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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
  • Watch: Tampa Bay Lightning’s Steven Stamkos swings his stick and scores!

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    Steven Stamkos showed off why he's a star with a spectacular goal vs. Ottawa. (Scott Audette/Getty Images)

    Steven Stamkos showed off why he’s a superstar with a spectacular goal vs. Ottawa. (Scott Audette/Getty Images)

    By Mike McMahon

    With Opening Day in Major League Baseball just around the corner, it appears that Tampa Bay Lightning sniper Steven Stamkos has been working on his swing.

    In the third period of the Lightning’s matchup against the Ottawa Senators, Tampa Bay forward Ondrej Palat hit the crossbar, sending the puck straight up into the air. Stamkos was there to bat it into the net with Senators goaltender Robin Lehner caught as a spectator

    The goal was initially waved off by the refs for a high-stick, but further review overturned the call and tied the game at three.

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  • Published On Mar 24, 2014
  • Tampa Bay Lightning honor 2004 Stanley Cup-winning squad

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    By Darian Somers

    Several former Lightning managers, coaches and players, including ex-captain Dave Andreychuk, returned to Tampa to celebrate the 2004 Stanley Cup championship team on Monday night.

    In that epic series, the Lightning and the Calgary Flames traded wins in the first four games. After returning to Tampa for Game 5, Oleg Saprykin lifted the Flames in overtime despite the Bolts tying the score with 37 seconds left. Game 6 would go down as one of the most memorable for Tampa Bay — and painful for the Flames. Some Calgary fans, to this day, believe that Martin Gelinas scored in third period to give Calgary a lead. However, the NHL ruled the puck didn’t cross the goal line despite a somewhat convincing ABC camera angle. Later on that night, Martin St. Louis forced Game 7 with a goal 37 seconds into double OT. In Game 7, Ruslan Fedtenko played the hero, scoring twice as the Bolts edged the Flames, 2-1.

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  • Published On Mar 17, 2014
  • Ben Bishop sets new single-season wins record in Tampa Bay

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    Goalie Ben Bishop has posted a .929 save percentage, the third-best in the NHL. (Scott Audette/Getty Images)

    By Darian Somers

    Ben Bishop added another bullet point to his Vezina Trophy resume — the single-season Tampa Bay Lightning wins record.

    With the Bolts’ 3-0 victory over the Devils, Bishop earned his 31st win, giving him one more than previous record holder Nikolai Khabibulin, who won 30 games back in 2002-03. Bishop blanked New Jersey by turning aside 23 shots for his fifth shutout of the season.

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  • Published On Mar 16, 2014
  • Lightning announcer hints at team’s new sweater for 2014-15 season

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    By Darian Somers

    The Tampa Bay Lightning could be getting a new look next season.

    While talking about the team’s new season ticket offers during Thursday’s broadcast, Sun Sports announcer Rick Peckham mentioned that the packages will include a “new third jersey” for 2014-15.

    While the team hasn’t officially said the new jersey will replace the current third, which was introduced in 2008 and has the word “Bolts” running diagonally down the front, it has confirmed that a new one is in the pipeline, calling it “Jersey 2.0.”

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  • Published On Mar 13, 2014
  • Steven Stamkos makes return to Lightning, named team’s 10th captain

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    Steven Stamkos was named captain of a vastly different Lightning team in his return from a broken leg. (Chris O'Meara/AP)

    Steven Stamkos was named captain of a new-look team in his return from a broken leg. (Chris O’Meara/AP)

    By Darian Somers

    Many people thought that Steven Stamkos would eventually be named captain of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

    It happened sooner than he liked.

    On Thursday night, in the wake of Martin St. Louis’s deadline day trade to the New York Rangers, Stamkos was announced as the 10th player in Lightning history to wear the team’s C, joining former linemates St. Louis and Vincent Lecavalier on the franchise’s list of captains. (St. Louis had succeeded Lecavalier, who departed for Philadelphia this past offseason.)

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  • Published On Mar 06, 2014
  • Steve Yzerman pays price, trades Martin St. Louis to New York Rangers

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    Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning was traded to the New York Rangers

    Pouting his way out of Tampa Bay after his Sochi snub has stained Martin St. Louis’s reputation. (Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    Steve Yzerman demonstrated his character and integrity when he decided not to overrule the management group decision to exclude Martin St. Louis on Team Canada’s original Sochi Olympic roster. And it cost him.

    The Lightning GM’s relationship with Tampa Bay’s captain turned toxic in the wake of that perceived snub, so much so that even the eventual inclusion of St. Louis as an injury replacement couldn’t soothe the raw feelings.

    And so Yzerman was forced on Wednesday to do the unthinkable. Faced with a star who no longer wanted to play for him, he traded the NHL’s fifth-leading scorer to the Rangers for winger Ryan Callahan and a pair of draft picks.

    DEADLINE DAY BLOG: Trade rumors and analysis | TRADE TRACKER

    It’s easy to argue that Yzerman made the best deal he could under the circumstances. St. Louis wasn’t just in full pout. He only wanted to go to one team and, having a no trade clause in his back pocket, he had the power to ensure that New York was exactly where he went.

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  • Published On Mar 05, 2014
  • Phil Esposito goes bananas over Martin St. Louis trade rumor (NSFW)

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    Hockey Hall of Famer Phil Esposito

    Talklng a blue streak: Phil Esposito’s rant is the Hall of Famer at his unvarnished best … or worst. (Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    Anyone who has heard Hockey Hall of Famer Phil Esposito on Sirius/XM’s NHL Network Radio knows that he’s willing to work a little blue on occasion to make a point. It’s all part of his rough-hewed charm.

    But earlier this week, Espo found an online outlet that offered him the leeway to express himself in a less guarded fashion. And the results are certainly soiled, if not solid, gold.

    Asked for his take on the reports that Martin St. Louis will be traded to the Rangers, the former Lightning GM, who’s now an on-air Tampa Bay analyst, let loose with an expletive-filled rant, ripping the source of the rumor — New York Post writer Larry Brooks — before admitting that there might be some basis to the story. St. Louis had reportedly requested the trade after being snubbed for the Olympic by Team Canada and Lightning GM Steve Yzerman. What Esposito’s screed lacks in adherence to the Socratic Method, it makes up for with frothing vitriol.

    WARNING: Esposito’s oratory is wildly not safe for work or small children or nursing mothers. But it is pretty amusing. Listen here if you dare.


  • Published On Feb 28, 2014
  • Does Martin St. Louis really want a trade out of Tampa Bay?

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    Though Martin St. Louis (26) ultimately made it to Sochi, he has not forgotten the initial snub from Team Canada. (Christian Charisius/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images)

    Martin St. Louis (26) was left off the initial Canadian Olympic roster. (Christian Charisius/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images)

    By Allan Muir

    So the media in Tampa had a chance to speak with Martin St. Louis after practice on Wednesday morning. They had plenty to talk about: His Olympic success, the stretch run for the Lightning.

    Oh, and those rumors.

    You know, the ones that suggested that St. Louis had been so insulted when Steve Yzerman, then the GM for both Team Canada and Tampa Bay, initially snubbed him for Sochi that he demanded a trade? Well, the Bolts winger could have put them sweetly to rest. Instead, this is what he had to say:

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  • Published On Feb 26, 2014
  • Steve Yzerman steps down as GM after Team Canada wins gold

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    Steve Yzerman and Mike Babcock

    Steve Yzerman assembled the first men’s team to win repeat Olympic gold medals since 1998. (Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    If you gotta go, go out on top.

    With his Canadian Olympic team basking in a golden glow, executive director Steve Yzerman announced today that he’s turning over the keys to the country’s most prestigious, and most second-guessed, job, effective immediately.

    “It’s time to let someone else have a shot at it,” he told the media in Sochi.

    Yzerman assembled one of the greatest lineups ever to wear the Maple Leaf for these Olympics, and certainly the best ever defensive side. Canada gave up just three goals in six games while proving they could succeed on the big ice surface.

    The timing might have been a surprise, but the decision wasn’t. After twice building an Olympic gold-medal winning team, it makes sense for Yzerman to devote himself full-time to his day job running the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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  • Published On Feb 23, 2014


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