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Emphasis on ‘D’ continues at Lightning face Devils

Emphasis on ‘D’ continues at Lightning face Devils

The emphasis was on defense during Friday's practice and today's morning skate as the Lightning look to reduce not only the number of shots on goal allowed but also scoring chances.It allowed 39 in Thursday's win against the Red Wings and 33 in Thurs...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Lite beat: Flashy trades not always the smartest moves

Lite beat: Flashy trades not always the smartest moves

TAMPA — When it comes to the trade deadline, everyone wants the big names. The dream of blockbusters.Lightning fans would love Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson or Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh. Maybe even Rangers wing Rick Nash.But if you l...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Winter Olympics: Youth leads U.S. men’s hockey team against Russia on Saturday

Winter Olympics: Youth leads U.S. men’s hockey team against Russia on Saturday

GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Ilya Kovalchuk and Pavel Datsyuk were dominating the NHL before Ryan Donato, Troy Terry and Jordan Greenway started playing organized hockey. "I think I dreamed about playing against those guys one day," Donato, 21, said. Dre...
Published: 02/16/18
Updated: 02/17/18
Fans can play games with the Lightning at Bolts Family Carnival

Fans can play games with the Lightning at Bolts Family Carnival

Fans will have a chance to interact with Lightning players, coaches, staff and alumni and challenge them to games at the Bolts Family Carnival Feb. 18 from 1-4 p.m. at Amalie Arena.Games include derby race, wacky water race, high strik...
Published: 02/16/18
Why ‘Everyman’ Brian Boyle connected with Lightning fans

Why ‘Everyman’ Brian Boyle connected with Lightning fans

TAMPA — Artie Boyle was part of the sellout crowd at Amalie Arena for the NHL All-Star Game in late January.And Boyle, 63, stood with the rest of the 19,092 fans that gave his son, Devils forward Brian Boyle, the largest ovation of the wee...
Published: 02/16/18
Brayden Point held out of practice for body maintenance

Brayden Point held out of practice for body maintenance

C Brayden Point did not skate Friday, missing the Lightning's practice with what the team termed a "body maintenance" day.Point, who did not participate in Thursday's morning skate, played in Thursday's 4-1 win against the visiting Red Wings. He took...
Published: 02/16/18
Nikita Kucherov dazzling playmaking on display

Nikita Kucherov dazzling playmaking on display

Everyone at Amalie Arena thought Lightning wing Nikita Kucherov was going to shoot during a late second-period power play Thursday night.And why wouldn't they?Kucherov had a game-high 14 shot attempts (six on goal) against Detroit. He was feeling it....
Published: 02/16/18
Joe Smith’s takeaways from Thursday’s Lightning win over the Red Wings

Joe Smith’s takeaways from Thursday’s Lightning win over the Red Wings

What a spectacular shot fake/pass by Nikita Kucherov on Steven Stamkos' power play goal in the second. "It's almost like he slows the game down so much, he's a step or two ahead of guys," Red Wings D Mike Green said. Skilled? No question. But Kuchero...
Published: 02/16/18
Big boys lead the way as Lightning cruises past Red Wings

Big boys lead the way as Lightning cruises past Red Wings

TAMPA — The camouflage jersey, given to the Lightning player of the game, hung Thursday in the stall of captain Steven Stamkos.But the prize easily could have gone to Nikita Kucherov, who had a dazzling four-point performance (three assists) in...
Published: 02/15/18
Updated: 02/16/18
Could Red Wings’ Mike Green be a fit with Lightning?

Could Red Wings’ Mike Green be a fit with Lightning?

TAMPA — Shortly after Red Wings defenseman Mike Green scored the only two goals for the Atlantic Division in the NHL All-Star Game final here last month, coach Jeff Blashill flipped out his cellphone.Blashill is good buddies with Lightning coac...
Published: 02/15/18
Updated: 02/16/18