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Thursday, May 05, 2016

Erik Erlendsson

Tribune Staff

Bolts notes: Stralman skates, but won’t return tonight vs. Islanders

- Anton Stralman continues to take part in informal practices with the team, but has yet to take any form of contact to this point after fracturing his fibula in March.

Lightning’s Callahan is thorn in foes’ side

- Heading into tonight’s Game 3 against the Islanders at Barclays Center, Ryan Callahan is 13th in points on Tampa Bay with one assist. That one assist, however, epitomizes how Callahan plays the game.

Bolts notes: Condra returns to practice after ugly Game 1 hit

- The familiar toothless grin worn by Erik Condra returned to Lightning practice on Monday.

Bolts bounce back, even up series with 4-1 win over Islanders

- The Lightning rebounded from a tough opening series game against the New York Islanders and responded with a 4-1 victory in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinal and even up the series at a game apiece. Game 3 is Tuesd...

Bolts notes: Carle is day-to-day; Stralman ‘not near ready’

- Only once through six playoff games has Tampa Bay head coach Jon Cooper utilized the same lineup in consecutive games, and that was in the first two games against Detroit in the opening round. -

Reason for confidence: Bolts usually bounce back after Game 1 losses

- Since the start of the 2014-15 postseason, the Lightning have won five consecutive Game 2's, four of them after losing the first game of the series. Tampa Bay will need to extend that streak to avoid falling into an 0-2 hol...

Bolts C Stamkos continues to skate ... and wait

- Out since April 2 because of a blood clot that required surgery, Stamkos can only wait and prepare for a day that might not come. He skates and works out, hoping it will. “It’s a waiting game,’’ ...

Bolts notes: Injuries mounting with loss of Condra

- RW Erik Condra was the most recent to join that list after his head struck the end boards following a hit from New York RW Casey Cizikis in the first period of Wednesday’s Game 1 loss.

Layoff-lagged Lightning drop Game 1 to Islanders

- Looking sloppy and out of sync after a five-day layoff between games, Tampa Bay fell 5-3 to the New York Islanders in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. Game 2 will take place on Saturday afternoon.

Lightning’s Kucherov takes game to another level in playoff lights’ glare

- With Tampa Bay set to open its second-round playoff series tonight against the New York Islanders with Game 1 at Amalie Arena, Nikita Kucherov will be the center of attention. At 22, he has quickly established himself as a ...

Stamkos make surprise appearance on ice during Bolts’ practice

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TAMPA — Steven Stamkos made a surprise appearance on the ice for practice with his Tampa Bay Lightning teammates on Tuesday.

Lightning-Islanders series to open at Amalie Arena on Wednesday night

- Game 1 faceoff is slated for 7 p.m. Wednesday and NBC Sports Network will televise it nationally. The rest of the schedule for the best-of-seven series will be announced at a later day.

Filppula is the Lightning’s unsung hero

- The Lightning produced plenty of headliners during a first-round series victory against Detroit, but the contributions of Valtteri Filppula, however, are measured quite differently. No forward played more in the opening rou...

Rest vs. rust worth the risk for Lightning before next round

- It only took the Lightning five games to eliminate Detroit, and that quick work earned the players an extended period of time off, as Tampa Bay now awaits the winner of the Florida Panthers-New York Islanders series, which ...

Bishop stands tall, Killorn scores late as Lightning close out Red Wings

- Ben Bishop pitched a 34-save shutout and Alex Killorn netted the series-clincher with 1:43 left as Tampa Bay survived a sloppy 1-0 victory. The Bolts get a much-needed rest while awaiting the winner of the Panthers-Islander...

Closing time: Bolts know getting series-ending win is a challenge

- Though the odds are strongly in Tampa Bay’s favor — teams that gain a 3-1 series lead have an all-time series record of 255-28 (90.1 percent) — the Red Wings figure to put up a strong fight tonight at A...

Blunden’s energy and passion are proving infectious to Bolts

- When Mike Blunden emerged from the bottom of a scrum at the end of Game 2, he did so with a smile on his face. Though his lip was cut and bloodied after taking punches from Red Wings winger Justin Abdelkader, Blunden loved ...

Bolts notes: Taormina gets shot as 7th defenseman

- The 29-year-old from Warren, Mich. - a Detroit suburb about 20 miles from Joe Louis Arena - has played in 59 career NHL games with Tampa Bay and New Jersey before seeing his first postseason action at the NHL level.

Lightning convert three times on power play, grab 3-1 series lead over Wings

- Practice made perfect as Tampa Bay scored all of its goals with the man advantage in a 3-2 victory at Detroit and can close out the best-of-seven series in Tampa on Thursday night. Ondrej Palat netted the winner with 2:59 l...

Bolts notes: Cooper integrating Drouin into power play

- With some new personnel due to the losses of C Steven Stamkos and D Anton Stralman, plus the addition of LW Jonathan Drouin late in the season, Monday offered a chance to spend an extended period of time practicing with the...

Lightning looking to retake control of series in Game 4

- The Lightning earned the reputation as one of the league’s faster teams the past two seasons. But there are times when that speed eludes them. Such was the case in the Game 3 loss to Detroit in which Tampa Bay was sh...

Better discipline, avoiding penalties crucial for Lightning

- While the Lightning have been nearly perfect, successfully killing 16 of Detroit’s power plays, it is not necessarily a sustained formula for success. Tampa Bay has taken a rash of penalties in succession.

Lightning notes: Stralman ruled out for rest of first round

- Though D Anton Stralman, who suffered a non-displaced fracture of his left fibula, traveled with the team to Detroit and was working out on a stationary bike Sunday morning, a return during the first-round series was ruled ...

Condra’s playoff debut with Lightning comes near hometown of Livonia

- With winger J.T. Brown unavailable, Eric Condra had the chance to play his first postseason game in his home state of Michigan — he grew up in Livonia, about 15 miles outside of Detroit.

Lightning outshot, fall 2-0 in Game 3; third shutout in seven games at Detroit

- Tampa Bay still holds a 2-1 lead in the series with Game 4 on Tuesday at Joe Louis Arena. The Lightning have been held to two or fewer goals in regulation on six occasions at Joe Louis Arena.

Bolts look to keep answering everything Wings have in Game 3

- Two games into the best-of-seven series against the Lightning, the Red Wings seem to have no answers.

Johnson shines as Bolts take 2-0 series lead with 5-2 win

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— Playoff performances build player legacies.

Johnson, Kucherov and Killorn reunite just in time to propel Lightning

- As Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper went about the task of putting together his lines to start the postseason — minus injured captain Steven Stamkos — he zeroed in on a trio he recalled had success earlier in the se...

Bolts notes: Drouin mentally ‘much more engaged’ in game

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Before the start of Tampa Bay’s first round playoff series against Detroit, left wing Jonathan Drouin admitted he was playing with a bit of a chip on his shoulder.

Lightning show resolve in 3-2 victory over Red Wings in Game 1

- After having a go-ahead goal taking off the board on a video review, Tampa Bay scored again and went on to take the series opener, with Alex Killorn netting the winner. The series resumes Friday night at Amalie Arena.

Lightning vs. Red Wings: Who has the edge?

- Lightning beat writer Erik Erlendsson breaks down the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series between Tampa Bay and Detroit.

Lightning have learned that defense often is key to winning title

- As Tampa Bay prepares to host the Red Wings in Game 1 of the opening-round series tonight, the Lightning believe they are more prepared — and possibly better — as a team, entering this playoff season with a ne...

Bolts notes: Injured C Tyler Johnson returns to practice

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— Applause erupted Tuesday shortly before the Lightning took to the ice for the final practice before the playoffs start on Wednesday.

Lightning's first-round playoff schedule announced

- For the second consecutive season the Lightning host Detroit in the opening round of the postseason starting on Wednesday, with a possible Game 7 to be held at Amalie Arena on April 26.

Lightning's inconsistent season a memory as playoffs begin

- Once again, the Lightning earned a playoff berth. But getting to that point this season seemed like it might be nearly impossible as the Lightning sat outside the playoff picture as late as December.

Bolts lose both game, C Johnson in regular season finale

- The result of the regular season finale had no meaning for the Tampa Bay Lightning. But it had plenty of consequences.

Kucherov joins list of injuries as Bolts limp toward playoffs

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MONTREAL — The Lightning continue to limp to the finish line.

Lightning open postseason vs. Detroit, get home ice

- For the second consecutive season Tampa Bay will open the playoffs against the Detroit Red Wings.

Drouin tries to make up for lost time

- After the events of the past three months — a demotion to the minors, a trade request that went public, a team suspension for refusing to play in the minors and the quiet passing of the trade deadline — Jonathan...

Drouin makes unlikely return to Lightning, makes immediate impact

- Beset by injuries, including the extended loss of leading scorer Steven Stamkos, the Lightning recalled Drouin from the minor leagues on Thursday, overlooking their stormy recent past in hopes he can help the team

Drouin scores winning goal, helps Bolts clinch home ice for opening round

- Jonathan Drouin’s return to the NHL helped spark Tampa Bay to a 4-2 victory at New Jersey to help secure the required two points for the Lightning to clinch the second spot in the Atlantic Division and home ice advan...

Bolts notes: Rare good news as Hedman expected back Saturday

- With the way injuries have befallen the Lightning lately, seeing D Victor Hedman on the ice for Thursday’s morning skate drew a sigh of relief.

A victory would ease Lightning’s late-season worries

- Victor Hedman and Ryan Callahan became the latest casualties in a game of attrition for Tampa Bay, which already was missing captain Steven Stamkos and Anton Stralman for at least the first round.

Lightning lose 3-2 to Rangers, but back into playoff spot

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NEW YORK — Clinching a playoff spot felt may have never felt so somber.

Bolts notes: G Bishop endures rare off-night vs. Islanders

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NEW YORK — Poor performances for Lightning G Ben Bishop are rare.

Playoff berth on hold as Lightning lose to Islanders

- Ben Bishop was pulled from the game for just the second time this season but he received little help in front of him in the Lightning’s 5-2 loss. Tampa Bay fell four points behind the Florida Panthers for first in th...

Bolts notes: ‘Shocked’ players must press forward after loss of Stamkos

- The Lightning felt some sudden shock when it was learned on Friday that captain Steven Stamkos was going to be out of action for up to three months with a blood clot.

Lightning now must move forward without two top players

- Facing a four-game road trip to end the regular season and still without a playoff berth in their back pocket, Tampa Bay now faces life without two of its most important players — captain Steven Stamkos and defensema...

Lightning notes: Stralman stays upbeat on road to recovery

- A week after suffering a broken leg, Lightning D Anton Stralman maintained the upbeat, positive attitude he’s always displayed during his first meeting with the media.

Lightning captain Steven Stamkos out 1-3 months with blood clot

- Team captain Steven Stamkos will miss up one-to-three months after being diagnosed with a blood clot near his right collarbone that will require surgery. The loss comes as the team is on the verge of the postseason.