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Ben Bishop calls penalty kill 'almost embarrassing'

December 18, 2016 - 13:26
There are plenty of reasons why the Lightning is in its current funk, having lost nine of its last 11 games.
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Heartbreaking story of how Tanner Richard missed NHL debut

December 17, 2016 - 21:37
Shortly into coach Jon Cooper’s pre-game media session Saturday, he said, “You want to hear an awful story?” A heartbreaking one, actually.
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Lightning brace to face Connor McDavid for first time

December 17, 2016 - 16:05
You know you're witnessing an out-of-this-world talent in Connor McDavid when everyone from opponents to Hall of Fame coaches seem awestruck by the Oilers 19-year-old superstar.
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Conacher hopes first goal is start of something

December 17, 2016 - 14:31
This was a vintage Cory Conacher goal. On Friday night, Conacher collected a cross-zone feed from Jonathan Drouin on the power play. Conacher, in the slot, patiently waited, noticing a Cancouver defenseman putting his knee down to block a shot.
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Phil Esposito on late Alan Thicke: 'I miss that guy'

December 16, 2016 - 17:50
There aren't many people that can get Phil Esposito to sing. The late Alan Thicke did.
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Kucherov, Palat out likely through weekend

December 16, 2016 - 15:59
The Lightning will be short-handed tonight in Vancouver, with wings Nikita Kucherov and Ondrej Palat both out due to injuries.
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NHL 'strongly considering' Tampa for special event

December 16, 2016 - 12:58
Lightning owner Jeff Vinik has made it clear for years to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman that he'd like to host one of the league's major events in Tampa.
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Lightning Strikes! podcast: Road trip to western Canada

December 16, 2016 - 08:03
In this week's edition of our Lightning Strikes! podcast, Joe Smith tells you how the Lightning can get out of its current funk. Who needs to step up? Does the team need to make a trade to shake it up? Also, his thoughts on …
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Kucherov, Callahan skate, but not likely for tonight

December 14, 2016 - 14:53
Lightning wing Nikita Kucherov was on the ice for the optional skate Wednesday morning at the Saddledome.
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Cory Conacher recalled from Syracuse

December 14, 2016 - 11:12
With leading scorer Nikita Kucherov dealing with an undisclosed injury, the Lightning recalled forward Cory Conacher from AHL Syracuse to provide some insurance.
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Kucherov leaves practice, Koekkoek returns, Bolts prepare for 3-game trip

December 13, 2016 - 11:56
F Nikita Kucherov left this morning practices and did not return. Coach Jon Cooper did not provide a reason for Kucherov's early exit. F Nikita Kucherov left this morning practices and did not return.
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Penguins in town, Vasilevskiy in goal

December 10, 2016 - 11:37

The Lightning face defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh tonight at Amalie Arena, the team that bounced it from the Eastern Conference finals last season in seven games.

The Penguins (19-9-1) have won four straight and are fighting the Rangers for the top spot in the Metropolitan Division.

The Lightning (14-12-2) has lost six of its last seven with the lone victory being a shotout win against the Capitals last Saturday.

Coach Jon Cooper said after this morning’s optional skate that his team needs to generate more offense (just three goals in its last three games). That, Cooper said, begins with playing better defense and creating turnovers.

Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy will make his first start since Dec. 1 when he allowed four goals in less than 21 minutes at St. Louis. He’s allowed nine goals in his last two starts, but looked good Thursday when he stopped nine of 10 shots in relief of Ben Bishop during a 5-1 loss to Vancouver.

 

Vasilevskiy played well against the Penguins last May in the conference finals when subbing for the injured Ben Bishop.

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Seems like a setback for Ryan Callahan

December 9, 2016 - 15:40
Coach Jon Cooper won't officially say it, but it certainly seems like veteran wing Ryan Callahan has suffered a setback in his lower-body injury.
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Lightning Strikes! podcast: Talking with Brian Engblom

December 8, 2016 - 13:06
Joe Smith speaks with Brian Engblom, former Stanley Cup winning defenseman and Lightning color analyst for Fox Sports Sun, on our latest Lightning Strikes! podcast.
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Ben Bishop making third straight start

December 8, 2016 - 11:46
Lightning goalie Ben Bishop will start a third straight game for the first time this season.
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Lightning get healthy over two-day break

December 7, 2016 - 13:12
Two days off did the Lightning a lot of good. That was easy to see in Wednesday's nearly-90 minute practice at Amalie Arena. Two days off did the Lightning a lot of good.
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Lightning reassign Witkowski and Bournival to Syracuse

December 6, 2016 - 13:06
It appears the Lightning is getting healthier.
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Killorn: 'Unanimous' rejection of NHL proposal on Olympics

December 3, 2016 - 14:15
There's no doubt NHL players want to participate in the 2018 Olympics in South Korea. "Everyone wants to go to the Olympics," said Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman, who'd likely be on Sweden's roster. There's no doubt NHL players want to participate in the 2018 Olympics in South Korea.
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Jason Garrison injury not long-term

December 3, 2016 - 13:40
Just when the Lightning got defenseman Anton Stralman back, it lost another top-four defenseman.
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Yzerman concerned, but no shakeup coming for Lightning

December 2, 2016 - 19:29
If you’re a concerned Lightning fan, you’ve got company.
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