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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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Vasilevskiy stars as Lightning beats Minnesota in shootout

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At this point, perhaps Andrej Vasilevsky should buy a lottery ticket. The Tampa Bay Lighting’s kid goaltender had quite the week. He became a father for the first time, he was promoted to the major league team and, Saturday night against Minnesota, he took his first shootout victory as the the Bolts beat Minnesota 3-2. Vasilevskiy forced Charlie Coyle to his left, and Coyle hit the goalpost to provide the Lightning with the victory. Ryan Callahan had scored the Lightning…

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Lightning shut out again by Minnesota as team struggles continue

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At this point, it is hard to argue that the Tampa Bay Lightning is anything other than a mediocre hockey team. Seven wins, seven losses. Thirty eight goals scored, thirty goals given up. One game the Lightning appears to be breaking out of its slump. The next they look as if they are right back in it. The Lightning lost another 1-0 hockey game Saturday night, this time to Minnesota. It was the seventh time the Lightning has failed to…

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Former Stanley Cup champ Darryl Sydor arrested for drunken driving

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Darryl Sydor, perhaps the most important mid-season acquisition of the Tampa Bay Lightning during its Stanley Cup season, faces two counts of drunken driving involving endangerment of a child in Minnesota. Sydor, 43, who said last spring he was a recovering alcoholic, was arrested Thursday evening when he failed field sobriety tests after being stopped by police. Tests showed he has a blood alcohol reading of 0.30 percent, almost twice the legal limit of .16. Sydor, now the assistant coach…

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