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Ryan Callahan 'extremely doubtful' for Game 6 after appendectomy

May 12, 2015 - 10:45
TAMPA - Coach Jon Cooper called wing Ryan Callahan "extremely doubtful" to play in tonight's Game 6 against Montreal, but Cooper never officially ruled Callahan out, despite the veteran forward having an emergency appendectomy Monday night.
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Callahan having emergency appendectomy, out indefinitely

May 11, 2015 - 21:41
Lightning veteran wing Ryan Callahan underwent an emergency appendectomy Monday night, and is return to the team is undetermined.
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Lightning returns to work angry after Game 5 loss

May 11, 2015 - 11:57
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Bishop shakes off Subban's 'horseshoe' comment

May 9, 2015 - 11:57
Lightning goalie Ben Bishop shrugged off comments made by Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban that he had been "sitting on horsehoes" early in the series, helped by luck.
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Stamkos: "We have to be better"

May 9, 2015 - 11:46
Throughout this season, the Lightning would rarely play poorly multiple games in a row. Tampa Bay is the only team in the NHL this year to not lose three straight. Throughout this season, the Lightning would rarely play poorly multiple games in a row.
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Hedman becomes 'go-to guy' for Lightning

May 7, 2015 - 11:44
Tyler Johnson was the hero again Wednesday night, his dramatic winning goal with 1.1 seconds left in Game 3 against Montreal will likely forever live in Lightning lore.
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Lightning hopes to match intensity to sweep Habs tonight

May 7, 2015 - 11:32
TAMPA - A day after the Lightning came away with a dramatic 2-1 victory over Montreal, the players sounded almost as if they had been on the losing end of Tyler Johnson's heroics.
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Morning notes as Lightning prepares for Game 3 against Habs

May 6, 2015 - 11:08

TAMPA – A few quick notes from today’s morning skate at Amalie Arena:

* Although the Lightning is up 2-0 on the Canadiens and has won all seven meetings this season, Tampa Bay doesn’t sound overconfident.

“We’ve got a good chance to take another step,” defenseman Anton Stralman said. “Don’t let it slip away.”

The Lightning expects Montreal to be desperate tonight, just as the Lightning was desperate when it faced an 0-2 deficit to the Canadiens in last year’s first round.

“We’ve been in that situation before,” center Steven Stamkos said. “You want to give your best effort. This is a huge game for them. I think we realize the magnitude of coming back in front of our home fans…We have to find a way to match it. It’s not going to be easy.”

* Stamkos said the Lightning will need to get more shots against Montreal goalie Carey Price than it did in Game 2. Tampa Bay scored on six of its 24 shots Sunday.

“We can’t expect that clip to continue against a goalie like that,” Stamkos said.

* Coach Jon Cooper and his players said what happens tonight will affect how they approach tomorrow’s Game 4 in the back-to-back situation. Cooper didn’t seem to mind the possibility of starting goalie Ben Bishop in both games; Bishop has only started back-to-back games once this season but would play Friday night, Saturday night and Sunday afternoon in the American Hockey League.

“This won’t be new,” Cooper said.

Backup Andrei Vasilevskiy hasn’t played since March 31.

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Bishop likely to play Games 3 and 4

May 6, 2015 - 10:54
Lightning coach Jon Cooper said his team hopes to go "for the jugular" tonight against the Canadiens, already holding a 2-0 series lead.
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Paquette doesn't want to rush back

May 6, 2015 - 10:42
Lightning center Cedric Paquette said while he continues to improve from an undisclosed injury that forced him out midway through Sunday's game, he doesn't want to rush back and make it worse.
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Canadiens' Brandon Prust apologizes for officiating comments

May 5, 2015 - 14:45

TAMPA – Montreal wing Brandon Prust apologized Tuesday for his comments directed toward official Brad Watson after Sunday’s Game 2.

“It was an embarrassment,” Prust said of his actions.

Prust was given 27 penalty minutes in the end of the Lightning’s 6-2 win Sunday, after tripping goalie Ben Bishop and getting in a fight with defenseman Braydon Coburn. Afterward, Prust said Watson provoked him and “tries to play God.”

“I regret what I said,” Prust said after Tuesday’s practice at Amalie Arena. “If I could go back and redo it, I would, but you can’t. We have to live with it and refocus on the road ahead.”

Prust publicly apologized to Watson and said what happened on the ice should have stayed there. He’s also privately apologized to Canadiens coach Michel Therrien.

“I think he did the right thing,” Therrien said of Prust’s apology.

Prust said he doesn’t expect the incident to carry over into Game 3 on Wednesday night.

“I hope it’s just an honest hockey game,” Prust said, “and we go back to business.” 

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Cooper: Drouin will play in series

May 3, 2015 - 13:32
The fact touted rookie Jonathan Drouin continues to sit during the playoffs remains a hot topic, especially in Canada.
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Lightning look to grab "stranglehold" of series

May 2, 2015 - 20:36
The Lightning finds itself in an enviable position, winning the first game on the road in a best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal against the Canadiens, an emotional 2-1 double overtime victory Friday night.
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Lightning return to "scene of the crime"

May 1, 2015 - 13:18
It didn't take Lightning coach Jon Cooper long to address the elephant in the room at the Bell Centre, opening his pre-game press conference with this:
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Lightning-Canadiens playoff tickets go on sale Friday

April 30, 2015 - 08:32
The Lightning will put single game playoff tickets for its second round series against Montreal on sale at 10 a.m. Friday.
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Niklas Kronwall 'extremely disappointed' in NHL suspension for Game 7

April 29, 2015 - 12:15
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Final Lightning thoughts before Game 7 against the Detroit Red Wings

April 29, 2015 - 10:43

TAMPA – The Lightning went through its typical morning skate and media availability today before Game 7. A few notes:

Lightning coach Jon Cooper said the absence of Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall won’t affect his team’s preparation or game plan.

“For us, it changes nothing,” Cooper said. “Detroit’s going to dress 20 players. My job is to beat the Detroit Red Wings.”

The league announced Kronwall’s suspension for Game 7 on Tuesday night. Kronwall delivered a high hit to wing Nikita Kucherov, with the “significant head contact” coming from Kronwall launching himself into Kucherov.

Kucherov said he feels fine but didn’t say much else about the hit, calling it a league decision.

Cooper said the Lightning will consider using 11 forwards and seven defensemen again. The team is 2-0 when it’s done so this series.

“I think it gives you a different look,” Cooper said. “It gives you different options. I like having the extra defenseman there. I could go down the list of reasons why. It’s not just one.”

Cooper said the Lightning will have 21 players skate during the pre-game warmup and will make a decision on the lineup after that.

One key thing Cooper wants the Lightning to improve upon: Taking fewer penalties.

“We have to be more disciplined,” Cooper said. “We took seven penalties the other day. We’re playing with fire if we do that again.”

Goalie Ben Bishop has consistently said he treats every game the same, and this one is no different. He said he slept fine last night and will try to take his normal pre-game nap. Even though it’s a Game 7, it’s not the exact situation most players always dream about.

“You think about maybe Stanley Cup (finals) Game 7,” Bishop said. “You don’t think about first-round Game 7. It should be a lot of fun.”

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Kronwall suspended for Game 7 for hit on Kucherov

April 28, 2015 - 10:55
Update: Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall has been suspended for Game 7 against the Lightning for charging wing Nikita Kucherov in Monday's game.
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Cooper on Red Wings' interference: "Fight through it, boys"

April 27, 2015 - 13:45
The subject of the Red Wings' penchant for interference was a hot topic for the second straight day, but coach Jon Cooper insisted it wasn't a plea for more penalty calls.

"You trying to get out, 'The coach is whining for penalties,' that's not it at all," Cooper said. "I'm sure what's going on in our series is going on in the rest …
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Cooper on Red Wings' interference: "Fight through it, boys"

April 27, 2015 - 13:07
The subject of the Red Wings' penchant for inteference was a hot topic for the second straight day, but coach Jon Cooper insisted it wasn't a plea for more penalty calls.
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