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Lightning/Islanders series features top two picks of 2009 draft

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In the 2008-2009 National Hockey League season the two worst teams in the league were the New York Islanders and the Tampa Bay Lightning. New York had only 61 points while Tampa Bay was not much better with 66. Futility becomes a positive when draft day comes along. The worst team picks first and the Stanley Cup champion picks last. If the Islanders and Lightning were going to move up in the standings, they could not make a mistake with…

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Will Panthers and Lightning finally meet in the playoffs?

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Despite playing within the same state for more than 20 years, the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Florida Panthers have never faced each other in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. This year provides one of the best opportunities for that to happen. If the Lightning can get by the Detroit Red Wings and the Panthers can dispatch the New York Islanders in the first round, the intra-state matchup would occur in the second round. The Lightning took their first step by…

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Lightning loses Steven Stamkos for 1-3 months before home finale

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For the Tampa Bay Lightning, it is usually about the players on the ice. This time, it was not. Hours after finding out that they will be without Steven Stamkos for 1-3 months because of a blood clot in his right arm, the Lightning closed out its home season with a 3-1 victory over New Jersey. However, it was a somber time for the Bolts, who face the possibility of never seeing Stamkos in the uniform that has defined him…

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Blackhawks even Finals as Lightning’s Ben Bishop sits

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Would he have stopped the first one? Would he have stopped the second? In the final analysis, would Big Ben Bishop have made a difference? A fan of the Tampa Bay Lightning may never know as he dissects a 2-1 defeat to the Chicago Blackhawks in Game Four of the Stanley Cup Finals. Bishop, the NHL’s winningest goalie this year (if you count regular-season and playoffs), was in the stands for Wednesday night’s game, watching as Chicago got one goal…

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RSA Consulting to host Lightning watch party in Tallahassee

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At times, being a legislator has its disadvantages, especially when duty calls as your home team makes it to the Stanley Cup Playoffs. For those Tampa Bay-area lawmakers stuck at the state Capitol this week for special session, the team at RSA Consulting — Ron Pierce, Natalie King and Edward Briggs — is hosting a Tampa Bay Lightning watch party for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Chicago Blackhawks. The party, at the Miller Ale House, 722 Appalachee…

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