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Cup fever early: Fans welcome Lightning home at 3:15 a.m.

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - May 30, 2015 - 03:21
TAMPA -- Even at 3:15 a.m., hours after the Lightning's Game 7 win over the New York Rangers, Stanley Cup fever was quickly spreading.
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Lightning has 'quiet confidence' heading into Game 7

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - May 29, 2015 - 12:30
There's no sugar-coating the significance of tonight's Game 7 for the Lightning. Win, and reach its first Stanley Cup Final since it's 2004 championship. Lose, and season is over. There's no sugar-coating the significance of tonight's Game 7 for the Lightning.
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Lightning ready to respond in Game 7

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - May 28, 2015 - 13:11
Much has been made about the reslience of the battle-tested Rangers, who are 15-3 in elimination games since 2012, and 7-0 in Game 7s at home.
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Stanley Cup Final to begin Wednesday

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - May 28, 2015 - 11:01
The Stanley Cup Final will begin Wednesday, June 3, the NHL announced today.
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Lightning players dealing with flu bug

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - May 27, 2015 - 13:51
Lightning coach Jon Cooper said the two days before Game 7 will be a much-welcomed break to get healthy.
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Cedric Paquette questionable, Braydon Coburn healthy for Game 6

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - May 26, 2015 - 10:47
Center Cedric Paquette is questionable for tonight's Game 6 of the Eastern Conference final, Lightning coach Jon Cooper said after today's morning skate at Amalie Arena.
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Lightning putting focus on defensive end

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - May 24, 2015 - 12:08
With two of the highest scoring teams in the league meeting up in this Eastern Conference Final, there was expected to be some offensive firepower.
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Lightning needs more secondary scoring

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - May 24, 2015 - 11:53
Veteran wing Ryan Callahan, who racked up 24 goals in the regular season, hasn't scored a goal in the first 16 games of these playoffs.
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Matt Carle could be available tonight

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - May 24, 2015 - 11:43
Veteran defenseman Matt Carle was back on the ice Sunday for the morning skate, and there's a chance he returns for tonight's Game 5.
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Jon Cooper: Thought of benching Ben Bishop is 'asinine to me'

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - May 23, 2015 - 12:57
If Rangers coach Alain Vigneault looked at reporters as if they had three heads Thursday when they asked about benching star goalie Henrik Lundqvist, Lightning coach Jon Cooper went a step farther Saturday when the thought of a goalie change was brought up.
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Steve Yzerman finalist for GM of the Year

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - May 22, 2015 - 18:50
Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman is one of three finalists for General Manager of the Year, the league announced Friday.
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Lightning, Rangers looking for more defense in Game 4

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - May 22, 2015 - 11:37
For a team that enters Game 4 with a 2-1 series lead, the Lightning and has put up six goals in back-to-back games, the Lightning spent a lot of time Friday morning talking about one major negative - the five goals it allowed Wednesday.
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With Matt Carle out, Mark Barberio to make playoff debut

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - May 22, 2015 - 10:43
At the end of Friday's morning skate, associate Rick Bowness approached defenseman Mark Barberio to give him the news: he'll make his playoff debut tonight in Game 4.
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Rangers' Lundqvist: "I have to be better"

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - May 21, 2015 - 13:10
By the end of the second round, the Lightning had arguably the best goalie in the world, Montreal's MVP finalist Carey Price, taking the blame for a conference semifinal series loss.
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Nikita Kucherov shows resiliency with Game 3 winner against Rangers

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - May 20, 2015 - 23:10
Before Nikita Kucherov was the hero of Wednesday night's 6-5 overtime win over the Rangers, the 21-year-old wing blamed himself for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference final getting to overtime in the first place.
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Marty St. Louis not worried about fan reception tonight

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - May 20, 2015 - 11:50
And he's not worried about it, either. "It's always special, you know, coming here, obviously with my time here," St. Louis said after Wednesday's morning skate. "But right now my focus is not so much my time here. It's really, how do we get past these guys? This building is going to be loud. They feed off those fans. We need a good start …
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Steven Stamkos feeling comfortable at wing

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - May 20, 2015 - 11:27
Lightning captain Steven Stamkos has played center his entire life, and is one of the best in the league.
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Brian Boyle 'pretty emotional' after birth of first child

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - May 20, 2015 - 10:39
Lightning veteran center Brian Boyle was all smiles Wednesday morning, shaking many hands in celebrating Tuesday's birth of his first child.
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Brian Boyle returns to ice, but status hasn't changed

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - May 18, 2015 - 12:07
Veteran Lightning center Brian Boyle participated in Monday's optional morning skate at Madison Square Garden, which would appear to be a sign of progress.
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Cooper: Game 1 tape made him "want to vomit"

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - May 17, 2015 - 16:02
Coach Jon Cooper said sometimes he watches film of a previous game, and realizes the team played better than he thought.
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