Four days ago, Lightning center Vladislav Namestnikov had to be helped off the Amalie Arena with what appeared to be a serious leg injury.
A player's first NHL goal is always special. But Lightning rookie wing Yanni Gourde made his unforgettable Saturday night. A player's first NHL goal is always special. "It's something you dream about," Gourde said. "A surreal moment." A player's first NHL goal is always special.
The news on the Lightning injuries appears encouraging, with Tyler Johnson, Vladislav Namestnikov and Cedric Paquette all considered day-to-day with lower body injuries, the team announced today.
It certainly didn't look good when three Lightning centers - Tyler Johnson, Vladislav Namestnikov and Cedric Paquette - all had to be helped off the ice during Thursday's 4-1 win over the Wild.
Steven Stamkos ready yet? The Lightning could really use the All-Star center even more now after Thursday, when center Tyler Johnson and Vladislav Namestnikov left the game with lower body injuries.
Former NHL forward Jason Williams was watching a UFC fight on television in his London, Onatario home Saturday night when his nephew Lucas interrupted him. "You see Kucherov's goal?" Lucas asked.
The fact captain Steven Stamkos has been skating regularly with the team the past few weeks has been an encouraging sign.
Nikita Kucherov's gutsy, schoolyard shootout goal Saturday caught many Lightning people by surprise. "I thought he muffed it," said Lightning radio voice Dave Mishkin. Nikita Kucherov's gutsy, schoolyard shootout goal Saturday caught many Lightning people by surprise.
The Lightning's loss to the Penguins Friday certainly hurt, a flurry of turnovers and "young mistakes" costing them.
Veteran defenseman Mark Streit laughed Friday when asked to recall his roughly one hour as member of the Lightning.
Peter Budaj will make his Lightning debut tonight against the Penguins.
You would have thought the Lightning lost Wednesday night listening to players discuss the 4-3 overtime win over Carolina.
Lightning wing Nikita Kucherov is in a zone right now.
The Lightning certainly wasn't a buyer at the trade deadline. It was more like sellers, dealing veterans Ben Bishop, Brian Boyle and Valtteri Filppula by Wednesday's 3 p.m. deadline. That doesn't help Tampa Bay in the short-term make the playoffs. The Lightning certainly wasn't a buyer at the trade deadline.
The Lightning was finally able to move center Valtteri Filppula Wednesday.
Much has been made about what the Lightning has already lost. Gone is two-time Vezina Trophy finalist goalie Ben Bishop, dealt to L.A. Much has been made about what the Lightning has already lost.