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Tuesday, Jan 27, 2015

Erik Erlendsson

Tribune Staff

Injuries on blue line forcing newcomers to step up for Lightning

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— Last we left the Lightning, their fortunes turned around on the ice.

Johnson overcame obstacles to get to NHL All-Star Game

- There are road blocks, detours and potential pitfalls in every journey, and Lightning center Tyler Johnson encountered all them.

Difficult stretch awaits Lightning after All-Star Break

- The Lightning hit this weekend’s All-Star break on a high note. Winners of 10 of their past 13 games, they are atop the Eastern Conference standings as the league takes a five-day hiatus starting today.

Lightning win eighth straight at home, 4-1 over Canucks

- Tampa Bay heads into the All-Star break with a franchise record-tying home winning streak and holding the top spot in the Eastern Conference.

Bolts notes: D Witkowski makes NHL debut

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— D Luke Witkowski was among the last players cut by Tampa Bay during training camp. In October, he earned his first recall, but never played. Over the weekend, Witkowski once a...

Lightning's Carle to have surgery, miss 6-8 weeks

- Already without one top defenseman for the rest of the season, the Lightning must deal with the loss of Matt Carle for up to two months.

Lightning look to lift performance before break

- One game remains before the Lightning hit the All-Star break. Two points are on the line. But is there more than one goal to accomplish for Tampa Bay against Vancouver tonight before taking five days off?

Bishop stands strong in shootout victory

- Goalie Ben Bishop tied a season high with 40 saves to lead the Lightning to their seventh straight win at home. Ryan Callahan had the shootout-deciding marker as Tampa Bay moved back atop the Eastern Conference.

Bolts Notes: Another injury tests Lightning’s defensive depth

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— With injuries mounting up among the Lightning defensive corps, the blue line depth is undergoing a severe test heading into next week’s All-Star break.

Bolts notes: Johnson a surprise starter against Oilers

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TAMPA — Tampa Bay Lightning C Tyler Johnson, who missed Tuesday’s loss at Boston with a lower-body injury, was a surprise starter for Thursday’s 3-2 victory over Edmonton.

Lightning’s Paquette says he’d take on Chara again

- Lightning rookie Cedric Paquette didn’t go looking to stir up trouble against Boston on Tuesday, but he was more than happy to find himself in the middle of the action.

Bolts get it together in third period to top Oilers

- Looking like a team skating in slush, the Lightning finally found smoother ice for an escape path. And it was That Line which provided the rescue effort to cap off a 3-2 comeback victory against Edmonton.

Captain Stamkos taking charge of the Lightning

- Steven Stamkos steps up in his role as leader and says his two goals meant little after yet another setback in Boston.

Boston blues continue for Bolts in 4-3 loss

- Playing on consecutive nights and without leading scorer Tyler Johnson and top defenseman Victor Hedman proved to be too much for Tampa Bay to overcome as the Lightning failed to hold on to a pair of leads before falling to...

Bolts notes: Hedman, Johnson could return within week

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— The Tampa Bay Lightning’s top scorer and top defenseman are out for the time being.

Lightning lose in Philly as Hedman, Johnson go down with injuries

- Tampa Bay allowed five goals in the second period, three on the power play, en route to a 7-3 thumping by the Flyers.

Bolts notes: Lecavalier plays ex-team for first time this season

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— Former Tampa Bay Lightning captain Vinny Lecavalier is enduring one of the most difficult seasons in his 17-year career.

Lightning’s play reminiscent of 2003-04 championship team

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— Déjà vu. It’s happening again.

Bolts’ recent success result of trusting system

- Whatever ailed the Lightning during a rough patch in mid-December has been cured as Tampa Bay enters tonight’s game at Philadelphia riding a wave or momentum with seven wins in the past eight games.

Stamkos, Johnson named to NHL All-Star squad

- The top two Tampa Bay Lightning centers are heading to Columbus.

Patient Barberio seeks opportunity on Bolts’ blue line

- With Radko Gudas out for the remainder of the regular season because of knee surgery, a possible window of opportunity has opened for Mark Barberio.

Bolts in first place after downing Canadiens 4-2

- The Lightning established themselves in their first visit to Montreal since being swept out of last season’s playoffs, snapping the Canadiens’ six-game winning streak.

Bolts notes: D Gudas to miss rest of regular season

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— The Tampa Bay Lightning will be without is D Radko Gudas for at least the rest of the regular season.

Lightning riding high at midseason — with room to improve

- Heading into tonight's game at Montreal, the Lightning's 25-12-4 record and 54 points match the franchise records established last season for the most productive first half of a season in team history.

Best and worst of the Lightning’s season so far

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As the Lightning get set to kick off the second half of the schedule in Montreal tonight, let’s take a quick look back at the best and worst of the first 41 games of the season.

Bolts D Gudas to have knee surgery

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Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Radko Gudas will undergo surgery on his right knee on Tuesday and be out for an undetermined amount of time, the team announced on Monday.

Lightning erase another deficit, top Senators

- Tampa Bay twice rallied from down a goal before pulling away for a 4-2 victory against Ottawa.

Bolts notes: Gudas will miss rest of road trip

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— The Lightning will be without D Radko Gudas for unknown amount of time.

Lightning seeking answers for woes on road

- The Lightning have won only two of their last eight games in opposing rinks.

Weirdness abounds as Lightning fall to Penguins

- Flashing spotlights during play, sticks caught in helmets and even a vomit delay. The Lightning had to deal with all three before dropping a 6-3 decision at Pittsburgh, snapping a four-game winning streak.

Bolts notes: D Gudas won’t play against Penguins

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— It’s been an up and down season for Tampa Bay Lightning D Radko Gudas when it comes to staying in the lineup.

Kucherov putting it all together for Lightning

- After a quick start and slow finish in his rookie season, Nikita Kucherov enters tonight’s game at Pittsburgh with 17 goals, eighth-most in the league.

Bolts’ flashy trio line up year-ending 5-1 win at Buffalo

- Whatever it is, That Line just has it. And when Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat and Nikita Kucherov are feeling it, well, That Line shows it.

Bolts notes: G Bishop sits as a precaution

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— Tampa Bay Lighnting goaltender Ben Bishop kept his pads under wraps for a second consecutive day, and there are no plans for them to come out of his bag until Thursday...

Bishop healthy, but Vasilevskiy may start against Buffalo

- Despite no reported injuries to either Ben Bishop or Evgeni Nabokov, rookie Andrei Vasilevskiy made his way from Syracuse to the Harbor Center rink in downtown Buffalo to join Tampa Bay for an optional practice.

Stamkos’ 20th goal caps Lightning win

- The Lightning capped a perfect three-game homestand with a come-from-behind 3-2 victory against Toronto in a game that was not as close as the final score.

Bolts notes: Drouin, Palat back in the lineup

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— No matter the situation, when a player is absent from games or practices with any sort of an illness, the red flags go up.

Stamkos’ production takes hit for Bolts

- Four goals and five assists in 14 games heading into tonight’s game against Toronto might be considered a good month for some players. But for Steven Stamkos, that production is far below expectations.

Bolts back in first after beating Carolina

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— Rest, relaxation and some rust.

Bolts notes: Drouin sent home ill; not believed to be mumps

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— Tampa Bay Lightning rookie LW Jonathan Drouin was sent home Saturday morning after showing up at Amalie Arena reporting that he was not feeling well.

With wins tougher to get, Bolts must show intensity now

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— Not that winning any game in the NHL is an easy task, but early in the season, the Lightning stockpiled wins and points to dance to the front of the conga line headed toward t...

Once-dominant Lightning try to climb out of rut

- This year’s team raced out to a 17-6-2 record through 25 games, following a victory at the New York Rangers on Dec. 1. Since then, wins have been more difficult to come by for Tampa Bay.

Johnson's hat trick leads Lightning past Penguins, 4-3

- A week ago, Tyler Johnson stayed in his hotel bedroom for two days fighting the effects of a stomach bug that sapped his energy. He lost about 6 pounds, as he was unable to maintain a regular diet. On Tuesday, he loaded up ...

Bolts notes: G Bishop almost set to return

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— Ben Bishop’s political career might need a bit of work.

After fast start, Lightning hit scoring slump

- The highest scoring team in the league has seen its offense all but disappear.

Bolts notes: G Vasilevskiy sets team rookie record

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

Rookie effort goes to waste in Lightning loss

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

Bolts notes: Recovering Bishop faces shots during skate

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— 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

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— 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...