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Times Staff Writer

Lightning journal: Cory Conacher ready to take advantage of J.T. Brown’s departure

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TAMPA — The loss of wing J.T. Brown to Anaheim will be a gain for some Lightning forwards in terms of ice time. Whether those players are currently with the team or still at AHL Syracuse has yet to be determined.

F...

Lightning’s Cory Conacher hopes ‘simple’ leads to more ice time

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The loss of wing J.T. Brown to Anaheim will be a gain for some Lightning forwards in terms of ice time. Whether that player is currently with the team or still at AHL Syracuse has yet to be determined.

Center Cory ...

How the Lightning ‘practices’ without practicing

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TAMPA – The Lightning is scheduled to take the ice late Wednesday morning at Amalie Arena to do something it hasn't done since, well, last year.

Practice.

You have to go back to Dec. 27, the day th...

Lightning’s five-day break comes at particularly good time

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By ROGER MOONEY

TAMPA — Before the last game on the Lightning’s last road trip, coach Jon Cooper asked his team if anyone was tired.

It was an obvious question, given the Lightning was playing the second game...

Lightning’s J.T. Brown claimed off waivers by Ducks

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Wing J.T. Brown is headed from the Lightning to the Ducks.

Anaheim claimed Brown off waivers by Sunday’s noon deadline. He was placed on waivers Saturday to create roster flexibility for calling up players from AHL...

Jake Odorizzi, Adeiny Hechavarria lone Rays set for arbitration

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ST. PETERSBURG — For the second straight winter, pitcher Jake Odorizzi is taking the Rays to arbitration.

Shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria will join him.

They were the only two of the nine arbitration-eligible Ra...

Odorizzi, Hechavarria heading to arbitration

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The Rays have reached agreements on 2018 contracts with seven of their nine arbitration-eligible players with pitcher Jake Odorizzi and shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria heading to arbitration.

Odorizzi made $4.1 millio...

Struggling Vasilevskiy can use some rest

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One night after being named to his first all-star game, Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed five goals.

That was not the most he'd allowed in a game during a three-game stretch.

Vasilevskiy allowed si...

Lightning journal: Nikita Kucherov says All-Star recognition is ‘huge’

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TAMPA — Lightning RW Nikita Kucherov got a taste of the All-Star experience last season in Los Angeles, his first appearance in the game.

So when selected for this year’s game in Tampa on Jan. 28, Kucherov was natu...

Alex Colome, Corey Dickerson, Jake Odorizzi among Rays’ arbitration-eligible players

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ST. PETERSBURG — The payroll for the 2018 season will become clearer this afternoon after the Rays and their nine arbitration-eligible players exchange figures on one-year contracts.

Those who do not agree to the c...

Lightning faces Flames in last game before bye week

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The Lightning plays the visiting Flames tonight in its last game before its five-day bye week.

The Lightning (31-9-3) heads into the break tops in the NHL in points (65 heading into tonight's game) and wins (31).

Rays announce minor league coaching staffs

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Jim Morrison, the one-time manager of the Class A Charlotte Stone Crabs, will return to his old job in Port Charlotte this season.

Morrison, the Tampa product, was named as the Stone Crabs manager Wednesday after s...

Tyler Johnson’s hat trick sends Lightning past Hurricanes

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TAMPA — It was a foot race for the puck. Tyler Johnson won and he rewarded himself with a goal, one that gave the Lightning a two-goal lead in the third period and one that gave the Lightning wing three goals for the nig...

Lightning journal: Dan Girardi ready to return after getting hit by puck

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TAMPA — D Dan Girardi has blocked more than 1,700 shots during his NHL career, but the one he stopped during the second period Sunday in Detroit with the side of his neck was the first to hit him above the shoulders, he ...

Roger Mooney’s takeaways from Lightning-Hurricanes

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I’m amazed how a player can deflect a shot past a goalie, like Tyler Johnson did on his first goal. He once compared it to bunting a baseball, except trying to bunt the ball past the catcher. Also, it’s a disk and his st...

Cooper shuffles lines for tonight vs. Hurricanes

- Coach Jon Cooper is shuffling his lines for tonight’s game against the Hurricanes in an effort to reignite F Vladislav Namestnikov (0 goals, 5 assists in his last eight ga...

NFL Week 17: What we learned

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Former Raiders coach and broadcaster John Madden used to say that winning is the best deodorant. In Green Bay, the best deodorant is QB Aaron Rodgers, whose ability to orchestrate late-game rallies masked a lot of shortc...

Lightning journal: Jonathan Drouin likes reception, frustrated by loss

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TAMPA — Jonathan Drouin loved nearly everything about his first trip back to Amalie Arena since his June trade from the Lightning to the Canadiens, from the reception by Lightning fans to the friendly faces of the Lightn...

Drouin returns as Lightning back on the ice after Christmas break

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The Lightning (26-7-2) returns to the ice tonight after the three-day Christmas break to play the visiting Canadiens (16-17-4), the first of eight-straight against Eastern Conference teams.

It also marks the return...

Lightning journal: Jon Cooper says Drouin-for-Sergachev trade was all about business

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TAMPA —Former Lightning F Jonathan Drouin, the third overall pick in the 2013 draft, makes his first visit Thursday to Amalie Arena since his June trade to the Canadiens for rookie D Mikhail Sergachev, who is having a Ca...

NFL Week 16: What we learned

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Oh, those Saints. First there was a plane towing a banner that read "28-3 Merry Xmas" that greeted the Falcons during their bus ride to the Superdome. Then they trolled the Falcons during halftime when a group of dancing...

Lightning journal: Andrei Vasilevskiy deflects credit for fourth shutout of season

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TAMPA — Lightning G Andrei Vasilevskiy was his usual self after Saturday’s 3-0 victory against the Wild. He accepted very little credit for posting his fourth shutout of the season.

"Guys are playing really well in...

Lightning journal: Kucherov in elite company with points pace

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TAMPA — Lightning RW Nikita Kucherov, the first player to reach 50 points this season, has 51 after his empty-netter finished the scoring in Saturday’s 3-0 win against the Wild.

Kucherov, who entered the game tied ...

Late flurry of goals puts Lightning past Wild

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TAMPA — The Lightning spent the final 30 minutes of Friday’s practice working on the penalty kill.

"It’s a good move from our coaches to do more PK stuff, and you saw (Saturday night) it worked," goalie Andrei Vasi...

Roger Mooney’s takeaways from Saturday’s Lightning-Wild game

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Maybe they should create a stat for saves by defensemen because Dan Girardi sure earned one in the first period when he raced toward an open net and poked the puck away from a Wild forward after Andrei Vasilevskiy turned...

Kucherov looks to add to impressive points total tonight vs. Wild

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RW Nikita Kucherov is the first player to reach the 50-point mark this season, doing it in 34 games.

Over the past 10 seasons, only Sidney Crosby (30 games in 2010-11, 31 in 2012-13), Evgeni Malkin (31 in 2008-09) ...

Denard Span excited to play for hometown Rays — if they keep him

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ST. PETERSBURG — Wednesday’s trade that brought him from the Giants to the Rays did catch Denard Span by surprise, but it was one he welcomed since playing for his hometown team is something the Tampa native always hoped...

Lightning shares secrets to shootout success

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BRANDON — Brayden Point is almost money when it comes to scoring in the shootout, so might as well start with him.

What’s the trick to scoring on a one-on-one, skater-versus-goalie showdown?

"I don’t know if ...

Lightning journal: Steven Stamkos changing his shootout luck

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TAMPA — For all his scoring prowess during 5-one-5s and power plays, Lightning captain Steven Stamkos has struggled in shootouts during his career, going 8-for-37 entering this season. But not this season.

Stamkos ...

Lightning return to Amalie Arena tonight vs. Senators

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The Lightning (24-7-2) return to Amalie Arena tonight against the Ottawa Senators (11-14-7), offering a rare game against a division foe.

Coach Jon Cooper noted after this morning's skate that the Lightning schedul...

Evan Longoria trade: Dealing Longo for a Longo fan

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ST. PETERSBURG — Christian Arroyo grew up in the Tampa/Brooksville area very much an Evan Longoria fan.

He remembers when Longoria was called up to the Rays in April 2008. He remembers Longoria’s walkoff home run i...

NFL Week 15: What we learned

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First the Phillies sign ex-Rays reliever Tommy Hunter. Then Eagles backup QB Nick Foles steps in for MVP candidate Carson Wentz and throws four TD passes in a 34-29 come-from-behind win at the Giants. What a week for Phi...

NFL Week 14: What we learned

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Aaron Rodgers is ready to return, but is he needed in Green Bay? Backup QB Brett Hundley is 2-0 in OT; Rodgers is 1-7. The Pack has its Mr. Clutch, right? Yeah, right. Its 27-21 OT win at Cleveland keeps it alive for a w...

All boxes checked on Lightning home stand sweep; now, back to the road

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TAMPA — You don’t often see a coach making shadow puppets on the wall with his hands at the start of his postgame news conference, but that’s where the Lightning is these days after sweeping a four-game home stand with S...

Updated game story: Lightning’s Brayden Point credits luck, opportunity for OT winner vs. Jets

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TAMPA — His coach says he plays every game as if he doesn’t play his best, he’s going to be sent down. That is not the case with Brayden Point, but who doesn’t want that kind of effort from a second-year player who has m...

Brayden Point scores in OT to give Lightning win over Jets

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TAMPA — The Jets saw Saturday’s game against the Lightning as a benchmark game, a way to measure themselves against the NHL’s top team. The Lightning had circled the game, the last of a four-game home stand.

"It’s ...

Lightning journal: Power-play players make me look good, Jon Cooper says

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TAMPA — How about that Lightning power play.

"Coaching," coach Jon Cooper said before Saturday’s game with the Jets.

He was kidding.

"You always look like a good coach when you can throw (Nikita) Kucher...

Roger Mooney’s takeaways from Saturday’s Lightning-Jets game

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The game drew the hockey world’s attention because it matched the NHL’s top team against a rising team in the West. It was refreshing to see both treat it as more than just another game. The Jets saw a chance to measure ...

Lightning journal: Chris Kunitz just doing Kunitz things

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TAMPA — According to D Dan Girardi, LW Chris Kunitz was doing what he normally does, and that was being in the right position.

So when the puck came around the boards to Girardi and he saw Kunitz going high to the...