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Sunday, Nov 29, 2015

Erik Erlendsson

Tribune Staff

Another good chance fades away for Lightning in 3-2 loss to Islanders


TAMPA — One-third of the way through a six-month schedule, the NHL season is still in the relatively early stages of the season.

Bolts notes: C Tyler Johnson’s back on the injury list


Just as the list of Tampa Bay Lightning injuries looked to decrease, instead it increased with a familiar name Saturday.

Lightning win streak ends with loss to Capitals


— Just when it seems like the ball will start rolling in the right direction for the Lightning, it veers off track.

NHL seeks scoring solutions amid season of fewer goals, more shutouts

- It’s not just the Lightning having trouble. Scoring is down across the board, and league GMs are discussing possible remedies. Among them: reducing the size of the goaltender equipment, increasing the size of the net...

Bolts get 2-1 victory in shootout against Kings

- Ben Bishop finished with 37 saves, including four in overtime while stopping two of three shootout attempts. He has allowed one goal in his past three starts.

Bolts notes: Stamkos' agents in town, but not for contract talks

- While the presence of Don Meehan, head of Newport Sports, and Mark Guy, Steven Stamkos’ agent, created a bit of a stir shortly after they sat down, the trip was a planned business opportunity and was not related to St...

Forbes ranks Lightning as 25th most valuable NHL franchise

- The annual Forbes magazine list of NHL franchise values was released on Tuesday and the Tampa Bay Lightning are near the bottom of the rankings.

Bolts’ win against Rangers feels like turning point


— On the surface, Thursday’s late goal by Valtteri Filppula helped the Lightning win a game.

Bolts Notes: Rookie Vermin stepping up after injuries


TAMPA - Somewhere back home in Switzerland Joel Vermin houses all his hockey memorabilia in a dedicated area.

Bolts notes: Cooper stresses importance of early leads


TAMPA - As the Tampa Bay Lightning started the season slower than expected, a big part of that blame can be traced back to slow starts.

‘Stay the course’ strategy starting to pay off for Lightning

- Saturday night belonged to the Lightning, which erupted offensively to put up a 5-0 victory and won consecutive games for the first time since winning three straight Oct. 8-11.

Bolts’ injuries mount as red-hot Rangers come to town

- With forward Ryan Callahan the latest injury, the struggling Lightning will try to snap the Rangers’ nine-game winning streak while entering a difficult stretch of the schedule.

Bolts notes: Depleted lineup looks to rebound from Panthers loss

- The Lightning completed the Sunshine State home-and-home series against Florida on Monday night with a depleted lineup.

Struggling Lightning shut out for fourth time in past 12 games

- For the fourth time this season, injury-depleted Tampa Bay was shut out, this time a 1-0 loss to the Panthers, who scored the winning goal with 20.2 seconds left.

Bolts still seeking remedy after OT loss to Florida


TAMPA - As the Lightning have stumbled along to star the season, they have been forced to take their fair share of medicine along the way.

Bolts News: Namestnikov stays on top line


TAMPA - The latest shuffling of the line combinations sees former first-round pick Vladislav Namestnikov landed on the top line alongside captain Steven Stamkos.

Bolts’ Cooper named to North America staff for World Cup of Hockey

- Tampa Bay head coach Cooper was selected to be an assistant for Team North America at the 2016 tournament in Toronto. The team will be comprised of Canadian and U.S. players age 23 and younger.

Lightning get much-needed win against Calgary

- Steven Stamkos finally helped give Ben Bishop some offensive support with a late power play goal to lift the Lightning to a 3-1 victory against Calgary and snap a two-game losing streak.

Bolts notes: Goaltender rotation helps keep Bishop fresh

- Ben Bishop never wants to take a game off. But he now understands why it’s important to have his workload reduced a little bit.

Bolts clear goaltender logjam, trade Poulin to Flames


Goaltender Kevin Poulin dressed as the backup for the Lightning at the start of the regular season but never played. The 25-year-old was then sent to Syracuse on Oct. 25 but never played, and the past couple of weeks as ...

Lightning look to regain ground, their footing at home

- The Lightning, who are on the outside looking in at the playoffs nearly at the quarter pole for the season, hope to rebound with six of their next eight games at home.

Frustration continues for Bolts in loss to Buffalo

- With 17 games under their belt, the defending Eastern Conference champions sit outside the playoff picture in the conference. A 4-1 loss to Buffalo sent the Lightning back to the locker room once again with their heads hang...

Bolts notes: Stamkos’ agent ‘engaged’ with Yzerman

- Representatives of Newport Sports, the agency that represents Steven Stamkos with Mark Guy and Don Meehan the lead negotiators, were in Buffalo to visit Stamkos last month and said everything remains status quo even as dial...

Bolts’ Ondrej Palat out 3-5 weeks with lower body injury

- Left wing Ondrej Palat will miss 3-5 weeks with what the team called an unspecified lower-body injury, suffered during Saturday’s loss at Minnesota. The absence starts tonight as the Lightning begin a three-game homes...

Bolts’ Stamkos ‘in awe’ during Nike star-studded shoot

- Steven Stamkos found a way to enjoy a “Snow Day’’ in a Nike television ad that features many other top athletes from other sports, including NFL stars Rob Gronkowski, Ben Roethlisberger, Odell Beckham Jr.,...

Bolts notes: Injured Drouin returns to lineup


ST. PAUL, Minn. — For the past week, Tampa Bay LW Jonathan Drouin has been skating and skating and doing some more skating.

Deja vu reigns as Bolts get shut out again

- Deja vu, all over again. The Lightning have a bad case of it right now in a familiar formula.

Bolts coach shuffling the deck to ignite offense

- Frequently moving players from line to line is not always an ideal situation for a coach. Sometimes the decisions are forced by injury or an individual not carrying his weight. Or, in the case of the Lightning lately, the c...

Bolts notes: McGinn brothers reunion tour continues in Buffalo

- Lightning RW Tye McGinn picked a good week to be recalled from Syracuse in the AHL as he was able to face younger brother Brock, a rookie with Carolina, on Sunday and have dinner with him after the game. On Wednesday, Tye M...

Bolts rediscover winning form, defeat Buffalo 4-1

- The Lightning's performance featured an offensive explosion early and a tighter defense to finish, holding the Sabres to just two shots on goal in the final period.

Lightning in uncharted territory with lack of scoring

- Since Jon Cooper’s first full season behind the bench, the team has endured its fair share of issues — from Steven Stamkos’ broken leg to the trade demand from former captain Marty St. Louis. But piling up...

Lightning frustrated after latest loss, 2-1 to Red Wings

- After a one-game outburst, the Tampa Bay offense was missing in action again. “We keep saying it's going to come, it's going to come, it's going to come, it's going to come and it doesn't seem to be coming,'' left win...

Bolts notes: Triplets line split up for Detroit game


The highest-scoring trio in the league from last season has been reduced to a duo — at least for now. When the Lightning faced division-rival Detroit on Tuesday night, Tyler Johns...

Lightning, Tyler Johnson happy his scoring drought is over

- Until Sunday, Tyler Johnson had been the only forward on the roster not to score a goal this season. A two-time 20-goal scorer, Johnson went 0-for-October in the goal scoring department despite leading Tampa Bay with 30 sho...

Bolts notes: Vasilevskiy looks solid in season debut

- Andrei Vasilevskiy looked calm and in control in his first NHL action since Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final in June.

Scoring drought ends as Bolts beat Carolina 4-3

- The LIghtning's recent struggles on offense prompt Coach Jon Cooper to juggle the line combinations after the first period, and the team breaks through for a 4-3 victory.

Bolts end an October to forget with loss to Bruins

- Life as a defending champion, even if it’s a conference championship, can be a challenge.

Bolts Notes: Carle sits out game as trade rumors fly


TAMPA - Veteran D Matt Carle sat out Saturday’s game as a healthy scratch as Tampa Bay appears to be looking to move the 31-year-old.

While Bolts' offense under scrutiny, defense standing strong

- While much of the focus has been on Tampa Bay’s sudden scoring issues — one goal during a three-game winless streak — there is one sliver of silver lining. The Lightning are not allowing many goals, either.

Scoring drought over, but Bolts have started a losing streak

- Thursday’s 1-0 loss to the Avalanche loss extended Tampa Bay’s winless streak to three games (0-2-1), something not encountered at any point during the regular season last year and marks the longest regular-se...

Bolts Notes: Drouin injury speculation proves true

- Social media went abuzz shortly after warmups began on Thursday as word quickly spread through the arena that LW Jonathan Drouin was missing from the pregame skate.

Lightning return home looking for goals

- During a brief two-game stop before hitting the road again, Tampa Bay hopes their scoring woes benefit from some home cooking tonight against Colorado after finishing a 1-1-2 road trip with consecutive shutout losses in Chi...

Bolts road scoring slump continues in 2-0 loss to St. Louis

- For the second consecutive game Tampa Bay failed to score a goal as the Lightning finished off a four-game road trip with a 1-0 loss at St. Louis.

Bolts Notes: Paquette, Boyle miss game


Less than a month into the season, minor injuries are starting to bog down the Lightning roster, as C Cedric Paquette and C Brian Boyle

Career paths split, but tight bond remains between Bishop, ex-teammate

- Bishop came up through the ranks with the Blues, spending six seasons with St. Louis before being traded to Ottawa during the 2011-12 season. One of the reasons the Blues traded Bishop was the emergence of Jake Allen, a sec...

Bolts G Vasilevskiy rejoins team after recovery from blood clot

- No longer required to take blood thinners and cleared to resume all activities, Andrei Vasilveskiy rejoined the team. He practiced at an arena outside St. Louis as the team prepared for tonight’s game against the Blu...

Bolts notes: G Gudlevskis gets positive reviews on second career start

- Kristers Gudlevskis finished the game with 31 saves but was beaten on a rebound by Jonathan Toews to give the Blackhawks the 1-0 victory.

Stanley Cup rematch ends with Bolts losing in OT


— The last time the Lightning and Blackhawks squared off, handshakes were had and hardware was handed out.

Bolts notes: Gudlevskis called up, gets start at Chicago


CHICAGO — The Tampa Bay Lightning played a game of goalie rotation heading into their Stanley Cup Final rematch against the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday.

Captains at what cost? Toews got big payday, but Stamkos still up in the air

- With a Stanley Cup Final rematch set for tonight in Chicago, Jonathan Toews is enjoying a recently landed huge payday with the Blackhawks, but contract talks with Lightning star Steven Stamkos remain on hold.