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Filppula still too sore to play as Lightning opens busy stretch

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - February 27, 2014 - 14:11
Valtteri Filppula had high hopes of playing in Thursday's game with the Predators, but the Lightning center said his fractured right ankle, which was injured Feb. 6 against the Maple Leafs, still is too sore.
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It appears Marty St. Louis trade rumors will fester

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - February 26, 2014 - 12:44
Lightning captain Marty St. Louis and general manager Steve Yzerman had a chance to squash the trade rumors surrounding St. Louis, but that did not happen on Wednesday.
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Marty St. Louis trade talk part of fallout from Olympic snub

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - February 24, 2014 - 10:17
The news, first reported in the New York Post, that Rangers general manager Glen Sather has inquired about acquiring Lightning captain Marty St. Louis in trade should not be a surprise.
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Defenseman Mike Kostka claimed off waivers

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - February 23, 2014 - 15:50
The Lightning added some depth to its NHL roster by claiming defenseman Mike Kostka off waivers from the Blackhawks. Kosta played for coach Jon Cooper at AHL Norfolk during the Admirals 2011-12 Calder Cup run.
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Marty St. Louis, Canada, get gold with 3-0 win over Sweden

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - February 23, 2014 - 09:44
Marty St. Louis added an Olympic gold medal to his already brilliant career brought as Canada beat Sweden 3-0 Sunday in the gold-medal game in Socchi, Russia.
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United States now Canada's top hockey rival, Stamkos says

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - February 20, 2014 - 13:31
No offense to the rich and emotional hockey history forged by Canada and the former Soviet Union/Russia, but the United States is now Canada's No. 1 hockey rival, Lightning star Steven Stamkos said.
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Photo gallery: Lightning strikes Sochi

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - February 18, 2014 - 16:48
Are you following the progress of Lightning players Martin St. Louis, Radko Gudas, Ondrej Palat, Richard Panik and Sami Salo and prospect Kristers Gudlevskis at the Winter Olympics? Then you'll want to check out our photo …

2014-15 season-ticket prices going up an average 5 percent, though some seats cheaper

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - February 10, 2014 - 23:49
The Lightning announced its 2014-15 season-ticket renewal campaign with an average 5 percent increase in prices. But not all seats are being treated equally.
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Injuries force Namestnikov into prominent role in debut

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - February 8, 2014 - 13:11
Tonight at the Tampa Bay Times Forum will be quite an occasion for Vlad Namestnikov, and not only because he will play his first NHL game for the Lightning.
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Canada's Olympic coach says St. Louis was unanimous choice to replace Stamkos

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - February 8, 2014 - 09:58
Marty St. Louis was a unanimous choice to replace Lightning teammate Steven STamkos on Canada's Olympic team, Red Wings and Team Canada coach Mike Babcock said Friday.
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Filppula will miss Olympics, at least three weeks with ankle injury

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - February 7, 2014 - 11:51
Lightning center Valtteri Filppula will be sidelined a minimum three weeks and is out of the Olympics with a non-displaced fracture of his right ankle, the team announced.

Filppula, who was to play in his second Olympics for Finland, was hurt in the third period of Thursday's 4-1 loss to the Maple Leafs.

The good news, …
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Stamkos says St. Louis 'probably deserved' to to be on Team Canada from Day 1

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - February 6, 2014 - 13:51
Steven Stamkos won't be going to the Olympics because his broken right tibia is not fully healed. But the Lightning's star center said of teammate Marty St. Louis, who will play for Canada in Stamkos' place, "He probably deserved to be on the team since Day 1, so for him to get a chance now, I'm definitely happy for him."
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Stamkos not cleared for game participation, out of Olympics

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - February 5, 2014 - 17:57
Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos has not been medically cleared and will miss the Olympics, the team announced this afternoon.
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Steven Stamkos not cleared to play and is out of the Olympics

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - February 5, 2014 - 17:45
Lightning star Steven Stamkos, out since Nov. 11 with a broken right tibia, had been confident the past few days that he would be able to get back in the lineup on Saturday at home against the Red Wings and perhaps even play for Canada in the Olympics.
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J.T. Brown calls playing again in Minnesota 'special'

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - February 4, 2014 - 14:42
J.T. Brown has great memories of playing at the Xcel Energy Center. It was there his University of Minnesota-Duluth team clinched the 2010-11 national championship by beating Michigan 3-2 in overtime in the final of the Frozen Four. It was Minnesota-Duluth's first national title and Brown was named the tournament's most outstanding player.
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Ondrej Palat is the NHL's rookie of the month for January

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - February 4, 2014 - 14:32
Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat on Tuesday was named the NHL's rookie of the month for January. Palat had five goals and 16 points in 15 games.
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Stamkos targeting Saturday return at home vs Red Wings

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - February 3, 2014 - 16:50
Steven Stamkos finally has a firm date in mind to play: Saturday at home against the Red Wings.
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With Lindback out and Bishop questionable, 2 goalies might be called up from the minors

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - January 31, 2014 - 14:46
The Lightning is in an unusual position as it heads into Saturday's game at Montreal.
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Ben Bishop injured in game vs. Senators

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - January 30, 2014 - 19:46
Lightning star goaltender Ben Bishop, who has been talked about in terms of a potential league MVP, left Thursday's game with the Senators 1:49 into the first period after he was inadvertently kneed in the back of the head by teammate Nikita Kucherov.
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Ondrej Palat's pluses far outweigh his minuses

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - January 30, 2014 - 14:56
The plus/minus stat is a tricky one because it does not distinguish specifically between good play and bad. All it measures is if a player is on the ice when a goal is scored either for or against his team.
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