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Lightning notes from Worlds, including high praise for Vasilevskiy

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - May 19, 2014 - 10:14
Lightning goalie prospect Andrei Vasilevskiy may be in a backup role for Russia at the World Championship, but he's been turning heads in Minsk.
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Tampa Bay Lightning classic games to be aired Thursdays during NHL lockout

Bolts Report (Erlendsson) - May 18, 2014 - 01:25

Need a Lightning fix while the NHL is on hiatus due to the lockout? on Thursday nights, Sun Sports will be airing classic games for viewers. Two games - the inaugural game as well as the night Dave Andreychuk broke the NHL power play goal record - have already aired.…

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Agent: Lightning made "good case" to keep Callahan

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - May 14, 2014 - 14:10
There's no question the Lightning would love to re-sign forward Ryan Callahan. "As long as I'm coaching this team, I want Ryan Callahan on the bench," coach Jon Cooper said. "I don't know how much stronger I can be about that." There's no question the Lightning would love to re-sign forward Ryan Callahan.
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Added first-round pick gives Lightning more options

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - May 14, 2014 - 10:42
With the Rangers pulling off their comeback Tuesday night and reaching the conference final, that means the Lightning will receive an additional first round pick in June's draft (instead of a second-rounder), per conditions of the Ryan Callahan-Marty St. Louis deal.
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Tonight's Rangers-Penguins Game 7 a big deal to Lightning

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - May 13, 2014 - 08:46
While the Lightning is out of the playoffs, it has a significant stake in tonight's Rangers-Penguins Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
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Lightning prospect Vasilevskiy shines for Russia at Worlds

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - May 12, 2014 - 15:59
Lightning goalie uberprospect Andrei Vasilevskiy did nothing to temper the hype in his first World Championship start Monday.
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Lightning 10th anniversary celebration of Stanley Cup set for June

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - May 12, 2014 - 15:39
The 10th anniversary of the Lightning's 2004 Stanley Cup Championship will be celebrated at the Tampa Bay History Center (801 Old Water Street) on Saturday, June 7 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
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A brief intro from the new Lightning writer

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - May 12, 2014 - 10:57
I'm excited to take over the Tampa Bay Lightning beat, hoping to continue the strong standard set by Damian Cristodero, whom I've had the pleasure of working with the last several years.
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St. Louis plays for late mother: "I owed it to her"

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - May 9, 2014 - 22:51
No matter how you feel about the way Marty St. Louis forced his departure from Tampa Bay, the former Lightning captain drew compassion around the hockey world Friday night.
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Several from Lightning competing at Worlds

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - May 8, 2014 - 14:48
The IHF World Championships begin Friday in Belarus, and the Lightning will be well-represented.
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Vasilevskii deal gives Lightning plenty to consider

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - May 6, 2014 - 19:05
The signing of Andrei Vasilevskii to a three-year, entry-level deal was good news for the Lightning, which coveted its top goalie prospect since selecting him 19th overall in the 2012 draft.
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Goalie prospect Andrei Vasilevskii signs 3-year deal

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - May 6, 2014 - 16:22
The Lightning signed top goaltending prospect Andrei Vasilevskii to a three-year, entry level deal. Vasilevskii, 19, was drafted 19th overall in 2012. He was 14-8 with three shutouts in 28 games this season for Ufa of the KHL with a 2.21 goals-against average and .923 save percentage.
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Lightning coach Jon Cooper a Jack Adams Award finalist

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - May 6, 2014 - 11:08
Jon Cooper, who led the Lightning to 101 points (46-27-9) and a second place finish in the Atlantic Division was named a finalist for the Jack Adams Award as coach of the year.
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Sounds as if Vasilevskiy is coming to North America (updated)

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - May 1, 2014 - 10:40
Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman repeatedly has said he was committed to signing goaltending prospect Andrey Vasilevskiy as soon as his KHL contract was done.
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Malone pleads not guilty to cocaine, DUI charges

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - April 30, 2014 - 20:35
Lightning left wing Ryan Malone has pleaded not guilty to DUI and cocaine possession charges stemming from an April 12 arrest in Tampa. That case is ongoing, but on Wednesday the state in Hillsborough County court dismissed a charge of driving with a suspended license connected to an April 8 traffic stop, also in Tampa.
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Ben Bishop has successful wrist surgery

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - April 29, 2014 - 16:13
Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop on Tuesday underwent what the team said was "successful" wrist surgery at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. Rehab is expected to be three to four months, and Bishop, a Vezina Trophy finalist, is expected to be ready for training camp.
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Lightning's Ben Bishop a Vezina Trophy finalist

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - April 25, 2014 - 10:21
Tampa Bay's Ben Bishop was named a finalist for the Vezina Trophy, awarded annually to the league's top goaltender as voted on by the league's general managers. Bishop established team records with 37 wins, a 2.23 goals-against average and .924 save percentage. He is the Lightning's first Vezina nominee since Daren Puppa in 1996.
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Bishop to have wrist surgery, expected to be ready for camp

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - April 24, 2014 - 11:24
Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop will have surgery on his injured right wrist next week to repair ligament damage that has bothered him since January. Bishop will have the surgery at the Cleveland Clinic. He said he will be in a cast for six weeks.
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Lightning's Johnson, Palat among Calder Trophy finalists

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - April 23, 2014 - 10:54
Lightning forwards Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat are among three finalists for the Calder Memorial Trophy, which goes to the NHL's rookie of the year. Colorado's Nathan McKinnon is the other finalist.
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It's do or die for Lightning tonight in Game 4 against Montreal

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - April 22, 2014 - 13:17
The Lightning goes into Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal tonight against the Canadiens at the Bell Centre, actually feeling pretty good about where the team's game is headed.
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