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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 look to close out Penguins and advance to Finals

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For the Lightning, it’s about Game Six. For the Lightning, it’s always been about Game Six. Throughout the history of the franchise, a lot of series seem to wind up at Game Six, which has been the home to triumphs and heartache for the Lightning. Game Sixes have been about overtime, and about Marty St. Louis, and about Ben Bishop. And now, here we go again. The Tampa Bay Lightning has a chance to advance to their second straight Stanley…

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Tampa puts in bid to host World Junior hockey event

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Where in the world would you hold a hockey tournament. Well, how about Tampa? The Tampa Sports Commission has officially submitted a bid to host the 2018 World Junior hockey tournament at Amalie Arena. The Germain Arena in Estero, Fla., would be the second site. Tampa Bay has had its share of hosting big hockey events, including this year’s Stanley Cup, the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals and the the 2004 Stanley Cup. The city hosted the Frozen Four in 2012…

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Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup; the Lightning did not lose it

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On Thursday, Chicago will have a parade to honor their Stanley Cup champions. Friday would have been a good day to do that in Tampa, but the Blackhawks ruined that plan. Both teams have already cleaned out their home lockers or are in the process of doing so. The Blackhawks, of course, are enjoying their task a bit more than Lightning players. What happened over the past two weeks and what happens over the next few months? Gary Shelton addressed…

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Lightning homecoming coverage varied in Tampa Bay media market

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Just a day and a half after the Tampa Bay Lightning were shut out of a second Stanley Cup win, fans don’t appear to be licking their wounds. Media coverage throughout the Bay area paints a different picture – one of grateful fans who are proud of their Bolts. Several Tampa Bay area news websites are leading their pages with stories about Tuesday’s Lightning homecoming. The team landed at the Tampa International Jet Center at about 2:30 Tuesday afternoon and…

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How should fans, Big Three look at the Lightning season?

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Now that it is over, how is a hockey season to be remembered? Sweet? Or sour? For its dominance? For a lousy ending? For Steven Stamkos’ scoring skills? Or for the way he forgot them at the end? For those who followed the Lightning along its curving path to the Stanley Cup Finals, there are different ways to reflect upon what we have seen. It was the second-best season in the history of the team, and yet they finished second…

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Blackhawks shut out Lightning in deciding Stanley Cup game

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Perhaps they were too young. Perhaps they were too inexperienced. Perhaps their scoring went dry at the wrong time. Perhaps they were too hurt or too inexperienced or too inconsistent. Perhaps they were only the second best team in hockey. For whatever reason, a season died Monday night. For the first time in 270 days, there is no tomorrow. For the first time in 108 games, they have run out of time. It all ended for the Tampa Bay Lightning…

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