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Lightning’s Ben Bishop remains hot as Bolts get points again

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Well, look who might be getting warm. The Tampa Bay Lightning, which has spent most of the season as just another team, beat Winnipeg 4-1 Saturday night to earn at least a point in four consecutive games. The Lightning has three wins and a shootout loss in the games. The Bolts are now in sixth place in the Atlantic Division with 57 points, five points out of third. It is the kind of effort that Lightning fans have waited most of…

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Lightning wins its second in a row to show it still has life

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Despite all of the evidence to the contrary, there might be life to the Tampa Bay Lightning, after all. And if so, nights such as Tuesday night give fans a reason to believe. The Lightning won a 5-0 game that should serve as the team’s blueprint for the rest of their playoff run. They got good goaltending, they got goals from their speediest skaters, and their penalty kill was strong in a 5-0 victory over the Los Angeles Kings. It…

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Lightning returns to the dark side in loss to Vancouver Canucks

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After a one-game reprieve, the Tampa Bay Lightning returned to its slump Friday night. The Lightning lost a 4-2 game to the Vancouver Canucks. The Bolts had stopped a streak in which they lost seven of eight with a win against Calgary Wednesday, but they lost their eighth in 10 games against the Canucks. “We can’t sit here and say we didn’t play well,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. They had 10 scoring chances the whole game. They score three…

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Lightning tries to snap its slump against Calgary Flames

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One more time, the Tampa Bay Lightning will try to stop its fall. One more time, it tries to get back to being a contender. The Lightning, who have lost eight of their last nine games and have fallen out of the playoff race, tries to stop their dropoff tonight in Calgary. The Bolts have not had good play from their goaltenders or the defenders in front of them. Starting goaltender Ben Bishop is only 8-10-1, and the Bolts have…

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Tampa Bay Lightning loses game in overtime to Hurricanes

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On Saturday night, the Tampa Bay Lightning ended a losing streak. On Sunday, they might have  started another one. The Lightning lost an overtime game, 1-0, to the Carolina Hurricanes Sunday afternoon. It was the team’s fifth loss in their last six games. Tampa Bay goaltender Ben Bishop stopped 29 of 30 shots. However, his record fell to 8-9-1 on the season. Phil Di Giuseppe scored his first goal of the season only 86 seconds into overtime. “Guys are battling,…

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Now, more than ever, the Bucs are Jameis Winston’s football team

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The defense is playing better. More receivers are getting open. The safeties have been very good. Punter Ryan Anger has been special. But for the Tampa Bay Bucs, the key is still quarterback Jameis Winston. “When Jameis takes care of the football, we’re tough,” said Bucs’ coach Dirk Koetter Wednesday. “We’ve got to take care of the football, that’s everybody. The main thing that we’re doing better in the last few weeks is we’re getting turnovers and we’re not turning…

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For the 30th straight season, Florida beats Kentucky in football

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In life, there are things you know are going to happen. The sun is going to rise in the east. Noise is going to come on the radio. Your kids are going to listen to the worst-possible music. Oh, yeah. And Florida is going to have its way with the Kentucky football team. It happened again Saturday. For the last 30 seasons in a row, Florida has beaten Kentucky, usually handily. This time, it was 45-7, and it seemed to…

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