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Gayle Sierens honored as Lightning Community Hero

TBL.com Feed - April 29, 2015 - 19:05
TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Gayle Sierens as the 45th Lightning Community Hero of the season during the first period of tonight’s Game 7 against the Detroit Red Wings. Sierens, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Fou...

Pregame Notebook: Niklas Kronwall suspension highlights talk ahead of Game 7

TBL.com Feed - April 29, 2015 - 12:34
On Tuesday, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall was suspended for tonight’s Game 7 at Amalie Arena following a hearing for his hit late in the second period on Nikita Kucherov in Mo...

Final Lightning thoughts before Game 7 against the Detroit Red Wings

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - April 29, 2015 - 10:43

TAMPA – The Lightning went through its typical morning skate and media availability today before Game 7. A few notes:

Lightning coach Jon Cooper said the absence of Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall won’t affect his team’s preparation or game plan.

“For us, it changes nothing,” Cooper said. “Detroit’s going to dress 20 players. My job is to beat the Detroit Red Wings.”

The league announced Kronwall’s suspension for Game 7 on Tuesday night. Kronwall delivered a high hit to wing Nikita Kucherov, with the “significant head contact” coming from Kronwall launching himself into Kucherov.

Kucherov said he feels fine but didn’t say much else about the hit, calling it a league decision.

Cooper said the Lightning will consider using 11 forwards and seven defensemen again. The team is 2-0 when it’s done so this series.

“I think it gives you a different look,” Cooper said. “It gives you different options. I like having the extra defenseman there. I could go down the list of reasons why. It’s not just one.”

Cooper said the Lightning will have 21 players skate during the pre-game warmup and will make a decision on the lineup after that.

One key thing Cooper wants the Lightning to improve upon: Taking fewer penalties.

“We have to be more disciplined,” Cooper said. “We took seven penalties the other day. We’re playing with fire if we do that again.”

Goalie Ben Bishop has consistently said he treats every game the same, and this one is no different. He said he slept fine last night and will try to take his normal pre-game nap. Even though it’s a Game 7, it’s not the exact situation most players always dream about.

“You think about maybe Stanley Cup (finals) Game 7,” Bishop said. “You don’t think about first-round Game 7. It should be a lot of fun.”

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Burns: 3 Things from forcing a Game 7

TBL.com Feed - April 28, 2015 - 13:57
Game seven. Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper said they’re two of the greatest words in sport when put next to each other. On Wednesday, Tampa will get to experience the grandeur for itself. With their backs against the wall, the Light...

Kronwall suspended for Game 7 for hit on Kucherov

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - April 28, 2015 - 10:55
Update: Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall has been suspended for Game 7 against the Lightning for charging wing Nikita Kucherov in Monday's game.
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Mishkin's Extra Shift: Bolts battle back to force Game 7

TBL.com Feed - April 27, 2015 - 22:11
In my Extra Shift column after Game Five, I ended with these two sentences: Every time the Lightning have been pushed this year, they’ve responded. They’ll need another big response in Game Six. Well, they got that big response, staving off elim...

Pregame Notebook: Bolts face elimination tonight in Detroit

TBL.com Feed - April 27, 2015 - 14:04
The Tampa Bay Lightning face the prospect of no more hockey for another five months if they can’t find a way to pull out a win in Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena tonight. The Lightning trail the Red Wings 3-2 in the best-of-seven series and must win ...

Cooper on Red Wings' interference: "Fight through it, boys"

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - April 27, 2015 - 13:45
The subject of the Red Wings' penchant for interference was a hot topic for the second straight day, but coach Jon Cooper insisted it wasn't a plea for more penalty calls.

"You trying to get out, 'The coach is whining for penalties,' that's not it at all," Cooper said. "I'm sure what's going on in our series is going on in the rest …
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Cooper on Red Wings' interference: "Fight through it, boys"

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - April 27, 2015 - 13:07
The subject of the Red Wings' penchant for inteference was a hot topic for the second straight day, but coach Jon Cooper insisted it wasn't a plea for more penalty calls.
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Steven Stamkos: I'm not injured

Lightning Strikes (Cristodero) - April 27, 2015 - 12:39
Lightning star Steven Stamkos put all the speculation to rest Monday, saying he's not playing hurt.
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Bolts look to regroup after Game 5 loss

TBL.com Feed - April 26, 2015 - 16:49
The day after a disappointing home loss in Game 5 of their First Round series against Detroit, the Tampa Bay Lightning are drawing from previous playoff experience for encouragement. Specifically, in 2011, the Lightning trailed Pittsburgh three...

Burns: 3 Things we learned from Game 5 letdown

TBL.com Feed - April 26, 2015 - 13:02
The Tampa Bay Lightning had all the momentum in their First Round series against the Detroit Red Wings entering Saturday’s Game 5. A miraculous comeback two days earlier, the Bolts down by two late only to score three goals in less than eight minu...

Game 6 of Lightning-Red Wings will start at 7 p.m.

TBL.com Feed - April 25, 2015 - 22:16
The starting time for Game 6 of the series between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Detroit Red Wings has been set for 7 p.m. ET in Detroit. In the U.S., the game will be televised on CNBC. In Canada, the game will be televised on CBC and TVA Sports. ...

Mishkin's Extra Shift: Bolts come up empty in Game 5 loss

TBL.com Feed - April 25, 2015 - 21:41
While it’s true that the Red Wings played very well in Game Three and for nearly all of Game Four, this was their best overall game in the series. As they have done for much of the series, they successfully bottled up the Lightning and didn’t all...

Game 5 Infographic

TBL.com Feed - April 25, 2015 - 20:21
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