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Monday, Jun 29, 2015

Erik Erlendsson

Tribune Staff

Lightning make qualifying offers; Barberio to become free agent


— The Tampa Bay Lightning took care of some business in advance of the free agency period that opens up this week.

Ex-Lightning captain Andreychuk awaits NHL Hall vote today

- Dave Andreychuk, the captain of the 2004 Lightning team that won the Stanley Cup, learns today if he will be inducted into the NHL Hall of Fame.

Lightning sign two as free agent market approaches

- Restricted free agent Jonathan Marchessault re-signed a one-year, two-way contract while Brian Hart signed a three-year entry-level contract.

Bolts trade out of first round, pick up two more draft picks


For the first time since Steve Yzerman took over as general manager for Tampa Bay, the Lightning did not make a pick in the first round of the NHL Entry Draft.

Lightning look to add more depth in tonight's draft

- The business of preparing for the upcoming season officially gets under way with the NHL Entry Draft. The first round will be held tonight at BB&T Center in Sunrise starting at 7, with Tampa Bay holding the 28th overall pick.

Lightning schedule includes two rematches with Blackhawks

- Just over a week after seeing the season come to an end with a loss in the Stanley Cup Final, the page turned quickly for the Lightning to the upcoming season as the schedule for the 2015-16 season was announced.

Bolts’ Yzerman named NHL’s general manager of year

- The Lightning received recognition at Wednesday’s NHL awards show for a record-breaking season and their run to the Stanley Cup Final.

Stamkos’ contract No. 1 priority this offseason for Bolts

- After a magical run to the Stanley Cup Final and with a roster expected to remain mostly intact heading into training camp, the Lightning figure to have a quiet summer, with one exception: captain Steven Stamkos’ con...

Bolts notes: Flight scheduled back in Tampa this afternoon


The Tampa Bay Lightning will fly back to Tampa today, a day after losing the Stanley Cup to the Chicago Blackhawks.

Lightning’s magical season over as Blackhawks take Cup

- The magical season and playoff run by the Lightning came to a gut-wrenching end after a 2-0 loss to Chicago in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Kucherov returns for Game 6 after scary hit


— Another morning skate, another round of watching to see who comes on the ice for the Lightning.

Lightning are at their best on the road with backs against wall

- Down a game. Staring at elimination. Dreams on the verge of being shattered. During the Lightning’s magical run to the Stanley Cup Final, that qualifies as just another game. The team heads to Chicago down 3-2 in the...

Bolts drop Game 5, can’t afford to lose again

- Tampa Bay sits on the brink of having their Stanley Cup championship dreams squashed after a 2-1 loss to Chicago in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final on Saturday.

Lightning back for Game 5, but not taking home ice for granted

- Amalie Arena has been anything but friendly for the Lightning during the playoffs. With the Stanley Cup Final tied at 2 heading into tonight, now would be a good time for it to again be an advantage.

For Lightning, next game up is all that matters

- With a chance to put a stranglehold on the Stanley Cup Final, the Lightning saw that opportunity slip away in a Game 4 loss. They’re putting those missed chances in the past as the series is down to a best-of-three.

Bolts’ Bishop doesn’t dress for Game 4, mystery grows


After all the drama and intrigue surrounding the playing status of Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop, he was not even in uniform Wednesday night.

Missed chance: Chicago takes Game 4 as series shifts to Tampa

- Chicago grabbed a 2-1 victory at United Center to tie the best-of-seven series 2-2. Game 5 is Saturday and brings the series back to Tampa.

Bolts notes: Drouin learning to stay patient


— The curious case of LW Jonathan Drouin continued on Wednesday.

Bishop out, Vasilevskiy in net for Game 4; Bolts not saying why


CHICAGO – After all the drama and intrigue surrounding the status of Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop, Tampa Bay went with rookie Andrei Vasilevskiy to start Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday.

Bolts know Blackhawks won’t be easy to put away

- The mission is about to get harder for a young Lightning squad that will attempt to go 3-1 tonight in the Stanley Cup Finals against the Blackhawks.

Slap Shots: NBC Sports exec no fan of playoff beards


One of the honored traditions of playoff hockey revolves around facial hair.

Bolts notes: G Ben Bishop still a hot topic


— While D Victor Hedman and C Cedric Paquette received plenty of attention — and deservedly so — the day after a Game 3 victory in the Stanley Cup Final, the 36-...

Bolts C Paquette shines on big NHL stage


— A year ago, Cedric Paquette was a surprise insertion into the Lightning playoff lineup after playing only two NHL games as a late-season call up.

Bolts notes: Bishop back in net, but mystery only deepens

- During the first period of Game 3, Bishop appeared to be laboring while favoring his left side but stopped 18 of the 19 shots he faced in the opening period and returned to start the second period.

Lightning take series lead with 3-2 win over Blackhawks

- Intrigue, drama and most of all excitement. Monday’s Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final had all that and more.

Stamkos happy to provide guidance to top NHL draft prospects


— Seven years ago, Steven Stamkos attended the Stanley Cup Final between Detroit and Pittsburgh.

Bishop’s status not clear for Game 3

- As Tampa Bay arrived in the Windy City on Sunday to prepare for tonight’s Game 3 and the series tied 1-1, the biggest question revolved around the Lightning’s starting goaltender. Who will it be?

2 Much! Bolts avoid a 2-0 deficit, go 4-0 in postseason Game 2s

- The fast-paced, up-and-down pace that was noticeably absent in the opening game of the series was on full display as Tampa Bay picked up a 4-3 victory.

Game 2 looks like a good time for Lightning to respond

- The Lightning have been at their best during Game 2s this postseason, and they'll need something extra again tonight to avoid a two-game deficit. Faceoff is at 7:15 at Amalie Arena (TV: NBC).

Bolts’ Morrow, assistants hoping to have names etched in history

- With the Lightning seeking the second Stanley Cup title in franchise history, three key members of the organization are looking to get their names engraved on the Cup for the first time in long and storied careers in the ga...

In first full year as captain, Stamkos eyes immortality

- As the Lightning open play in the Stanley Cup Final against the Blackhawks. it's difficult for Steven Stamkos not to see visions of former Cup-champion captains dancing through his head.

2004, 2015 Lightning teams have striking similarities

- The 2004 and 2015 Lightning teams were both built on talented youth veteran experience and strong goaltending, but only one has a Stanley Cup — so far.

Inner confidence helps Lightning grow into champs

- With a trip to the Stanley Cup finals on the line, and many anointing the Rangers as the Kings of the East, Tampa Bay forced its way onto the Cup dance floor with a 2-0 victory in Game 7 on Friday night at Madison Square Ga...

Lightning knock off Rangers, advance to Stanley Cup Finals

- The Lightning are back in the finals for the first time since 2004 after an intense 2-0 victory in Game 7 of the East finals. Game 1 is Wednesday against the winner of the Anaheim-Chicago West series.

Bolts early notes: Game 7 not ‘just another game’ for Cooper


— It’s just another game. Or it’s a winner-take-all Game 7.

Bolts’ final roadblocks: Lundqvist, Rangers’ history of Game 7 successes

- How many lessons must be taught before the study guide can be put aside? The Lightning might be set to answer that question as they head into a situation tonight in which many expect them to fail — Game 7 of the East...

Lightning unable to seal deal, head to New York for Game 7

- With a chance to earn a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals, the Bolts instead fell apart in the third period and fell 7-3 to the Rangers. The deciding game is Friday at Madison Square Garden.

Lightning know finishing off Rangers won’t be an easy task

- The Lightning could earn a berth in the Stanley Cup finals with a win tonight against the Rangers. But earning one more victory presents a challenge Tampa Bay has yet to encounter this playoff season.

Bolts notes: Stamkos embraces ‘magnitude’ of situation


— Relish the opportunity.

Bolts grab series lead with 2-0 win over Rangers

- The Lightning and Ben Bishop stifled the New York offense in a 2-0 victory to grab a 3-2 series lead. The Bolts will return home for Tuesday’s Game 6 with the chance to advance to the second Stanley Cup Final in fran...

Bolts’ potent triple threat form rare dynamic unit

- The only way to explain how well the Lightning line of Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat and Nikita Kucherov communicates on the ice is otherworldly.

Rangers stun Lightning, even series heading back to NYC

- Tampa Bay outplayed and outchanced New York for long stretches in Game 4 but Henrik Lundqvist was strong in goal in a 5-1 Rangers victory. Game 5 is Sunday night at Madison Square Garden.

Kucherov’s OT goal gives Bolts a 2-1 series edge over Rangers

- Nikita Kucherov scored 3:33 into the extra period to lead Tampa Bay over the Rangers 6-5 in Game 3, ending a back-and-forth affair and putting the Lightning two wins from the Stanley Cup Finals.

Lightning’s Hedman showing skills at both ends of ice

- With all the talent amassed by the Lightning up front, it might be easy to overlook that one of the top defensemen in the league patrols Tampa Bay’s blue line: Victor Hedman.

Johnson’s hat trick helps Lightning to victory in Game 2

- Act Two on Broadway for the Lightning looked like a comedy of errors at times, but wound up being a smashing success before the curtain was drawn.

Bolts notes: Brian Boyle’s absence grows more mysterious


— The mysterious absence of C Brian Boyle took on added intrigue on Monday prior to Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals at Madison Square Garden.

Bolts need more scoring depth to challenge Rangers

- Overall, the Lightning finished with 10 players who reached double digits in goals, including nine forwards. Yet, through 14 playoff games, it has been That Line of Johnson, Kucherov and Palat that has accounted for 18 of t...

Ex-Bolt Moore steals spotlight for Rangers

- Plenty of focus in the two days leading into the start of the Eastern Conference finals centered around former players facing off against the teams they used to play for.

Bolts notes: No issues for Callahan in return to ice

- Five days after undergoing emergency appendectomy surgery, Tampa Bay Lightning RW Ryan Callahan suited up for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals.

Late goal sends Rangers past Lightning, 2-1, in Game 1

- Ex-Bolt Dominic Moore scored the winner for New York with 2:25 left after Tampa Bay rallied from an early hole. Game 2 of the series is Monday night at Madison Square Garden.