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Wednesday, Nov 26, 2014

Erik Erlendsson

Tribune Staff

Emotions high for St. Louis' return to Tampa

- Former Lightning star Marty St. Louis returns to Tampa to face his former team for the first time since his trade to the Rangers.

Scoring depth a recipe for Bolts’ success

- No team in the league has scored more goals at even strength than Tampa Bay, which has picked up 54 goals during 5-on-5 or 4-on-4 play. The closest is Calgary, which has scored 50 even-strength goals.

Bolts notes: Killorn making up for injuries, slow start

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— Alex Killorn endured a frustratingly slow start to the season.

Lightning defense steps up in victory over Minnesota

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— The electrifying Lightning offense heard the challenge of the coaching staff early Saturday morning - take care of your own net first.

Bolts notes: Barberio making most of limited playing time

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— Mark Barberio has been there, done that when it comes to sitting out long stretches of games before getting into the Tampa Bay Lightning lineup.

Bolts are eager to respond after back-to-back losses

- “The guys are (ticked) off, there is no doubt,’’ Coach Jon Cooper said. But breaking the skid will have to come against Minnesota, which put a 7-2 beating on Tampa Bay in October and is riding a four-game ...

Spark missing, Bolts let Leafs off hook

- Stuck in neutral for most of the game, Tampa Bay paid for it in a 5-2 loss to struggling Toronto, the Lightning's second straight setback.

Bolts rookie Namestnikov’s confidence keeps building

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— Three weeks into the regular season, Tampa Bay Lightning rookie Vladislav Namestnikov was told to move on.

Return trip isn’t as joyous for Nabokov as Islanders top Bolts

- Lightning goaltender Evgeni Nabokov, facing his former Islanders teammates, suffered a 5-2 loss at Nassau Coliseum. He allowed all five goals and finished with 31 saves as Tampa Bay lost for just the second time in regulati...

Bolts notes: Team nearly back to full roster

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— After a month of dealing with a slew of injuries, the Lightning appear on the verge of getting close to a full roster.

Callahan scores twice as Lightning top Rangers, 5-1

- Former Rangers captain Ryan Callahan returned to Madison Square Garden for the first time since he was traded to Tampa Bay at the deadline last season and in a fitting homecoming, scored twice including the game-winner.

Bolts notes: Tribute honors ex-Blueshirts

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— Rangers south squared off against Lightning north on Monday night.

Three Bolts are ready for homecoming

- As three former Rangers now wearing Lightning colors return to the Garden tonight to face their former team for the first time, there is no way of knowing which way the fans will lean when the names of defenseman Anton Stra...

Bolts snap losing streak, put away Islanders

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— Personalities of teams begin to emerge at various points in a season.

Bolts notes: Drouin a healthy scratch

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— There is a learning curve all first-year players must go through in the NHL.

Bolts notes: Rookie Drouin still learning

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— Two days after taking a cross check to the ribs, Lightning C Tyler Johnson was back on the ice and in the lineup for Thursday’s game against San Jose.

Lightning stymied by Sharks in rare loss before home fans

- Tampa Bay (11-4-2) suffered its first regulation loss since Oct. 25 and saw a seven-game point streak come to an end in a 2-1 loss to San Jose.

Bolts’ Tyler Johnson having sophomore surge

- Tyler Johnson is off to a quick start in his second full season in the NHL and shedding all thoughts of any kind of sophomore slump.

Bolts’ Bishop shows WWE moves, slams Blackhawks’ Smith to ice

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CHICAGO – Ben Bishop ensured everybody inside United Center felt his frustration on Tuesday night.

Lightning win streak ends in shootout loss at Chicago

- Patrick Kane scored the shootout deciding goal to end the Lightning’s six-game winning streak, though Tampa Bay picked up five of a possible six points on a three-game road trip and have points in seven consecutive ga...

Bolts notes: Blackhawks’ Richards open to Lightning return

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— Eventually, when the timing is right, Brad Richards would like to find his way back into a Lightning jersey before his career is over.

Winning Lightning not yet perfect

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— Even though the Tampa Bay Lightning rode the wave of a six-game winning streak heading into Tuesday’s late game at Chicago, that does not mean there are no leaky hole...

Year later, Bolts’ Stamkos still feels effects of leg injury

- It was a year ago that Lightning fans gasped when the franchise’s star player, Steven Stamkos, shattered his tibia in Boston. He still wonders if his leg will ever be the same.

Bolts notes: Namestnikov returns to stomping grounds

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— As a kid growing up outside Detroit, Vladislav Namestnikov used to roam the hallways and locker room area at Joe Louis Arena.

Lightning top Red Wings in shootout for sixth straight win

- The six-game winning streak is the longest since Jan. 18 to Feb. 1, 2011, and ties the team record for second-longest winning streak.

Lightning light up Jackets

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— The Lightning took care of business when they needed to on Saturday night.

Lightning top Flames 5-2 to cap perfect homestand

- Cedric Paquette scores his first two career goals in helping Tampa Bay finish off a 4-0 run at Amalie Arena. It's the first time in franchise history the Lightning have swept a homestand of four or more games.

Bolts notes: Hedman out of cast, increasing workouts

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— Victor Hedman shed his cast and laced up his skates.

Lightning rested, ready after four-day break

- Any opportunity to rest is welcomed. Injuries are already taking a toll and the team played three sets of back-to-back games in the first month of the season.

Impressive start for Bolts’ Stralman

- Through the first 12 games of the season after signing a five-year, $22.5 million free-agent contract, Stralman, 28, has proven to be a steady, quiet presence on the Tampa Bay blue line and is poise personified with the puc...

Lightning succeed even while a work in progress

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— One month into the season, the Tampa Bay Lightning sit atop the Eastern Conference standings.

Bolts Notes: Filppula is OK with being on the outside looking in

- Switching from center to the wing is no big deal for the Lightning’s Valtteri Filppula.

Bolts Beat: Whistle, not ref intent, should kill plays

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— Every year, it seems the topic comes up in NHL circles about finding a way to help increase scoring.

Elite scorers ready to face off

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— The red-light district burns bright at Amalie Arena tonight.

Stamkos helps make boy’s wish come true

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— With a burst of speed, a quick deke and a foot pump, Noah Defilippo rocketed a puck off the crossbar and into the net behind Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Evgeni Nabokov on F...

Bolts notes: Lecavalier healing but unable to play

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Former Tampa Bay Lightning captain Vinny Lecavalier did not want to miss playing in his only trip home this season.

Stamkos, Lightning power way past Flyers

- Steven Stamkos had his third multi-goal game of the season with a pair of goals to lead the Lightning to a 4-3 win over the Flyers.

Lightning finds spark with creative line combo

- The trio of Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat and Nikita Kucherov was the best line on the ice for Tampa Bay during Tuesday’s 7-3 victory against Arizona, as Kucherov recorded his first career hat trick and Johnson set a ca...

Kucherov hat trick leads Bolts by Coyotes, 7-3

- Nikita Kucherov looked up from ice level to see hats rain down to celebrate the first career hat trick for the 21-year-old as Tampa Bay routed Arizona, 7-3, in front of an announced crowd of 17,511 at Amalie Arena.

Bolts notes: Drouin sees less time with Killorn’s return

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— In the first four games of his NHL career, all coming on the road, Jonathan Drouin looked right at home working alongside Steven Stamkos as injuries pushed the 19-year-old int...

Bolts rookie Drouin ready for home debut tonight

- The third overall pick in the 2013 draft had his NHL debut delayed by a year when he was sent back to his junior team after training camp last season. Then, a fracture in his right thumb pushed his first NHL game back two w...

Banged-up Bolts routed by well-rested Wild

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— Under the best of circumstances, Saturday night’s game in Minnesota was going to be a tough task for the Lightning.

Bolts Notes: Two more players called up from Syracuse

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— The Syracuse-to-Worcester-to-Boston pipeline continues to run hot for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Bolts notes: Killorn won’t play on road trip

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— Alex Killorn heard the silence inside Rexall Place early Monday morning, just a moment after he fell hard into the end boards during the morning skate.

Drouin scores first career goal in Bolts win over Winnipeg

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— Amidst some of the ugliness and disarray on display Friday was beauty and grace.

Bolts' Palat overcomes mistake with winning goal

- Ondrej Palat found redemption with a winning goal in overtime for a 2-1 victory in Calgary that helped Tampa Bay improve to 2-1 on a five-game road trip.

Bolts steal victory over Calgary in OT

- Tampa Bay stumbled in the second half of a back-to-back, but recovered in enough time to steal a 2-1 overtime victory against Calgary at the Saddledome.

Lightining rookie Drouin’s debut impressive

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— After being told his NHL debut would have to wait, Jonathan Drouin instead was put on call to prepare to play his first game on Monday in Edmonton.

Bolts Notes: Lightning adjust lineup after key injuries

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— Early season injury woes are already having an effect on the Tampa Bay Lightning lineup.

Ex-Bolt Purcell says trade part of salary cap world

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— Teddy Purcell spent five years with the Lightning, experiencing a roller coaster ride of success and failures, both as a team and individual.