Martin Fennelly Columns
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TAMPA — They keep finding ways to put their backs against the wall. The wall never seems that far away, does it? It’s a constant companion. The Lightning are infuriating that way. We can’t figure them out....
TAMPA — In 2011, a 21-year-old Steven Stamkos began his first turn at the Stanley Cup playoffs flat on his back — leveled by a crunching check by Pittsburgh’s Brooks Orpik in Stamkos’ very first playoff shift. Along the wa...
NEW YORK — He’d let in 10 goals in two games and all the people who aren’t Ben Bishop, which is pretty much all of us, or don’t know Ben Bishop, assumed the sky was falling on the Lightning goaltender. He’d cracked....
King takes Bishop. Check. But is it mate?
TAMPA — Now it’s a race to two.
TAMPA — Three years ago this month, Alex Killorn was in the Harvard Yard with his graduating class. His family looked on. He was in the middle of the American Hockey League playoffs, too, for Jon Cooper’s Norfolk Admirals, who were on t...
They can’t stop these guys.
TAMPA — He’s the man behind the bench, but he’s had a good playoff run, too. It’s the Eastern Conference finals, and Lightning coach Jon Cooper is part of the show that resumes tonight at Amalie Arena, a rising star as he ...
NEW YORK — It could have passed for a changing of the guard in Lightning history, from one mighty mite to another.
NEW YORK — He stayed on the ice after the Lightning practiced Sunday. Why not? There’s little reason to believe 20-year-old rookie Jonathan Drouin will register anything but his 12th healthy scratch of the playoffs when the Lightning pl...
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