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Fennelly, Martin

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Fennelly, Martin

Fennelly: This time, Bolts couldn’t overcome

- Gone is a season filled with surprises, good, bad and ugly, one in which the Lightning, more often than not, overcame, Martin Fennelly says. The series sweep could serve as a learning experience for this young team.

Fennelly: Stunning how quickly Bolts' run fell apart

- Less than a week ago, it was about 46 wins, 101 points and a team that had overcome so much. It was about Game 1. Now, Martin Fennelly says, it's all about survival for the Lightning.

Fennelly: Call against Lightning ranks among all-time worst

- The Lightning put themselves in a quick hole, but Martin Fennelly says a blown call in the second period was the real catalyst in a 3-2 loss to Montreal that may have decided their playoff fate.

Fennelly: Lindback needs to step up game for Bolts

- Goaltender Anders Lindback stopped 39 shots in Game 1 and didn't lose the game. He didn't win it, either, and Martin Fennelly says he might have to do that once or twice if the Lightning are to take this series.

Fennelly: Time for Bolts to show more resiliency

- The Lightning made too many mistakes in Game 1 against the Canadiens, and Martin Fennelly says those miscues could prove costly.

Fennelly: All eyes on Stamkos as another test awaits

- Steven Stamkos is back in the playoffs, and Martin Fennelly says he's grateful for another chance, particularly because, like his team, he seemed a longer than long shot after breaking his right leg in November.

Fennelly: Lightning follow Cooper's lead into playoffs

- Chew on this: The Lightning are back in the playoffs, and Martin Fennelly says Coach Jon Cooper's vision - and bubble gum - are just a couple of reasons why.

Fennelly: Times change, but Lecavalier still a keeper


Something strange is about to happen. Vinny Lecavalier, Brad Richards and Marty St. Louis are playoff bound. They might even face each other. And not one of them is on the Lightning.

Fennelly: This loss the Bolts may not overcome


TAMPA — We’ve been here before with the Lightning, at the intersection of Doom and Gloom.

Fennelly: Big Ben again needs to stand tall for Bolts


TAMPA — The long and short of it was that it was fun. Monday morning, Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop hooked up with his friend

Fennelly: Third title would put Gators' Donovan among elite

- Billy the Kid turns 49 next month, but it might as well be 1996, the year he arrived at a football place, writes Martin Fennelly. It's 18 seasons later, and he hasn't changed. But he changed Florida basketball forever.

Fennelly: These Bolts won't take no for answer

- Who knows what the Lightning can do, Martin Fennelly says, after clinching a playoff spot during a season that brought lots of uncertainty.

Fennelly: Bulls AD Harlan can finally take a breath

- With the Steve Masiello fiasco in the past, Martin Fennelly says USF Athletic Director Mark Harlan was deservedly happy, maybe relieved and mostly forthright during Orlando Antigua’s introductory news conference.

Rays’ opener about as good as it gets


Rays adviser Don Zimmer made an appearance. Sellout crowd. New 360-degree view. A stellar win make people wonder how well they will do this season, writes columnist Martin Fennelly.

Fennelly: It's forever from Opening Day until October

- It's a brand new ball season and who knows what it will hold, Martin Fennelly writes. It's Opening Day, a day when you can never get ahead of yourself and anything is possible.

DeJesus fits perfectly with the Rays Way


PORT CHARLOTTE — His first major-league hit came 11 years ago, a stand-up triple, but he has never acted as if he was born on third base. Most of the teams he played for never got to first. When he was with Kansas ...

Fennelly: Coach Mas becomes Coach Mess

- USF needs to take its time and continue to do its due diligence if it is going to put slick Steve Masiello's embarrassing episode behind them during its coaching search, Martin Fennelly writes.

Fennelly: Williams not worth headaches

- The Bucs' new leadership has moved a lot of players, and Mike Williams should be next to set the right tone for the team, writes columnist Martin Fennelly.

Fennelly: Albany a wake-up call for Gators

- Make something out of it, or nothing. But let it be known, Martin Fennelly writes, that the tourney's No. 1 seed sleepwalked through a 67-55 win against No. 16 seed Albany.

Fennelly: Gators’ Young shines off the court

- Florida senior center Patric Young is a star wherever he goes, whether it be the classroom, the community or the basketball court, writes columnist Martin Fennelly.

Fennelly: Even Torts reminisces about Bolts' title

- Defying oddsmakers, John Tortorella left the Vancouver bench to join returning players and staff from the Lightning's Stanley Cup team for a red carpet pregame ceremony. It was a very nice moment, Martin Fennelly writes, an...

Fennelly: 10 years after Bolts’ title, Andreychuk etched in eternity

- Columnist Martin Fennelly says the weekend celebration to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Lightning's Stanley Cup championship, which will culminate with a statue dedicated to Dave Andreychuk, will be a reminder tha...

Fennelly: McCown at best a short-term answer

- Career backup Josh McCown, signed to be the Bucs' starting quarterback, brings professionalism but doesn't speak to the future of the organization, Martin Fennelly writes.

Fennelly: Change and more change at One Buc

- It was less than a year ago that Bucs fans were under the impression their team was that close to breaking through after signing Darrelle Revis to a $96 million deal. Now, Martin Fennelly says, the Bucs are rebuilding again.

Fennelly: Rays’ Archer just heating up

- Coming off a stellar rookie season, it's hard to imagine Chris Archer getting that much better. But with his fastball already hitting the high-90s, columnist Martin Fennelly says that's exactly what's happening.

Fennelly: New captain must right Bolts' ship

- Steven Stamkos is the next captain up and the successor to Marty St. Louis, and Martin Fennelly says he isn't leaving. The Lightning need him now, more than ever.

Fennelly: St. Louis story has bad end

- Martin St. Louis' storied career with Tampa Bay didn't deserve to end in bad feelings, columnist Martin Fennelly says.

Fennelly: Moving Revis not high priority for Bucs

- Columnist Martin Fennelly says he's not sure where the Darrelle Revis trade rumors started, but the last thing the Bucs need to do is make a hole where there isn’t one.

Fennelly: St. Louis needs to think like a captain

- Marty St. Louis could have doused the fire and speculation about wanting out of Tampa Bay, but he didn't come close. Now, Martin Fennelly says, it could wreck this Lightning season and damage his legacy.

Fennelly: NASCAR fans deserved better

- NASCAR fans are the best of the best, columnist Martin Fennelly says, after yet another rain delay and debacle at the Daytona 500 proves their mettle.