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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Martin Fennelly Columns

Imposing force awaits as Bolts-Rangers series lives on
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Imposing force awaits as Bolts-Rangers series lives on

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....
Published: 05/27/15
Stamkos sets tone, lives in moment
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Stamkos sets tone, lives in moment

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...
Published: 05/26/15
When needed most, Bolts’ Bishop trumps King
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When needed most, Bolts’ Bishop trumps King

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....
Published: 05/25/15
Playoff tests never end as pressure shifts to Bishop
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Playoff tests never end as pressure shifts to Bishop

King takes Bishop. Check. But is it mate?
Published: 05/24/15
Little good news for Lightning out of Game 4 loss
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Little good news for Lightning out of Game 4 loss

TAMPA — Now it’s a race to two.
Published: 05/23/15
Harvard man Killorn just does it right
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Harvard man Killorn just does it right

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...
Published: 05/22/15
Lightning’s dynamic unit can’t be slowed
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Lightning’s dynamic unit can’t be slowed

They can’t stop these guys.
Published: 05/21/15
Cooper is definitely part of Bolts run for the Cup
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Cooper is definitely part of Bolts run for the Cup

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 ...
Published: 05/20/15
Bolts’ Johnson sets tone, conquers New York
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Bolts’ Johnson sets tone, conquers New York

NEW YORK — It could have passed for a changing of the guard in Lightning history, from one mighty mite to another.
Published: 05/19/15
Drouin benchings raise questions about his future with Bolts
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Drouin benchings raise questions about his future with Bolts

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...
Published: 05/17/15
Updated: 05/18/15