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Brett Connolly has stepped up his game since the trade deadline (image via wikipedia)

Syracuse Crunch Face Big Test Down 2-0

This wasn’t the way the Syracuse Crunch wanted to start their Calder Cup Final run. The Crunch, who won the Calder Cup with many of the same players a season […]

by · June 11, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · AHL, Tampa Bay Lightning
Steven Stamkos (Icon SMI)

A Season of Ups and Mostly Downs For the Lightning

From a playoff threat to a complete debacle, that pretty much sums up this season for the Tampa Bay Lightning. For a team that started the season 6-1, the only […]

by · April 27, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Tampa Bay Lightning
Steven Stamkos

As Lightning’s Playoff Hopes Dwindle, Stamkos Continues to Shine

After what looked to be a promising season, the Tampa Bay Lightning’s playoff hopes look to be virtually nonexistent, sitting in 13th place and eight points out of a playoff […]

by · April 14, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Tampa Bay Lightning
Steven Stamkos has good career numbers against the Bruins, so feel free to buy the centerman for a night.

A Pair of First-Career NHL Goals Lead Lightning Past ‘Canes

The Tampa Bay Lightning (12-15-1) ┬ábeat the Southeast Division rival Carolina Hurricanes (15-11-1) 4-1 in their most complete game in a while, snapping a five-game home losing streak at the […]

by · March 17, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Tampa Bay Lightning
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Stamkos Scores League-Leading 18th in Loss to Jets

  The Tampa Bay Lightning (10-13-1, 21pts) fell to the division-rival Winnipeg Jets (11-11-1, 23 pts) by a score of 2-1 on Thursday night at the Tampa Bay Times Forum […]

by · March 8, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Tampa Bay Lightning
Benoit Pouliot Finally Settling into the NHL

Benoit Pouliot Finally Settling into the NHL

Some first round picks never pan out and many become superstars, as they’re projected to be. Then there are players like Benoit Pouliot, who take a good amount of time […]

by · February 26, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Tampa Bay Lightning
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Tampa Bay’s Defensive Struggles Continue in Loss to Bruins

In Tampa Bay’s previous five games before heading into Thursday night’s tilt against the Boston Bruins at home, the Lightning had surrendered 19 goals in regulation over that span. You […]

by · February 22, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Tampa Bay Lightning
Steven Stamkos

Can Steven Stamkos Reach 40 Goals In Shortened Season?

A 40-goal season is quite the achievement even in a standard 82-game season in the National Hockey League. Steven Stamkos has reached the 40-goal plateau in each of his last […]

by · February 9, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Tampa Bay Lightning
Lightning Looking to Right Defensive Woes

Lightning Looking to Right Defensive Woes

It’s no secret that the Tampa Bay Lightning struggled defensively last season. It was also obvious that it would be that factor that would keep them from being an elite […]

by · February 1, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Tampa Bay Lightning
Cory Conacher (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

Cory Conacher Proving He Belongs

He’s too small. He’s not quick enough. I don’t know how his game will translate at the next level. These were all valid statements regarding Tampa Bay Lightning forward Cory […]

by · January 28, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa Bay Lightning Season Preview

Tampa Bay Lightning Season Preview

Last season was a frustrating one for Tampa Bay Lightning fans. After a season in 2010 in which they made it all the way to the Eastern Conference Finals, the […]

Tyler Johnson was a leader in Spokane.  Will he be one in Tampa soon?

Unconventional Route is Working Out For Tyler Johnson

Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Tyler Johnson has taken a rather unconventional route to the NHL, but it seems to be paying off.

by · December 10, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · AHL, Prospects, Tampa Bay Lightning