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Saturday, Nov 01, 2014

Erik Erlendsson

Tribune Staff

Elite scorers ready to face off

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— The red-light district burns bright at Amalie Arena tonight.

Stamkos helps make boy’s wish come true

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— With a burst of speed, a quick deke and a foot pump, Noah Defilippo rocketed a puck off the crossbar and into the net behind Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Evgeni Nabokov on F...

Bolts notes: Lecavalier healing but unable to play

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Former Tampa Bay Lightning captain Vinny Lecavalier did not want to miss playing in his only trip home this season.

Stamkos, Lightning power way past Flyers

- Steven Stamkos had his third multi-goal game of the season with a pair of goals to lead the Lightning to a 4-3 win over the Flyers.

Lightning finds spark with creative line combo

- The trio of Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat and Nikita Kucherov was the best line on the ice for Tampa Bay during Tuesday’s 7-3 victory against Arizona, as Kucherov recorded his first career hat trick and Johnson set a ca...

Kucherov hat trick leads Bolts by Coyotes, 7-3

- Nikita Kucherov looked up from ice level to see hats rain down to celebrate the first career hat trick for the 21-year-old as Tampa Bay routed Arizona, 7-3, in front of an announced crowd of 17,511 at Amalie Arena.

Bolts notes: Drouin sees less time with Killorn’s return

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— In the first four games of his NHL career, all coming on the road, Jonathan Drouin looked right at home working alongside Steven Stamkos as injuries pushed the 19-year-old int...

Bolts rookie Drouin ready for home debut tonight

- The third overall pick in the 2013 draft had his NHL debut delayed by a year when he was sent back to his junior team after training camp last season. Then, a fracture in his right thumb pushed his first NHL game back two w...

Banged-up Bolts routed by well-rested Wild

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— Under the best of circumstances, Saturday night’s game in Minnesota was going to be a tough task for the Lightning.

Bolts Notes: Two more players called up from Syracuse

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— The Syracuse-to-Worcester-to-Boston pipeline continues to run hot for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Bolts notes: Killorn won’t play on road trip

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— Alex Killorn heard the silence inside Rexall Place early Monday morning, just a moment after he fell hard into the end boards during the morning skate.

Drouin scores first career goal in Bolts win over Winnipeg

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— Amidst some of the ugliness and disarray on display Friday was beauty and grace.

Dirty play could aid Lightning

- In a somewhat surprising early season development, the Lightning have not shown a consistent offensive attack. More "garbage goals" might be a way to jump-start the offense.

Bolts' Palat overcomes mistake with winning goal

- Ondrej Palat found redemption with a winning goal in overtime for a 2-1 victory in Calgary that helped Tampa Bay improve to 2-1 on a five-game road trip.

Bolts steal victory over Calgary in OT

- Tampa Bay stumbled in the second half of a back-to-back, but recovered in enough time to steal a 2-1 overtime victory against Calgary at the Saddledome.

Lightining rookie Drouin’s debut impressive

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— After being told his NHL debut would have to wait, Jonathan Drouin instead was put on call to prepare to play his first game on Monday in Edmonton.

Bolts Notes: Lightning adjust lineup after key injuries

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— Early season injury woes are already having an effect on the Tampa Bay Lightning lineup.

Ex-Bolt Purcell says trade part of salary cap world

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— Teddy Purcell spent five years with the Lightning, experiencing a roller coaster ride of success and failures, both as a team and individual.

Lightning lose on late goal in Edmonton

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— Plenty of eyes were zeroed in on the NHL debut of highly regarded Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Jonathan Drouin on Monday night in Edmonton.

Bolts notes: Drouin sees first action in Edmonton

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— The anticipated debut of Tampa Bay Lightning rookie Jonathan Drouin was supposed to be on hold.

Lightning D Hedman out 4-6 weeks with broken finger

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Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman will miss 4-6 weeks with a fractured finger.

Lightning face more early adversity with Hedman injury

- The Lightning, who dealt with the loss of Steve Stamkos to a broken leg last season, will experience a similar situation as top defenseman Victor Hedman will miss time after suffering what is believed to be a fracture or br...

Hedman injury puts damper on Lightning win against Vancouver

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— As Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper met with the media following Saturday’s 4-2 victory against Vancouver, Victor Hedman made his way out...

Lightning are ready for road tests

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— The Lightning were ready to hit the road.

Bolts Notes: Drouin tops debut with game-winning goal

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— Jonathan Drouin enjoyed quite the professional debut, picking up the game-winning goal in the third period for Syracuse on Friday.

Garrison is settling in nicely

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— Lightning defenseman Jason Garrison sat inside the locker room at Rogers Arena after Friday’s practice fielding questions from the media for about...

Bolts’ Drouin sent to Syracuse on rehab assignment

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— The professional debut of highly regarded Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Jonatan Drouin will take place in upstate New York, and not Western Canada.

Bolts unable to cash in against Devils

- Evgeni Nabokov, making his first start in a Lightning uniform, finished with 23 saves while Alex Killorn had the lone goal for Tampa Bay in a 2-1 loss to the Devils.

Bolts notes: Drouin still not ready to play

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TAMPA — Tampa Bay Lightning rookie Jonathan Drouin is ready for something new, because staying out for extended practices is getting old.

Bolts notes: Brewer in lineup after being healthy scratch

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— After sitting out the first two games of the season as a healthy scratch, Tampa Bay Lightning D Eric Brewer made his season debut Monday against the Montreal Canadiens.

Stamkos hat trick leads Lightning to 7-1 win over Canadiens

- Steven Stamkos picked up his eighth career hat trick and Victor Hedman set a career high with four points, picking up a goal in his career-best third consecutive game,

U.S. women’s Olympian takes part in Lightning skate

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— Growing up in St. Cloud, Minnesota, Anne Schleper laced up her first pair of skates as a toddler.

Canadiens will provide early gauge for Lightning

- Montreal swings into town with a 3-0 record and the early lead in the Atlantic Division. So, even though the first week of the season is not yet complete, Tampa Bay faces the possibility of a five-point deficit in the stand...

Lightning pick up a point but fall to Sens in a shootout

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— The good, the bad and the shootout.

Lightning ready to settle in for the long haul

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— Now the business of playing hockey begins.

Rays P Cobb hits the ice at Lightning practice

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— Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Alex Cobb ditched his cleats and glove in exchange for some skates and a stick.

Bolts notes: Panik claimed by Toronto

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— There will no longer be any Panik in the Lightning locker room.

Lightning open season with 3-2 OT win against Panthers

- Victor Hedman scores a power play goal 1:11 into overtime to give Tampa Bay a 3-2 victory over Florida in front of an announced sell-out crowd of 19,204 at Amalie Arena.

Lightning opening night: Stamkos becomes face of franchise

- The Bolts open the season tonight at Amalie Arena against the Florida Panthers. For the first time since 1998, neither Vinny Lecavalier nor Marty St. Louis will be on the ice for opening night wearing a Lightning jersey. It...

Meet the 2014-15 Tampa Bay Lightning

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Here’s a brief look at the Lightning for this season.

New NHL season brings new rules

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Ad campaign has Stamkos showing off stick skills

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— Seen Stamkos shoot?

Bolts notes: Rookie Drouin out for Thursday opener

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— Rookie LW Jonathan Drouin, who fractured his right thumb early in training camp, will not play in Thursday’s season-opening game against Florida.

Lightning hoping success will carry over from preseason

- After a 5-1 preseason, one thing the Lightning would like to carry into the regular season is solid team defense.

Lightning cut three, close in on roster

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— The Tampa Bay Lightning roster is all but set for opening night.

Yzerman’s vision of Bolts coming into focus

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— In the spring of 2010, new Lightning owner Jeff Vinik zeroed in on one name to fill the vacant role of general manager — Steve Yzerman.

Bolts prospect Namestnikov opening eyes with his game

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— To see how the Lightning prospect development plan pays dividends, look no further than 2011 first-round pick Vladislav Namestnikov.

Bolts notes: Final preseason lineup holds intrigue

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— The final tune-up for the regular season opener takes place on Saturday when Tampa Bay hosts Florida at Amalie Arena in the preseason finale.

Bolts’ Nabokov not just another character

- With a stoic look on his face, Evgeni Nabokov often walks through the Lightning locker room, rarely pausing. But in his wake, he often leaves a smile, or outright laughter, at something the veteran goaltender said along the...

Kucherov scores twice as Lightning blank Panthers

- The Lightning improved to 4-1 in the preseason play Thursday with a 3-0 victory against the Florida Panther at BB&T Center.