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Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman cleared for contact

TAMPA, Fla. -- Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman continued to show progress in his recovery from a broken right finger by skating Wednesday morning in a regular practice jersey. Hedman, 23, had skated with a red jersey in recent days as he went about his rehab process. By wearing a regular jersey, it means he's cleared for contact. "I've been excited now for a couple weeks...
Via Fox Sports Florida
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

Yzerman and Cooper creating the “Lightning way” in Tampa Bay

Quietly head coach Jon Cooper has turned the Tampa Bay Lightning into one of the best defensive teams in the National Hockey League. Remember the old saying the best offense is a good defense, well not in Tampa Bay. For the Lightning the best defense is a good offense and they have been excelling at this style of play through the first 20 games of the NHL season. There has been a...
Via Puck Drunk Love
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Under Review – Previewing Marty’s Return to Tampa Bay

Allan Brown Tampa Bay Lightning Writer When Ryan Callahan returned to New York last week, Rangers fans were treated to a Jumbotron video heralding their former Captain’s career with the team. The Rangers faithful responded with not only thunderous applause, but with a standing ovation for Cally. It’s safe to say that former Lightning Captain Marty St. Louis won’t be received...
Via TopSportsReport
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Lightning show they can also win with defense

TAMPA, Fla. -- Sometimes, the personality must surprise. Sometimes, revealing depth of character is more impressive than confirming a reputation. Such was the case for the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night in a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild at Amalie Arena. They entered with an NHL-high 74 goals. They owned a profile as a group of offensive high flyers, a sort of Fun-N...
Via Fox Sports Florida
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Leafs players under criticism for avoiding stick salute following Thursday's win over Tampa Bay

The Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-2 yesterday, but players are still taking some scrutiny from the media for what happened following the regulation horn. In the past, the club has always had a regular tradition of saluting the fans following home wins. Last night though, there was no salute. Watch here.  Some players raised their sticks half-way in the air,...
Via Hockey Fan Land
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Game Gifs: CBJ vs. TBL (11/8/14)

Gifs from the high-scoring Tampa Bay game in which Nabakov and score effects made the Blue Jackets look infinitely better on the scoreboard than they actually were. Full album of the gifs here. First Period 0-1 TBL: TBL: (5:46) J.T. Brown (1) ASST: Jason Garrison (6), Andrej Sustr (2) 0-2 TBL: TBL: (6:07) Cedric Paquette (3) ASST: Jonathan Drouin (5), Vladislav Namestnikov (3)...
Via BS Hockey
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Effort lacking as Rangers blown out by Callahan, Lightning

Ryan Callahan made his return known to the Rangers, potting two goals –including the eventual game winner– as the Tampa Bay Lightning blew out the New York Rangers 5-1. This game could have been a lot worse, as I can count at least two other opportunities where Henrik Lundqvist came up huge, including once in […] The post Effort lacking as Rangers blown out by Callahan, Lightning...
Via Blue Seat Blogs
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Lightning's Callahan torches Rangers in first game back in New York

  Ryan Callahan scored two goals in his first game against his former New York Rangers teammates, and the surging Tampa Bay Lightning rode another big offensive outburst to a 5-1 victory Monday night. Callahan netted the second of Tampa Bay's two first-period goals and then closed the scoring with 2:51 left in the game for the Lightning, who lead the NHL with 71 goals in 19...
Via AP on Fox
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 18: Callahan, Boyle, Stralman return to MSG

Tonight’s game against the Tamp Bay Lightning comes with some added drama. Former captain Ryan Callahan, Brian Boyle, and Anton Stralman all make their MSG returns after departing the club last season. Cally left in the MSL trade, and Boyle/Stralman joined him via free agency. Cally played most of his first eight years in New […] The post Game 18: Callahan, Boyle, Stralman return...
Via Blue Seat Blogs
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Homecoming Night at the Garden

Tonight, Anton Stralman, Brian Boyle and Ryan Callahan will take to the ice at MSG for the first time as members of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Although Stralman and Boyle were important pieces to the Rangers run to the Finals last June, all eyes will be on Callahan, the Rangers 4th round pick in 2004 turned 26th captain of the New York Rangers in 2011. Callahan predictably attempted...
Via NY Rangers Blog
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Lightning at New York Rangers game preview

TV: Sun Sports Time: Pregame coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. The Tampa Bay Lightning got back on track by snapping the winning streak of one of the New York Rangers' area rivals. They'll try to jump back atop the Eastern Conference on Monday night when they visit a Rangers team struggling lately to get in the win column. The game promises to be an emotional reunion for several...
Via AP on Fox
9 days ago  |  Discuss

'Sophomore slump' not applicable to Lightning's Tyler Johnson

TAMPA, Fla. -- Tyler Johnson treats the notion of the sophomore slump like an article of trash to be crumpled and discarded. He doesn't believe in it. He views the label as something to be placed as far out his consciousness as possible.  Saying that is one thing, but carrying out the act is a difficult task that requires mental and physical discipline. Glance at the Tampa...
Via Fox Sports Florida
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Paquette scores key goal as Lightning snap Islanders' win streak

  Cedric Paquette scored a tiebreaking goal late in the first period, and the Tampa Bay Lightning snapped the New York Islanders' five-game winning streak with a 5-2 victory on Saturday night. Ryan Callahan, Valtteri Filppula, Tyler Johnson and Radko Gudas also scored for the Lightning, 7-1-1 over their last nine games. Jason Garrison had two assists, and Ben Bishop improved...
Via AP on Fox
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Lightning Injury Update: Palat suffers lower-body injury, questionable for tonight's game

Left-winger Ondrej Palat of the Tampa Bay Lightning sustained a lower-body injury but has said he is ready to play Saturday night's game against the New York Islanders, according to the Tampa Bay Times. #483436469 / gettyimages.com Palat sustained his injury during the third period of Thursday night's game against the San Jose Sharks. Lightning coach Jon Cooper said per the Lightning...
Via Sports Injury Alert
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Lightning Injury Update: Tyler Johnson leaves game

Tampa Bay Lightning's center Tyler Johnson did not return for the rest of the third period of Tuesday night's game against the Chicago Blackhawks.#452301681 / gettyimages.comJohnson took a cross-check to the midsection from Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook. According to Pro Hockey Talk, Seabrook was assessed a minor penalty for cross-checking on the play. Johnson had...
Via Sports Injury Alert
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Steven Stamkos: Right Leg ‘May Never’ Feel Like It Did Before Injury

It may not seem like Steven Stamkos still thinks about his right leg when he takes the ice for the Tampa Bay Lightning. The superstar center ranks among the NHL leaders with 10 goals and has a great chance to win the third Maurice Richard Trophy of his young career. With that said, it won’t ever be easy for Stamkos to forget about the horrific injury he suffered on Nov. 10, 2013...
Via NESN.com
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Former Lightning Coach Guy Boucher Named Canada’s Coach for Spengler

Hockey Canada has named former Tampa Bay Lightning coach Guy Boucher as the newest bench boss for the Canadian national team at the Spengler Cup in December. Boucher is currently the head coach of SC Bern of the National A League in Switzerland after a stint with the Lightning from 2010-13. Previously, Boucher was an assistant coach with Canada’s U-18 hockey program in 2006...
Via The Hockey House
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Around the NHL: Lightning striking, Girardi's scary night and more

  Steven Stamkos, Ben Bishop and company are rolling.  Since losing 7-2 to Minnesota on October 25th, the Tampa Bay Lightning have won six straight games and lead the Atlantic Division by two points over Montreal. Stamkos scored two more goals on Sunday in the team's 4-3 win over Detriot giving him a team leading 10 goals on the year. Bishop has won five of the six games...
Via Flyerdelphia
16 days ago  |  Discuss

The Emerging Powerhouse In Tampa Bay

To understand why the Tampa Bay Lightning are poised to become an elite NHL team we have to take a brief trip back to the 2007 – 08 season. Only three years removed from their momentous Stanley Cup run, they iced the same elite core that led them to the Holy Grail of Hockey and a […] The post The Emerging Powerhouse In Tampa Bay appeared first on Two Pad Stack.
Via Two Pad Stack
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Morning After: Lightning strikes in costly penalty

There were no penalties called in the first period. In the second, nine were called between the two teams. But it was a late third-period penalty for too-many-men that proved most costly to the Flyers. Ironically, it was also one of the few that they agreed with following a 4-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night. "We’ve been a disciplined team all year and...
Via Flyerdelphia
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Lightning finds spark with creative line combo

The line blender turns on for many reasons during the course of an NHL season. Impatience by the coach, bad chemistry among linemates, stagnant offense or defensive responsibility are among the many of the reasons line combinations get mixed.But sometimes, necessity is the mother of invention to whip up some chemistry. That happened for the trio of Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat and...
Via Hockey Fan Land
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Lightning’s Victor Hedman To Miss At Least A Month With Broken Finger

The Tampa Bay Lightning are off to a strong start, but they’ll have to go at least a month without one of their top defensemen. Victor Hedman will undergo surgery Tuesday and miss 4-6 weeks after breaking his finger while blocking a shot Saturday night, the team announced Monday. The former second overall pick in the 2009 NHL draft had a career year last season, scoring 13 goals...
Via NESN.com
October 20, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Stamkos breaks stick, still gets assist on play

By BTS Team, Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning had himself quite the game against the Canucks Saturday night accumulating 2 goals and 1 amazing assist. Although the goals were nice, it’s the assist that he had that really stood out. During the 2nd period, Stamkos took a hard slap shot on goal and shattered his stick into pieces.  Steven then quickly went to the bench and...
Via Beyond The Spread
October 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Lightning Injury Update: Jonathan Drouin to play in AHL after slow recovery

It looks like Tampa Bay Lightning winger Jonathan Drouin's NHL debut will wait even longer than he or the organization had hoped. According to BoltsByTheBay.com, Drouin will be sent to AHL affiliate Syracuse for a few games for conditioning.#182292247 / gettyimages.comDue to his injury (right thumb), Drouin is eligible for an AHL assignment even though he is only 19. Normally...
Via Sports Injury Alert
October 16, 2014  |  Discuss
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