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Thursday, May 07, 2015

Erik Erlendsson

Tribune Staff

Buzzer beater gives Bolts 3-0 series lead over Montreal

- Tyler Johnson scored with 1.1 seconds left on the clock to lift Tampa Bay to a 2-1 victory and grab a 3-0 series lead against Montreal. A win Thursday night would give the Bolts a series sweep a year after the Canadiens did...

Trading Places: Bolts have been where Canadiens are

- It feels good to be up 2-0 after getting swept last year, but the Lightning are taking nothing for granted.

Stamkos returns to form, helping Bolts take control

- It’s hard to imagine a gifted goal scorer such as Steven Stamkos would go through prolonged bouts with confidence. But he tried not to let it affect his overall game on the ice — or off it for that matter.

Bolts notes: Prust’s outburst creates stir

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— Montreal LW Brandon Prust created quite a stir on Sunday, picking up 27 minutes in penalties late in the game and then having some disparaging words for referee Brad Watson af...

Bolts take 2-0 series lead with 6-2 victory over Montreal

- Nikita Kucherov scored twice while Steven Stamkos finished with three points, including his first goal of the playoffs, to lift the Lightning to a 2-0 series lead as the scene shifts back to Tampa for Games 3 and 4 starting...

Bolts notes: Team finding ways to win road games in playoffs

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— Entering the postseason, one of the mantras of any team is to throw out what happened in the regular season.

In playoffs, Bolts G Bishop is focused, on fire

- For the second straight playoff series, Ben Bishop is the other goalie.

Lightning stun Canadiens in double overtime, win Game 1

- Nikita Kucherov's first goal of the postseason came 2:06 into the second overtime to lift Tampa Bay to a 2-1 victory at Montreal to take a 1-0 lead in their second-round playoff series.

Bolts notes: Cooper, Stamkos downplay Canadiens’ ‘underdog’ status

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— The gamesmanship between teams started early before Tampa Bay and Montreal took the ice for the first game of the series.

Bolts notes: Clean slate for Stamkos

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— Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos received plenty of scrutiny for his lack of goal production during the seven-game series ...

Bolts eager for another shot at Canadiens after last year’s sweep

- For the Lightning and their second-round playoff opponent, the Canadiens, the beginning of May instead offers a chance to erase memories of a sweep at the hands of the other.

Lightning blank Red Wings in Game 7 to clinch series

- Tampa Bay won the first-round series 4-3 and will move on to the Eastern Conference semifinals and a rematch with Montreal, the team that swept the Lightning in the first round last season

Bolts notes: Kronwall doesn’t agree with Game 7 suspension

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The reaction to the suspension of Detroit D Niklas Kronwall

Game 7 intense, but Bolts will try to seize moment

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— Backyard rinks. Neighborhood ponds frozen over. Community lakes set up with nets.

Lightning beat Red Wings, force Game 7 in Tampa

- Coming off a lackluster effort in the previous game and all but counted out, Tampa Bay rebounded in a big way at a crucial time to save the season with a 5-2 victory against Detroit.

Bolts notes: Team must fight through interference, Cooper says

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— Gamesmanship between coaches in a playoff series is nothing new.

Stamkos denies he’s playing hurt for struggling Bolts

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DETROIT – With the Tampa Bay Lightning struggling to score goals, the team’s top goal scorer gets the attention for the lack of success.

Struggling Bolts look to draw on playoff experience

- The Lightning have overcome odds before, and must do so again, down 3-2 going into tonight’s playoff game against the Red Wings.

No magic this time: Bolts shut out in Game 5

- Whatever magic the Lightning thought they had following a dramatic overtime Game 4 victory vanished like a puff of white smoke on Saturday as they were shut out by Detroit 4-0. Game 6 is on Monday in Detroit.

Bolts, Red Wings try to recover going into Game 5 today

- The series is now a best-of-three as Tampa Bay looks to build on the momentum of its overtime comeback victory on Thursday. The puck drops at 6 p.m. at Amalie Arena (TV: Fox Sports Florida).

Bolts stage comeback, even up series with 3-2 OT win

- Tyler Johnson scored twice, including the game winner in overtime, to lift the Lighting to a 3-2 victory in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal to even up the best-of-seven series at 2-2.

Bolts notes: Cooper coy about possible lineup changes

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— Coming off a shutout loss and falling behind 2-1 in a playoff series might seem a ripe time to shake up the lineup a bit.

NBA analyst Barkley gives shout-out to Cooper, Lightning

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DETROIT — The Tampa Bay Lightning received support from an unexpected source earlier this week when basketball Hall of Famer Charles Barkley gave the team and head coach Jon Cooper

Bolts Notes: Lightning ready to speed things up

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— After dominating the first two games of their first-round playoff series on home ice, the Tampa Bay Lightning saw the roles reversed in the Game 3 loss to the Detroit Red Wi...

Scoreless in series, Stamkos knows it’s time to lead

- High-scoring captain Steven Stamkos, who did not register a goal in both Tampa Bay losses to the Red Wings, vows he “definitely is going to be better” for Game 4 tonight at Detroit (7 p.m., Fox Sports Florida).

Drouin forced to watch and wait

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— Jonathan Drouin entered his first NHL season with high expectations after being selected third overall in the 2013 draft.

Bolts blanked in Game 3; Red Wings lead series, 2-1

- After a strong start to the opening two games of the series, the Lightning took a step back on Tuesday, doing little to test goaltender Petr Mrazek, who finished with 22 saves in a 3-0 victory at Detroit.

Bolts notes: Nesterov stepping up in sophomore year

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— Entering training camp this season D Nikita Nesterov figured to be not much more than a depth player in the organizational roster.

Bolts Notes: Lightning have shown they can win on road

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— The Lightning were the most dominant home team in the league during the regular season, winning 32 games at Amalie Arena.

Winning is a tradition for Lightning’s Cooper

- It didn’t take long to figure out the winning track record Lightning coach John Cooper brought with him, or how he quickly establishes the culture of winning.

Bolts bounce back, thrash Detroit 5-1 to even up series

- Tampa Bay evened up the Eastern Conference quarterfinal playoff series with Detroit with a commanding 5-1 victory in Game 2. The series continues Tuesday in Detroit.

Lightning will need better effort in front of net today

- Today’s Game 2 playoff matchup between the Lightning and Red Wings could hinge on which team establishes ownership over a piece of prime property. The puck drops at 3 p.m. at Amalie Arena (TV: NBC).

Down 0-1, Bolts still upbeat going into Game 2 today

- Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper says the Lightning will "swing for the fences" against the Red Wings to avoid a home sweep. The puck drops at 3 p.m. and NBC (Ch. 8) will televise.

Lightning fall in early hole, drop Game 1 to Red Wings

- Tampa Bay dominated Detroit in possession and shots, but lost out in the category that matters the most - on the scoreboard. The Wings took the opener, 3-2, with Game 2 on Saturday at Amalie Arena.

Bolts notes: Only Garrison remains sidelined

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— The Lightning enter the postseason with a relatively healthy lineup, perhaps for the first time all season.

Strong Lightning lineup poised to go deep in playoffs

- Against Tampa Bay, coaches must pick their poison in putting together a game plan. It's impossible to focus on one scoring line, because the Lightning have two top scoring lines, and scorers on every line.

Bolts vs. Red Wings -- Who has the edge?

- Lightning beat writer Erik Erlendsson breaks down the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series between Tampa Bay and Detroit:

Bolts notes: Injured Coburn ‘really close’ to return

- After missing more than a month with a lower body injury, Tampa Bay D Braydon Coburn looks set to get back in the lineup when the Lightning opening the first round of the playoffs at home against Detroit.

Lightning better prepared for playoffs this time around

- Last season's experience was brief but beneficial for a young Lightning squad preparing for its Stanley Cup series against Detroit.

Bolts Notes: Bowness treated to day at Masters

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— With four days off before the start of the playoffs, Lightning associate head coach Rick Bowness was treated to a special day on Sund...

Bolts Notes: Bowness treated to day at Masters

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— With four days off before the start of the playoffs, Lightning associate head coach Rick Bowness was treated to a special day on Sund...

Lightning primed to seize opportunity

- After posting 50 wins, the Lightning are confident they can make a deep playoff run starting Thursday against the Red Wings at Amalie Arena.

Lightning playoffs open Thursday at home vs. Detroit

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TAMPA – The Lightning will open play in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs on Thursday, hosting Detroit in the Eastern Conference quarterfinal.

Bolts top Boston to end season, will face Detroit as playoffs start

- The Lightning ended the regular season with a 3-2 victory shootout victory, ending the season with a franchise record 108 points and 50 victories. When the playoffs begin next week Tampa Bay will start at home against Detro...

Bolts win tonight would end Bruins season

- One final game remains. The playoffs sit just on the horizon for the Lightning.

Bolts tie franchise points record in OT win over Devils

- With the victory over New Jersey, Tampa Bay matched a franchise record with 106 points, tying the record established by the 2003-04 Stanley Cup championship team with one game remaining.

Bolts notes: Hedman returns, others closing in

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— The Tampa Bay Lightning were swimming in a sea of red Thursday, and that’s a good sign.

One unfinished goal in play for Bolts: division crown

- With two games left in the regular season, Tampa Bay wants to close out things on a high note and carry momentum into the playoffs. But there is also the idea of hanging another banner in the rafters with the opportunity to...

Bolts welcome break as chance to get healthy

- The first step toward a healthy playoff roster occurred when the first player skated onto the ice Tuesday at the Ice Sports Forum. Just five minutes before practice, defenseman Victor Hedman emerged from the locker room to ...

Stamkos heating up for Lightning as postseason approaches

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— For a great goal scorer like Steven Stamkos, going seven games without a goal can feel like a season-long drought.