner Tuesday night. The Lightning will play the Pittsburgh Penguins in the NHL Eastern Conference Finals. Pittsburgh closed out the Washington Capitals in Game Six with a 4-3 overtime win. To a lot of people, the Penguins are probably the favorites in the series. They have home ice after totalling 104 points. The Lightning had 97. But Tampa Bay beat Pittsburgh in all three of their meetings this year. The Bolts won 4-0, 6-1 and 5-2.…

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