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Filppula will miss Olympics, at least three weeks with ankle injury

February 7, 2014 - 11:51
Lightning center Valtteri Filppula will be sidelined a minimum three weeks and is out of the Olympics with a non-displaced fracture of his right ankle, the team announced.

Filppula, who was to play in his second Olympics for Finland, was hurt in the third period of Thursday's 4-1 loss to the Maple Leafs.

The good news, …
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Stamkos says St. Louis 'probably deserved' to to be on Team Canada from Day 1

February 6, 2014 - 13:51
Steven Stamkos won't be going to the Olympics because his broken right tibia is not fully healed. But the Lightning's star center said of teammate Marty St. Louis, who will play for Canada in Stamkos' place, "He probably deserved to be on the team since Day 1, so for him to get a chance now, I'm definitely happy for him."
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Stamkos not cleared for game participation, out of Olympics

February 5, 2014 - 17:57
Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos has not been medically cleared and will miss the Olympics, the team announced this afternoon.
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Steven Stamkos not cleared to play and is out of the Olympics

February 5, 2014 - 17:45
Lightning star Steven Stamkos, out since Nov. 11 with a broken right tibia, had been confident the past few days that he would be able to get back in the lineup on Saturday at home against the Red Wings and perhaps even play for Canada in the Olympics.
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J.T. Brown calls playing again in Minnesota 'special'

February 4, 2014 - 14:42
J.T. Brown has great memories of playing at the Xcel Energy Center. It was there his University of Minnesota-Duluth team clinched the 2010-11 national championship by beating Michigan 3-2 in overtime in the final of the Frozen Four. It was Minnesota-Duluth's first national title and Brown was named the tournament's most outstanding player.
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Ondrej Palat is the NHL's rookie of the month for January

February 4, 2014 - 14:32
Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat on Tuesday was named the NHL's rookie of the month for January. Palat had five goals and 16 points in 15 games.
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Stamkos targeting Saturday return at home vs Red Wings

February 3, 2014 - 16:50
Steven Stamkos finally has a firm date in mind to play: Saturday at home against the Red Wings.
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With Lindback out and Bishop questionable, 2 goalies might be called up from the minors

January 31, 2014 - 14:46
The Lightning is in an unusual position as it heads into Saturday's game at Montreal.
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Ben Bishop injured in game vs. Senators

January 30, 2014 - 19:46
Lightning star goaltender Ben Bishop, who has been talked about in terms of a potential league MVP, left Thursday's game with the Senators 1:49 into the first period after he was inadvertently kneed in the back of the head by teammate Nikita Kucherov.
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Ondrej Palat's pluses far outweigh his minuses

January 30, 2014 - 14:56
The plus/minus stat is a tricky one because it does not distinguish specifically between good play and bad. All it measures is if a player is on the ice when a goal is scored either for or against his team.
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Stamkos doesn't rule out playing in Olympics without first playing for Bolts

January 28, 2014 - 14:33
It has long been assumed Steven Stamkos would have to play a game or two for the Lightning in order to prove he is ready to play for Canada in next month’s Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
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Lightning still interested in Swiss star Reto Suri (updated)

January 27, 2014 - 13:57
Swiss star Reto Suri still is on the Lightning's radar.
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Stamkos didn't practice Monday, but says not a setback

January 27, 2014 - 11:08
Update 12:25 p.m. Lightning star Steven Stamkos said when he came out on the ice before practice today, his surgically-repaired right leg just didn't feel right, so he decided to "err on the side of caution" and not participate in practice.
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Former Lightning coach Guy Boucher takes head coaching job with Switzerland's SC Bern

January 27, 2014 - 09:37
Former Lightning coach Guy Boucher is the new head coach of SC Bern in Switzerland, that team's web site reported early Monday. He has a contract through the 2015-16 season.
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Video: Lightning C Tyler Johnson on his first career hat trick

January 25, 2014 - 23:12

Lightning rookie center Tyler Johnson talks about his first career hat trick, which came in Saturday's 5-2 win over the Avalanche at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

Johnson is now tied with Colorado's Nathan MacKinnon for the rookie-points lead with 34, and is second to MacKinnon in goals (16).

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Stamkos advances to light contact in practice

January 25, 2014 - 11:49
Lightning star Steven Stamkos shed his red jersey in favor of a yellow one for Saturday's morning skate, signaling he's been cleared for light contact.
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Richard Panik reassigned to AHL Syracuse

January 24, 2014 - 15:20
The Lightning have reassigned right wing Richard Panik to AHL Syracuse.
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How fans can avoid Gasparilla traffic, secure parking for Saturday's game

January 24, 2014 - 15:04
With Gasparilla crowds expecting to flood downtown Tampa Saturday, the Lightning are offering fans a chance to pre-purchase parking today to guarantee a spot.
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Stamkos could begin light contact in Saturday's skate

January 24, 2014 - 14:39
Lightning star center Steven Stamkos says he hopes to begin practicing with light contact in Saturday's skate, the next step in his rehab from a broken right tibia.
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Stamkos takes first spill, but "big step" in recovery

January 23, 2014 - 14:45
When Lightning star center Steven Stamkos slipped and fell to the ice during Thursday's morning skate, he didn't hold his breath, or his surgically-repaired right leg.
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