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Goaltending to headline Lightning-Canadiens showdown

April 1, 2014 - 12:27
There is a reason the three games this season between the Lightning and Canadiens have been so close: goaltending, Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said, adding he has no doubt tonight's important matchup between the teams at the Tampa Bay Times Forum will be any different.
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Success of 'junkyard dog' power play not difficult to figure out, Cooper says

March 27, 2014 - 12:37
In its past seven games, the Lightning has gone 9-for-29 on the power play. The reasons are not that complicated, coach Jon Cooper said. Steven Stamkos is back from a broken right tibia and playing at a high level and the addition of Ryan Callahan, a player, Cooper said, who is "fearless" in front of the net.
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Video: Steven Stamkos' baseball-swing goal vs. the Senators

March 25, 2014 - 14:01
In case, you missed it, Lightning star Steven Stamkos scored with a baseball swing goal Monday against the Senators. The goal tied the game 3-3 and sent it into overtime. Tampa Bay eventually lost 4-3 in a shootout, but the play was the No. 2 play of the day on ESPN's SportsCenter and reminded everyone that Stamkos was a pretty good ballplayer …
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Kucherov, back in the lineup tonight, admits confidence is low

March 24, 2014 - 12:33
Lightning rookie wing Nikita Kucherov sat at his locker last week in Toronto and admitted his confidence was low. He had not scored in 14 games and was about to be scratched for a third straight game in a stretch that would reach five and seven of eight.
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Lightning signs college standout Cody Kunyk

March 20, 2014 - 13:06
The Lightning on Thursday signed center Cody Kunyk, a free agent out of the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. It is a one-year, two-way deal, meaning Kunyk will be a restricted free agent at the end of the season. He will be assigned to the Lightning, Tampa Bay assistant general manager Julien BriseBois said.
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Video: Alex Killorn's hit on Toronto's Paul Ranger

March 19, 2014 - 20:07
Maple Leafs defenseman Paul Ranger was taken off the ice on a stretcher and taken to a Toronto hospital as a precaution after this hit from Tampa Bay forward Alex Killorn. The Leafs reported Ranger, who played for the Lightning from 2005-10, was "stable, conscious and alert." Killorn received a five-minute boarding major and a game misconduct …
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Lightning vs. Maple Leafs tonight almost like a playoff game

March 19, 2014 - 12:13
The Lightning still has 14 games left in the regular season but coach Jon Cooper and his players said tonight's matchup with the Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre is almost like a playoff game.
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Will homestand be good or great? Tonight's game the key, coach Jon Cooper says

March 17, 2014 - 12:35
The Lightning's six-game homestand comes to an end with tonight's game with the Canucks. At 2-1-2 so far and points in four straight, coach Jon Cooper called the homestand "good."
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Johnson closing in on Stamkos' team rookie goals record

March 15, 2014 - 12:08
With 21 goals, Lightning center Tyler Johnson is just two away from tying Steven Stamkos' rookie team record of 23 set in 2008-09.
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Tonight's game vs. Florida 'pretty pivotal,' coach Cooper says

March 13, 2014 - 12:03
With just 17 games left in the regular season and Tampa Bay just four points ahead of the ninth team in the Eastern Conference -- the top eight make the playoffs -- Lightning coach Jon Cooper said tonight's game against the Panthers is "pretty pivotal."
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Video: Lightning players cut their hair for a cause

March 13, 2014 - 10:37

Tampa Bay Lightning players and staff got their heads shaved Wednesday to raise funds for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation as part of the 5th annual Bright House Networks Cut for a Cure Charity Challenge.

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Video: After 2 years, Lightning D Mark Barberio cuts his hair

March 12, 2014 - 12:38
On Jan. 19, Lightning rookie defenseman Mark Barberio scored two goals in Tampa Bay's victory over the Hurricanes. After the game he revealed he told his teammates that he would cut his hair when he scored his first NHL goal.
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Marty St. Louis banner removed from Forum plaza

March 12, 2014 - 11:56
The giant Marty St. Louis banner was removed from the Tampa Bay Times Forum plaza today. What would you put up in its place?
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Lightning owner Jeff Vinik to teach Hockey 101, public invited

March 12, 2014 - 08:55
Lightning owner Jeff Vinik, as part of the Lightning's celebration of the 10th anniversary of its Stanley Cup victory, will teach at Hockey 101 seminar Sunday at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.
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Lightning to honor Andreychuk with a statue

March 10, 2014 - 16:27
Soon, Phil Esposito's statue won't be the only one in front of the Tampa Bay Times Forum.
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Stamkos still working on timing

March 10, 2014 - 15:03
Lightning star Steven Stamkos didn't participate in today's morning skate, but there's no cause for concern. He's playing tonight against the Coyotes.
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Smith not seeking redemption vs. Lightning tonight

March 10, 2014 - 14:08
Former Lightning goalie Mike Smith got to catch up with some former teammates Sunday night, the eve of his return to Tampa Bay for the first time since signing with the Coyotes after the 2011 season.
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Lightning sign forward Yanni Gourde

March 9, 2014 - 16:54
The Lightning added to its depth Sunday, signing free-agent forward Yanni Gourde. Gourde will be on an AHL contract the rest of the season and on a two-way NHL contract for the 2014-15 seasons.
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Slumping Kucherov is a healthy scratch vs. Bruins

March 8, 2014 - 18:48
Rookie RW Nikita Kucherov admits he’s in a scoring slump, and that his confidence has dipped a bit recently.
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Prospect Slater Koekkoek done for year with shoulder injury

March 7, 2014 - 17:39
Lightning defenseman prospect Slater Koekkoek is done for the season due to a right shoulder injury, general manager Steve Yzerman confirmed. Koekkoek, the 10th pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, had his left shoulder surgically-repaired the last two seasons. He'll be re-evaluated on Monday, Yzerman said.
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