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Playoffs A Dream For Tampa Bay Lightning To Close 2015

Seven months and three days ago the Tampa Bay Lightning were flying high, having captured the Eastern Conference crown and a berth into the 2015 Stanley Cup finals. Fast forward to now. The Bolts currently sit three points out of a playoff spot after losing three of their past five games inside the friendly confines of Amalie Arena. That includes …

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Steven Stamkos’ Future in Tampa Is Stormy

The reigning Eastern Conference Champion Tampa Bay Lightning’s follow up campaign hasn’t exactly gone according to plan this season. Tampa has been battling the injury bug all year, with names like Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat, Cedric Paquette, Ryan Callahan, and Nikita Kucherov all having spent time on the injury list (some still are). When the Lightning are healthy, they are …

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Slow Start Puts Tampa Bay Lightning In Difficult Position

What a difference a year can make. Last season, the Tampa Bay Lightning shocked many in the hockey world by making it all the way to the Stanley Cup finals before falling short against the more experienced Chicago Blackhawks. Coming into the new season, hockey analysts everywhere had them predicted as being Atlantic Division champions and it wasn’t supposed to …

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Tampa Bay Lightning 2015-16 Season Preview

For the Tampa Bay Lightning, the 2015 offseason was much shorter than it’s been in previous years. The Bolts exceeded expectations by winning the Eastern Conference, yet fell a tad short in their quest to capture the greatest trophy in all of sports-Lord Stanley’s Cup. In 2015-16′ they hope to finish what they began last postseason. If that occurs, they’ll …

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Shades of Grey: Hope and Fear Intertwined for the 2015-16 Lightning

We’re baaaaaaaaaaaaaaacccccckkkk!!!!!! It’s hockey season again, folks! And boy, am I excited. But enough about me. We’re here to talk about one thing. And that’s the Tampa Bay Lightning. Say what you will about the success of last season (of which there was a great amount), but the end of it was heartbreaking. Losing to the freaking Chicago Blackhawks was the …

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Steven Stamkos Delivers Knockout Punch to Bruins

“Celebrate good times, come on!” That’s one of the many songs likely running through the heads of Tampa Bay Lightning fans following Sunday night’s 5-3 win over the “big, bad” Boston Bruins. How bad? Put it this way, the Bruins had extended dominance over the Lightning. It had gotten to the point where some Lightning fans had forgotten what a …

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Tampa Bay Lightning Fan Support Stretches Beyond Home Games

What a difference one year can make. This time last season, the Tampa Bay Lightning were exactly where they are now, occupying a playoff spot. Home games at the Tampa Bay Times Forum (now renamed Amalie Arena) presented a playoff atmosphere, with fans showing their pride in many different ways. There was the small, yet vocal contingent which occupied section …

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Tampa Bay Lightning Enduring Playoff Defining Month

For the Tampa Bay Lightning, February presents an important test. Playing against Western Conference teams, many of whom are considered to be bigger and tougher, the Eastern Conference leading Lightning can make a statement by earning points in a good chunk of these games. So far, so good. It may be a relatively small sample size, but the Lightning have …

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Lightning Blue Line Depth Being Tested

Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper seemed to choose his words very carefully when talking Saturday about defenseman Jason Garrison’s “lower-body” injury. From what I can surmise, it sounds like Garrison, one of four Tampa Bay defensemen who averages more than 20 minutes of ice time per game, could be out for an extended period of time. Here’s what he …

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Steven Stamkos Envisions Remaining With Lightning Long-Term

Rejoice Tampa Bay Lightning fans! After a summer full of teasing by numerous Canadian based media outlets, it sounds as if beloved team captain and NHL superstar Steven Stamkos has no interest in jetting home full time. Quite the opposite in fact, as was eluded to during NHL All Star Media Day on Friday. Steven Stamkos says similar to Kane …

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