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Nikita Kucherov’s fancy move gets shootout victory for Lightning

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Nikita Kucherov brought the playground to Buffalo Saturday night. In a shootout against the Sabres, Kucherov, of the Tampa Bay Lightning, swept toward the goal. He shot, then whipped his stick over the puck as it slid past Buffalo Sabres goalie Robin Lehner. “He brought the schoolyard to the big stage,” said Lightning coach Jon Cooper. “You better score on that, and he did.” Tyler Johnson scored in regulation, and Brayden Point and Kucherov scored in the shootout for a…

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The Lightning sputters again behind Andrej Vasilevskiy

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Here’s how bad the hockey season is going for the Tampa Bay Lightning. It can’t even count on Buffalo anymore. The sputtering Tampa Bay Lightning lost for the first time this season to the Sabres Tuesday night, dropping a 4-1 decision to a team it had previously beaten three times (in its seven victories). It was the eighth time this season the Bolts have been held to one goal or fewer. The Lightning (7-8-2) bears little resemblance to the team that…

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Tampa Bay’s stars come out as Lightning beats Buffalo once again

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Together, they are the three men you expect to score. The three men you expect to lead. The three men who are supposed to make the Tampa Bay Lightning special. Steven Stamkos. Tyler Johnson. Nikita Kucherov. The skills of all three were evident as they all scored in the first period in a 4-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres. Tampa Bay has struggled during the early part of the NHL season, but you couldn’t convince the Sabres of it. It…

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Goalie Ben Bishop runs his record to 2-0 as Bolts beat Buffalo

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Steven Stamkos scored his first goal of the season to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to its second win of the young NHL season Saturday afternoon in Buffalo. The Lightning beat the Buffalo Sabres, 4-1, Saturday afternoon. Stamkos scored midway through the third period on a pass from Ryan Callahan to give the Lighting their third goal. It was the 277th goal of his Lightning career. The Lightning got on the board on the first Lightning goal by Erik Contra. Nikita Kucherov…

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