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Monday, Mar 02, 2015

Erik Erlendsson

Tribune Staff

Lightning get help on defense, acquire Coburn from Flyers

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— After setting the stage for a relatively quiet trade deadline day, Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman kicked things off early.

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.

Bolts beat Ducks, find good vibes in California

- The Lightning found a way to dig out some success after knocking off Anaheim 4-1 on Wednesday, giving the Lightning wins in two of the three games in California. Last season, Tampa Bay went 0-2-1.

Bolts notes: Penalty kills working for special teams

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— The Tampa Bay Lightning’s special teams have received plenty of attention for an ineffective power play of late.

Ex-Bolts reunite to help Ducks

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— Nate Thompson traded in a life on the Gulf Coast for one on the Pacific Coast.

What controversy? Bishop solidly remains Lightning’s No. 1 goalie

- The last time the Lightning faced the Ducks, Tampa Bay goaltender Ben Bishop received a message loud and clear — the net still belongs to him.

Lightning allow two goals in third, lose 3-2 to Kings

- The Kings scored twice in the third period to win their fifth consecutive game, 3-2 over the Lightning. It's a streak that began when Los Angeles won in Tampa on Feb. 7.

Bolts notes: D Matt Carle on track for March return

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— Tampa Bay Lightning D Matt Carle is back on skates and on track for a return next month after undergoing abdominal surgery in Jan...

Bolts’ trip opens with rare win at San Jose

- The Lightning started an important road trip on the right foot, getting five goals from five different players in their first win in San Jose since 2003, 5-2 on Sunday night.

Bolts Notes: Defensive play must improve, Cooper says

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— The Lightning can score goals, entering Sunday as the highest scoring team in the league at 3.19 goals per game.

Power-play struggles continue to baffle Bolts

- Oh, the power play. Supposed to be an advantage for the Lightning, it’s been anything but that for good stretches this season.

Lightning head west for five games, face big test

- February's 12-game stretch against Western Conference teams is a measuring stick for Tampa Bay's season. So far, the Bolts have been on even footing, but the ante goes up Sunday beginning in San Jose.

Blues bash Bolts, 6-3, after key Stamkos turnover

- The Lightning had plenty of problems in their defensive zone, but they were never able to recover from a glaring second-period turnover by Steven Stamkos in the home loss to St. Louis.

Bolts notes: Paquette expects to return during road trip

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— Tampa Bay Lightning C Cedric Paquette will miss his second consecutive game with an upper body injury the will force him to sit out tonight’s game against St. Louis.

Cooper’s tinkering with Bolts’ lines produces immediate results

- Tuesday night, Lightning coach Jon Cooper shook up the line when his team was down two goals. it ignited a quick spark.

Bolts notes: Paquette sits, is day-to-day

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— One player returns, only to see another one miss time.

Lightning rally to tie, then lose in OT to Predators, 3-2

- Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne, who has somehow been shut out of winning a Vezina Trophy, stymied the Lightning offense while making 30 saves. Seth Jones and Taylor Beck provided the offense for Nashville, which occupies ...

Bolts’ coach counts on Brian Boyle to play many roles

- At virtually any point during a game, Lightning head coach Jon Cooper can give Brian Boyle a tap on the shoulder and send the center onto the ice.

Lightning home win streak ends with loss to Kings

- Early into Saturday's game, Tampa Bay figured out just what a desperate defending Stanley Cup championship team can do, despite where the Los Angeles Kings sit in the playoff race.

Bolts notes: Experience on blue line thin due to injuries

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— Lightning captain Steven Stamkos hit the quarter-century mark on Saturday.

Coach 2K: Bolts’ Bowness hits big milestone

- Associate coach Rick Bowness will stand behind an NHL team for the 2,000th time today when Tampa Bay hosts Los Angeles, a rare accomplishment in an age when coaches are shuffled more than a deck of cards at a blackjack table.

Lightning trade draft pick to Toronto for two forwards

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TAMPA - The Lightning acquired minor league help on Friday, picking up a pair of forwards, including one familiar name.

Lightning score three goals late to top Stars, 5-3

- Tyler Johnson scored twice in the third period for his sixth multi-goal game of the season to help Tampa Bay improve to 10-1-2 when tied after two periods. Rookie Andrei Vasilevskiy, making his fifth career start, made 31 s...

Bolts notes: Morrow evolves; Vasilevskiy starts

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— For 13 seasons, Brenden Morrow called Dallas home.

Father-son bonding as Bolts dads go on road trip

- Scattered in the stands at American Airlines Center were people wearing Lightning jerseys with names on the back such as Callahan, Boyle, Paquette, Barberio — even a Cooper.

Bolts give up late tying goal, lose 2-1 in OT

- Blues goaltender Brian Elliott stopped 30 shots to keep his team in the game before the offense finally came through for a 2-1 overtime victory over the Lightning.

Bolts notes: G Bishop has St. Louis homecoming

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— A trip to St. Louis serves as a big homecoming for Lightning G Ben Bishop.

Bolts G Nabokov clears waivers, future uncertain

- Veteran goaltender Evgeni Nabokov went unclaimed on the waiver wire Monday, leading to the possibility the 39-year-old could retire.

Bolts waive Nabokov, recall Vasilevskiy to backup Bishop

- The Lightning placed goaltender Evgeni Nabokov on waivers and called up prized rookie Andrei Vasilevskiy.to serve as backup for Ben Bishop.

Bishop holds the line as Bolts top Columbus 3-1

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— Top lines, third lines, skill and some grit.

Bolts notes: Barberio learning curve pays dividend

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— When Tampa Bay Lightning D Mark Barberio stepped into a one-timer from the center point Thursday and scored his first goal of the season, he got a little extra nod from head c...

Lightning back atop Atlantic after throttling Red Wings

- Lightning rookie Cedric Paquette's first career hat trick sends Tampa Bay by Detroit 5-1 in front of a sellout crowd at Amalie Arena that had more than its fair share of red jerseys in the seats.

Bolts notes: Kucherov not worried about scoring drought

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— Droughts for goal scorers are a common occurrence, whether it means five games without scoring or perhaps a bit longer.

Bolts’ focus must be sharp against streaking Red Wings

- Tampa Bay rides an eight-game home winning streak into tonight — a victory would break the franchise record for consecutive home wins in a season — as it hosts Detroit in a showdown for first place in the Atlant...

Lightning show rust in loss to Carolina

- Tampa Bay looked sloppy and slow in the opening 10 minutes on Tuesday and paid for it in a 4-2 loss to Carolina in their first game after the All-Star break.

Bolts notes: Johnson finds a way to play

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— Tyler Johnson did not miss a beat.

Injuries on blue line forcing newcomers to step up for Lightning

- Injuries to Radko Gudas and Matt Carle have taken two of Tampa Bay’s top defensemen out of the lineup for an extended period. That means rookies Nikita Nesterov and Luke Witkowski will assume some of those lost minut...