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Sunday, Feb 14, 2016

Bolts Report

An ice hockey blog by Erik Erlendsson

Erik has provided hockey fans in Tampa with an insider view of the Tampa Bay Lightning since the 2001-02 season, covering it all from a Stanley Cup championship in 2004, holding the first overall pick in 2008 and everything in between. A native of Gloucester, Mass., Erlendsson has lived in Tampa since 1983 and been with the Tampa Tribune since 1997.

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Bolts Center Ice Podcast: Stamkos on the move?

In this week’s Bolts Center Ice Podcast, Olivia Stacey and Erik Erlendsson discuss how Tuesday’s blockbuster deal between Toronto and Ottawa could impact the Lightning, preview tonight’s match-up against Montreal and answer fan-submitted questions.

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Lightning players discuss 6-3 victory over Penguins

Tampa Bay Lightning’s home winning streak extends to eight games with Friday’s 6-3 victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

In this video head coach Jon Cooper, goaltender Ben Bishop, and left wing Alex Killorn discuss the win.

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Bolts Center Ice Podcast: All-Star Stamkos looks back

In this week’s Bolts Center Ice Podcast, Olivia Stacey and Erik Erlendsson preview Wednesday’s game against Detroit, discuss the looming NHL trade deadline and hear from Steven Stamkos who talks about his All-Star Game experience.

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Bolts Center Ice Podcast: Winning streak over

The Lightning’s seven-game win streak came to an end Saturday night with a 5-2 loss against the Florida Panthers. In this podcast, Olivia Stacey and Erik Erlendsson discuss how the team can get back on a winning track, the rumors surrounding Stamkos’ contract negotiations, and answer fan-submitted questions. Lightning defeseman Andrej Sustr joins as a special guest in this edition.

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Lightning GM Steve Yzerman discusses Drouin suspension

The Tampa Bay Lightning indefinitely suspended forward Jonathan Drouin on Wednesday after he failed to report to an AHL game. This comes more than two weeks after Drouin went public with a trade request from the Lightning.

Drouin’s agent, Allan Walsh, said in a statement Wednesday that the Lightning “indicated that a trade involving Jonathan was moving closer to completion” and that Walsh requested Drouin sit out AHL games to avoid risking an injury that could damage the chance for a trade.

Lightning GM Steve Yzerman responded publicly to the Drouin saga on Thursday, saying that the team never indicated a trade was close.

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Coach Cooper on facing Chicago Blackhawks

Chicago, the defending Stanley Cup champion, returns for the first time to Tampa to face the Lightning Thursday night.

The Blackhawks roll into town with 12 straight wins, a franchise record for one of the league’s original six franchises. The Lightning enter the game on their own streak, having won six consecutive games. Tampa Bay has scored three or more goals in those six games, their longest stretch this season scoring three or more.

In this video, Lightning coach Jon Cooper discusses Thursday night’s match-up.

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Lightning suspend Jonathan Drouin without pay for failure to report

The Tampa Bay Lightning announced they have suspended forward Jonathan Drouin without pay after he failed to report for a game Wednesday night between the team’s American Hockey League affiliate and the Toronto Marlies.

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Bolts Center Ice Podcast: Lightning get hot

In this week’s Bolts Center Ice Podcast, Olivia Stacey and Erik Erlendsson discuss the Lightning’s five-game win streak, preview tonight’s game against Edmonton and answer fan-submitted questions.

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Bolts Center Ice Podcast: Looking for momentum

In this week’s Bolts Center Ice Podcast, Olivia Stacey and Erik Erlendsson discuss the Lightning’s back-to-back wins in Western Canada, how the team can build momentum and answer fan-submitted questions.

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Bolts Center Ice Podcast: Drouin a focus during West Coast swing

The Lightning are coming off six straight at home as they begin a four-game Western Conference trip tonight against Calgary. In this podcast, Olivia Stacey and Erik Erlendsson discuss keys for the upcoming stretch, Jonathan Drouin’s trade request and answer fan-submitted questions.

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