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Tampa Bay Lightning throttles Islanders once again, 4-0

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Not that the New York Islanders are happy to see the Tampa Bay Lightning leave town, but the players probably helped carry the Bolts’ luggage to the bus. The Islanders were clobbered for the third time in 14 days against Tampa Bay on Monday night, losing a 4-0 decision. In the three games, the Lightning outscored New York 14-2. “It’s just one of those things, you get on a roll against a team and you hope you can keep it…

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Lightning backup goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy has surgery

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Tampa Bay Lightning backup goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy, seemingly the club’s future in front of the net, will be out 2-3 months following surgery to remove a blood clot from his collarbone to treat a condition known as Vascular Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. Vasilevskiy is the backup to regular goalie Ben Bishop, and at the least seemed ready to push Bishop for playing time. This year, he was 7-5-1, appearing in 16 regular season games with a save percentage of .918 and…

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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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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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