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Lightning to face Penguins in Eastern Conference Final series

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The Tampa Bay Lightning got their dance partner Tuesday night. The Lightning will play the Pittsburgh Penguins in the NHL Eastern Conference Finals. Pittsburgh closed out the Washington Capitals in Game Six with a 4-3 overtime win. To a lot of people, the Penguins are probably the favorites in the series. They have home ice after totalling 104 points. The Lightning had 97. But Tampa Bay beat Pittsburgh in all three of their meetings this year. The Bolts won 4-0, 6-1 and 5-2.…

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How close are Steven Stamkos, Anton Stralman to returning?

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The Tampa Bay Lightning may soon be whole again. Team captain Steven Stamkos practiced with the team Tuesday, just 22 days after having surgery, leading to hopes that he might be back sometime in the team’s series with the New York Islanders, which begins Wednesday night in Tampa. Originally, Stamkos was supposed to be out 1-3 months. His surgery to remove a blood clot near his right collarbone was performed on April 4. On Monday, head coach Jon Cooper predicted…

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Lightning beats Islanders, but loses defender Anton Stralman

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All of the offense in the world mattered just a bit to the Tampa Bay Lightning Friday night. Instead, it was the loss of defenseman Anton Stralman that weighed heavily on the Bolts. Stralman, who pairs with Victor Hedman on the team’s top defensive line, broke the fibula in his left leg in a 7-4 victory over the New York Islanders. The injury will certainly cost Stralman the rest of the regular season. The team hopes he can return for…

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Tampa Bay loses another home game, this time to Rangers

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The Tampa Bay Lightning still would like to think of itself as one of the elite teams of the NHL. Frankly, it’s getting more difficult. The Lightning fell once again Wednesday night, losing 5-2 to a New York Rangers team that had lost eight in a row on the road. The defeat left Tampa Bay at 18-16-4, in 10th place in the East and three points out of the playoffs. It also lowered the Bolts’ home record to 9-8-2, equalling…

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Lightning resilient once again in Stanley Cup Playoffs

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They like to be surrounded. They love the doubts, the questions, the rolling of eyes. They like it when the skies look dark and the roads look crowded. They enjoy it when the praise is going toward the other guy, when the series is being conceded to them. Ah, yes. The Tampa Bay Lightning. When it is hardest for their fans, it is evidently the most fun for them. The Lighting got off the mat one more time Saturday night,…

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