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Martin Fennelly

Tribune Staff
Fennelly, Martin

Been there before: Fotopoulos knows how World Cup win feels

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— Today, you don’t need to be a soccer fan, much less a women’s soccer fan. You don’t even need to be a sports fan.

Driven to succeed, St. Louis leaves his mark with Lightning

- First he was too small. Then he was too old. It didn’t matter. Martin Fennelly says it was Marty St. Louis’ heart that made him one of the brightest stars in Tampa Bay sports history.

Nothing less than title will do for U.S. women’s soccer

- Tonight, the American sports stage is in Montreal and the U.S. women’s national soccer team’s World Cup semifinal against Germany. Martin Fennelly says just reaching this stage isn’t good enough.

Bolts must get Stamkos signed long-term — and quickly

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The Tampa Bay Lightning’s near-miss Stanley Cup Final is done.

Heck of a ride comes to end for Lightning

- The ride ended Monday. A band of hockey brothers had lifted a community, day after day, series after series, comeback after comeback. Martin Fennelly says the Lightning can hold their heads high.

Don’t write the Lightning off just yet

- The Lightning are where they love to be, need to be, apparently, everyone doubting them, wondering how they ever got this far. It’s their sweet spot, Martin Fennelly writes, and even on the brink of elimination, they...

This team just doesn’t make anything easy

- They couldn’t stay out of each other’s way. So the Lightning will have to do it the hard way — again.

If Bishop can’t play, it’s time for V to shine

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— We might never know what’s wrong with Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop. Maybe if his team wins the Stanley Cup, there’ll be doctors and trainers on th...

Stamkos needs to find a way to break the spell

- There might not be an athlete with more class than Lightning captain Steve Stamkos. He arrived here that way in 2008, mature beyond his 18 years. That’s for then, but this is about the Cup, and Martin Fennelly says t...

You didn’t think getting Cup would be easy, did you?

- The Lightning controlled Game 4 at times, but they just couldn’t score. Now the Stanley Cup Final is best of three, and columnist Martin Fennelly says the Bolts must reach deep coming back to Tampa.

It took a few years, but Bolts’ Hedman has arrived

- Call it his coming-out party. The Lightning are two wins from the Stanley Cup and Martin Fennelly says Hedman, 24, has ascended and has been the best player in the Final.

Bishop's gutsy effort delivers 2-1 series lead

- Ben Bishop struggled moving at times. He looked to be favoring something and was slow to get up more than once. But Martin Fennelly says the Lightning goaltender kept coming back, gutsy until the end. So was his team.

Without Bishop, trouble could loom with Bolts in Chicago

- So, who’ll be standing in the goal for the Lightning in Game 3, Ben Bishop (12 playoff wins) or Andrei “V for Victory” Vasilevskiy (1 win, 54 playoff minutes)? Columnist Martin Fennelly is betting Bisho...

Kid Vasilevskiy relief effort one to remember

- Martin Fennelly says it takes everyone to march two months to a Stanley Cup, all sizes — and ages. So it was that Saturday night, as 20-year-old Andrei Vasilevskiy's world turned upside down

Alleged bite won’t gnaw at Lightning’s Hedman

- We have had two days to digest Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final and Andrew Shaw has had two days to digest Victor Hedman, writes Martin Fennelly. And while we were rooting for all-out Zombieland for Game 2, we must report th...

Blackhawks’ late Game 1 surge will haunt Lightning

- Martin Fennelly writes there simply was not enough pressure from the Lightning in Game 1, too much prevent defense, and not enough offense to finish off the Blackhawks.

Yzerman follows plan to perfection

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— The clock ticked down on Game 7 at Madison Square Garden last Friday night. The team that Stevie Y built held a 2-0 lead.

When it's mattered most, Bolts' Bishop has been clutch

- Ben Bishop bounce back has been a defining feature in these playoffs. He's 7-1 after Lightning playoff losses, with a .937 save percentage. Martin Fennelly says the Lightning goaltender refuses to get rattled.

Backs against the wall, these guys believed they could

- Maybe it's time to stop doubting the Lightning, writes columnist Martin Fennelly. They're officially the guys who bend, but don't break, who love the feel of their backs against the wall, who never stay rattled. And so, the...

Time for Bolts to seize moment, gut out all-time win

- If the Lightning beat the Rangers tonight at Madison Square Garden, where the Rangers never lose Game 7s, Martin Fennelly says it would be the greatest victory in franchise history this side of June 7, 2004, the night the S...

Imposing force awaits as Bolts-Rangers series lives on

- The Lightning keep finding ways to put their backs against the wall, but Martin Fennelly says they might have backed into the wall one time too many, against the wrong customers.

Bolts’ Stamkos sets tone, lives in moment

- After struggling without a goal in his first eight playoff games, Steven Stamkos has caught fire. Martin Fennelly says the Lightning’s leader is back on his game and has Tampa Bay on the verge of the Stanley Cup fina...

When needed most, Bolts’ Bishop trumps King

- No deep thinking needed from Ben Bishop, Martin Fennelly writes, just good, reliable goaltending, with bounce-back play in front of Bishop to match. The Lightning got that, and are now on the verge of the Stanley Cup finals.

Playoff tests never end as pressure shifts to Bishop

- King takes Bishop. Check. But is it mate?

Little good news for Lightning out of Game 4 loss

- All those Bolts chances and the series is tied. All those Bolts mistakes and the series is tied. And the Rangers’ stars have awakened from playoff slumber. Columnist Martin Fennelly sifts through the wreckage for Tam...

Harvard man Killorn just does it right

- Three years ago, Alex Killorn was graduating from Harvard. now, Martin Fennelly says, the Lightning’s soft-spoken yet stealth power forward (nickname: Killer) has emerged in the playoffs.

Lightning’s dynamic unit can’t be slowed

- The Rangers contained Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, then Washington’s Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom. But now they’re seeing double with the Lightning’s Triplets and can ...

Cooper is definitely part of Bolts’ run for the Cup

- As far as his role in the Lightning going this far in the Stanley Cup playoffs, Coach Jon Cooper is taking the humble approach. Martin Fennelly, though, says Cooper is as big a part of the surge as anyone.

Bolts’ Johnson sets tone, conquers New York

- It could have passed for a changing of the guard, from one mighty mite to another. While Marty St. Louis was chasing the Lightning, Martin Fennelly says Tyler Johnson was chasing history.

Drouin benchings raise questions about future with Bolts

- Jonathan Drouin scored just four goals in his wildly disappointing rookie season, and has only appeared in three playoff games. Will he raise his game, if not now, then next season? Martin Fennelly says It’s big boy ...

Things happen, and few went Lightning’s way

- We’re only a single game into the Eastern Conference finals, but lessons are aplenty after the Tampa Bay Lightning dropped the opener.

Bolts-Rangers personal for both sides on some levels

- Of course, this isn’t about Marty. It’s about Stanley, writes Martin Fennelly. But after listening to the pregame talk, it doesn’t sound like the end of the Cold War that started with a trade demand.

Williams, Bucs a big part of each other’s history

- This is how it should be: Doug Williams and the Bucs, together again. Martin Fennelly says Williams calls being named to the Bucs’ Ring of Honor along with Mike Alstott “just like if you were going to heaven.&...

Lightning want nothing to do with a Game 7

- They’re a win away from the Eastern Conference finals, and two losses from infamy. Either the Lightning clinch tonight or go back to Montreal for Game 7, and if that happens, Martin Fennelly says this series is over..

Bucs’ Winston shows off best features at rookie minicamp

- On Jameis Winston's first day of work, he arrived so early he greeted the bus carrying other rookies from the hotel. We’re at the good stuff, the stuff behind why the Bucs chose Jameis Winston, writes columnist Martin...

Complacent Lightning get exactly what they deserve

- The streak is over after eight straight wins over Montreal, and the brooms have been swept from Lightning hands. But although they’re still up 3-1, Martin Fennelly asks: Can we get some killer instinct around here?

Johnny B. Great seems to be made for magical moments

- Tyler Johnson’s first and only shot on goal beat the horn as the Lightning are on the brink of sweeping the Canadiens. At the moment, Martin Fennelly says this kid beats all.