Tampa Bay Lightning
While trying to climb into the ring with the NHL’s heavyweights the past two seasons, the Lightning have found a way to score some decisions against historically difficult opponents.
TAMPA — Jon Cooper roamed the stage Thursday, electric shaver in hand, looking for a head to shave.
The postseason is the proving ground. The regular season is still just a training exercise. But the Lightning are certainly enjoying some solid on-the-job experience in the stretch run to the playoffs.
TAMPA — Just over a week after LW Ondrej Palat took a puck off his foot that was supposed to sideline the second-year forward for a minimum of two weeks, Palat returned to the lineup.
In this video, Tampa Tribune’s Lightning beat writer Erik Erlendsson gives us three keys to a Lightning victory against the Detroit Red Wings.
In Thursday’s Sports Flash:
After missing three games with a foot injury, Ondrej Palat returned to practice on Thursday without limitation and is expected to make an earlier-than-expected return to the lineup when Tampa Bay hosts Detroit tonight.
With 11 games left in the regular season, Tampa Bay quietly has pulled itself into the top 10 in the 30-team league in penalty killing after finishing tied for 23rd last season.
Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop turned his back, played the puck and was planted face-first into the boards behind his own net. The hit came from Montreal’s Brandon Prust, who pushed Bishop into the end boards and touched off a minor melee in the second period of Tampa Bay’s 4-2 victory.
In this week’s Lightning round, Olivia Stacey and Erik Erlendsson take a look at what Bolts fans are talking about and answer their questions.