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Ben Bishop will sit out the Lightning's final 3 games, his status for playoffs is uncertain

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - April 9, 2014 - 13:36
Ben Bishop will sit out the final three games of the regular season, and the Lightning goaltender's availability for the first round of the playoffs is uncertain.
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Video: Ben Bishop injured vs. Maple Leafs

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - April 8, 2014 - 19:11
Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop left Tuesday night's game with the Maple Leafs in the first period because of an upper-body injury.
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Kostka skating again, says, 'I think I've been pretty fortunate'

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - April 8, 2014 - 12:58
Lightning defenseman Mike Kostka was back on the ice during Tuesday's morning skate, though wearing a red no-contact jersey.
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Q&A with GM Steve Yzerman

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - April 7, 2014 - 16:48
Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman, who has one year left on his contract, signed a four-year extension that locks him up through 2018-19.
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Lightning signs Yzerman to four-year extension

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - April 7, 2014 - 15:11
The Lightning has signed vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman to a four-year contract extension, according to a news release issued by the team. Here is the release:
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Lightning unveils statue of former captain Dave Andreychuk

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - April 5, 2014 - 18:37
The Lightning on Saturday before the game with the Stars unveiled a statue of former captain Dave Andreychuk hoisting the Stanley Cup. It will be displayed on the west plaza at the Tampa Bay Times Forum near the statue of team founder Phil Esposito.
  
“This is about uis celebrating a magical, magical moment,” …
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Video: Douglas suspended 3 games for Kostka hit

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - April 3, 2014 - 13:42
Montreal Canadiens defenseman Douglas Murray was suspended for three games without pay for an illegal hit to the head of Lightning defenseman Mike Kostka Tuesday in Tampa. The discipline was handed down during a phone hearing with the league Thursday morning.
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Don't take your foot off the gas, Cooper tells his team

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - April 3, 2014 - 12:13
The Lightning has secured its first playoff spot since 2011 and only its second since 2007, and it's next two games are against the Flames (tonight) and the Stars (on Saturday), two Western Conference teams which as coach Jon Cooper said, "really have no bearing on us in the standings."
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Ondrej Palat is the NHL's rookie of the month for March

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - April 1, 2014 - 14:16
Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat was named the NHL's rookie of the month for March. Palat had five goals, 16 points in 16 games.
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Goaltending to headline Lightning-Canadiens showdown

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - April 1, 2014 - 12:27
There is a reason the three games this season between the Lightning and Canadiens have been so close: goaltending, Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said, adding he has no doubt tonight's important matchup between the teams at the Tampa Bay Times Forum will be any different.
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Success of 'junkyard dog' power play not difficult to figure out, Cooper says

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - March 27, 2014 - 12:37
In its past seven games, the Lightning has gone 9-for-29 on the power play. The reasons are not that complicated, coach Jon Cooper said. Steven Stamkos is back from a broken right tibia and playing at a high level and the addition of Ryan Callahan, a player, Cooper said, who is "fearless" in front of the net.
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Video: Steven Stamkos' baseball-swing goal vs. the Senators

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - March 25, 2014 - 14:01
In case, you missed it, Lightning star Steven Stamkos scored with a baseball swing goal Monday against the Senators. The goal tied the game 3-3 and sent it into overtime. Tampa Bay eventually lost 4-3 in a shootout, but the play was the No. 2 play of the day on ESPN's SportsCenter and reminded everyone that Stamkos was a pretty good ballplayer …
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Kucherov, back in the lineup tonight, admits confidence is low

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - March 24, 2014 - 12:33
Lightning rookie wing Nikita Kucherov sat at his locker last week in Toronto and admitted his confidence was low. He had not scored in 14 games and was about to be scratched for a third straight game in a stretch that would reach five and seven of eight.
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Lightning signs college standout Cody Kunyk

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - March 20, 2014 - 13:06
The Lightning on Thursday signed center Cody Kunyk, a free agent out of the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. It is a one-year, two-way deal, meaning Kunyk will be a restricted free agent at the end of the season. He will be assigned to the Lightning, Tampa Bay assistant general manager Julien BriseBois said.
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Video: Alex Killorn's hit on Toronto's Paul Ranger

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - March 19, 2014 - 20:07
Maple Leafs defenseman Paul Ranger was taken off the ice on a stretcher and taken to a Toronto hospital as a precaution after this hit from Tampa Bay forward Alex Killorn. The Leafs reported Ranger, who played for the Lightning from 2005-10, was "stable, conscious and alert." Killorn received a five-minute boarding major and a game misconduct …
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Lightning vs. Maple Leafs tonight almost like a playoff game

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - March 19, 2014 - 12:13
The Lightning still has 14 games left in the regular season but coach Jon Cooper and his players said tonight's matchup with the Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre is almost like a playoff game.
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Will homestand be good or great? Tonight's game the key, coach Jon Cooper says

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - March 17, 2014 - 12:35
The Lightning's six-game homestand comes to an end with tonight's game with the Canucks. At 2-1-2 so far and points in four straight, coach Jon Cooper called the homestand "good."
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Johnson closing in on Stamkos' team rookie goals record

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - March 15, 2014 - 12:08
With 21 goals, Lightning center Tyler Johnson is just two away from tying Steven Stamkos' rookie team record of 23 set in 2008-09.
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Tonight's game vs. Florida 'pretty pivotal,' coach Cooper says

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - March 13, 2014 - 12:03
With just 17 games left in the regular season and Tampa Bay just four points ahead of the ninth team in the Eastern Conference -- the top eight make the playoffs -- Lightning coach Jon Cooper said tonight's game against the Panthers is "pretty pivotal."
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