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Latest Lightning loss makes you wonder about their goaltender

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Here’s something for the Tampa Bay Lightning to consider as they go nowhere. What if Andrei Vasilevskiy isn’t the future? Vasilevskiy lost his sixth consecutive start Thursday night as the Bolts fell 2-1 to the San Jose Sharks. With the loss, the Lightning fell to 21-21-5 on the season. Vasilevskiy fell to 10-11-2. He has now given up 24 goals in his last six starts. Tampa Bay has now lost 12 of its last 14 road games. For the Bolts,…

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Three reviews lead to a San Jose goal in win over Lightning

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At first glance, the Lighting stopped the shot. Officials ruled that Patrick Marleau crashed into goaltender Ben Bishop. But wait. After a review, officials ruled that the puck crossed the line. But still, no goal. There was still the matter of the contract. But wait. After a second review, officials ruled that it was teammate Braydon Point, not Marleau, who skated into Bishop. And the goal finally counted. The Lightning never quite seemed to recover from the play, which left…

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Lightning players probably wonder what might have been

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Right about now, members of the Tampa Bay Lighting are probably kicking themselves. They are talking to themselves, and sighing, and rolling their eyes over the opportunity they let slip away. The Lightning, who were up 3-2 on the Pittsburgh Penguins, lost back-to-back games to get eliminated. Members of the team have probably reminded each other a few times of that in recent days as the Penguins have built a 3-1 lead over the San Jose Sharks in the Stanley Cup…

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Lightning loses fourth in five games, falls out of playoff spot

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At a crucial time of the season, the Tampa Bay Lightning are going in the wrong direction. The Lightning, in second place only days ago, lost their fourth game of five Friday night when the San Jose Sharks took over a tied game in the final period and won 4-2. “We’re cheating the game a little bit right now,” Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said. “It’s what we’re doing. Things on the defensive side of the puck we’ve done for…

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Oil spill may be pushing sharks toward Florida beaches

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The appearance of a huge man-eating shark near a Florida beach on the cusp of the summer swimming season would not usually evoke a sympathetic response from either beachgoers or local tourism boosters. But the discovery of a weakened, disoriented tiger shark — measuring more than 11 feet and weighing some 800 pounds — in the surf of Nokomis Beach last month has become something of a poignant symbol for what scientists fear most from the Gulf oil spill: the…

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10 things I think I think about today’s paper

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10 things I think I think about today’s St. Petersburg Times: 1. Perhaps the best written item in today’s edition is this letter-to-the-editor about Charlie Crist, an excerpt: His positive ratings are puzzling to me, and speak a lot about Floridians’ “good” sense, as I still don’t know what good he did during his short cameo impersonating a governor. But I do know what he did not do: govern. He abandoned the power into the hands of an ultra-right-wing House,…

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