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Monday, Dec 22, 2014

Erik Erlendsson

Tribune Staff

Bolts notes: G Vasilevskiy sets team rookie record


— Rookie goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy nearly put together a game for th...

Rookie effort goes to waste in Lightning loss


— The Lightning were out-played, out-hustled and out-worked on Saturday.

Bolts notes: Recovering Bishop faces shots during skate


— Tampa Bay Lightning G Ben Bishop took to the ice for the second consecutive day Saturday in his recovery from a lower-body injury sustained Monday.

Lightning rally but lose to Devils in shootout, 3-2

- While trailing 2-0, Nikita Kucherov salvaged a point for the Lightning with his tying goal with 40.1 seconds left in regulation after Steven Stamkos notched his 19th of the season. New Jersey goaltender Keith Kinkaid stoppe...

Bolts notes: Viruses force team to take precautions


— In the season of the mumps around the NHL, quarantining players from each other has become a normal occurrence as 16 have been diagnosed with the virus that is making t...

Lightning rookie Drouin finding comfort zone

- When Jonathan Drouin jumped up to the Bolts' top line in his third NHL game, the move was made out of necessity. Now, it’s an opportunity the 19-year-old former No. 3 overall pick is starting to earn.

Vasilevskiy answers the call for Lightning

- The rapid improvement Andrei Vasilevskiy has shown, both on and off the ice, created the opportunity for the 20-year-old to make his NHL debut.

Vasilevskiy gives glimpse of future in Bolts' win

- Highly touted goaltender prospect Andrei Vasilevskiy made his NHL debut and did it in a winning effort, making 23 saves while leading Tampa Bay to a 3-1 victory at Philadelphia.

Bolts notes: Bishop injury not expected to be long term


— Ben Bishop walked through the lobby area of the Tampa Bay Lightning team hotel early Tuesday afternoon showing no worse for wear after leaving Monday’s game in P...

Bishop injured as Lightning fall to Penguins, 4-2

- The Lightning may now officially be in a slump with four losses in the past five games. And if that's not bad enough, goaltender Ben Bishop was injured during the loss at Pittsburgh with no immediate determination of how mu...

Bolts Notes: Gudas’ virus not related to outbreak of mumps


— When D Radko Gudas came down with a virus that will keep him out of a second consecutive game tonight, the first question asked regarding Gudas’ absence was whethe...

Bolts look to break out of slide against Penguins


— The statistics say the Lightning are in a slump.

Controversial call, early penalties hurt Bolts against Capitals


— Tampa Bay was hurt by an early controversial call Saturday night, but the Lightning did little the rest of the way to help themselves.

Bounces go Kucherov’s way in Bolts’ 2-1 win

- Nikita Kucherov left little doubt as he broke a third-period stalemate for his first of two goals on the night to help lead the Lightning to a 2-1 victory against the Hurricanes.

Bolts notes: Team won’t loan Drouin to Team Canada


— The Lightning will not loan top prospect LW Jonathan Drouin to Team Canada for the World Junior Championships.

Bolts TV analyst Bobby ‘The Chief’ Taylor shifting to new role

- After 21 years in the broadcast booth, Bobby “The Chief’’ Taylor will step aside from the color commentator role with the Lightning after this season, though he will remain as a studio analyst.

Angry Bolts look to snap two-game skid


— If the temperament inside the Lightning locker room after consecutive home losses were a tea kettle, the spout would be emanating some steam.

Lightning fall to Capitals 5-3

- The Lightning fail to bounce back as the Capitals keep the pressure on.

Bolts notes: Stamkos reaches 250 goals


— Lightning captain Steven Stamkos became one of the youngest players in NHL history to reach the 250-goal plateau, hitting the milestone...

Morrow’s experience key for young Bolts


— The Lightning locker room these days looks like the first day of classes at medical school.

Wins are no sure thing in NHL, Bolts learn

- Failing to secure victories against last-place teams last week can be viewed only as a disappointment for the Lightning.

Bolts have rare off-night on home ice


— Ben Bishop raised his left shoulder while attempting to squeeze the puck to his side with his elbow following a David Savard shot.

Bolts simply refuse to be pushed around

- After three third-period fracases against Buffalo, Lightning players send a message to the rest of the league that they are in this together. “It’s what family does,’’ defenseman Radko Gudas says.

Lightning flex muscle in 5-0 rout of Sabres

- Tampa Bay dominates Buffalo in a 5-0 victory in front of an announced crowd of 17,767 at Amalie Arena in a game that wasn’t as close as the score indicated.

Bolts notes: Drouin figures to get more playing time


— When the Lightning sent C Vladislav Namestnikov to Syracuse of the American Hockey League on Wednesday, it might suggest that fellow rookie Jonathan Drouin’s status for...

Lightning assign Namestnikov to AHL Syracuse


TAMPA — The Lightning assigned rookie C Vladislav Namestnikov to Syracuse of the American Hockey League on Wednesday.

Sloppy Lightning fall to Sabres in shootout, 2-1

- Tampa Bay gave up a late tying goal before ending a four-game winning streak but picked up a point in the standings.

Bolts notes: Rotating door in effect against Buffalo


— The spinning rotation of forwards in and out of the lineup went back into full effect Tuesday for the Tampa Bay Lightning, with top prospect Jonathan Drouin scratched ...

Lightning complete sweep of Rangers with 6-3 win

- Whether it’s matchups or good fortune, the Lightning have the Rangers' number this season.

Bolts notes: Lightning help salute St. Louis’ milestone 1,000th point


Hedman’s return a welcome sight for Bolts

- For six weeks, the Lightning managed just fine without Victor Hedman. Now that he’s back in the lineup, it’s difficult not to think Tampa Bay will be even better, which is quite a possibility for a team in a s...

Bolts notes: Trade shows commitment to youngsters


— The trade of veteran Eric Brewer on Friday was more about committing to playing the Lightning’s younger defensemen than it was a...

Lightning’s home dominance continues in 4-1 win over Senators


— The Lightning started sluggishly on Saturday night.

Lightning trade D Brewer to Anaheim for draft pick

- Facing a roster log jam, the Lightning opened up a spot on Friday by trading veteran defenseman Eric Brewer to Anaheim for a third-round draft pick in 2015.

Bolts pairing looks like it’s coming together

- Steven Stamkos played three seasons alongside Marty St. Louis, a talent similar to Stamkos, who likes to play with speed and skill. But now, he’s clicking with the hard-working, blue-collar Ryan Callahan.

Lightning hold off Rangers in St. Louis’ return to Tampa

- Ryan Callahan, who came to the Lightning in the Marty St. Louis trade, scored twice in the 4-3 win. Meantime, Amalie Arena fans applauded St. Louis but let him know he’s now the enemy.

Bolts notes: Hedman nearing return to lineup


— The time is drawing near for Victor Hedman to return to the Tampa Bay Lightning lineup.

Emotions high for St. Louis' return to Tampa

- Former Lightning star Marty St. Louis returns to Tampa to face his former team for the first time since his trade to the Rangers.

Scoring depth a recipe for Bolts’ success

- No team in the league has scored more goals at even strength than Tampa Bay, which has picked up 54 goals during 5-on-5 or 4-on-4 play. The closest is Calgary, which has scored 50 even-strength goals.

Bolts notes: Killorn making up for injuries, slow start


— Alex Killorn endured a frustratingly slow start to the season.

Lightning defense steps up in victory over Minnesota


— The electrifying Lightning offense heard the challenge of the coaching staff early Saturday morning - take care of your own net first.

Bolts notes: Barberio making most of limited playing time


— Mark Barberio has been there, done that when it comes to sitting out long stretches of games before getting into the Tampa Bay Lightning lineup.

Bolts are eager to respond after back-to-back losses

- “The guys are (ticked) off, there is no doubt,’’ Coach Jon Cooper said. But breaking the skid will have to come against Minnesota, which put a 7-2 beating on Tampa Bay in October and is riding a four-game ...

Spark missing, Bolts let Leafs off hook

- Stuck in neutral for most of the game, Tampa Bay paid for it in a 5-2 loss to struggling Toronto, the Lightning's second straight setback.

Bolts rookie Namestnikov’s confidence keeps building


— Three weeks into the regular season, Tampa Bay Lightning rookie Vladislav Namestnikov was told to move on.

Return trip isn’t as joyous for Nabokov as Islanders top Bolts

- Lightning goaltender Evgeni Nabokov, facing his former Islanders teammates, suffered a 5-2 loss at Nassau Coliseum. He allowed all five goals and finished with 31 saves as Tampa Bay lost for just the second time in regulati...

Bolts notes: Team nearly back to full roster


— After a month of dealing with a slew of injuries, the Lightning appear on the verge of getting close to a full roster.

Callahan scores twice as Lightning top Rangers, 5-1

- Former Rangers captain Ryan Callahan returned to Madison Square Garden for the first time since he was traded to Tampa Bay at the deadline last season and in a fitting homecoming, scored twice including the game-winner.

Bolts notes: Tribute honors ex-Blueshirts


— Rangers south squared off against Lightning north on Monday night.

Three Bolts are ready for homecoming

- As three former Rangers now wearing Lightning colors return to the Garden tonight to face their former team for the first time, there is no way of knowing which way the fans will lean when the names of defenseman Anton Stra...