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Cooper expects Ryan Callahan to play in Game 1

May 16, 2015 - 10:41
It looks like veteran wing Ryan Callahan will play in today's Game 1 against the Rangers.
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Cooper: Decision to play up to Callahan

May 15, 2015 - 13:52
Veteran wing Ryan Callahan skated for the second straight day, saying he continues to feel better after Monday's emergency appendectomy. 
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St. Louis: Lightning just a team in the way

May 15, 2015 - 13:07
One of the biggest storylines heading into the Eastern Conference Final is former Lightning captain Marty St. Louis facing his old team. 
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Stralman on facing Rangers: "Knew it was going to happen"

May 14, 2015 - 13:15
Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman didn't watch Wednesday's Game 7 between the Rangers and Capitals. He didn't have to.
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Days after emergency appendectomy, Ryan Callahan is on the ice at morning practice

May 14, 2015 - 10:23

BRANDON - Three days after having an emergency appendectomy, Lightning wing Ryan Callahan was back on the ice.

He participated in a light skate Thursday during practice, before the team left for New York to start the Eastern Conference final against the Rangers. Callahan called himself day-to-day and didn’t rule out returning to action for Game 1 on Saturday.

“Each day it’s felt tremendously better…” Callahan said. “It’s been a good sign.”

Callahan said the problem started Monday with a stomachache. The pain worsened, and that night he had surgery to remove his appendix. He had to watch Tuesday’s series-clinching win over Montreal at home.

“It was a tough thing to do, but they made it easy on me…” Callahan said. “A couple times I jumped around a little bit too much, I think.”

Callahan said he’s tried to take his recovery slowly. He was very sore Tuesday but felt well enough Wednesday to take his dog for a walk. He accomplished his goal of doing more physical activity Thursday at the Ice Sports Forum.

“I think a lot of players in that room would be doing the same thing,” Callahan said.  

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Ryan Callahan 'extremely doubtful' for Game 6 after appendectomy

May 12, 2015 - 10:45
TAMPA - Coach Jon Cooper called wing Ryan Callahan "extremely doubtful" to play in tonight's Game 6 against Montreal, but Cooper never officially ruled Callahan out, despite the veteran forward having an emergency appendectomy Monday night.
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Callahan having emergency appendectomy, out indefinitely

May 11, 2015 - 21:41
Lightning veteran wing Ryan Callahan underwent an emergency appendectomy Monday night, and is return to the team is undetermined.
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Lightning returns to work angry after Game 5 loss

May 11, 2015 - 11:57
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Bishop shakes off Subban's 'horseshoe' comment

May 9, 2015 - 11:57
Lightning goalie Ben Bishop shrugged off comments made by Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban that he had been "sitting on horsehoes" early in the series, helped by luck.
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Stamkos: "We have to be better"

May 9, 2015 - 11:46
Throughout this season, the Lightning would rarely play poorly multiple games in a row. Tampa Bay is the only team in the NHL this year to not lose three straight. Throughout this season, the Lightning would rarely play poorly multiple games in a row.
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Hedman becomes 'go-to guy' for Lightning

May 7, 2015 - 11:44
Tyler Johnson was the hero again Wednesday night, his dramatic winning goal with 1.1 seconds left in Game 3 against Montreal will likely forever live in Lightning lore.
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Lightning hopes to match intensity to sweep Habs tonight

May 7, 2015 - 11:32
TAMPA - A day after the Lightning came away with a dramatic 2-1 victory over Montreal, the players sounded almost as if they had been on the losing end of Tyler Johnson's heroics.
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Morning notes as Lightning prepares for Game 3 against Habs

May 6, 2015 - 11:08

TAMPA – A few quick notes from today’s morning skate at Amalie Arena:

* Although the Lightning is up 2-0 on the Canadiens and has won all seven meetings this season, Tampa Bay doesn’t sound overconfident.

“We’ve got a good chance to take another step,” defenseman Anton Stralman said. “Don’t let it slip away.”

The Lightning expects Montreal to be desperate tonight, just as the Lightning was desperate when it faced an 0-2 deficit to the Canadiens in last year’s first round.

“We’ve been in that situation before,” center Steven Stamkos said. “You want to give your best effort. This is a huge game for them. I think we realize the magnitude of coming back in front of our home fans…We have to find a way to match it. It’s not going to be easy.”

* Stamkos said the Lightning will need to get more shots against Montreal goalie Carey Price than it did in Game 2. Tampa Bay scored on six of its 24 shots Sunday.

“We can’t expect that clip to continue against a goalie like that,” Stamkos said.

* Coach Jon Cooper and his players said what happens tonight will affect how they approach tomorrow’s Game 4 in the back-to-back situation. Cooper didn’t seem to mind the possibility of starting goalie Ben Bishop in both games; Bishop has only started back-to-back games once this season but would play Friday night, Saturday night and Sunday afternoon in the American Hockey League.

“This won’t be new,” Cooper said.

Backup Andrei Vasilevskiy hasn’t played since March 31.

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Bishop likely to play Games 3 and 4

May 6, 2015 - 10:54
Lightning coach Jon Cooper said his team hopes to go "for the jugular" tonight against the Canadiens, already holding a 2-0 series lead.
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Paquette doesn't want to rush back

May 6, 2015 - 10:42
Lightning center Cedric Paquette said while he continues to improve from an undisclosed injury that forced him out midway through Sunday's game, he doesn't want to rush back and make it worse.
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Canadiens' Brandon Prust apologizes for officiating comments

May 5, 2015 - 14:45

TAMPA – Montreal wing Brandon Prust apologized Tuesday for his comments directed toward official Brad Watson after Sunday’s Game 2.

“It was an embarrassment,” Prust said of his actions.

Prust was given 27 penalty minutes in the end of the Lightning’s 6-2 win Sunday, after tripping goalie Ben Bishop and getting in a fight with defenseman Braydon Coburn. Afterward, Prust said Watson provoked him and “tries to play God.”

“I regret what I said,” Prust said after Tuesday’s practice at Amalie Arena. “If I could go back and redo it, I would, but you can’t. We have to live with it and refocus on the road ahead.”

Prust publicly apologized to Watson and said what happened on the ice should have stayed there. He’s also privately apologized to Canadiens coach Michel Therrien.

“I think he did the right thing,” Therrien said of Prust’s apology.

Prust said he doesn’t expect the incident to carry over into Game 3 on Wednesday night.

“I hope it’s just an honest hockey game,” Prust said, “and we go back to business.” 

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Cooper: Drouin will play in series

May 3, 2015 - 13:32
The fact touted rookie Jonathan Drouin continues to sit during the playoffs remains a hot topic, especially in Canada.
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Lightning look to grab "stranglehold" of series

May 2, 2015 - 20:36
The Lightning finds itself in an enviable position, winning the first game on the road in a best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal against the Canadiens, an emotional 2-1 double overtime victory Friday night.
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Lightning return to "scene of the crime"

May 1, 2015 - 13:18
It didn't take Lightning coach Jon Cooper long to address the elephant in the room at the Bell Centre, opening his pre-game press conference with this:
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Lightning-Canadiens playoff tickets go on sale Friday

April 30, 2015 - 08:32
The Lightning will put single game playoff tickets for its second round series against Montreal on sale at 10 a.m. Friday.
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