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Saturday, Oct 10, 2015

Erik Erlendsson

Tribune Staff

Early reviews: NHL’s new 3-on-3 overtime is pure mayhem

- While there were plenty of edge-of-the-seat moments, it wasn’t fun and games for Tampa Bay goaltender Ben Bishop, who stopped three shots in overtime, including a penalty shot in Thursday’s win over the Flyers...

Lightning start season with 3-2 OT thriller win

- The energy was high in Amalie Arena for the season opener, and the Lightning responded in kind, getting the first-ever regular-season victory with the new 3-on-3 overtime format.

Bolts notes: Lecavalier feels at home in Tampa


—Vinny Lecavalier did not enjoy a happy homecoming to start the 2015-16 season.

Rays players get chance to skate with Lightning

- After the Lightning completed their final practice in preparation for tonight’s opener against Philadelphia, a pair of Rays pitchers laced up skates and dressed in full gear for a chance to skate at Amalie Arena.

As season begins, Bishop big reason why Bolts are again Cup contenders

- Elite goaltenders are cultivated, seasoned and put through the fires before earning such lofty status. After leading the Lightning to the Stanley Cup Final last season, Ben Bishop could be on that list.

Five keys to success for Lightning this season


The Tampa Bay Lightning open tonight at Amalie Arena against the Philadelphia Flyers. Here are five keys for the Bolts this season.

Bolts notes: Injured players expected to return tonight


— Four players injured during the preseason — LW Alex Killorn, RW Nikita Kucherov, C Cedric Paquette and C Tyler Johnson — practiced on Wednesday and are expected ...

Lightning roster still fluid just days before opener

- The Lightning submitted their official roster on Tuesday, though it’s not necessarily the roster the team uses on opening night.

Bolts know path back to Final won’t be easy

- The Lightning’s journey starts again Thursday, when Tampa Bay opens the 2015-16 season less than four months after the last one ended in disappointment, two wins shy of the Stanley Cup.

Improved accuracy of Bolts’ J.T. Brown on full display


Many young high-scoring hockey players find the higher the level, the more difficult the offense is to find.

Bolts’ Hedman fulfilling promise and silencing doubters


— The constant motion of the NHL spotlight rarely managed to shine on Victor Hedman early in his career.

Drouin looks poised for breakout season with Bolts


— Individual success in the preseason often means little.

Bolts notes: Backup goaltending picture still muddled as season nears


TAMPA — The Lightning’s goaltending continues to be a muddied mess as to who will start the season as the backup to Ben Bishop.

Bolts concerned about sloppy play as opener nears

- Tampa Bay enters tonight's final home preseason game with a record of 1-3-1. On the surface, not really a cause for concern,but under the surface, there a few things percolating with only two preseason games left before the...

Bolts notes: Hedman hurt during Lightning’s loss in Hockeyville


JOHNSTOWN, Pa. — Amid all the celebration and hoopla surrounding Tuesday’s Kraft Hock...

‘Slap Shot’ town celebrates its hockey roots with Lightning

- Lightning and Penguins players mingled with fans and met up with the “Hanson brothers” in Johnstown, Pennsylvania — est. pop. 20,000 — voted 2015’s Hockeyville and site of the teamsȁ...

Bolts add G Kevin Poulin with depth a concern

- While Ben Bishop is the clear No. 1 heading into the regular season, which players slot into the Nos. 2 and 3 spots on the depth chart has yet to be determined. And what appeared to be a position of strength heading into tr...

Bolts claim Poulin as Emery among 24 players released


— The Lightning made 24 cuts from training camp on Sunday.

Veteran goalie Emery fighting for Bolts’ backup job


— All summer, Ray Emery sat around and waited for that call.

Bolts notes: Defense falters late as Lightning lose to Dallas


DALLAS — The Lightning allowed three goals in a span of 2:19 in the third period before falling 6-3 to Dallas at American Airlines Center in preseason action on Saturday.

Lightning’s Drouin-Stamkos combo could form a dynamic 1-2 punch

- The play-maker and the finisher. The passer and the sniper. Jonathan Drouin and Steven Stamkos. On paper, it’s a match made in hockey heaven. But the game is played on the ice, and that’s where the match has to ...

Bishop makes preseason debut as Bolts top Florida


Tampa Bay Lightning G Ben Bishop made his preseason debut Friday as the Lightning knocked off Florida 4-1 at Amalie Arena.

Bolts’ high-scoring ‘triplets’ line hasn’t lost its touch


Blasphemy. How could the highest-scoring line in all of hockey be split up? What in the name of frozen pucks was coach Jon Cooper thinking when Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat and Nikita Kucherov were put on different lines...

Lightning goalie Wilcox, 22, adjusting quickly to life in the pros


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A month ago, penciling in the depth chart at goaltender seemed a simple task for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Bolts notes: Inexperienced lineup loses lopsided affair to Predators


— Tampa Bay’s inexperienced lineup dropped Wednesday’s game 5-2 against Nashville at Bridgestone Arena.

Bolts notes: Newcomers join returning stars for opener


TAMPA — The Lightning opened the preseason Tuesday with some star power into the lineup.

Bolts drop preseason opener in OT to Predators

- The Lightning opened the preseason on Tuesday with a lineup featuring a mix of established stars and up-and-coming prospects. The result was a mixed bag.

Bolts to test new overtime format in preseason opener

- Regardless of the score, the Lightning and Predators will play a five-minute, 3-on-3 overtime period. Having fewer players on the ice will result in more space to create scoring chances.

Bolts notes: Preseason game lineups a balancing act


TAMPA — Tampa Bay head coach Jon Cooper must balance many factors when he decides who gets in the lineup for preseason games.

Vinik won’t meddle in contract talks between Bolts, Stamkos

- The contract status of Lightning captain Steven Stamkos is a topic many fans are keeping close tabs on. On Sunday, team owner Jeff Vinik said that while he remains in communication with general manager Steve Yzerman regardi...

Bolts notes: Scrimmages give players taste of game action


Team Storm won both of their scrimmages Sunday, beating Team Rays and Team Bucs by 2-0 scores at Sunday’s Fan Fest, which drew 8,810 to Amalie Arena, according to the team.

Condra’s style plays well with Bolts


— Imagine the first day of school in a new town and walking into your new classroom for the first time.

Bolts' Drouin better prepared, eyes bigger role in second season

- When line combinations are put together for training camp, they usually come with a disclaimer not to read much into the pairings. But where's the fun in that? The possibility of Jonathan Drouin playing with Steven Stamkos?...

Bolts notes: Players energetic for first day on ice


— The first day on the ice at training camp tends to be an enthusiastic one. The testing and physicals are done, and getting right into drills lends itself to an energetic sho...

No new contract, but Stamkos ‘still the captain’ as Bolts report

- The summer of Stamkos officially ended today with the opening of Lightning training camp. Only the heat is about to get turned up a bit more.

Bolts notes: Summer reruns remind Lightning of Stanley sting


— Watching reruns of television shows where the ending is already known can spoil the fun.

Short summer a good problem for Bolts as training camp begins

- The boys of winter hibernate in summer. Unless the winter extends into the summer, as it did for the Lightning last season when they advanced to the Stanley Cup Final. The NHL regular season ended April 11, but the Lightnin...

Bolts’ Point hungering to take game to next level

- After getting a taste of life in the AHL, Brayden Point is driven to work his way up the Lightning system.

Bolts notes: Gudlevskis to be evaluated after possible injury


ESTERO — Already dealing with an injury to G Andrei Vasilevskiy, the Lightning will hold their breath awaiting word on Kristers Gudlevskis, who left Tuesday’s game with an upper-body injury suffered at the ...

Bolts goalie Vasilevskiy won’t rush his return


— Earlier this summer, Andrei Vasilevskiy looked down during workouts and noticed his left hand turning blue.

Lightning fall to Washington 5-2 in prospect tournament


Tampa Bay dropped the second game of a four-team prospect tournament, losing 5-2 to Washington at Germain Arena in Estero.

As camp nears, Stamkos says contract won’t be distraction


— The sounds of hockey season returned to the Ice Sports Forum during the past few weeks.

Goalie Gudlevskis could step for Bolts with Vasilevskiy out

- Kristers Gudlevskis reported to Tampa Bay’s rookie camp and seems to have the inside track at seizing the backup goaltending position behind Ben Bishop coming out of training camp.

Bolts C Tyler Johnson’s wrist not quite 100 percent

- With training camp set to open on Sept. 17, Tyler Johnson has his sights on being fully cleared to participate.

Lightning set rookie camp schedule, roster


Lightning rookie camp

Lightning’s Stamkos ‘not really worried’ about contract status

- While Lightning players begin to trickle into town for informal workouts ahead of next week’s opening of training camp, captain Steven Stamkos remains in Toronto for the time being.

Bolts G Vasilevskiy has surgery for blood clot, out 2-3 months

- Two weeks before the start of the training camp, the Lightning’s goaltending depth took a blow as former first-round draft pick Andrei Vasilevskiy had surgery Thursday to remove a blood clot near his left collarbone.