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Tampa Bay Lightning: What ifs…

What if the only Triplet with real potential was Nikita Kucherov? What if Tyler Johnson wasn’t an elite two-way forward? What if Ondrej Palat was wildly overrated after a 20 assist season? What if Stamkos really was the only superstar on the team? What if the youth core can’t fill a single top 6 role? What if Andrej Sustr somehow gets worse? What if Brian Boyle can’t take every...
Via isportsweb.com
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

Can the Tampa Bay Lightning succeed without Ben Bishop?

The Tampa Bay Lightning are in salary trouble. Already up against the cap this year the team has five major players going into free agency come July. Young forwards Ondrej Palat, Tyler Johnson, and Jonathan Drouin are all restricted free agents while veteran forward Brian Boyle will be an unrestricted free agent. Perhaps the biggest upcoming free agent on the team is goaltender...
Via isportsweb.com
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Lightning start crucial road trip against Kings

LOS ANGELES -- At the start of the season, the Tampa Bay Lightning expected to be in the running for the Atlantic Division title and a contender to win the Stanley Cup. A major injury to their captain Steven Stamkos and below average performance from their defense and goaltending have them battling just to stay in post-season contention. Their Monday afternoon contest against the...
Via FOX Sports
16 hours ago

Martin St. Louis honored by Lightning as his No. 26 is retired

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Lightning have retired Martin St. Louis' uniform No. 26 -- the first player in franchise history to receive the honor.St. Louis was honored in a pregame ceremony Friday night before the Lightning played Columbus.A key member of Tampa Bay's 2004 Stanley Cup championship team, St. Louis holds the franchise record for points (953) and assists (588)...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Recap: Palat Leads Lightning Past Sabres, 4-2

The Tampa Bay Lightning downed the Buffalo Sabres 4-2 behind a three-point effort from Ondrej Palat on Thursday. Ben Bishop (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports) Palat tallied two goals and an assist and Ben Bishop made 24 saves in his return to the crease for the Lightning to earn an important two points over an Atlantic Division foe as the team looks to move into playoff contention...
Via The Hockey Writers
2 days ago

Lightning seek first win over Blue Jackets this season

TAMPA, Fla. -- Just as the Tampa Bay Lightning found their way back in to the win column, the Columbus Blue Jackets looking to return to the form that allowed them to win 16 consecutive games. Tampa Bay snapped a four-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday but have little time to savor the win column, getting right back on the ice to face a Columbus...
Via FOX Sports
3 days ago

Bishop returns, Palat gets 2 goals, Lightning top Sabres 4-2

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Ben Bishop made 24 saves in his return after missing nine games with a lower-body injury, Ondrej Palat had two goals and an assist, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-2 on Thursday night. Nikita Kucherov and Anton Stralman also scored for Tampa Bay, which stopped a four-game losing streak. Lightning center Brian Boyle (lower body, four games...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Lightning crack joke about Chargers new logo

As the entire social media world made fun of the Los Angeles Chargers’ new logo, one NHL team made sure that its time didn’t pass without getting involved. By now you already know the Chargers have announced they are relocating from San Diego to Los Angeles. With that came that release of what has to be considered a disastrous new logo. Courtesy of the Chargers on Twitter. ...
Via Sportsnaut
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Lightning: new year, same problems

I’ll declare a New Year’s resolution for the Tampa Bay Lightning: stay healthy. The Bolts ended 2016 on a strong note. They beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1 in the final game of the year. However, the team is carrying a plethora of issues into the new year with them. First and foremost, the Lightning are banged up. It seems like a name gets added to the injury report after every...
Via isportsweb.com
14 days ago  |  Discuss

98-year-old WWII veteran sings national anthem duet at Tampa Bay Lighting game

The Tampa Bay Lightning are having a pretty average start to the 2016-17 season, sitting on 35 points and in fourth place in the Atlantic Division today. None of that matters much though, as the Lightning gave us one of the better feel-good moments of 2016 on Tuesday night. The organization honored World War II veteran Robert McClintock, who flew the P-51 Mustang as a 17-year-old...
Via The Comeback
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Ben Bishop gets great cake for birthday

Ben Bishop recently turned 30 years old and to mark the occasion, he received a great birthday cake. During a game last month against the Maple Leafs, Bishop to a puck to the mask that resulted in the Lightning goalie losing two front teeth. Afterward, he had a little fun with the moment on Twitter. Hahahaha love it! https://t.co/juAUlPGHdi — Ben Bishop (@Benbishop30) October...
Via Larry Brown Sports
November 23, 2016  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Lightning’s J.T. Brown ejected from game, then destroys fan’s phone

The next time you see Tampa Bay Lightning forward J.T. Brown, you might want to keep your phone in your pocket. After helping lead a brawl between Brown’s Lightning and the Nashville Predators, Brown was sent to the locker room to wait out the remainder of the Predators’ impending win. On his way out, Brown made sure to get a piece of a fan’s phone. As this fan was heckling...
Via The Comeback
November 23, 2016  |  Discuss

Video: J.T. Brown smashes a fan’s phone after being ejected

Tampa Bay forward J.T. Brown wasn’t too happy after being ejected against the Nashville Predators on Monday night. Following a brawl with Nashville’s Ryan Ellis, Brown was escorted off the ice by an official. He barked at Nashville’s bench before knocking the phone out of the hands of a Predators fan. And here’s a look at the incident from the perspective of the fan: Do...
Via Puck Drunk Love
November 22, 2016  |  Discuss

WATCH: In enemy territory, Lightning fan gets Tyler Johnson’s stick in freak occurrence

When you are in a visiting arena, it can make for some tense moments. It probably shouldn’t be that way but that environment can be hostile. When a lone Tampa Bay Lightning fan was in the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, he got a great surprise courtesy of his favorite player, Tyler Johnson. Wow, Tyler Johnson sure knows how to take care of his fans. pic.twitter.com/ZlTuw4klns...
Via Puck Drunk Love
November 20, 2016  |  Discuss

Can the Lightning withstand a lengthy Stamkos absence?

To start off with the obvious, it sucks for the Lightning to lose Steven Stamkos. There’s no doubt it hurts them. By any measure, he’s one of the league’s most prolific scorers. Since entering the NHL, he’s been second only to Alex Ovechkin in terms of scoring rate. Despite prior injuries, he reached 300 goals at the age of 25 in a scoring-deprived era. He’s very good....
Via Puck Drunk Love
November 18, 2016  |  Discuss
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