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Sunday, Feb 07, 2016

Erik Erlendsson

Tribune Staff

Bolts win eighth straight home game, top Pittsburgh 6-3

- While the Lightning like to lock things down defensively, they showed they can still outscore teams when needed, winning an eighth consecutive game at home by knocking off Pittsburgh 5-3 on Friday

Bolts Notes: Paquette’s timing coming back

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TAMPA — Lightning C Cedric Paquette was in the lineup Friday night against the Penguins, one day after being helped off the ice after blocking a shot with his right foot dur...

Lightning’s power-play kinks getting worked out

- At the center of the team’s recent success is the suddenly sizzling power play, which has been revitalized on home ice after a near three-month stretch of maddening inconsistency. In the past 13 home games, Tampa Bay...

Bolts’ winning ways continue as season’s second half begins

- Tampa Bay opened the post All-Star break scheduled with a 3-1 victory against Detroit, pushing the Lightning into sole possession of second place in the Atlantic Division standings, five points behind first-place Florida.

Bolts Notes: Cooper says teams bunched up

- The standings in the Eastern Conference are tight, and that is not likely to change before the end of the season.

Red Wings will be measuring stick for rest of Bolts’ season

- As the stretch run begins, the Lightning remain muddled in the middle of the pack in the Eastern Conference. And right near the top are the Lightning and Red Wings, tied for second place in the Atlantic Division with 58 poi...

If Lightning try to deal Stamkos, which teams are likely suitors?

- The NHL trade deadline is four weeks from today, and the Lightning will be the league’s most-watched team between now and the 3 p.m. deadline on Feb. 29. Here’s a look at the teams who could make a push for th...

Future look of Lightning hinges on what happens with Stamkos

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The Lightning are on the verge of a seismic shift.

Self-taught Bishop helped carve his own path to All-Star Game

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— Like many high-school teenagers, Ben Bishop used to sit glued to a screen for hours. A decade before the age of abundant smart phones and tablets, he would put a tape into a V...

Bolts notes: Callahan once in similar situation as Stamkos

- While Steven Stamkos was not around after Wednesday’s optional morning skate, RW Ryan Callahan was asked about the situation he went through two years ago, when he was captain of the Rangers and a pending free agent b...

Vasilevskiy makes parents proud, anchors Bolts’ shutout of Toronto

- With his Russian parents watching at Amalie Arena, Andrei Vasilevskiy finished off a 1-0 victory against Toronto with 30 saves for his second career shutout and posting his sixth consecutive victory.

Bolts center Johnson close to full strength, feels better each game

- For Tyler Johnson, getting back to full speed has not been an easy task. His signature speed, absent through most of the first half of the season, is starting to return to his game.

Lightning’s Stamkos silent on validity of contract-offer rumors

- Over the weekend, Sportsnet television in Canada reported the Lightning have submitted an eight-year offer worth $68 million that would carry an annual salary cap hit of $8.5 million. Stamkos, closing in on 300 goals, wants...

Lightning’s Hedman says Panthers are ‘legit’

- For years, the Florida Panthers have been an afterthought in NHL circles. The franchise sitting the furthest south of any in the league was always viewed as out of sight, out of mind. That is not the case this season.

Report: Bolts offer Stamkos 8-year, $68M deal

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The Tampa Bay Lightning have submitted a formal contract offer to captain Steven Stamkos, according to a leading sports website.

Panthers dominate Bolts 5-2; Tampa Bay winning streak ends

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SUNRISE - The Sunshine State Showdown started like a stare-down, but it ended in a beat down.

Bolts Notes: Drouin situation remains unresolved

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SUNRISE - The holdout of LW Jonathan Drouin reached its third day on Saturday with no clear direction on when the situation may be resolved.

Bolts trio thwarting opponents’ biggest offensive threats

- The best defense sometimes proves to be a good offense. So, naturally, the Lightning have taken two players with proven offensive track records and turned them into an effective checking line.

Lightning dominate Blackhawks to extend winning streak to seven

- Tampa Bay extended its winning streak to seven games - one short of a franchise record - while ending Chicago’s franchise record 12-game winning streak in a dominating 2-1 victory.

Trading Drouin 'priority,' but Bolts say no deal yet

- Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman said trading disgruntled forward Jonathan Drouin remains the team’s priority. But that doesn’t mean anything is close.

Lightning suspend Drouin for failing to report to Syracuse game

- The Lightning suspended the former first-round draft pick after he failed to report to the Syracuse Crunch’s game at the Toronto Marlies.

Winning streaks add intrigue as Bolts, Blackhawks enter Cup rematch

- Tampa Bay has won six consecutive games, its longest win streak since Oct. 28 to Nov. 9 of last season. Chicago comes to town riding the wave of a 12-game winning streak, a franchise record. That makes this meeting storylin...

Bolts notes: Lack of goals weighs on Callahan

- RW Ryan Callahan entered Tuesday night’s game against Edmonton with five goals in 44 games and is on pace to finish with nine. Of his five goals, four came in the season’s opening month.

Lightning topple Oilers 6-4 to win sixth straight

- Tampa Bay looked dominant at times on Tuesday. At other times they looked sloppy. Either way, a 6-4 victory against Edmonton resulted in a sixth consecutive win.

Rivalry renewed: Lightning look to close gap on first-place Panthers

- The Lightning and Panthers will meet today and compete for something meaningful as Florida rode a 12-game winning streak to the top of the Atlantic Division standings.

Namestnikov scores first hat trick, leads Bolts to 4th straight win

- Vladislav Namestnikov recorded his first career hat trick, capping Friday night off with the overtime winner to lift Tampa Bay to a 5-4 victory against Pittsburgh.

Namestnikov's hat trick extends Bolts win streak to 4

- Tampa Bay blew a third period lead but rallied back to beat Pittsburgh 5-4 in overtime for a fourth consecutive victory, a season long.

Bolts notes: Drouin trade talks heating up

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TAMPA — Trade talks appear to be heating up regarding disgruntled LW Jonathan Drouin.

Bolts’ new line — Stamkos, Palat, Namestnikov — shows promise

- As injuries took a toll on the Lightning roster this season, the line combinations were shuffled more than a deck of cards at a blackjack table. But perhaps a winning combination came out of all the movement.

Former top-four defenseman Carle stuck in strange new role with Bolts

- Tampa Bay was in need of a reliable puck-moving defenseman, and Matt Carle delivered an early return. Now, the veteran blue-liner finds himself rotating in and out of the lineup as the team’s seventh defensemen, play...

Bolts notes: Avalanche coach lauds former pupils

- Colorado head coach Patrick Roy had some high praise for two of his former players, Nikita Kucherov and Jonathan Marchessault. The two Lightning forwards played for Roy while with Quebec of the QMJHL.

Stamkos scores twice; Lightning dominate Avs to win third straight, 4-0

- Tampa Bay turned a good road trip into a great one by beating Colorado 4-0, picking up six of eight points on a four-game trip. The Lightning won the final three games of the trip, matching the longest winning streak of the...

Former teammate wishes best for Bolts’ Drouin

- Nathan MacKinnon just wants to see the best outcome for former linemate Jonathan Drouin.

Lightning’s five-man attack creates more confusion for opponents

- Lately, the defense has been more active in the offensive zone, being part of the rush, playing below the faceoff circles and sometimes between the hashmarks.

Kucherov’s game continues to emerge for Lightning

- With his two-point night against the Canucks, Nikita Kucherov assumed the team lead with 33 points and is second behind Steven Stamkos with 16 goals.

Win over Vancouver puts Bolts back in playoff picture

- The Lightning beat the Canucks 3-2 in overtime and move into eighth place in the Eastern Conference as Nikita Kucherov converted a breakaway chance with 1:09 left. It gave the Lightning victories on consecutive nights.

Lightning Midseason Report: What lies ahead for struggling team?

- As the Lightning hit the midway point of the season, they are a team mired in mediocrity. That was enough to keep Tampa Bay in the middle of the pack in the Eastern Conference standings.

Bolts Notes: Yzerman discusses possibility of Drouin trade, Stamkos contract

- GM Steve Yzerman went on national television Saturday to discuss the state of the Lightning, and specifically the thinking involving LW Jonathan Drouin and C Steven Stamkos.

Lightning make a statement with 3rd-period comeback over Oilers

- Lately the Lightning’s actions have made their words ring hollow. For at least one night, however, Tampa Bay let their actions do all the talking, rallying from behind to pick up a 3-2 comeback victory against Edmont...

Hoping for a trade, Drouin shows spark for AHL Syracuse

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— There are plenty of people this weekend keeping close tabs on LW Jonathan Drouin, who has requested a trade from the Lightning and has become the talk of the leagu...

Bolts Notes: Cooper, McLellan talk World Cup of Hockey

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— Eight months from now, Lightning coach Jon Cooper and Oilers coach Todd McLellan will share a bench at the World Cup of Hockey in Toronto.

Further Lightning struggles could mean movement at deadline

- With inconsistent play keeping Tampa Bay out of a playoff position most of the season, the Lightning have underachieved a season after advancing to the Stanley Cup Final. Underachieving teams generally see changes on the ro...

Bolts’ Stamkos, Bishop earn nods for new NHL All-Star 3-on-3 format

- Somethings never get old. For others, that same old thing is something new and exciting. That’s the case for Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos and goaltender Ben Bishop, who were selected to participate in th...

Bolts notes: Vasilevskiy not injured in mishap

- Just as the Lightning are starting to get back to full health, there was a brief scare during Tuesday’s morning skate.

Poor start dooms Lightning in 3-1 loss

- A victory on Tuesday would have put the Tampa Bay Lightning into a three-way tie for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. But just as their season has dicatated, the Lightning were unable to take adv...

Bolts’ Drouin reports to Syracuse, dodges questions about trade request

- Embattled Lightning forward Jonathan Drouin reported to Syracuse on Tuesday ready to play for Tampa Bay’s affiliate in the American Hockey League.

Lightning’s Stamkos says growing pains could benefit Drouin

- While those in the Lightning locker room seemed surprised to hear about Jonathan Drouin’s trade request, Stamkos added some perspective regarding Drouin’s situation. Stamkos knows what it’s like to endu...

Agent for Bolts forward Drouin sought trade in November

- While the team was en route Sunday to Calgary, where they will start a four-game road trip on Tuesday against the Flames, the agent for former No. 3 overall draft pick Jonathan Drouin released a statement indicating he form...

New dad Vasilevskiy, Bolts ring in new year with 3-2 shootout win over WIld

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TAMPA - Andrei Vasilevskiy looked skyward briefly, let out a yell, took a quick stride out of his crease, flew his head back again and let out a primal roar of celebration.

Bolts notes: Drouin assigned to Syracuse

- The Tampa Bay Lightning sent former No. 3 overall draft pick Jonathan Drouin to Syracuse of the American Hockey League on Saturday.