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Thursday, Apr 17, 2014

Erlendsson, Erik

Tribune Staff

Lightning lose Game 1 in overtime 5-4

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TAMPA — Welcome to playoff heartbreak.

Bolts notes: Success not just goaltending

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TAMPA — The Tampa Bay Lightning might not be in the playoffs were it not for G Ben Bishop. Coach Jon Cooper doesn’t dispute that. But there is more to the Lightning’s success than the play of their l...

Bolts’ homegrown talent set to take center stage

- As the Lightning bolt back into the postseason following a two-year absence, their return was blazed four years ago when Steve Yzerman assumed the helm of the franchise.

Bolts notes: G Bishop’s status uncertain for series

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TAMPA — The expected turned into reality on Tuesday: the Tampa Bay Lightning will start the playoffs without the services of top goaltender Ben Bishop.

Bolts owner Vinik having time of his life

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Four years into his ownership of the Lightning, Jeff Vinik talks about a range of issues including the fans, Steve Yzerman and losing Vinny Lecavalier and Marty St. Louis.

Lindback seizes moment as Lightning head to playoffs

- A week after Ben Bishop's injury, confidence in the Lightning's goaltending has been almost fully restored as the team gets set to start its opening-round playoff series against Montreal.

Coach: Malone arrest won’t distract Bolts

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Coach Jon Cooper said the Lightning will remain focused on the playoffs despite the arrest of Ryan Malone, inset, on charges involving DUI and cocaine possession.

Lightning earn home-ice edge

- Tampa Bay ended the season with 101 points, the third time in franchise history the Lightning have reached the century mark, and finished third overall in the Eastern Conference. Next: The Canadiens.

Bolts keep overcoming obstacles, top Columbus 3-2

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TAMPA — At some point, it might make sense for the Lightning to just throw up their collective hands in amused amazement.

Bolts Notes: Filppula joins burgeoning injury list

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TAMPA — With the playoffs starting in less than a week, the microscope on any injury becomes magnified.

Lindback up to task as Bolts top Flyers, 4-2

- In his first start since starter Ben Bishop went down to injury, goalie Anders Lindback stopped 34 shots to help lead the Lightning to a 4-2 victory against Philadelphia and complete a season sweep of the Flyers.

Bolts notes: G Gudlevskis has chance to make history

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TAMPA — The late-season injury to Tampa Bay Lightning G Ben Bishop opens up an opportunity for G Kristers Gudlevskis to be a part of NHL history.

Bolts taking wait-and-see attitude with injured Bishop

- Ben Bishop, who set a franchise record with 37 victories this season, will sit out the final three games of the regular season after suffering an undisclosed upper body injury during the first period of Tuesday’s game...

Bolts win, but injury to Bishop could be devastating

- The Lightning may have to enter the postseason without goalie Ben Bishop after he left favoring his left arm at the 5:43 mark of the first period during Tampa Bay's 3-0 win over Toronto.

Bolts Notes: Stamkos up for Masterton Trophy

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TAMPA — Four months ago new Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos found himself working on an underwater treadmill, among other apparatus, diligently trying to make his way back from a broken tibia that requi...

Bolts G Bishop injured, taken out of game

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TAMPA – Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop left Tuesday’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs due to injury and will not return.

Lightning sign GM Yzerman to 4-year extension

- A week after clinching a second playoff berth in four years, the Lightning signed general manager Steve Yzerman to a four-year contract extension.

Mistakes may cost Bolts home-ice advantage

- Since clinching a playoff spot, the Lightning appear to have eased up on the gas pedal in dropping two straight by a combined score of 9-3. In both games, the Lightning looked sluggish in the first period and were outscored...

Bolts stumble again, lose to Dallas

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TAMPA — The Lightning look lost trying to find the finish line.

Bolts Notes: Statue honoring Andreychuk unveiled

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TAMPA — Sitting on stage outside The Forum, Dave Andreychuk was surrounded by more than a dozen family members and thousands of fans on the plaza as he waited to see his likeness unveiled in the form of a statue.<...

Lightning letdown is a lesson learned

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BRANDON — Professors often preach in front of a classroom about potential pitfalls and how to avoid them in the future.

Bolts notes: Murray suspended three games for Kostka hit

- Two days after being knocked unconscious by a hit from Montreal’s Douglas Murray, Tampa Bay Lightning D Mike Kostka said he had no recollection of the hit that knocked him out or waking up on the ice.

Lightning feel post-clinch letdown, lose to Calgary

- Two days after the Lighting played an emotionally charged, playoff-intense match up against a division opponent, they fell to Western Conference cellar-dweller Calgary, 4-1.

Bolts notes: Lightning honor Paralympian

- Before the game, Paralympic gold medalist Declan Farmer dropped the ceremonial opening faceoff and received fist pumps from the Lightning players on the bench as he left the ice.

Bolts clinch playoff spot with victory

- The Lightning, with five rookies in the lineup, clinched a playoff berth for the first time since 2011 and just the second time since 2007 after a 3-2 win over Montreal.

Lightning can clinch playoff spot tonight

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The Tampa Bay Lightning have the opportunity to officially clinch a playoff spot tonight

Lightning, Canadiens bring playoff atmosphere

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The Montreal Canadiens come to the Forum tonight to play the Lightning, and it looks like they also will play each other in the first round of the playoffs.

Bolts point streak ends with loss in Detroit

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DETROIT — Facing a team fighting for a playoff spot offers a much different opposing desparation level than a team with players fighting for jobs next sesaon.

Bolts notes: Callahan takes no time to feel at home

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BUFFALO, N.Y. — Lightning RW Ryan Callahan grew up in Rochester, N.Y., about a one-hour drive from Buffalo and was able to see family on Friday for dinner and had about 15 to 20 family and friends in the stands a...

Stamkos makes amends in Bolts win over Buffalo

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BUFFALO, N.Y. — Steven Stamkos gave one away on a wacky goal Saturday but atoned for it in dramatic fashion, helping Tampa Bay knock off Buffalo 4-3 in overtime.

Bolts point streak continues with win over Islanders

- Tampa Bay didn’t paint a pretty picture in facing one of the bottom teams in the Eastern Conference but after a 13-round shootout, managed to come away with a 3-2 victory against the Islanders.

Bolts Notes: Kunyk getting crash course in NHL life

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TAMPA — Recently signed free agent C Cody Kunyk hit the ice running for the Lightning this week after making the long two-day trek from Fairbanks, Alaska, to Tampa earlier in the week.

Stamkos’ return helps give Bolts’ power play a new look

- With Steven Stamkos once again perched inside the left circle, the Lightning power play has almost instantly transformed from fizzle to sizzle.

Lightning's Stamkos keeps eye on puck

- Steven Stamkos walked into the locker room Tuesday morning with a black baseball bat resting on his right shoulder.

Bolts notes: Kucherov returns, ends scoring drought

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TAMPA — After sitting out five consecutive games and seven of the past eight as a healthy scratch, rookie RW Nikita Kucherov wsa back in the lineup Monday against the Ottawa Senators.

Lightning lose to Ottawa in shootout, gain point

- With the Lightning’s 4-3 shootout loss to Ottawa, Tampa Bay extend its streak of earning a point to nine consecutive games, the longest stretch since the 2003-04 season when the had a streak of 18 consecutive games wi...

Callahan makes smooth transition with Lightning

- Moving to a new organization for the first time in his career, Ryan Callahan didn't know what to expect joining a new team. But whatever nerves or uncertainty he may have felt were quickly put at ease almost from the moment...

Bolts lose but still pick up points

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PITTSBURGH — Like the result, not how it resulted.

Lindback earns praise despite suffering loss

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PITTSBURGH — Playing time for G Anders Lindback has been few and far between in recent games.

Bolts’ Purcell hopes to break out

- Teddy Purcell often tantalizes with his skill level and sometimes frustrates with his production level.

Not-so-perfect Lightning prevail against Ottawa

- Tampa Bay battled its way to a 5-4 victory against Ottawa, its fifth consecutive win and matching a season-best winning streak.

Lightning beat Maple Leafs, 5-3

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A hat trick by Steven Stamkos leads the Lightning over the Maple Leafs in Toronto, and moves Tampa Bay into a better playoff position.

Bolts notes: Former Bolt Ranger stable after hit

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TORONTO — Former Lightning D Paul Ranger had to be taken off the ice on a stretcher late in the first period following a hit from Tampa Bay LW Alex Killorn.

D Kostka making right moves with Lightning

- Where Mike Kostka, 28, does belong these days is in the NHL, though his path there also was unconventional.

Bolts’ surge continues with win over Canucks

- Tampa Bay built up a nice cushion, then survived a late Vancouver rally before holding on for a 4-3 victory, capping a six-game homestand with their third consecutive win.

Bolts early notes: Cup reunion provides incentive

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TAMPA — Along the hallway leading from the Lightning locker room to the bench, murals lines the walls.

Steady Palat is flying under Bolts’ radar

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TAMPA — When opposing teams turn on their scouting radar and point it toward the Tampa Bay Lightning roster, odds are that Ondrej Palat barely appears as a blip.

Bishop sets victory record in Bolts win

- Lightning goalie Ben Bishop makes 23 saves in a 3-0 win over the Devils, and becomes the franchise's single season record holder with his 31st win.

Bolts Notebook: Johnson challenges Stamkos record

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TAMPA — With 21 goals on the season, C Tyler Johnson climbed to within two goals of matching the single-season franc...

Bolts' Stanley Cup team reunites tonight

- Ten years after winning the Stanley Cup, the franchise prepares to look back at the greatest season in team history.