Lightning Strikes (Cristodero)
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Lightning rookie right wing Richard Panik was suspended two games by the league for his from-behind hit Tuesday on Capitals defensmean Karl Alzner.
Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman has said he has skated perhaps two or three times since his retirement from the Red Wings. But Detroit announced Tuesday that Yzerman will play for the Wings in the Alumni Showdown against the Maple Leafs on Dec. 31 at Comerica Park.
At some point tonight in the Lightning's game with the Capitals, Tampa Bay defenseman Mark Barberio might find himself on the ice trying to defend against Washington star Alex Ovechkin.
Adam Erne sent a text message of apology to Jonathan Drouin for the from-behind hit on Friday that caused Drouin, a fellow Lightning prospect, to sustain a concussion, the French language newspaper La Presse reported.
Whether they had seen the hit Lightning prospect Adam Erne put on fellow prospect Jonathan Drouin in a Friday night game -- Drouin might have sustained a concussion from the from-behind hit -- Tampa Bay players say there is no responsibility to hold up on any hit against any opponent (even if they are in the same organization).
The Lightning's organizational goaltending depth underwent a significant shakeup this week with the promotion of Kristers Gudlevskis to AHL Syracuse. The 124th overall pick of last summer's draft, had been playing for ECHL Florida.
Is Lightning star Steven Stamkos targeting a Feb. 6 return from the broken right tibia he sustained Nov. 11 at Boston? That was the report this week from Darren Dreger of Canada's TSN.
Lightning coach Jon Cooper hinted Tuesday morning that left wing Ryan Malone might be out a while, but gave no specifics. It was up to general manager Steve Yzerman to deliver the bad news:
Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop left the ice prematurely during the morning skate after being hit in the hand with a shot. Coach Jon Cooper said he believed Bishop is okay, and Bishop on his way out of the building said he same.
Could Stamkos be ready for the Olympics? 'If he's 100 percent ... we'll deal with that at that time,' Yzerman says
Assuming a recovery window of three to six months for Lightning star center Steven Stamkos, general manager Steve Yzerman said that "barring any unforseen setbacks, I think it's reasonable to say he could be on the earlier side of that."
While Brad Richards hasn't been Lightning teammates with Marty St. Louis for five years, the two former linemates remain close friends.
Vinny Lecavalier was in Sunrise on Monday with the Flyers for their game against the Panthers. But the topic of conversation after the morning skate was about returning to Tampa for Wednesday's game with the Lightning, his first game in Tampa since the Lightning bought him out of the final seven years of his contract.
The biggest news today was Lightning star center Steven Stamkos walking around without crutches or a boot, just two weeks removed from breaking his leg.
With defenseman Radko Gudas (upper body) and left wing Ryan Malone (foot) questionable for Monday's game with the Rangers, the Lightning on Sunday recalled wing Nikita Kucherov and defenseman Dmitry Korobov from AHL Syracuse.
ANAHEIM, Calif. – It was an hour after Friday night’s game at the Honda Center that Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop finally emerged from the trainers’ room.
The Lightning on Friday reassigned Brett Connolly to AHL Syracuse, with Tampa Bay general manager Steve Yzerman saying the No. 6 overall pick of the 2010 NHL draft "is just struggling to find his game."
SAN JOSE, Calif. – Here’s the thing about the Lightning’s 5-1 loss to the Sharks Thursday night at the SAP Center:
So, there was Lightning right wing Marty St. Louis on one side of the SAP Center on Thursday, praising his former teammate Dan Boyle, who was sitting in the Sharks locker room after the morning skate talking up St. Louis.
After two disappointing games to start a four-game, west-coast road trip -- a 6-3 loss to the Coyotes and a 5-2 loss to the Kings -- Lightning coach Jon Cooper shook up his lines during Wednesday practice.
LOS ANGELES — This is when you know it’s not going to be your night: when your opponent losses the puck off his stick and the puck goes in your net anyway, bouncing off a skate and then a leg.