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Martin St. Louis Captures Second Art Ross Trophy in 5-3 Loss to Florida Panthers
April 28th, 2013 at 3:10 AM
***VIDEO1*** Tonight, the Southeast Division ended with a whimper. It seems fitting that the division so often called "SouthLeast" would close with a meaningless game between the two teams based in the Sunshine State. These teams will still be division "rivals" next year as part of the so-called "Flortheast", juxtaposing the Tampa Bay...

Tuukka Rask and Boston Bruins Shut Down, Shut Out Tampa Bay Lightning 2-0
April 26th, 2013 at 3:16 PM
***VIDEO1*** For this one, go ahead and fall back on your favorite goaltending cliche. How about, "show me a good goaltender and I'll show you a good coach." The good folks over at Stanley Cup of Chowder have already investigated that angle with Claude Julien and the Bruins. Then there's, "your goalie has...

Tampa Bay Lightning Build, Hold Lead in 5-2 Win Over Toronto Maple Leafs
April 25th, 2013 at 3:06 AM
***VIDEO1*** All too often this season, the Tampa Bay Lightning have spotted opponents multiple-goal leads, forcing themselves into risky aggressive plays as they constantly try to battle their way back into games, expending a lot of energy along the way. On Wednesday night at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, the Lightning finally...

Tampa Bay Lightning Fall Behind Early, Lose to Carolina Hurricanes 3-2
April 23rd, 2013 at 2:06 AM
***VIDEO1*** The Tampa Bay Lightning ran into some bad luck early and dug themselves a hole they wouldn't climb out of on Saturday night against the Carolina Hurricanes. Alex Semin opened the scoring for the Canes just 16 seconds into the period after Steven Stamkos was stripped of the puck behind his...

Tampa Bay Lightning Commit Too Many Errors, Waste Good Effort Against Montreal Canadiens
April 19th, 2013 at 2:16 AM
***VIDEO1*** The Tampa Bay Lightning committed too many untimely and costly errors on Thursday night in Quebec versus the Montreal Canadiens. Despite hanging with one of the elite teams in the Eastern Conference (and a future division rival) for much of the night, the Lightning committed mistake after mistake to hand Montreal...

Winnipeg Jets Edge Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 in Shootout
April 17th, 2013 at 2:02 AM
***VIDEO1*** In what has become a growing, unsettling trend, the Tampa Bay Lightning ceded an early lead to their opponent and fell just short in a late comeback bid. The Winnipeg Jets controlled play for 2 and a half periods, dominating puck possession, shot attempts, and scoring chances while the Lightning chased...

Tampa Bay Lightning and Washington Capitals Put on a Score Effects Clinic
April 14th, 2013 at 3:35 PM
***VIDEO1*** Score effects are a fairly easy "fancy stat" to grasp, because logically they make sense and they aren't tied directly to math. When an NHL team generates a substantial lead, that team tends to sit back a bit and not force the issue on offense. Conversely, the team down by a...

Tampa Bay Lightning Flattened by Playoff-Bound Pittsburgh Penguins
April 12th, 2013 at 11:58 AM
***VIDEO1*** The Pittsburgh Penguins are headed for the 1st seed in the Eastern Conference when the Stanley Cup Playoffs begin. The Tampa Bay Lightning are headed for a lottery pick. Last night's match-up between these two clubs went about how you would expect it to. Pittsburgh dominated play all night long, outshooting the Bolts...

Tampa Bay Lightning Thrive on Power Play in 3-2 Win Over Ottawa Senators
April 10th, 2013 at 2:27 AM
***VIDEO1*** Another ugly game at even strength actually turned into a win for the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night in Tampa against the Ottawa Senators. Despite being heavily outshot all night at even strength, the Lightning penalty kill was solid and the power play scored twice to give Ben Bishop 3...

Tampa Bay Lightning Weekend Wrap: Bolts Drop Pair of 4-2 Decisions to New York Islanders, Washington Capitals
April 9th, 2013 at 2:21 PM
***VIDEO1*** The Tampa Bay Lightning, under new head coach Jon Cooper and new starting goaltender Ben Bishop, showed some signs of weakness this weekend with two losses in both ends of a set of back-to-back games on the road on Long Island against the New York Islanders and in D.C. against...

Tampa Bay Lightning Ride Newly Acquired Goaltender Ben Bishop to 5-0 Thrashing of Carolina Hurricanes
April 4th, 2013 at 11:51 PM
***VIDEO1*** The game was actually a lot closer than the final score seems to indicate. Sure, that's said quite a bit in the NHL, but in reality, the Bolts found themselves chasing the play a bit in the first and second periods. They were thoroughly out-possessed and outshot for much of the...

Tampa Bay Lightning Rally Twice to Defeat New Jersey Devils in Shootout
March 30th, 2013 at 3:02 PM
***VIDEO1*** Despite falling behind twice by two goals -- the Tampa Bay Lightning never quit on rookie NHL coach Jon Cooper and tied the game up twice, including once with less than a minute remaining, to keep faint playoff hopes alive and give Jon Cooper a victory in his first game...

Tampa Bay Lightning Give Solid Effort, Minimize Mistakes in 2-1 Win Over Buffalo Sabres
March 27th, 2013 at 1:59 AM
***VIDEO1*** As is common with struggling NHL teams, one thing the Tampa Bay Lightning have lacked all season is consistency. A strong offensive effort would be wasted by a poor defensive one, or vice versa, and all of a sudden a 6-1 start to the year turned sour fast and ended with...

Tampa Bay Lightning Collapse Early, Fall Short in Comeback Effort in 5-3 Loss to Ottawa Senators
March 23rd, 2013 at 8:03 PM
***VIDEO1*** Through two periods, the Tampa Bay Lightning looked like one of the worst teams in the NHL -- for one, they took advantage of a relaxed opponent but didn't have enough time left to even the score as they fell to the Ottawa Senators 4-3 in Ottawa this afternoon. None of...

Tampa Bay Lightning Lose Anders Lindback to Injury in 4-2 Loss to Toronto Maple Leafs
March 21st, 2013 at 1:48 AM
***VIDEO1*** For the Tampa Bay Lightning this shortened season, the hits just keep on coming. Every team has had their fair share of injuries during this lockout-shortened season. Just take a quick look at Southeast Division rival Florida to see a team that has struggled mightily due to a rash of injuries...

Steven Stamkos Scores 200th Career NHL Goal in 4-2 Tampa Bay Lightning Win Over the Philadelphia Flyers
March 18th, 2013 at 11:58 PM
***VIDEO1*** Just when you thought this team was out of it for good, the Tampa Bay Lightning put out another winning effort and leap-frog over a team ahead of them in the crowded Eastern Conference standings. A pair of wins at home over the Carolina Hurricanes and now the Philadelphia Flyers have...

Tampa Bay Lightning Defeat Carolina Hurricanes 4-1 Thanks to Rookies, Mathieu Garon
March 17th, 2013 at 1:52 PM
***VIDEO1*** When Adam Hall was waived and then claimed by the Carolina Hurricanes, a lot of people were puzzled by the move. One of the better defensive forwards on the roster and the team's only faceoff specialist, he was well liked in the locker room and by the fans for his work ethic...

Tampa Bay Lightning Shutout by Evgeni Nabokov, New York Islanders in 2-0 Loss
March 15th, 2013 at 2:02 AM
The preview of tonight's match-up at home versus the New York Islanders featured this nugget of a stat from ESPN: They [New York Islanders] are 9-2-1 when scoring at least one power play goal compared to 2-10-2 when they don't. The Islanders went 1/7 on the man advantage against the Bolts in...

Tampa Bay Lightning Ride Anders Lindback to 3-2 Win Over Florida Panthers
March 12th, 2013 at 10:58 PM
***VIDEO1*** When the last second ticked off the clock, a quick glance at the shot count might make you squint, rub your eyes, or check your glasses. But no, the shot count was right. The Florida Panthers outshot the Tampa Bay Lightning 39-13 on Tuesday night in Sunrise, and the Bolts somehow...

Tampa Bay Lightning Lose 2-1 to Winnipeg Jets, Drop Opportunity to Gain Ground in Crowded Playoff Picture
March 8th, 2013 at 11:46 AM
***VIDEO1*** On a night when you're playing a division rival at home that you've dominated over the past few seasons, the same night the team leading your division is playing the best team in the conference, you have to win. Tonight was an important opportunity squandered for the Tampa Bay Lightning against...