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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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Lightning jerseys from 2015 Stanley Cup Final on selling block

It’s fun to get Stanley Cup fever, and the Lightning have been turning up the heat again this season. Fans that can’t get enough of the Bolts now can get closer to their heroes while helping a charitable cause, thanks to an online auction that began Wednesday.

The Lightning are selling 28 game-worn 2015 Stanley Cup Final white jerseys worn by Tampa Bay players during the team’s series against the Chicago Blackhawks. The auction will run through April 29 and ends at 5 p.m. that day and will benefit the Lightning Foundation.

Fans are encouraged to log on to the NHL’s official auction store to bid. Player jerseys in the auction include Tampa Bay captain Steven Stamkos, Tyler Johnson, Ben Bishop, Victor Hedman, Nikita Kucherov and even Jonathan Drouin.

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Postgame Reaction: Lightning gain 2-0 series lead with 5-2 win

Olivia Stacey recaps the Lightning’s 5-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference First Round.

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Postgame Reaction: Lightning take Game 1 against Detroit

Olivia Stacey recaps the Lightning’s 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference First Round.

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Playoff Preview: Lightning vs. Red Wings

The Tampa Bay Lightning will open the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs against a familiar opponent, the Detroit Red Wings.

In this video, Olivia Stacey and Erik Erlendsson discuss who has the edge and break down the biggest keys to a Lightning victory.

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Jonathan Drouin talks about his goal in 1st game back in NHL

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Jonathan Drouin discusses scoring the game winning goal to help Tampa Bay clinch second place in the Atlantic Division following a 4-2 victory against New Jersey on April 8, 2016, at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

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Bolts Center Ice Podcast: Bishop carrying Lightning

The Lightning return from a four-game road trip for a crucial six-game home stand. They now stand in second place in the Atlantic, just two points behind division-leading Florida. In this week’s Bolts Center Ice Podcast, Olivia Stacey and Erik Erlendsson discuss Ben Bishop’s consistency, the team’s struggles on power play and answer fan-submitted questions.

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Bolts Center Ice Podcast: Looking ahead to playoffs, plus fan questions

In this week’s Bolts Center Ice Podcast, Olivia Stacey and Erik Erlendsson discuss where the team stands as playoffs loom, answer fan-submitted questions and hear from goalie Ben Bishop.

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Bolts Center Ice Podcast: Lightning hot on ice

Olivia Stacey and Erik Erlendsson discuss the NHL trade deadline, how the Lightning can continue their win streak and who will be vital for a deep playoff run. This week’s podcast features an interview with Lightning assistant coach Steve Thomas who recounts his own trade deadline story

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