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Lightning falls further behind despite gaining a point against Montreal

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The Tampa Bay Lightning gained a point Saturday night. Still, it lost ground. The Lightning dropped a 2-1 game in overtime against the Montreal Canadiens, but watched as both of its playoff competitors won. Tampa Bay now trails Boston by four points for the final wild-card spot and both Toronto and Ottawa by five points for third place in the Atlantic Division. Montreal’s winning goal came from Alexander Radulov 51 seconds into overtime. The Bolts lost despite  34 saves by Andrei…

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Mistake in overtime allows Rangers to edge Tampa Bay Lightning

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In one of their tightest-played games of the season, the Tampa Bay Lightning made the crucial mistake and paid for it. Late in overtime, an errant pass by defenseman Victor Hedman sailed off target, and the New York Rangers turned it into a breakaway and the winning goal by Mika Zibanejad with 1:04 left in the extra period. The Rangers went on to win, 1-0. The single point picked up for a regulation tie allowed the Bolts to get to…

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Nikita Kucherov scores hat trick as Lightning beat Ottawa

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Did you see that? Want to see it again? How about one more time? The Tampa Bay Lightning played one of most inspired games of the season Monday night, blasting the second-place (Atlantic Division) Ottawa Senators 5-1. Nikita Kucherov blistered three straight shots in the second period into the net to lead the way. It was the second Hat Trick of his career, with all three goals coming in a row in the second period. His scores were all similar –…

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Lightning gets a point, but loses to a strong Minnesota team

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The Tampa Bay Lightning needed two points Friday night. They settled for one. The Lightning lost a shootout to the Central Division-leading Minnesota Wild, 2-1. At this point of the playoff race, with 27 games to play, the Lightning can use every point it can get. Tampa Bay is 3-3 in shootouts this year. They are 24-24-7 overall. Goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy played well for Tampa Bay, saving 37 of 38 shots. The one he didn’t stop was a second period…

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Another penalty in overtime dooms the Lightning in loss to Panthers

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The hollow feeling was familiar. Once again, the Tampa Bay Lightning had let an opportunity slip away. Once again, the game went into overtime. Once again, Tyler Johnson – the hero of the upset of the Chicago Blackhawks – was called for a penalty. Once again, the opponent quickly scored to win a 2-1 game. It was, in other words, just like the team’s loss on Jan. 17 to Anaheim. This time, the loss was to the Florida Panthers, who…

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Latest Lightning loss makes you wonder about their goaltender

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Here’s something for the Tampa Bay Lightning to consider as they go nowhere. What if Andrei Vasilevskiy isn’t the future? Vasilevskiy lost his sixth consecutive start Thursday night as the Bolts fell 2-1 to the San Jose Sharks. With the loss, the Lightning fell to 21-21-5 on the season. Vasilevskiy fell to 10-11-2. He has now given up 24 goals in his last six starts. Tampa Bay has now lost 12 of its last 14 road games. For the Bolts,…

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Lightning loses despite retiring the jersey of Marty St. Louis

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Turns out, maybe the Tampa Bay Lightning should have brought back Marty St. Louis … and given him a uniform. Despite the charge the team got from retiring the jersey of St. Louis – the only retired number in franchise history, the Lightning could not maintain its energy and fell, 3-1, to the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Bolts started well, getting off a season-high of 19 shots  in the first period, and taking a 1-0 lead on Jonathan Drouin’s goal.…

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