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Lightning leaving hockey world wondering at NHL draft

Tampa Bay Online The Lightning doesn't have a top-five pick in this weekend's NHL draft, selecting 27th overall in tonight's first round, but few teams are inspiring as much intrigue around the First Niagara Center.
  • 3 days ago

What the NHL's new Las Vegas team means for the Lightning

Tampa Bay Online The NHL's first expansion since 2000 -- when Minnesota and Columbus each paid $80 million -- means an expansion draft will be held in June 2017. And that will provide a challenge for all teams, including the Lightning.
  • 4 days ago
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Lightning's Steve Yzerman seeks clarity on Steven Stamkos situation by weekend

Tampa Bay Online Steve Yzerman said Monday he hopes to have some clarity by this weekend on Steven Stamkos, 26, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent July 1.
  • 6 days ago
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Jones: Lightning falls just short of goal

Tampa Bay Online The Lightning's season of destiny came one goal short of its mission, one game shy of a return trip to the Stanley Cup, columnist Tom Jones writes. Not even the stunning return of Steven Stamkos could push the Lightning closer to its dream.
  • 31 days ago
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Jones: Lightning needs Andrei Vasilevskiy to turn in best-ever game pronto

Tampa Bay Online Most, not all, of the Lightning's players were on the ice last year during a Game 7 win at the Rangers. One player who did not play will be the most important player for the Lightning, columnist Tom Jones writes.
  • 32 days ago
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At least it wasn't Vladislav: Baby girl named after Lightning's Nikita Kucherov

Tampa Bay Online Eric Franklin suggested that he and pregnant wife Laine name their baby after the first Lightning player to score a goal at a game they attended last year. Eight months later, Nikita Annette Franklin was born at 5:48 a.m. Tuesday at Florida Hospital Tampa.
  • 33 days ago
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Fennelly: Lightning effort for first 40 minutes vs. Penguins inexcusable

Tampa Bay Online Whatever happened to its mental toughness that got it here? How do you not show up for two periods? History suggests this team is very good at Game 7s, and Martin Fennelly says they'll have to be just that on Thursday.
  • 33 days ago
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It takes months of work by the Tampa Bay Lightning to make it loud for the playoffs

Tampa Bay Online The Lightning says the point of the giveaways is simple: to create an experience fans can't get by watching games on their big-screen TVs at home. But it takes planning.
  • 34 days ago
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Rallies in Game 5 victory again reflect Lightning's grit

Tampa Bay Online Time and time again Sunday night, Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final, kept getting away from the Lightning. Because of it, this Stanley Cup-or-bust season was moving ever so close to being a bust. But the Lightning wouldn't allow it. Of course it didn't. This amazing team refuses to let this amazing postseason go down without a fight.
  • 35 days ago
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'There's only one Andrei': Bolts' Vasilevskiy doesn't lack confidence

Tampa Bay Online The Lightning has confidence in Andrei Vasilevskiy, having seen him rise to the occasion in relief of Ben Bishop in last season's Stanley Cup final against the Blackhawks.
  • 42 days ago
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Fennelly: For Lightning's Brian Boyle, winning and family go hand in hand

Tampa Bay Online Lightning center Brian Boyle enjoys being part of a large, raucous crowd. Oh, and his hockey team, too.
  • 47 days ago
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Jones: 5 things we learned in Lightning-Islanders series

Tampa Bay Online The Lightning is halfway to a Stanley Cup after dispatching the Red Wings and Islanders in the opening two rounds of the playoffs. So what did we find out in the second round? Columnist Tom Jones offers some observations.
  • 48 days ago
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Jones: Sure, they're down two key players -- but they've downed two playoff foes, too

Tampa Bay Online While Lightning coach Jon Cooper said the loss of Steven Stamkos and Anton Stralman for the playoffs would be devastating, he also said it's not over. Columnist Tom Jones says the way this team has come together is remarkable.
  • 49 days ago
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