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Fennelly: Lightning effort for first 40 minutes vs. Penguins inexcusable

- Whatever happened to its mental toughness that got it here? How do you not show up for two periods? History suggests this team is very good at Game 7s, and Martin Fennelly says they’ll have to be just that on Thursday.

Fennelly: For Lightning’s Brian Boyle, winning and family go hand in hand

- Lightning center Brian Boyle enjoys being part of a large, raucous crowd. Oh, and his hockey team, too.

Hedman is Lightning’s workhorse and key to advancing in playoffs

- If the Lightning are going anywhere in the playoffs, Martin Fennelly writes, it will be on the load-bearing back of Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman.

Corner Hargreaves could be Bucs cornerstone

- For those of you keeping score at home, his walk-up music — players have that now at the NFL draft — was “Last Breath” by Future

After getting pulled in Game 1 loss, expect Bolts’ Bishop to bounce back

- Time and time again this season, Ben Bishop carried his team on his back, Martin Fennelly writes. How many times has Bishop picked himself up and answered after a bad night? He might lead the league in amnesia. He’ll...

Surprise appearance by Stamkos magnifies his absence

- Steven Stamkos’ appearance at Lightning practice on Tuesday was a welcome sight, says columnist Martin Fennelly, but it’s also a reminder how far the team has to go without him during the Stanley Cup chase.

Lightning’s Carle a professional in every sense of word

- It takes the 20, it takes everyone during the Stanley Cup playoffs, Martin Fennelly writes. Everyone who laces on skates gets called upon at one time or another, and sometimes they come from the background. That’s wh...

Killorn is Bolts’ secret weapon


— The other night, after the Lightning closed out the Detroit Red Wings in Game 5, Alex Killorn was surrounded by media. He smiled softly.

Decision not to give up on Drouin paying dividends for Lightning

- Have Steve Yzerman and Jon Cooper made a man out of Drouin, or somewhere in Drouin’s head is there a picture of Yzerman and Cooper sitting down to eat a plate of crow? It doesn’t matter, Martin Fennelly writes...

Boyle’s chicken dance only matters if Lightning win series

- Brian Boyle’s poultry parade will enter Lightning lore if his team wins this series, or it could look really, really stupid if the Red Wings come back to take the series, Martin Fennelly writes. That’s up to B...

Among Game 1 headlines, Bolts’ Bishop stands tall like an oak

- The ceiling was ready to cave in. The Lightning had just fallen behind 2-1 on two quick Red Wings, both off deflections, but Ben Bishop didn’t let that get him off his game in the series opener, columnist Martin Fenn...

Kucherov again fills role of shooting star, leads Lightning in Game 1

- Nikita Kucherov, spectacular last playoff season, was spectacular all over again Wednesday, Martin Fennelly writes. He had two goal while showing he could ease the pain if Steven Stamkos never returns.

Experience, confidence matter in NHL playoffs — if you prevail

- The Lightning don’t have the feel of the whiz-bang bunch that had jaws dropping all over hockey as they came within two wins of the Stanley Cup, Martin Fennelly says. But they do have the have the chutzpah, the audac...

Lightning’s Drouin eager to flip script

- Jonathan Drouin is the wildest of Lightning wild cards in this playoff series, Martin Fennelly writes. Fresh off two goals in the regular season’s final two games and back with the big club after so much controversy,...

Lightning’s Bishop needs to stand taller than ever in playoffs


TAMPA -- And now this news flash:

Air Force athlete a shining example of excellence on, off ice


TAMPA — He walked through the lobby of a Tampa hotel Friday afternoon, heading for the patio. Chris Dylewski, who’d been through the winter storms in Colorado Springs, was fine with hot and sunny. The brigh...

There is plenty to prove for both Drouin and Cooper

- The Lightning are desperate and stumbling toward the playoffs minus Steven Stamkos, Martin Fennelly writes. Jonathan Drouin and Jon Cooper are a marriage of convenience, which is why Drouin needs to keep his mouth shut and ...

After playing days cut short, Carle’s brother reaches Frozen Four

- David Carle’s dream will come true when he takes the bench for Denver at the Frozen Four, Martin Fennelly writes. The brother of the Lightning’s Matt Carle is easy to spot behind the bench. He’s the guy...

It feels like we’ve seen last of Stamkos with Bolts

- Steven Stamkos has been a remarkable face for this franchise, Martin Fennelly writes, but this was no way for his season to end, With no contract for next year and rumors of his departure rampant all season, it's possible ...

Good, bad and ugly all on display in opener

- Every Opening Day seems bigger than it is. It brims with promise and even nerves, Martin Fennelly writes. The Rays’ 5-3 loss to the Blue Jays had that familiar feel: Strong outing by Chris Archer, but Rays bats - inc...

Rays are revamped and ready to rebound in 2016


After their dramatic escape from Cuba (OK, no raft, but how many airplane peanuts can a guy eat?), the Rays, like all baseball teams, face the longest journey of all: 162 games.