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Pregame Notebook: Bolts look to close out Habs in Game 5

TBL.com Feed - May 9, 2015 - 13:04
uring the regular season, the Tampa Bay Lightning were the only team in the NHL not to lose three consecutive games. That consistency has carried over into the postseason, where the Lightning have yet to drop back-to-back contests. For Montr...

Bishop shakes off Subban's 'horseshoe' comment

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - 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"

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - 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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Lightning look to regroup after Game 4 debacle

TBL.com Feed - May 8, 2015 - 13:28
Following a dismal home performance in Game 5 of their First Round series against Detroit, the Tampa Bay Lightning put together one of their finest games of the postseason in Game 6, walking back from the brink of elimination in front of a raucous...

Burns: Three things we learned from a drubbing in Game 4

TBL.com Feed - May 8, 2015 - 12:14
Entering Game 4, the Montreal Canadiens had scored just four goals in three games in their Second Round series against Tampa Bay. During the 2015 NHL Playoffs, the Habs averaged a paltry 1.78 goals per game. The Canadiens released a few week...

Mishkin's Extra Shift: Habs put up terrific performance to avoid elimination

TBL.com Feed - May 7, 2015 - 22:32
You’ve got to hand it to the Montreal Canadiens. Facing elimination after absorbing a crushing last-second defeat on Wednesday, they came up with a terrific performance to extend the series. As they did for much of Game Three, the Habs were quic...

Tom James honored as Lightning Community Hero

TBL.com Feed - May 7, 2015 - 18:25
TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Tom James as the 47th Lightning Community Hero of the season during the first period of tonight’s Game 4 against the Montreal Canadiens. The $50,000 donation that comes with the Community Hero award is b...

Pregame Notebook: Morning reaction from Game 3 thrilling finish

TBL.com Feed - May 7, 2015 - 12:34
The day after Tyler Johnson’s dramatic, last-second goal to win Game 3 and give Tampa Bay a three-games-to-none lead in its Second Round series, the general sentiment in the Lightning locker room is the Bolts need to play with more purpose in Game...

Hedman becomes 'go-to guy' for Lightning

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - 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

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - 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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Mishkin's Extra Shift: Tyler Johnson lifts Bolts to 3-0 lead in series

TBL.com Feed - May 6, 2015 - 23:00
Down 2-0 in the series, the Montreal Canadiens needed to play their most desperate game so far in the series. They did. The Lightning knew they needed to match that desperation level. For much of the night, they didn’t. But ultimately, it didn’...

MacDill Air Force Based honored as Lightning Community Hero

TBL.com Feed - May 6, 2015 - 18:30
The Tampa Bay Lightning honored MacDill Air Force Base as the 46th Lightning Community Hero of the season during the first period of tonight’s Game 3 against the Montreal Canadiens. The $50,000 donation that comes with the Community Hero award is ...

Lightning prospect Anthony DeAngelo named OHL Defenseman of the Year

TBL.com Feed - May 6, 2015 - 12:40
The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Anthony DeAngelo is the 2014-15 recipient of the Max Kaminsky Trophy awarded annually to the OHL’s Most Outstanding Defenceman of the Year. DeAngelo led all defencemen...

Pregame Notebook: Fast start key to Game 3 for Lightning

TBL.com Feed - May 6, 2015 - 12:36
A year ago, the Tampa Bay Lightning entered Montreal and Game 3 trailing two-games-to-none in their opening round series against the Canadiens. The Lightning were a desperate team, knowing a third-consecutive loss would, in all likelihood, mean...

Morning notes as Lightning prepares for Game 3 against Habs

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - 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

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - 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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