Tampa Bay Lightning

Needless to say, Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh had a rough first two games against the Washington Capitals in the Eastern Conference Final. In those games, he posted no points and was minus-3, while being a catalyst for multiple goals against due to poor decision-making with the puck. After two noticeably bad games in
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When general manager Steve Yzerman gambled by selecting a young Czech winger 208th overall in the 2011 NHL Draft, nobody batted an eye. There wasn’t any second guessing by other teams because few late round picks turn into difference-makers for their team. Ondrej Palat is an exception. One that the Tampa Bay Lightning are glad
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The Tampa Bay Lightning are the envy of the National Hockey League. They’ve got a phenomenal owner in Jeff Vinik, who put the brakes on disaster and painstakingly rebuilt the organisation from the inside out. A former investment wizard, Vinik has managed to strike the optimal balance between the fanatical micromanagement of some of his
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When general manager Steve Yzerman announced the Tampa Bay Lightning’s third-round pick in 2014, no one expected much. Knee deep at the center position as it was, there weren’t many who predicted Brayden Point would be in the Lightning lineup at all for years. If he did manage to crack the lineup, nobody thought he’d
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Two nights after scoring five goals in a Game 3 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning the New Jersey Devils only managed to get one goal and were pushed to the brink of elimination following a 3-1 loss in Game 4. They had scored first to take the early lead, but that only lasted for
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The one consistent throughout the Tampa Bay Lightning’s history is their affinity for having star forwards on their roster. Over the course of 25 years, the franchise built themselves around the philosophy of score first and score often, sometimes at the expense of the other positions on the ice. Even when the team was going through
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With the close of the 2017-18 regular season marking the end of the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 25th regular campaign, this makes for a perfect time to look back at the best goaltenders for the franchise over the last quarter-century. Throughout their history, the Lightning have been a proverbial revolving door for goaltenders, with only two playing
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For the diehard Rangers fan, this recent audition for the future has been fun. Neal Pionk, Rob O’Gara, John Gilmour and Ryan Sproul had their struggles, then showed enough progress to suggest a keeper or two just might come out of this revamped defense corps. Highly touted forwards Lias Andersson and Filip Chytil have shown
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There’s no doubt that the Tampa Bay Lightning have been an offensive juggernaut throughout the 2017-18 season. With a team that features scoring superstars like Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos, it felt like they could score at will. Not only are the Lightning ranked first overall in goals for per game and goals scored, they have
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The battle for the Stanley Cup kicks off in less than a month, on Wednesday, April 11. While there are still several teams battling to secure a playoff spot in the Western Conference, teams in the East are fairly well decided. Best Odds to Win the Stanley Cup This season, three of the four 2016-17
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It wasn’t long ago that Ben Bishop donned the Ottawa Senators’ logo on the front of his jersey. But with Craig Anderson and Robin Lehner in the mix, the Senators had a decision to make – which goaltender would be the odd man out? Eventually, the Sens’ brass decided that Lehner would be their goalie
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At 2:59 A.M. on March 1, 2015 the Tampa Bay Lightning acquired defenseman Braydon Coburn from the Philadelphia Flyers. For Coburn, the Lightning sent Philadelphia a 1st and 3rd round pick in the 2015 draft along with defenseman Radko Gudas. Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman made this late night acquisition in order to add a veteran presence to a
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With the playoffs quickly approaching, it’s clear that the Tampa Bay Lightning will be buyers at this year’s trade deadline. While the Lightning have been one of the league leaders all season long, they could use some defensive insurance before the playoff gauntlet begins. Despite featuring a fairly deep defensive unit that can provide scoring
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