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Monday, May 25, 2015

Erik Erlendsson

Tribune Staff

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


— The Lightning stand at the cusp of playing for the Cup.

Bolts Notes: Stamkos embraces ‘magnitude’ of Lightning’s 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.

St. Louis, Stamkos put close relationship aside for playoffs

- There was quick text exchange between friends and former teammates. And until the two share a handshake and a hug after this playoff series - with one on his way to the Stanley Cup finals - it will be the last friendly exc...

Bolts notes: Callahan optimistic he will play in Game 1


— Five days after undergoing emergency appendectomy surgery, Lightning RW Ryan Callahan figures to be in the lineup for the start of the Eastern Conference final Saturday aft...

Callahan itching to get back on ice after appendectomy

- Less than 72 hours after surgery, Ryan Callahan was on the ice at the team’s light practice before the Lightning headed to New York to prepare for Saturday’s Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals against the N...

Yzerman’s influence everywhere as Bolts prepare for Rangers

- In 2011, Steve Yzerman’s first season with the franchise, a team led by holdover franchise icons Vinny Lecavalier and Marty St. Louis and a few stop-gap veterans reached Game 7 of the conference finals. This time, th...

Lightning put away Canadiens, move on to conference finals

- Tampa Bay popped the bubble on Montreal’s season with a 4-1 victory to win the series 4-2. Now the Bolts await tonight's Game 7 between the Capitals and Rangers to determine their next opponent and whether they'll hav...

Broken glass may be indicative of Lightning’s mood


TAMPA After watching a 3-0 series lead dwindle with consecutive losses, the Lightning want to enter tonight’s Game 6 with an angry attitude after losing two consecutive game to Montreal, coming on the heels of wi...

Bolts notes: Cooper urges more shots on goal


TAMPA — Usually when it comes to shots on goal, it’s about quality, not quantity.

Lightning looking to veterans to set tone, oust Canadiens

- After two straight losses heading into tonight’s Game 6 at Amalie Arena, the Lightning will be relying on some of the experienced players to help deal with the latest unfamiliarity on the playoff path and eliminate t...

Lightning’s Callahan out after emergency appendectomy

- The Lightning will be without RW Ryan Callahan for Tuesday’s Game 6 against Montreal after the veteran forward underwent an emergency appendectomy late Monday, the team confirmed.

Bolts try to maintain perspective after two straight losses

- After grabbing a 3-0 series lead against Montreal in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinals, Tampa Bay finds itself feeling the heat after two consecutive losses.

Series momentum may be shifting as Montreal takes Game 5

- After the Tampa Bay Lightning opened up a 3-0 playoff series lead against the Montreal Canadiens, Tampa Bay is having issues trying to close it out.

Bolts notes: Stamkos not frustrated by goal drought


— Steven Stamkos is back in the media spotlight, and not for his goal scoring.

Lightning want to get back on attack for Game 5 tonight

- In failing to capitalize on the chance to sweep, Tampa Bay was outplayed, outshot and outhustled for most of Game 4 - and this series - and heads to Montreal, still with a 3-1 series lead. Coach Jon Cooper didn’t seem...

Bolts Slap Shots: Subban offers postgame zinger


Montreal D P.K. Subban is never one to shy away from a colorful quote, and he didn’t disappoint following Thursday’s 6-2 victory in which Tampa Bay G Ben Bishop was pulled early in the second period after a...

Bolts notes: G Bishop ready to hit rest button


— Ben Bishop has been the backbone for the Lightning all season.

Canadiens avoid sweep, overpower Bolts in Game 4

- With a chance to sweep their way into the Eastern Conference Final, the Lightning instead put away the brooms and packed their bags.

Bolts notes: Players evoking ‘killer instinct’ to close out Canadiens


— Despite a thrilling finish to Game 3, the Lightning know Game 4 must play out differently.

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 grabbed a 3-0 series lead against Montreal. A win tonight would give the Bolts a series sweep a year after the Canadiens did the...

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


— 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


— 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


— 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


— 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


The reaction to the suspension of Detroit D Niklas Kronwall

Game 7 intense, but Bolts will try to seize moment


— 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


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

Stamkos denies he’s playing hurt for struggling Bolts


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).