Devils Pushed to Brink of Elimination

Two nights after scoring five goals in a Game 3 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning the New Jersey Devils only managed to get one goal and were pushed to the brink of elimination following a 3-1 loss in Game 4. They had scored first to take the early lead, but that only lasted for 3:07 and less than seven minutes after they scored New Jersey found themselves trailing 2-1…

April 19, 2018
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Best Forwards in Lightning History

The one consistent throughout the Tampa Bay Lightning’s history is their affinity for having star forwards on their roster. Over the course of 25 years, the franchise built themselves around the philosophy of score first and score often, sometimes at the expense of the other positions on the ice. Even when the team was going through hard times, they still managed to produce some of the best scoring talents in the NHL….

April 17, 2018
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Lightning Can’t Sleep on the Devils

The first two games of the Stanly Cup Playoffs have gone about as well for the Tampa Bay Lightning as they could have hoped, with the team leaving their home ice in Tampa with a 2-0 lead in the series, creating a difficult hill for the New Jersey Devils to overcome. When a team wins the first two games of a series at home, they win the series 88.8% of…

April 16, 2018
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Johnson Is the Lightning’s Playoff Hero

It felt somewhat fitting that the first two goals scored by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2018 playoffs would be directly influenced by Tyler Johnson. His relentless play alongside Brayden Point and longtime linemate Ondrej Palat helped to shut down the New Jersey Devils in Game 1, propelling the team to a win. Incredible postseason play like this is nothing new for Johnson, though. When the lights are brightest, he has…

April 14, 2018
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Lightning Need Stamkos to Step Up

Pop quiz. Since the 2010-11 season, which player on the current Tampa Bay Lightning roster has the most career playoff points? In truth, it’s a trick question with two correct answers. Both Tyler Johnson and Nikita Kuchervov have scored 42 points in the postseason, placing them at the top of the Lightning’s scoring charts. Many would have answered Steven Stamkos. This makes sense because he is an elite offensive talent and…

April 12, 2018
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Best Defenders in Lightning History

Throughout the course of their 25 years in the NHL, the Tampa Bay Lightning have never been a defensive first team. However, even with this distinction, they still have had their fair share of franchise defensemen over the last quarter century. With the end of the 2017-18 season marking the Bolts’ 25th year as an NHL franchise, it’s the perfect time to look back at the top defensemen to grace the ice…

April 12, 2018
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Lightning Get a Tough Draw With Devils

For the Tampa Bay Lightning, there were consistently two teams in the Eastern Conference that they just could not figure out during the 2017-18 season. The first team was the Boston Bruins, who, despite a decisive victory in their final match-up, still flummoxed the Lightning at all turns this season. The other team was the New Jersey Devils, the Lightning’s opponent in the first round of the NHL Playoffs. For whatever the reason,…

April 10, 2018
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Top 3 All-Time Lightning Goalies

With the close of the 2017-18 regular season marking the end of the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 25th regular campaign, this makes for a perfect time to look back at the best goaltenders for the franchise over the last quarter-century. Throughout their history, the Lightning have been a proverbial revolving door for goaltenders, with only two playing more than 200 games in 25 years. However, even if the list of truly great…

April 8, 2018
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Should Lightning Be Concerned About Stamkos’ Future?

With Steven Stamkos suffering a lower-body injury that will likely keep him sidelined until the end of the regular season, the Tampa Bay Lightning will be forced to face meaningful games at the end of the year without their captain. With a playoff spot already secured, it is important for Stamkos to be in full form if the Bolts intend to compete for the Stanley Cup this year. However, playing without him…

April 6, 2018
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Leafs Should Be Licking Chops for Lightning

The Toronto Maple Leafs have been locked into the third Atlantic Division playoff spot for what seems like forever. Now, with just one game to go in their 2017-18 National Hockey League season, they seem destined (assuming the Boston Bruins continue their strong play and finish first) to play the Tampa Bay Lightning in round one. Though the Floridians were a Stanley Cup favourite before the season, have flirted with…

April 6, 2018
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