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Nikita Kucherov scores hat trick as Lightning beat Ottawa

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Did you see that? Want to see it again? How about one more time? The Tampa Bay Lightning played one of most inspired games of the season Monday night, blasting the second-place (Atlantic Division) Ottawa Senators 5-1. Nikita Kucherov blistered three straight shots in the second period into the net to lead the way. It was the second Hat Trick of his career, with all three goals coming in a row in the second period. His scores were all similar –…

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Lightning finally take a lead in victory over Ottawa Senators

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A lead! The Tampa Bay Lightning finally held a lead! After failing to score first in four straight games, the Bolts finally took a lead in a 4-1 victory over Ottawa Saturday night. The Lightning liked it so much, they scored again to take a 2-0 lead in the second period. “The season is 82 games long,” said Lightning coach Jon Cooper. “I was hoping we’d score first at some point. I like the way our goaltender (Andrei Vasilevskiy) played. He…

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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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For now, Rays should pass on shortstop Ian Desmond

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On another team, in another town, Ian Desmond might make perfect sense. Here, it makes none. Oh, you can see the temptation. Why, he’s a veteran shortstop, and the Rays could certainly use one of those rather than bet all of their chips on Brad Miller. The Rays are a team about bargains, and these days, Desmond seems like one of those. They also value run prevention, and Desmond would help save a few of those. So why shouldn’t the…

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Ottawa clobbers Tampa Bay to end red-streak streak

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One minute, a team is flying. The next, it is falling. As quick as that, the direction can change. The Tampa Bay Lightning, which had won 10 of 11 and was one of the hottest teams in the NHL, had the door slammed in their face Monday night. They lost 5-1 to the Ottawa Senators, rarely showing any jump in their defeat. The Sens scored the game’s first two goals and the last three in their lopsided win. Only J.T.…

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Unlikely minor leaguers lift Lightning to win over Ottawa

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It may have been the most unlikely goal in Tampa Bay Lightning history. You might say it was a shot clear from Syracuse. On the other hand, it provided the winning shot in a 5-2 victory over Ottawa on Sunday afternoon. On a team with as much firepower as the Lightning’s when it came into the year, could you ever have imagined a goal like that? Mike Angelidis scores on a pass from Mike Blunden and one from Jonathan Marchessault. Quick: Does…

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