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Luke Witkowski Livin’ The Dream

Seeing and signing my first couple of these was a great feeling. One step closer to my dream. A photo posted by Luke Witkowski (@skiski82) on Aug 27, 2015 at 5:52am PDT
Via Lightning Shout
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Throwback Thursday

4 Dec 1996: Rightwinger Mikael Andersson of the Tampa Bay Lightning in action against the Anaheim Mighty Ducks during a game at Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, California. The Lightning defeated the Ducks 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Glenn Cratty /Allsport
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16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Ex-Tampa Bay F Gusev gets six-month doping ban in Russia

  A veteran forward who played for the Tampa Bay Lightning and Dallas Stars has been banned for breaking doping rules in the latest doping case to hit Russian hockey. The Russian Anti-Doping Agency said in a statement Wednesday that Sergei Gusev received a six-month ban from the Russian Hockey Federation for an unspecified ''breach of anti-doping rules.'' Gusev's ban is backdated...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Ex-Tampa Bay forward Gusev gets doping ban in Russia

MOSCOW (AP) A veteran forward who played for the Tampa Bay Lightning and Dallas Stars has been banned for breaking doping rules in his native Russia. The Russian Anti-Doping Agency said in a statement Wednesday that Sergei Gusev received a six-month ban from the Russian Hockey Federation for an unspecified ''breach of anti-doping rules.'' Gusev's ban is backdated to March 23, the...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Lightning Preview 2015-16 Season: Stanley Cup Favorites?

After a successful season that saw the Tampa Bay Lightning make it to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in 11 years, are they bound for the finals once again for the 2015-16 season? They lost to the Chicago Blackhawks in one of the closest Stanley Cup Finals in recent memory where all but one game was decided by a single goal. With the Blackhawks taking some salary cap...
Via The Sports Quotient
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Muscat: Prospect Profile – Anthony Cirelli – Tampa Bay Lightning

If you want to define the words “hard work” and “perseverance,” take a look at Anthony Cirelli‘s resume. The Tampa Bay Lightning’s 2015 third round pick (72nd overall) went from being an undrafted center before inking an OHL contract with the Oshawa Generals prior to the start of the 2014-15 season, to a clutch performer in the Memorial Cup finale. Cirelli, a Woodbridge...
Via Lightning Shout
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Lightning hire Brad Lauer as assistant coach

TAMPA BAY, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Lightning have hired Brad Lauer as assistant coach, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced. "I'm really excited to join the coaching staff in Tampa Bay," Lauer said. "It is an outstanding opportunity for me to join a great organization with top-notch ownership and management. They have a young, highly-skilled team and it is exciting...
Via Fox Sports Florida
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa's Brian Boyle pays touching tribute to fallen friend

Tampa Bay forward Brian Boyle paid tribute to the memory of his friend, Corey Griffin, on Twitter Sunday when he posted a photo of himself with his newborn son gazing at a photo of Griffin.  Griffin died on Aug. 16, 2014 at the age of 27 in a diving accident on Nantucket. His premature passing was all the more tragic considering Griffin had spent the summer raising money for ALS...
Via Fox Sports
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Brian Engblom named new color analyst for Lightning broadcasts

TAMPA, Fla. -- FOX's Sun Sports, the regional television home of the Tampa Bay Lightning, announced Brian Engblom has joined its roster of Lightning on-air talent for the 2015-16 season. In his new role, Engblom will serve as color analyst for all Lightning television broadcasts. Alongside play-by-play announcer Rick Peckham, Engblom will provide a seasoned voice to Lightning' television...
Via Fox Sports Florida
16 days ago  |  Discuss

DT: Bishop will be commentator king at WSS 2015/16!

The voice behind last year’s World Series Sprintcars, Ben Bishop, will be returning for WSS 2015/16! Always the life of the WSS party, Bennie will take back his role as Series Commentator for the massive 29th outing of World Series Sprintcars! Despite recently taking on a brand new role as Operations Manager at Toowoomba’s Hi-Tec Oils Speedway, Bennie couldn’t shake the idea...
Via On Pit Road
23 days ago  |  Discuss

The Best Of The 2014-15 Lightning Season

The Lightning did not win the Stanley Cup, but looking back, they did have one incredible year. With that, let’s take a look at the high points of the 2014-15 Tampa Bay Lightning season.5. Beating The Montreal Canadiens: Regular season games, in most cases, do not carry major significance. But this game was different. After getting swept and embarrassed by Montreal in the first...
Via The Sports Quotient
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Lightning re-sign Vladislav Namestnikov, Luke Witkowski to one-year deals

TAMPA BAY -- The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed forward Vladislav Namestnikov and defenseman Luke Witkowski to a one-year, two-way contracts, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today. Namestnikov, 22, skated in 43 games with the Lightning during the 2014-15 regular season, posting nine goals and 16 points to go along with 13 penalty minutes. The 6-foot...
Via Fox Sports Florida
July 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Stanley Cup escort to arena reached 100 MPH

It’s never good when you’re late to your own party. The Stanley Cup was nowhere to be seen after the Chicago Blackhawks topped the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-0 to claim their third title in the last six seasons on Monday night. The silver chalice was noticeably absent from the festivities on the ice immediately following the final horn, as severe weather and road closures postponed...
Via NESN.com
June 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Ben Bishop had a torn groin during the Stanley Cup Final

Now that the Stanley Cup has been lifted by the Chicago Blackhawks, the details surrounding Ben Bishop’s injury have finally been released. It turns out the injury is much more cringeworthy than many expected as Bishop suffered a torn groin in Game 2. Bishop said he had a torn groin — Joe Smith (@TBTimes_JSmith) June 16, 2015 Lightning goalie Ben Bishop said he suffered right...
Via Puck Drunk Love
June 15, 2015  |  Discuss

The Stanley Cup trophy was late to Game 6

When the Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup after beating the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-0 in Game 6 on Monday, there was only one thing missing: the actual trophy. Seriously. The actual Stanley Cup did not arrive at the United Center until after the end of the game, reportedly because of traffic and weather issues....Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
June 15, 2015  |  Discuss

PHOTOS: Stanley Cup goes through airport security

  Philip Pritchard checked his luggage at the airport Monday. But it wasn’t just any old suitcase.   Pritchard, better known as the “Keeper of the Cup,” is charged with caring for the Stanley Cup and making sure it’s present when an NHL team wins the iconic trophy. The Chicago Blackhawks have the chance to do that Monday night in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup...
Via NESN.com
June 15, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Ben Bishop blunder leads to easy Blackhawks goal

Comedian Dane Cook has a skit where he describes watching a pedestrian get hit by a car. You see what’s coming the entire time and want to yell something like “You’re about to get struck by a vehicle,” he says, but can only utter some type of unintelligible gibberish that does nothing to warn the helpless victim-to-be.   That’s how we imagine Tampa Bay Lightning coach...
Via NESN.com
June 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Can someone tell Stamkos the Stanley Cup Finals are on?

Tampa Bay's biggest star has been nowhere to be found in the Stanley Cup Finals. Can someone tell Steven Stamkos that the LIghtning need him? Like...now? The post Can Someone Tell Steven Stamkos That The Stanley Cup Finals Are On? appeared first on The Sports Fan Journal.
Via The Sports Fan Journal
June 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Are the Chicago Blackhawks officially in trouble?

Facing a 2-1 deficit in the Stanley Cup Finals, the Chicago Blackhawks are now forced to come up with a new gameplan versus Tampa Bay? They have no choice. The post Are The Chicago Blackhawks Officially In Trouble? appeared first on The Sports Fan Journal.
Via The Sports Fan Journal
June 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Steve Simmons suggests Steven Stamkos may want out of Tampa Bay

Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun penned a column this morning which suggested Steven Stamkos may have changed his mind about re-signing with Tampa Bay. He says Stamkos was once certain to re-sign with the club, but now may walk when he comes a free agent next year. Now there are at least rumblings. Now there is reason to wonder if Stamkos will want to stay in Tampa Bay on a team...
Via Puck Drunk Love
June 08, 2015  |  Discuss
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