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NHL Playoffs: Canadiens nab overtime win over Lightning in sloppy Game 1

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Dale Weise (left) and P.K. Subban celebrated after Weise won the game for Montreal in overtime. (Mike Carlson/Getty Images)

Montreal’s Dale Weise (22) and P.K. Subban celebrated after Weise’s game-winner in OT. (Mike Carlson/Getty Images)

By Brian Cazeneuve

It wasn’t a huge surprise that the series opener between the Canadiens and the Lightning went to overtime, but the score itself was a bit of a stunner. After the teams combined for 11 goals in four games during the regular season, the clubs scored nine on Wednesday night in a 5-4 win for Montreal. Veteran forward Danny Briere set up Dale Weise at 18:08 of the extra period to end a mistake-filled Game 1. If there was a surprise during the contest, it was the significant number of errors made by two teams who had worked hard to keep mistakes to a minimum during the season.

Some thoughts on the Canadiens’ series-opening victory:

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  • Published On Apr 17, 2014
  • 2014 NHL playoffs preview: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Montreal Canadiens

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    Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens faces Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Ligntning

    The showdown between Carey Price (left) and Steven Stamkos (right) will be a key to the series. (Scott Audette/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    Regular season recaps

    Nov. 12: Lightning 2, Canadiens 1 (SO)

    Dec. 28: Canadiens 2, Lightning 1 (SO)

    Feb. 1: Lightning 2, Canadiens 1 (OT)

    April 1: Lightning 3, Canadiens 1

    Notable injuries

    Lightning: G Ben Bishop (wrist, day-to-day), F Ondrej Palat (upper body, day-to-day), F Valtteri Filppula (lower body, day-to-day), F Ryan Malone (personal/legal, day-to-day)

    Canadiens: F Travis Moen (concussion, out indefinitely), F Alex Galchenyuk (lower body, out indefinitely), F Brandon Prust (upper body, day-to-day)

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  • Published On Apr 15, 2014
  • UPDATED: Lightning’s Ryan Malone arrested on DUI, cocaine charges

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    Ryan Malone

    Lightning forward Ryan Malone’s frustrating season has taken a shocking turn with his arrest. (Bill Streicher/Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

    Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Malone was arrested early Saturday morning on charges of DUI and cocaine possession, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

    The arrest report, including Malone’s mug shot, can be seen here.

    “We are aware of the situation concerning Ryan Malone this morning,” general manager Steve Yzerman said in a statement. “Ryan will not travel with the team to Washington today, but beyond that we cannot comment further at this time.”

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  • Published On Apr 12, 2014
  • Lightning goalie Kristers Gudlevskis makes history with his first NHL start

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    Kristers Gudlevskis has played in the ECHL, AHL, NHL and Olympics, all in the same season. (Scott Audette/Getty Images)

    By Darian Somers 

    Kristers Gudlevskis is making history with his start in a Tampa Bay Lightning jersey tonight.

    He is the first goalie to play in the ECHL, AHL, NHL and Olympics all in the same season, completing the feat in game No. 81 for the Bolts.

    Taken in the 2013 NHL draft in the fifth round, Gudlevskis began the season with the ECHL’s Florida Everblades, winning seven of his eleven games played with a 1.83 goals against average. After that, Gudlevskis played in 34 games with the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch, going 18-11-4, including five shutouts.

    His Olympic experience came when he nearly helped Latvia beat Canada in the first round of elimination play. In a 2-1 loss, Gudlevskis held Canada at bay for much of the game, making a total of 55 saves in the loss, and somewhat gaining him stardom in Lativa.

    Gudlevskis could have a meaningful stay in Tampa as Ben Bishop is out for the remainder of the regular season and possibly some of the playoffs after suffering an arm injury in the Bolts’ last game.


  • Published On Apr 11, 2014
  • Tampa Bay’s Ondřej Palát knocks in a dreaded own goal

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    Photo: AP Photo/Chris O'Meara

    Despite Ondrej Palat’s gaffe, the Lightning still beat the Flyers, 4-2. Photo: AP Photo/Chris O’Meara

    By Mike McMahon

    Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ondřej Palát has been one of the most electrifying rookies to watch this season, with his 22 goals and 36 assists putting him squarely in the Calder Trophy conversation. On Thursday night, he scored another goal, but this one won’t go in the books as number 23 — because it went into his team’s net:

    Flyers forward Sean Couturier, who coincidentally was Palát’s linemate when they played in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, was credited with the goal that tipped off of Palát’s stick and went over the shoulder of Lightning goaltender Anders Lindback.

    Tampa Bay ended up winning the game anyway, 4-2. It’s seems, though, that the Lightning’s often electric offense is fairly proficient at putting biscuits into either net. Just ask captain Steven Stamkos, who deposited one into his own basket with a delayed penalty in one of the more bizarre plays you will see.

     


  • Published On Apr 10, 2014
  • GIF: Lightning goalie Ben Bishop leaves game vs. Leafs with upper-body injury

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    By Darian Somers

    Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop left Tuesday’s game with an apparent arm injury after falling to the ice trying to make a save about five minutes into the first period.

    Bishop had to be helped off the ice and was replaced by Anders Lindback.

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  • Published On Apr 08, 2014
  • Lightning goalie Big Ben Bishop, pint-sized Darren Pang swap pads

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    By Michael Blinn

    On Monday, the Tampa Bay Lightning set Twitter on fire when they sent out a picture of Ben Bishop, their 6-foot-7 goalie, alongside Darren Pang, the 5-foot-5 former NHL netminder who now analyzes the game in the broadcast booth. The juxtaposition of two such differently sized people is always hilarious, but the duo kicked it up a notch by swapping their equipment. Bishop, wearing Pang’s old Chicago Blackhawks gear from the 1980s, looked like a teenaged player in the midst of a growth spurt, while Pang looked like a grade schooler trying on his father’s pads after donning Bishop’s already oversized pillows.

    The pair eventually moved on from the wardrobe malfunction and hit the ice for even more equally hilarious photo ops. Read More…


  • Published On Apr 08, 2014
  • SHANABANNED! Habs’ Douglas Murray suspended three games for head shot

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    By Allan Muir

    The post-assault apology was appreciated by his victim, but it didn’t earn Douglas Murray any leniency from the NHL’s Department of Player Safety. The DoPS cops dinged the Montreal Canadiens defenseman three games for his ridiculous head shot on Tampa Bay’s Mike Kostka on Tuesday night.

    Kostka was concussed by the hit and has no return date in sight. Both factors played into the ruling. According to Lightning beat writer Missy Zielinski, it took Kostka 20 minutes to realize what was going on around him and he had no recollection of the hit.

    He did, however, appreciate Murray’s apology. “Classy move,” Kostka said. “I don’t think he had malicious intent, but … it was a pretty nasty scary looking hit. I’m thankful I’m standing today.”

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  • Published On Apr 03, 2014
  • GIF: Steven Stamkos scores a goal on his own net on a delayed penalty

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    By Nick Stoico

    Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos is one of the most electric goal scorers in the NHL. His ability to always find the back of the net is impeccable, as evidenced by his 23 goals in 28 games this season, but this skill may not always play out into his favor.

    On a delayed penalty against the Buffalo Sabres, Stamkos managed to put the biscuit in the basket … it just happened to be the wrong one.  He banked the puck off the side board in the offensive end and all the way down the ice into the empty net at the other end – talk about great accuracy.

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  • Published On Mar 29, 2014
  • Lightning, Islanders go 13 rounds in shootout that features goals, ejection

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    By Mike McMahon

    The shootout is often referred to as “the skills competition” by fans, and the ones who were at the Lightning-Islanders matchup at  the Tampa Bay Times Forum got to see plenty of. It took 26 shooters to finally get Lightning a 3-2 win, and there was plenty of excitement to be had in the NHL’s longest shootout of the season. Here’s some of the highlights.

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  • Published On Mar 28, 2014


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