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Cooper on Game 2 vs. the Canadiens: 'This is one we need'

April 18, 2014 - 12:29
Toward the end of Friday's pregame meeting with reporters, someone asked Lightning coach Jon Cooper if tonight's Game 2 against the Canadiens in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals was a must win.
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Killorn and Barberio thrilled to face hometown Canadiens

April 15, 2014 - 15:54
For Lightning C Alex Killorn and D Mark Barberio, who grew up in bordering neighborhoods in Montreal's west island, facing the Canadiens in the playoffs is extra special.
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VIDEO: Tom Jones previews Lightning-Canadiens

April 15, 2014 - 15:20

Times sports columnist Tom Jones previews the first-round playoff matchup between the Lightning and Montreal Canadiens in this video feature.

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Palat, Filppula return to practice

April 15, 2014 - 11:45
The Lightning got some good news on the injury front Tuesday, as two of its top scorers, LW Ondrej Palat and C Valteri Filppula, returned to practice.
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Anders Lindback is NHL's first star of the week

April 14, 2014 - 11:43
Anders Lindback is the NHL's first star of the week ending Sunday. The Lightning goaltender was 3-0-0 with a 0.67 goals-against average, .975 save percentage and a shutout.
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Lightning-Canadiens playoff schedule (updated with TV)

April 13, 2014 - 19:21
Here is the schedule for the Lightning and Canadiens in the first round of the playoffs: April 16: at Tampa, 7 p.m., Sun Sports, CNBC Here is the schedule for the Lightning and Canadiens in the first round of the playoffs:
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Jon Cooper's novel approach to home-ice advantage

April 13, 2014 - 13:51
The Lightning's season finale Sunday at Washington will determine whether Tampa Bay gets home-ice advantage in its first-round playoff series with the Canadiens.
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Ryan Malone arrested on DUI, cocaine charges

April 12, 2014 - 06:57
Lightning left wing Ryan Malone was arrested Saturday morning on charges of driving under the influence and cocaine possession.
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Gudas in right place at right time

April 11, 2014 - 11:41
With G Anders Lindback down and out of position with 8:43 left in the third period of Thursday's 4-2 win against the Flyers, D Radko Gudas figured his place was on the goal line.
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Vinny Lecavalier's second trip to Tampa is special, 'but not like the first time'

April 10, 2014 - 12:39
Back in November, the first time former Lightning captain Vinny Lecavalier played at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, he said he pretty much was  counting the days until the game. But about tonight's game at the Times Forum, the Flyers center said a lot of the emotions have died down.
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Ben Bishop will sit out the Lightning's final 3 games, his status for playoffs is uncertain

April 9, 2014 - 13:36
Ben Bishop will sit out the final three games of the regular season, and the Lightning goaltender's availability for the first round of the playoffs is uncertain.
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Video: Ben Bishop injured vs. Maple Leafs

April 8, 2014 - 19:11
Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop left Tuesday night's game with the Maple Leafs in the first period because of an upper-body injury.
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Kostka skating again, says, 'I think I've been pretty fortunate'

April 8, 2014 - 12:58
Lightning defenseman Mike Kostka was back on the ice during Tuesday's morning skate, though wearing a red no-contact jersey.
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Q&A with GM Steve Yzerman

April 7, 2014 - 16:48
Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman, who has one year left on his contract, signed a four-year extension that locks him up through 2018-19.
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Lightning signs Yzerman to four-year extension

April 7, 2014 - 15:11
The Lightning has signed vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman to a four-year contract extension, according to a news release issued by the team. Here is the release:
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Lightning unveils statue of former captain Dave Andreychuk

April 5, 2014 - 18:37
The Lightning on Saturday before the game with the Stars unveiled a statue of former captain Dave Andreychuk hoisting the Stanley Cup. It will be displayed on the west plaza at the Tampa Bay Times Forum near the statue of team founder Phil Esposito.
“This is about uis celebrating a magical, magical moment,” …
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Video: Douglas suspended 3 games for Kostka hit

April 3, 2014 - 13:42
Montreal Canadiens defenseman Douglas Murray was suspended for three games without pay for an illegal hit to the head of Lightning defenseman Mike Kostka Tuesday in Tampa. The discipline was handed down during a phone hearing with the league Thursday morning.
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Don't take your foot off the gas, Cooper tells his team

April 3, 2014 - 12:13
The Lightning has secured its first playoff spot since 2011 and only its second since 2007, and it's next two games are against the Flames (tonight) and the Stars (on Saturday), two Western Conference teams which as coach Jon Cooper said, "really have no bearing on us in the standings."
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Ondrej Palat is the NHL's rookie of the month for March

April 1, 2014 - 14:16
Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat was named the NHL's rookie of the month for March. Palat had five goals, 16 points in 16 games.
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