Found January 20, 2014 on Fox Sports Florida:
BRANDON, Fla. -- After another practice during a seamless transition, Valtteri Filppula tried to explain why his new environment has become a fast fit. This was early Friday afternoon, a little more than 12 hours after the Tampa Bay Lightning center recorded an assist in a shootout loss to the New York Islanders at Tampa Bay Times Forum. The point added to a streak of eight goals and nine assists in his past 16 games -- further proof that the Bolts signing him to a five-year, $25-million deal in free agency last July has allowed them to become a bona fide contender in the Eastern Conference. Filppula's presence is proof of a franchise in motion. The 29-year-old native of Vantaa, Finland, was inked as a second-line center following eight seasons with the Detroit Red Wings because former Tampa Bay staple Vinny Lecavalier was bought out last June and later signed with the Philadelphia Flyers. Six months ago, Lecavalier's legacy loomed large within the franchise that made him fa...

Lightning winger Martin St. Louis named NHL first star

TAMPA, Fla. -- The NHL recognized Marty St. Louis' historic week. The Tampa Bay Lightning winger was named the league's first star Monday, after he scored five goals and recorded eight points for the week ending Sunday. St. Louis started the stretch with points in each of his first three games, with assists against the Columbus Blue Jackets last Monday and the New York Rangers...

Lightning beat Hurricanes, tied for lead in division

As Tampa Bay played its second set of back-to-back games in less than a week, Ben Bishop proved to be the team’s backbone on Sunday. The Lightning used an opportunistic offense and a career-high 48 saves from Bishop to knock off Carolina 5-3 in front of an announced crowd of 16,760 at PNC Arena, Tampa Bay’s sixth consecutive victory in the Hurricanes’ home venue and seventh...

Barberio's 2 goals lift Lightning past Canes, into 1st-place tie

Mark Barberio scored his first two career goals and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Carolina Hurricanes 5-3 on Sunday to move into a tie for first place in the Atlantic Division. Ondrej Palat had a goal and two assists, and he and Barberio scored 1:23 apart during the Lightning's three-goal first period that also included a goal from Nikita Kucherov. Teddy Purcell also scored...

Mark Barberio scores first career goals as Lightning top Hurricanes

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Mark Barberio can finally get a haircut. The Tampa Bay defenseman scored his first two career goals, and the Lightning beat the Carolina Hurricanes 5-3 on Sunday to move into a tie for first place in the Atlantic Division. Barberio promised himself as a minor leaguer two years ago that he wouldn't cut his hair until he made it to the NHL and scored there...

Lightning-Hurricanes Preview

Martin St. Louis is finding the back of the net time and time again for Tampa Bay. Unfortunately for the Lightning, his scoring bursts haven't always led to wins lately. After his team came up short despite the first four-goal game of his career, St. Louis will look to help the Lightning avoid their first three-game skid in nearly two months Sunday on the road against the Carolina...

Game 48 By the Numbers: Lightning at Hurricanes

This article on Alex Semin posted today seems a little ironic now because the theme of process vs. results perfectly describes the Hurricanes 5-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning. There wasn't much to complain about with the Hurricanes effort or compete level and they didn't leave anything on the ice either. They fired a whopping 97 shots at the net and force Ben Bishop to...
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