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Sunday, Mar 29, 2015

Erik Erlendsson

Tribune Staff

Bolts lose two to injuries, get shut out in Detroit

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— Saturday’s matinee at Joe Louis Arena could not have been scripted any worse for the Lightning.

Bolts seek elusive boost in power play as playoffs approach

- Special teams experience their fair share of peaks and valleys throughout a season.

Bolts falls to Nashville, can’t seal playoff spot

- A rare off night for goaltender Ben Bishop put the Lightning behind early, and Tampa Bay was unable to catch up, losing 3-2. The magic number to secure a playoff berth is now two points.

Bolts notes: Paquette back, Namestnikov stays, for now

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—Injuries and intrigue surrounded the Lightning morning skate Thursday as Tampa Bay closed out a six-game homestand against Nashville.

Bolts tie franchise win record with 4-3 victory over Panthers

- The Lightning continued their march down the stretch of the season charging toward the postseason, scoring twice in the third period in a record-tying win over Florida.

Bolts notes: Both Florida teams in Cup contention

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— Late March meetings between the Lightning and Florida Panthers generally see one of the two state teams playing out the string.

Bolts’ Stamkos shows he wants to lead at both ends of ice

- Heading into the season, talk surrounding Steven Stamkos was of his wanting to be a more reliable player, wanting to round out his game and be considered a 200-foot player, not somebody worried just about the offensive side...

Bolts show fight, end losing skid vs. Bruins

- Tampa Bay scored twice in the span of 15 seconds less than a minute after Steven Stamkos’ second career fight to lift Tampa Bay to a 5-3 victory over the Bruins.

Lightning seeking solution to Bruins

- While trying to climb into the ring with the NHL’s heavyweights the past two seasons, the Lightning have found a way to score some decisions against historically difficult opponents.

Bolts excel in playoff primer, beat Red Wings, 3-1

- The postseason is the proving ground. The regular season is still just a training exercise. But the Lightning are certainly enjoying some solid on-the-job experience in the stretch run to the playoffs.

Bolts notes: Palat returns against Red Wings

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— Just over a week after LW Ondrej Palat took a puck off his foot that was supposed to sideline the second-year forward for a minimum of two weeks, Palat returned to the lineup....

Palat hopes to rejoin his linemates tonight

- After missing three games with a foot injury, Ondrej Palat returned to practice on Thursday without limitation and is expected to make an earlier-than-expected return to the lineup when Tampa Bay hosts Detroit tonight.

Lightning’s penalty kill now among NHL’s best

- With 11 games left in the regular season, Tampa Bay quietly has pulled itself into the top 10 in the 30-team league in penalty killing after finishing tied for 23rd last season.

Bolts' teammates defend Bishop after hit by Montreal's Prust

- Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop turned his back, played the puck and was planted face-first into the boards behind his own net. The hit came from Montreal’s Brandon Prust, who pushed Bishop into the end boards and tou...

Lightning beat Canadiens, tying them atop Atlantic Division

- Steven Stamkos scored twice and added an assist to lead Tampa Bay to a 4-2 victory against Montreal. The win pulled Tampa Bay into a tie with Montreal for first place in the Atlantic Division.

Bolts notes: GMs to discuss 3-on-3 play in OT

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— As general managers gather in Boca Raton this week for meetings, one of the big topics on the docket is the potential use of 3-on-3 play in overtime in an attempt to limit the...

Lightning fell into trap against Jets, but big week looms

- The Lightning fired a season-low 16 shots on goal and lost a third-period lead while failing to match the Jets playoff-style intensity.

Lightning hit roadbump against Winnipeg on way to postseason

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— The Lightning are a team cruising toward the postseason.

As injuries mount, Lightning's depth again put to the test

- With Tampa Bay's magic number to clinch a postseason berth down to 14 points heading into tonight's game against Winnipeg, the Lightning wanted to use the remaining games as a chance to get playoff ready. But whatever cont...

Bolts can’t shake Beantown curse, lose to Bruins in shootout

- Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand scored in the shootout to give the Bruins the extra point in the standings and keep the Lightning winless (0-9-1) in the past 10 trips to Boston.

Lightning lose three regulars to injury

- The Tampa Bay Lightning will head into the final month of the regular season without three regulars due to injury.

Boston another big Lightning obstacle

- Steven Stamkos and the Lightning have endured their fair share of Beantown beat downs in recent seasons. Tampa Bay would like nothing more than to offer a counterpunch tonight.

Bolts notes: D Carle gets closer to return

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— D Matt Carle stepped off the ice Tuesday morning, sweat dripping off his forehead.

Bishop, Bolts win goalie duel, top Montreal in OT

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— There was hype. There were expectations. There was build up.

Lightning prepare for Round 3 against Canadiens

- The Canadiens sit two points ahead of the Lightning for the top spot in the Atlantic Division standings, as well as the top spot in the Eastern Conference. A win by Tampa Bay pulls the Lightning into a tie with 14 games rem...

Coburn makes favorable first impression with Bolts

- Braydon Coburn’s size and physical play — he won over the fans with a fight in his debut after being acquired in a trade with the Flyers — has been welcome addition to the Lightning’s blue line.

Bolts notes: Stamkos reaches one-year mark as captain

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— One year ago, Steven Stamkos skated onto home ice for the first time as Lightning captain, the last player out of the locker room for pregame introductions before Tampa Bay ho...

Bolts set new home win record, edge Stars 5-4

- Tampa Bay recorded home victory No. 26 on the season, establishing a new franchise record following Saturday’s 5-4 victory against Dallas.

Bolts’ home comfort level reaches new heights

- At 25-6-1, the Lightning own the best home record in the Eastern Conference. And since Tampa Bay has nine games remaining at Amalie Arena, starting tonight against Dallas, establishing a team mark for most home wins seems a...

Bolts still strong at home in 4-2 win over Toronto

- Tampa Bay ties a single-season mark with its 25th victory on home ice. The Lightning also pulled to within one point of Montreal for the top spot in the Atlantic Division.

Bolts notes: F Brown out with upper-body injury

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— A regular spot in the lineup opened up for J.T. Brown when Brett Connolly was traded to Boston on Monday.

Lightning’s Callahan has nose for the net

- When he tapped in a power-play goal on Tuesday against Buffalo — from the top of the crease, of course — Ryan Callahan notched his 20th goal of the season, a benchmark he had not hit since the 2011-12 season wit...

Vasilevskiy deals first shutout as Bolts blank Buffalo 3-0

- Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped all 28 shots he faced for his first career shutout as Tampa Bay blanked Buffalo 3-0 in front of an announced crowd of 18,922 at Amalie Arena.

Bolts notes: Carle ‘progressing’ six weeks after surgery

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— Injured D Matt Carle continues to practice and skate with the Tampa Bay Lightning, though he is still limited and continues to wear a red jersey that indicates he is still out...

Newly acquired defenseman Coburn prepping for Lightning debut

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— New D Braydon Coburn wasted little time getting acclimated to his new surroundings following the trade from Philadelphia to the Lightning on Monday.

Lightning get help on defense, acquire Coburn from Flyers

- Some time around 1:30 a.m. Steve Yzerman pulled off a pair of deals that yielded Tampa Bay veteran defenseman Braydon Coburn from Philadelphia along with a pair of second round draft picks from the Boston Bruins. Both deals...

Bolts Beat: Some trades only about managing salary cap

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— Plenty of waves were made Thursday when a trade between Columbus and Toronto saw David Clarkson shipped from the Maple Leafs in exchange for injured forward Nathan Horton.

Bolts notes: Vasilevskiy to have big role down stretch

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— With rookie G Andrei Vasilevskiy back in the fold following a spot start with Syracuse on Wednesday in the American Hockey League, the ...

Bolts feel at home in shutout of Blackhawks

- Tampa Bay capped off a 12-game stretch of games all against the West with a 4-0 victory against Chicago in front of an announced sellout crowd of 19,204 at Amalie Arena, a large percentage of them wearing Blackhawks jerseys.

Bolts’ fight for playoff position set to begin

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— Teams jumped out of the gate months ago, and the starting spot is far back in the distance as the finish line starts to emerge on the horizon.

Bolts D Hedman leaves Thursday practice early

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TAMPA – Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman left practice early on Thursday and did not return.

Playing time could be an issue for Bolts’ young defensemen

- With the trade deadline just around the corner, possible roster changes could have a ripple effect throughout the Lightning lineup.

Bolts’ Bishop to debut glow-in-the-dark mask

- Tampa Bay goaltender Ben Bishop will wear headgear inspired by the movie “Tron,” with streaking bolts that light up when the arena turns dark.

Lightning’s good road trip had great potential

- By head coach Jon Cooper’s standard, picking up more points (6) than games played (5) makes it a successful road trip, and Tampa Bay did that by winning three games. But in one-goal losses to Los Angeles and Colorado,...

Lightning fall to Avalanche 5-4

- The Lightning suffered self-inflicted wounds in falling to the Avalanche, leaving a sour taste in an otherwise solid trip.

Bolts Notes: Rookie Vasilevskiy known for his work ethic

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— Among the many impressive impressions rookie G Andrei Vasilevskiy has made in his first few months in the NHL, the one that gets noticed inside the Lightning locker room is h...

Bolts continue to win out West, tame Coyotes

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— The Lightning continue to dig up success in the West.

Bolts Beat: Lots of talk, no action as trade deadline nears

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— All’s been quiet on the trade front league wide.

Bolts could make good road trip into great one

- After posting two victories in three games in California, Tampa Bay enjoyed a couple of days of relaxation in the desert before heading to suburban Phoenix to face the Arizona Coyotes tonight, followed by the completion of ...

Bolts’ Drouin dealing with growing pains

- The Lightning are focusing on the positives in rookie Jonathan Drouin's development. The No. 3 overall pick in the 2013 draft has two goals in 49 games playing primarily a fourth-line role.