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Lightning journal: Rookie Mathieu Joseph has no fear

Lightning journal: Rookie Mathieu Joseph has no fear

TAMPA — Though Lightning F Mathieu Joseph shined in training camp and made the opening-day roster, his spot was not cemented in the lineup.But if he keeps playing how he has played early, he won't be going anywhere soon."The way he is playing t...
Published: 10/13/18
Lightning journal: Working on the power play

Lightning journal: Working on the power play

BRANDON — The Lightning wasted little time waiting to work on its power play once players stepped on the ice for practice Friday.The first drill: Working on the power play in separate groups on each rink at the Ice Sports Forum.The second drill...
Published: 10/12/18
What to do with those Lightning panic buttons

What to do with those Lightning panic buttons

TAMPA —Don't you have to have won the Stanley Cup to have a Stanley Cup hangover?The Lightning are 1-1. Given expectations, you'd think the sky was falling.Come with me if you want to live!Such is life after Tampa Bay's uninspired start. An und...
Published: 10/12/18
It starts with a bang and ends with a whimper

It starts with a bang and ends with a whimper

TAMPA — After Lightning coach Jon Cooper watched Brock Boeser at the All-Star Game in Tampa last season, he knew he would have his hands full when the Canucks came to town."What a talent he is," Cooper said.The right wing proved Cooper right wh...
Published: 10/11/18
Tom Jones: Late Lightning meltdown raises concerns

Tom Jones: Late Lightning meltdown raises concerns

TAMPAWell, this Lightning season sure isn't off to the start everyone expected.This is supposed to be the fun stuff — kicking ice and taking names. Running teams out of the building and scoring goals by the bushel. And wins. Lots and lots of ea...
Published: 10/11/18
Nick Kelly’s takeaways from Thursday’s Lightning-Canucks game

Nick Kelly’s takeaways from Thursday’s Lightning-Canucks game

That's how you want to start. After the Lightning had a lackluster first period Saturday vs. Florida, it all but dominated the first against Vancouver, outshooting the Canucks 17-5. Yes, the same Lightning team that did not register five shots in the...
Published: 10/11/18
Lightning journal: Break benefits Paquette after cut finger during season opener

Lightning journal: Break benefits Paquette after cut finger during season opener

TAMPA — C Cedric Paquette immediately thought the worst.What would happen to his left middle finger?A center for the Panthers skated right over it on a faceoff in the first period of the Lightning's season opener on Saturday. Paquette left the ...
Published: 10/11/18
Lightning journal: Mikhail Sergachev shows off powerful slap shot in practice

Lightning journal: Mikhail Sergachev shows off powerful slap shot in practice

BRANDON — In case you have ever wondered how much power Lightning D Mikhail Sergachev packs into his slap shot, he provided an answer in the form of shattered glass on Wednesday.In between drills during practice, Sergachev fired a puck tow...
Published: 10/10/18
Lightning’s Tyler Johnson set to return in a different role

Lightning’s Tyler Johnson set to return in a different role

BRANDON – Barring a late setback, Tyler Johnson will make his season debut Thursday against Vancouver.Lightning coach Jon Cooper needed to talk with the trainers after practice Wednesday but said Johnson should be good to go after missing the o...
Published: 10/10/18
Lightning coach Jon Cooper’s fight against pediatric cancer continues

Lightning coach Jon Cooper’s fight against pediatric cancer continues

TAMPA — Jon Cooper stands next to the gray post, hidden from the sight of most who gaze toward the platform in the front of the Lexus Lounge, waiting for his cue.The emcee then announces his name and hands Cooper the microphone. The couple hund...
Published: 10/09/18