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Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014

Erik Erlendsson

Tribune Staff

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.

Lightning lose on late goal in Edmonton

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— Plenty of eyes were zeroed in on the NHL debut of highly regarded Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Jonathan Drouin on Monday night in Edmonton.

Bolts notes: Drouin sees first action in Edmonton

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— The anticipated debut of Tampa Bay Lightning rookie Jonathan Drouin was supposed to be on hold.

Lightning D Hedman out 4-6 weeks with broken finger

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Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman will miss 4-6 weeks with a fractured finger.

Lightning face more early adversity with Hedman injury

- The Lightning, who dealt with the loss of Steve Stamkos to a broken leg last season, will experience a similar situation as top defenseman Victor Hedman will miss time after suffering what is believed to be a fracture or br...

Hedman injury puts damper on Lightning win against Vancouver

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— As Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper met with the media following Saturday’s 4-2 victory against Vancouver, Victor Hedman made his way out...

Lightning are ready for road tests

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— The Lightning were ready to hit the road.

Bolts Notes: Drouin tops debut with game-winning goal

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— Jonathan Drouin enjoyed quite the professional debut, picking up the game-winning goal in the third period for Syracuse on Friday.

Garrison is settling in nicely

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— Lightning defenseman Jason Garrison sat inside the locker room at Rogers Arena after Friday’s practice fielding questions from the media for about...

Bolts’ Drouin sent to Syracuse on rehab assignment

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— The professional debut of highly regarded Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Jonatan Drouin will take place in upstate New York, and not Western Canada.

Bolts unable to cash in against Devils

- Evgeni Nabokov, making his first start in a Lightning uniform, finished with 23 saves while Alex Killorn had the lone goal for Tampa Bay in a 2-1 loss to the Devils.

Bolts notes: Drouin still not ready to play

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TAMPA — Tampa Bay Lightning rookie Jonathan Drouin is ready for something new, because staying out for extended practices is getting old.

Bolts notes: Brewer in lineup after being healthy scratch

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— After sitting out the first two games of the season as a healthy scratch, Tampa Bay Lightning D Eric Brewer made his season debut Monday against the Montreal Canadiens.

Stamkos hat trick leads Lightning to 7-1 win over Canadiens

- Steven Stamkos picked up his eighth career hat trick and Victor Hedman set a career high with four points, picking up a goal in his career-best third consecutive game,

U.S. women’s Olympian takes part in Lightning skate

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— Growing up in St. Cloud, Minnesota, Anne Schleper laced up her first pair of skates as a toddler.

Canadiens will provide early gauge for Lightning

- Montreal swings into town with a 3-0 record and the early lead in the Atlantic Division. So, even though the first week of the season is not yet complete, Tampa Bay faces the possibility of a five-point deficit in the stand...

Lightning pick up a point but fall to Sens in a shootout

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— The good, the bad and the shootout.

Lightning ready to settle in for the long haul

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— Now the business of playing hockey begins.

Rays P Cobb hits the ice at Lightning practice

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— Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Alex Cobb ditched his cleats and glove in exchange for some skates and a stick.

Bolts notes: Panik claimed by Toronto

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— There will no longer be any Panik in the Lightning locker room.

Lightning open season with 3-2 OT win against Panthers

- Victor Hedman scores a power play goal 1:11 into overtime to give Tampa Bay a 3-2 victory over Florida in front of an announced sell-out crowd of 19,204 at Amalie Arena.

Lightning opening night: Stamkos becomes face of franchise

- The Bolts open the season tonight at Amalie Arena against the Florida Panthers. For the first time since 1998, neither Vinny Lecavalier nor Marty St. Louis will be on the ice for opening night wearing a Lightning jersey. It...

Meet the 2014-15 Tampa Bay Lightning

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Here’s a brief look at the Lightning for this season.

New NHL season brings new rules

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Ad campaign has Stamkos showing off stick skills

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— Seen Stamkos shoot?

Bolts notes: Rookie Drouin out for Thursday opener

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— Rookie LW Jonathan Drouin, who fractured his right thumb early in training camp, will not play in Thursday’s season-opening game against Florida.

Lightning hoping success will carry over from preseason

- After a 5-1 preseason, one thing the Lightning would like to carry into the regular season is solid team defense.

Lightning cut three, close in on roster

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— The Tampa Bay Lightning roster is all but set for opening night.

Yzerman’s vision of Bolts coming into focus

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— In the spring of 2010, new Lightning owner Jeff Vinik zeroed in on one name to fill the vacant role of general manager — Steve Yzerman.

Bolts prospect Namestnikov opening eyes with his game

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— To see how the Lightning prospect development plan pays dividends, look no further than 2011 first-round pick Vladislav Namestnikov.

Bolts notes: Final preseason lineup holds intrigue

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— The final tune-up for the regular season opener takes place on Saturday when Tampa Bay hosts Florida at Amalie Arena in the preseason finale.

Bolts’ Nabokov not just another character

- With a stoic look on his face, Evgeni Nabokov often walks through the Lightning locker room, rarely pausing. But in his wake, he often leaves a smile, or outright laughter, at something the veteran goaltender said along the...

Kucherov scores twice as Lightning blank Panthers

- The Lightning improved to 4-1 in the preseason play Thursday with a 3-0 victory against the Florida Panther at BB&T Center.

Bolts notes: Stamkos line still a work in progress

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— One of the story lines being monitored during Tampa Bay Lightning training camp this preseason was who would wind up playing on the top line with C Steven Stamkos.

Bolts’ Paquette makes gritty push for roster spot

- Cedric Paquette's determined play has made him stand out to Lightning coaching staff, and has the 21-year-old forward knocking on the door to earn a roster spot.

Bolts notes: G Bishop healthy, ready for season

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— After getting his first full game action, Tampa Bay Lightning G Ben Bishop feels ready to go.

It’s getting close to crunch time for wannabe Bolts

- Players on the bubble have little time to impress Lightning coaches with the regular season fast approaching.

Bolts dominate Stars 5-1

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DALLAS – Tampa Bay rolled into the final week of the preseason with a dominant 5-1 victory against Dallas at American Airlines Center on Tuesday.

Bolts notes: Team nursing injuries as regular season nears

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— A little more than a week before the regular season gets under way, the Lightning are dealing with a few injuries.

Lightning hope to benefit from trio of ex-Rangers

- Three former Rangers will play key roles for the up-and-coming LIghtning this season.

Bolts notes: Camp more focused with fewer players

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— With fewer plays in camp after Saturday’s personnel moves, the line combinations could offer more insight to what the Tampa Bay LIghtning might look like when the seaso...

Bolts looking forward to getting away from it all

- Almost the entire organization will be out of town, escaping the homefront to spend time together as a team in preparation for the start of the regular season.

Bolts feel like they’re pointed in right direction

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— The anticipation of another hockey season hit a crescendo on Saturday.

Lightning make first round of cuts

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TAMPA – The Lightning made their first round of large roster cuts on Saturday, reducing the number of players in training camp by 28.

Early Bolts notes: Stronger Stamkos to make preseason debut

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— The summer of strengthening for Steven Stamkos was put to the test on Friday.

Bishop is regaining his form, strength

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— The last time Ben Bishop had suited up for an NHL game, he left the ice with his left arm immobilized after dislocating his elbow.

Lightning pour goals on Dallas in 6-3 win

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TAMPA – The Lightning lit up the scoreboard on Friday, defeating the Dallas Stars 6-3 in preseason action at Amalie Arena.

Defenseman Barberio giving Bolts his best shot

- His path to be a regular in the NHL looks similar to the path he took just to get to the NHL. Overlooked and often overshadowed along the way, Mark Barberio patiently awaits his opportunity — then tends to run with it.

Bolts lose second preseason game, fall 1-0 to Predators

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Tampa Bay dropped its second preseason game, falling 1-0 to Nashville at Bridgestone Arena on Thursday.

Bolts early notes: Injured Drouin learning system

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— Two days after being diagnosed with a fracture in his right thumb, LW Jonathan Drouin jumped on the ice with stick in hand Thursday to join the morning skate at Amalie Arena ...