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Kristers Gudlevskis and the Lightning glide past the Panthers

In Tampa, Florida, Kristers Gudlevskis made 21 saves in the Tampa Bay Lightning's 2-0 victory over the Florida Panthers.Jeremy Morin had a goal and helped set up Brayden Point's goal.James Reimer took the loss for Florida, making 18 saves in the first two periods. Reto Berra allowed a goal on nine shots in the third.
Via Associated Press
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Lightning’s Kucherov Won’t Report to Camp Without a Contract, Canadiens’ Shaw Suspended & More

Kucherov Won’t Report to Lightning Training CampWithout Contract Nikita Kucherov will not be reporting to training camp with the Tampa Bay Lightning until he has signed a contract, general manager Steve Yzerman said, according to the Tampa Bay Times’ Joe Smith on Thursday. Nikita Kucherov (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports) Kucherov’s agent, Scott Greenspun, told Yzerman...
Via The Hockey Writers
20 hours ago

Tampa Bay Lightning 2016-17 Season Preview

After deep playoff runs in each of the past two seasons, the Tampa Bay Lightning seek to take the next step toward winning the Stanley Cup in 2016-17. Yzerman had his work cut out for he and the Lightning this past summer. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports) As the Lightning were eliminated in the 2016 Eastern Conference Final by the Pittsburgh Penguins, the end of the team’s postseason...
Via The Hockey Writers
2 days ago

Lightning edged by Hurricanes in preseason matchup

In Tampa, Florida, Cam Ward made 16 saves in the first two periods to help the Carolina Hurricanes to a 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Ward was replaced by Daniel Altshuller in the third, and he allowed both Lightning goals on 12 shots. Brody Sutter, Lucas Hallmark and Jeff Skinner scored for the Hurricanes. Brayden Point and Bokondji Imama had Tampa Bay's goals. Adam Wilcox...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Lightning: One missing step remains

Nikita Kucherov is currently playing on the Russian team in the World Cup of Hockey, and he is preparing for a huge semifinals matchup against Canada on Saturday. The Tampa Bay Lightning has another issue to think about with training camp just around the corner. For those who forgot, Tampa Bay has yet to sign Kucherov to an extension. It has not been a serious elephant in the Tampa...
Via isportsweb.com
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Stamkos to Tavares: “Watch what you do on Twitter”

Steven Stamkos has some apt advice for upcoming free agent and Ontario native John Tavares. The Tampa Bay Lightning star was the subject of free agency rumors for all of last year, with Toronto media feasting on the idea the homegrown star would return to the Maple Leafs. Stamkos accidentally liked multiple tweets about a potential return to Toronto, which caused Leafs fans to speculate...
Via Puck Drunk Love
21 days ago  |  Discuss

In Steven Stamkos we trust

The Tampa Bay Lightning won the Eastern Conference Final and reached the Stanley Cup Final in the 2014-15 NHL season. It reached almost the same mountaintop again in 2015-16, losing in seven games in the East Final to the eventual champions, the Pittsburgh Penguins. This latter playoff run was made almost exclusively without the services of Tampa Bay’s best offensive player: center...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
August 02, 2016  |  Discuss

Lightning sign Alex Killorn to $31.15 million, 7-year deal

Alex Killorn and the Lightning wanted to keep the team together, and Tampa Bay made sure he'd be part of its long-term future. The Lightning on Sunday signed Killorn to a $31.15 million, seven-year contract to avoid arbitration and lock up another important player. Earlier this offseason, Tampa Bay signed captain Steven Stamkos for eight years and $68 million, defenseman Victor...
Via Associated Press
July 17, 2016  |  Discuss

Friendship with Hedman big reason why Stamkos chose Tampa Bay

Steven Stamkos signing an eight-year, $68 million contract to remain with the Tampa Bay Lightning was a bit surprising. Stamkos was the top free agent on the market and several teams were willing to pay top dollar in order to secure his services. The star forward decided to stick with the Lightning, but one of the biggest reasons he chose to stay had nothing to do with money. As...
Via Puck Drunk Love
July 06, 2016  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Lightning 2016-17 Schedule Released

The NHL released the full 2016-17 season schedule today. Tampa Bay will start the season at Amalie Arena on October 13th as they host the division rival Detroit Red Wings. The Bolts will open with a four-game home stand before going on the road for six games. They will play their Atlantic Division opponents four times, twice at home and twice on the road, except for the Boston Bruins...
Via Lightning Shout
June 21, 2016  |  Discuss

Boucher: Vezina Should Belong To Bishop

The National Hockey League will recognize some of its best at the 2016 NHL Awards show in Las Vegas this week. As the Lightning continue to have success and gain prominence in the league it only makes sense that they would be represented at the awards. For the second time in three seasons goalie Ben Bishop is a finalist for the Vezina Trophy. The trophy is awarded annually to the...
Via Lightning Shout
June 20, 2016  |  Discuss

Lightning Look To Continue Draft Success

The NHL announced the order of selection for the 2016 Entry Draft yesterday afternoon. It’s an event that may not seem all that important for fans of teams picking outside of the top 10 but the Tampa Bay Lightning are a great example of the importance of scouting and their current roster reflects that. They have a knack of finding hidden gems even in later rounds. Look no further...
Via Lightning Shout
June 16, 2016  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Lightning: Keeping Vasilevskiy better than Bishop?

There is no denying that the Tampa Bay Lightning have been fortunate with Ben Bishop on their side. After finishing as one of the top goaltenders of the season, the thought of him changing teams is almost comical at first. Tampa Bay, however, is entering a serious dilemma this offseason. It is stressful enough that Steven Stamkos is looking for a new contract and every team wants...
Via isportsweb.com
June 13, 2016  |  Discuss

Photo: Ben Roethlisberger's newborn already decked out in Pittsburgh gear

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and his wife Ashley welcomed their third child into the world Thursday morning, a healthy baby boy named Bodie.  Just in time for the Penguins’ Stanley Cup Playoffs game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, the newest member of Steelers Nation is already decked out in Pittsburgh gear. Roethlisberger posted this fantastic photo to...
Via College Spun
May 26, 2016  |  Discuss

NHL misses the point by nixing Tampa Bay Lightning outdoor watch party

When you are a league like the NHL, growing the game is of paramount importance. Doing anything to take away from it can not only damage the brand but can make the league look petty in the process. So what do we think the league did when the Tampa Bay Lightning tried to organize an outdoor watch party? C’mon, you already know the answer. Response from NHL on TBL watch party...
Via Puck Drunk Love
May 26, 2016  |  Discuss

Jonathan Drouin offsides on goal as Penguins win challenge

Is there anything more frustrating than scoring a goal in front of your home crowd to put your team up 1-0 in the playoffs and seeing it wiped off the board due to an offsides call? That’s what happened with Jonathan Drouin and the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday. During Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals, Drouin scored for what would have been the first goal of the game....
Via Larry Brown Sports
May 24, 2016  |  Discuss
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