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Back in November, the first time former Lightning captain Vinny Lecavalier played at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, he said he pretty much was counting the days until the game. But about tonight's game at the Times Forum, the Flyers center said a lot of the emotions have died down.
Ben Bishop will sit out the final three games of the regular season, and the Lightning goaltender's availability for the first round of the playoffs is uncertain.
Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop left Tuesday night's game with the Maple Leafs in the first period because of an upper-body injury.
Lightning defenseman Mike Kostka was back on the ice during Tuesday's morning skate, though wearing a red no-contact jersey.
Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman, who has one year left on his contract, signed a four-year extension that locks him up through 2018-19.
The Lightning has signed vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman to a four-year contract extension, according to a news release issued by the team. Here is the release:
The Lightning on Saturday before the game with the Stars unveiled a statue of former captain Dave Andreychuk hoisting the Stanley Cup. It will be displayed on the west plaza at the Tampa Bay Times Forum near the statue of team founder Phil Esposito.
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Montreal Canadiens defenseman Douglas Murray was suspended for three games without pay for an illegal hit to the head of Lightning defenseman Mike Kostka Tuesday in Tampa. The discipline was handed down during a phone hearing with the league Thursday morning.
The Lightning has secured its first playoff spot since 2011 and only its second since 2007, and it's next two games are against the Flames (tonight) and the Stars (on Saturday), two Western Conference teams which as coach Jon Cooper said, "really have no bearing on us in the standings."
Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat was named the NHL's rookie of the month for March. Palat had five goals, 16 points in 16 games.
There is a reason the three games this season between the Lightning and Canadiens have been so close: goaltending, Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said, adding he has no doubt tonight's important matchup between the teams at the Tampa Bay Times Forum will be any different.