Lightning Rumors & News

  • Keith Kinkaid's 1st NHL win ends Devils' skid, 3-2, in shootout over Lightning

    Newark Star-Ledger "Rookie goalie Keith Kinkaid posted his first NHL victory as the Devils ended a five-game losing streak with a 3-2 shootout triumph over the Tampa Bay Lightning Friday night before a crowd of 14,916 at Prudential Center. It was Kinkaid's third start of the season. He is 1-1-2. The Devils, who..." December 20

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    Dan Rosen @drosennhl

    Tyler Johnson (stomach flu) is scratched for the Lightning, snaps his consecutive games played streak at 115.

  • For Lightning, language shows way to success

    Tampa Bay Times "Wing Nikita Kucherov is having a breakout season, his 12 goals and plus-18 rating second on the Lightning. "He's been unbelievable," captain Steven Stamkos said. And Kucherov has Shameless, The Walking Dead and Blue Mountain State partly to thank. No, the television shows don't make..." December 19

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    Joe Smith @TBTimes_JSmith

    Bishop didn't skate today. Feeling better. Might try to get on ice tomorrow. Doesn't sound like we will see him this weekend

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    Joe Smith @TBTimes_JSmith

    Gudas said he's good to play Friday. Palat said today "best day yet," optimistic to play Friday

  • Vasilevskiy gives glimpse of future in Bolts win over Flyers

    Tampa Tribune "Mark it down. Etch the date in the history book. Tuesday will live long in Lightning lore as the day the future arrived - even if for only a glimpse. Highly touted goaltender prospect Andrei Vasilevskiy made his NHL debut and did it in a winning effort, leading Tampa Bay to a 3-1 victory..." December 17

  • Rust, Dumoulin score 1st NHL goals in Penguins' 4-2 victory over Lightning

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Forward Bryan Rust and defenseman Brian Dumoulin had surely pictured what their first NHL goals would look or feel like — the sight of the puck going into the net, the sound of fans cheering. They could not have possibly predicted these circumstances. Besieged by injuries and weakened by the..." December 16

  • Lightning recall goaltender Vasilevskiy from AHL "The Tampa Bay Lightning recalled goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy from the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League on Tuesday. The move comes after starting goalie Ben Bishop left the game Monday against the Pittsburgh Penguins after one period with a lower-body injury. Vasilevskiy, 20,..." December 16

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    Joe Smith @TBTimes_JSmith

    Cooper said Palat not likely to play today or tomorrow, hoping for weekend. Hoping Gudas can Tuesday

  • Bounces go Kucherov’s way in Bolts’ 2-1 win

    Tampa Tribune "Nikita Kucherov skated into the offensive zone, intent on collecting a puck off the stick of Tampa Bay teammate Anton Stralman earmarked to rim around the end boards. But the puck altered its course as it hit a stanchion in the corner, forcing Kucherov quickly change his route and veer straight..." December 12

  • Lightning won't loan Jonathan Drouin to Canada for World Juniors "Jonathan Drouin has been part of each of Canada's last two entries at the World Junior Championship. He remains eligible for a third trip to the tournament, which will be held in his native country this year starting Dec. 26, but Drouin won't be there. The Tampa Bay Lightning confirmed Thursday..." December 12

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    Erik Erlendsson @erlendssonTBO

    Injury update: Ondrej Palat listed as out with a lower body injury and is considered day to day #tblightning

  • Capitals top first place Lightning in Tampa behind Ovi's 2 goals

    CSN Washington "Instant analysis of the Capitals’ 5-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning Tuesday night at Amalie Arena in Tampa: How it happened: Alex Ovechkin snapped a four-game pointless streak in a big way, scoring the first and last goal in the Caps’ big win over the top team in the Eastern Conference...." December 10

  • Cooper wants more Stamkos selfishness

    Tampa Bay Times "With one more goal, Lightning captain Steven Stamkos will reach 250 in his career, making him one of the youngest players in history to do so. But though Stamkos, 24, entered Saturday tied for second in the NHL with 16 goals, coach Jon Cooper would like him to be a little more "selfish" and..." December 07

  • Lightning flex muscle in 5-0 rout of Sabres

    Tampa Tribune "Trying to trek the path toward elite status requires games such as the Tampa bay Lightning played on Thursday. Take on a team in the bottom of the standings and establish superiority early and often. Tampa Bay did just that in dominating Buffalo in a 5-0 victory in front of an announced..." December 05

  • Lightning thriving under Yzerman’s watch

    Tampa Tribune "The Lightning, with more points than any other NHL team before play Wednesday, begin a homestand tonight at the A-rena. The man upstairs will be watching. We’re not talking divine guidance. We mean the general manager’s box, and the general manager in it, Lightning GM Steve Yzerman, whose..." December 04

  • Sabres Earn Another Two Points Against League Best

    Die By The Blade "What do you get when you have the league's best offense playing on the second night of a back to back situation and an offense that still struggles to find the back of the net most nights? A game which features its first goal with 10:08 left in the game and only two goals total. The Sabres held..." December 03

  • Lightning complete sweep of Rangers with 6-3 win

    Tampa Tribune "Three games, 15 days, six points. That defined the Lightning’s season-series sweep of the Rangers after Tampa Bay rallied past New York for a 6-3 victory on Monday night at Madison Square Garden. Tyler Johnson had two goals and an assist, Brett Connolly recorded the first two-goal game of..." December 02

  • Lightning’s home dominance continues in 4-1 win over Senators

    Tampa Tribune "The Lightning started sluggishly on Saturday night. Fortunately for them, Ben Bishop was sharp early, allowing Tampa Bay to kick into gear for the final two periods and pull away for a 4-1 victory against Ottawa in front of an announced sellout crowd of 19,204 at Amalie Arena. The victory..." November 30

  • Ducks acquire Eric Brewer from Lightning for 3rd-round pick

    The Score "The Anaheim Ducks have replaced recently traded defenseman Bryan Allen! In an unsexy depth trade, the Ducks announced the acquisition of veteran defender Eric Brewer from the Tampa Bay Lightning. In exchange the Lightning will receive a 3rd-round pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. The trade..." November 30

  • Lightning beats Rangers, fans give Marty St. Louis mostly thanks

    Tampa Bay Times "The Lightning honored its controversial former captain Marty St. Louis on Wednesday, showing a video tribute during the first period. And, perhaps surprisingly, St. Louis — making his much-anticipated return since forcing a March trade to the Rangers — received a standing ovation, popping off..." November 27

  • Martin St. Louis returns to Tampa Bay and ‘expects the worst’

    New York Post "Martin St. Louis walked into the Amalie Arena interview room and nearly stopped himself, stunned by how full it was — wall-to-wall reporters, photographers and cameramen squeezing into each inch of the place. “Oh, geez,” the 39-year-old right wing whispered to himself. If his 12-minute press..." November 26

  • Lightning, Martin St. Louis approach true ending for their split

    Fox Sports Florida "It has been eight months since team and captain parted ways with chilly feelings. Eight months have passed since both began new eras. Eight months have passed since a 14-year partnership ended after an awkward build-up to a blockbuster trade and confusing emotions left behind. Eight months..." November 25

  • Steve Yzerman's gradual deconstruction of Lightning paying off "How long does a rebuild take? That's a question that's being asked by several teams lately and it's a hard question to answer. Teams are constantly looking for the next “[Insert Recent Stanley Cup Champion Here] Model” to emulate. But there's always going to be some kind of snag that won't allow a..." November 24

  • Lightning defense steps up in victory over Minnesota

    Tampa Tribune "The electrifying Lightning offense heard the challenge of the coaching staff early Saturday morning - take care of your own net first. By the time the buzzer ended and Tampa Bay snapped a two-game losing streak, that challenge was accepted and executed almost flawlessly. On the heels of..." November 23

  • Callahan expects ‘bite’ in Lightning’s game vs. Wild

    Pro Hockey Talk "It happened almost one month ago, but the Tampa Bay Lightning definitely sound like they still have revenge in mind against the Minnesota Wild. Back on Oct. 25, the Wild pummeled the Lightning by a score of 7-2. Evgeni Nabokov was chased from their net in less than one period. Jason Zucker..." November 22

  • Van Riemsdyk sparks Leafs win over Lightning

    Toronto Star "Through the ups and downs of this young season, it often looks as if the Maple Leafs haven’t learned at all from their mistakes of last year. But there is one positive pattern: an ability to hold on to leads. The Leafs went into the third period with a 4-1 edge over Tampa on Thursday night..." November 21

  • Islanders get better of old pal Nabokov, Lightning in 5-2 win

    New York Post "It was less about the actual goaltenders than about what they represent. Tuesday night at the Coliseum was a singular event — a 5-2 Islanders win over the mighty Lightning that saw old friend Evgeni Nabokov start in the Tampa Bay net, and new addition Jaroslav Halak hold his own in the home..." November 19

  • Lightning tops Rangers behind former New York captain

    Tampa Bay Times "Coach Jon Cooper made it clear Monday's game was more about the former Rangers than the Lightning's former captain. The Marty St. Louis Show, after all, begins Nov. 26, when he comes back to Tampa. But Cooper rallied his team around Ryan Callahan, Brian Boyle and Anton Stralman in their..." November 18

  • Former Islander Evgeni Nabokov has good feelings about his old team

    Newsday "Evgeni Nabokov didn't get to do anything but see his old Islanders pals here Saturday, but there's a decent chance he'll be in net when the Lightning visits the Coliseum on Tuesday. When the chatty goalie was asked if he might run his mouth on the ice, he smiled. "Well,'' he said, "what do you..." November 16

  • Bolts snap losing streak, put away Islanders

    Tampa Tribune "Personalities of teams begin to emerge at various points in a season. The Lightning showed on Saturday they want to be known as a team with character, one that will respond to any sort of adversity — even minor as it may seem — and answer the call when challenged. Tampa Bay did that in a 5-2..." November 16

  • Drouin a healthy scratch

    Tampa Tribune "There is a learning curve all first-year players must go through in the NHL. Jonathan Drouin is going through that right now. The third overall pick in the 2013 draft missed all of training camp with a fracture in his right thumb and missed the opportunity to learn in a more conducive..." November 16

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    Joe Smith @TBTimes_JSmith

    #tblightning Palat said he's ready to play tonight

  • Sharks beat Lightning 2-1

    San Jose Mercury News "The Sharks may have completely turned around what's left of this trip with two remarkable penalty kills midway through the third period of Thursday's 2-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. With the Sharks holding a one-goal lead, Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Tommy Wingels both took tripping penalties..." November 14

  • Bolts’ Tyler Johnson having sophomore surge

    Tampa Tribune "The Tampa Bay Lightning go back in black on Thursday with the debut of their new alternate jerseys. But all Tampa Bay wants to do is get back in the win column when the Lightning host the San Jose Sharks. And they might have to try without the services of leading scorer Tyler Johnson, who..." November 13

  • Patrick Kane gives Blackhawks shootout win over Lightning

    CSN Chicago "Tuesday’s game was looking eerily familiar to last year’s contest at the United Center between the Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning. The Blackhawks were firing oodles of shots at Tampa Bay goaltender Ben Bishop but struggling to get anything past him. The Lightning, meanwhile, were doing a..." November 12

  • Lightning top Red Wings in shootout for sixth straight win

    Tampa Tribune "Six weeks into the season, the Tampa Bay Lightning are well on their way to proving all the preseason hype surrounding them was warranted. The Lightning picked up their sixth consecutive victory on Sunday, beating Detroit 4-3 in a shootout in front of an announced crowd of 20,027 at Joe Louis..." November 10

  • Lightning light up Jackets

    Tampa Tribune "The Lightning took care of business when they needed to on Saturday night. That business, however, started to feel a little too good before Tampa Bay held on for a 7-4 victory against Columbus in front of an announced crowd of 14,892 at Nationwide Arena. Tampa Bay jumped to a four-goal lead..." November 09

  • Lightning top Flames 5-2 to cap perfect homestand

    Tampa Tribune "The Tampa Bay Lightning send a plethora of young forwards at the opposition on any given night. They can come in waves. Cedric Paquette was the latest to crash his way into that conversation, scoring his first two career goals in helping Tampa Bay finish off a sweep of a four-game home..." November 07

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    Joe Smith @TBTimes_JSmith

    #tblightning @CoopersLaw says Hedman still a few weeks away. Likely return in early December.

  • Filppula is OK with being on the outside looking in

    Tampa Tribune "Switching from center to the wing is no big deal for the Lightning’s Valtteri Filppula. The veteran forward, who has primarily played center since signing with the Lightning as a free agent before the 2013-14 season, spent about half his time with Detroit playing wing. So, when Tampa Bay head..." November 03

  • Lightning top Capitals

    Tampa Tribune "For a team cursed with bad luck when it comes to injuries this season, Jason Garrison has proven to be Tampa Bay Lightning’s lucky charm. In a game that saw three ties and three lead changes, Garrison scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period, his second goal of the season and second..." November 02

  • Stamkos, Lightning power way past Flyers

    Tampa Tribune "Putting points in the bank early can pay big dividends in the end. That's precisely what the Lightning have been able to do, as Thursday's 4-3 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers improved Tampa Bay's record to 7-3-1 as the first month of the season came to an end in front of an announced..." October 31

  • Jonathan Drouin adjusts to drop in playing time, different line

    Tampa Bay Times "Touted Lightning wing prospect Jonathan Drouin got off to a fast start in his NHL career, often playing on the top line - and up to 20 minutes - during his first four games. But on Tuesday, Drouin, 19, was placed on the fourth line with fellow rookies Cedric Paquette and Vladislav Namestnikov,..." October 31

  • Odds are Lecavalier won't play against Lightning

    CSN Philly "If it weren’t for the fact that he spent 14 years -- the bulk of his career -- in this one city, it would not mean so much for Vinny Lecavalier to lace up the skates tonight against the Lightning. Yet barring a significant change of heart from coach Craig Berube, the Flyers' 34-year-old center..." October 30

  • Lightning finds spark with creative line combo

    Tampa Tribune "The line blender turns on for many reasons during the course of an NHL season. Impatience by the coach, bad chemistry among linemates, stagnant offense or defensive responsibility are among the many of the reasons line combinations get mixed. But sometimes, necessity is the mother of..." October 30

  • Kucherov gets 1st hat trick in Bolts’ 7-3 win over Coyotes

    Tampa Tribune "Nikita Kucherov burst onto the NHL scene as a rookie last season, scoring his first career goal on his first ever shot on goal, coming on his very first shift. By the end of the season and into the playoffs, the former second-round pick in 2011 was a healthy scratch, forced to watch games from..." October 29

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    Erik Erlendsson @erlendssonTBO

    Cooper says Callahan has been upgraded to day-to-day status after being labeled week-to-week, may be looking at possible Saturday return

  • Wild all over Tampa Bay in blowout victory

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "On blaze orange hunting hat night, the Wild’s aim was precise and deadly. At one point in the second period of Saturday’s 7-2 shellacking of the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Wild had six goals on 12 shots. The Wild’s flirtation with 50 percent shooting of course didn’t last, but the Wild..." October 26

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    Joe Smith @TBTimes_JSmith

    #tblightning Cooper said Brown day to day. Connolly week to week. Killorn won't play tonight. So expect Blunden, Marchessault and Paquette