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2011 NHL Playoffs: Game 3 Keys for Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning

April 17th, 2011
With the series headed to Tampa deadlocked at 1-1, the Tampa Bay Lightning and Pittsburgh Penguins will struggle to take control of this Eastern Conference quarterfinal matchup. Here are five keys for each team to find victory in Game 3.   Pittsburgh Penguins 5. Tilt the Ice There are times when the Lightning start running ...

Tampa Bay Lightning Put Playoffs in Proper Perspective

April 9th, 2011
The Tampa Bay Lightning wrapped up the regular season by eliminating division rival Carolina from playoff contention with a  6-2 victory over the Hurricanes. The Bolts gaze now focuses on the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Stanley Cup Playoffs—their first appearance since 2007.As important as the playoffs are to so many ...

Streaking Bolts: Tampa Bay Lightning Are In a Slump Down the Stretch

March 6th, 2011
In what was billed as a home game for the Tampa Bay Lightning (although the thousands of Montreal Canadiens fans that packed the St. Pete Times forum would beg to differ), the Bolts lost their third straight and have stumbled to a 3-4-2 record in their last nine games. For the ...

Thundering To The All-Star Break: Tampa Bay Lightning Win Fifth Straight

January 26th, 2011
For the Tampa Bay Lightning, the All-Star break comes with good and bad feelings. For a road weary club, the five day respite from the brutality of NHL competition is a welcome relief. Yet in some ways, Tampa Bay doesn't want to stop playing hockey. With the 2-0 shutout of the Toronto Maple ...

Tampa Bay Lightning: For the Team, There’s No Place Like Home

January 13th, 2011
When the Tampa Bay Lightning took the ice against the Washington Capitals last night, it must of felt like a road game. It wasn't because the 18,135 in attendance were clad in Caps Red—in fact they were solidly pro-Lightning. No, the Lightning feel like a road team in their own ...

Tampa Bay Lightning Mid-Season Awards and Outlook

January 6th, 2011
Despite last night's debacle in Pittsburgh, the Tampa Bay Lightning have completed the best first half in their history. Their 53 points has them in first place in the Southeast division, and the second seed overall in the conference (two points behind the leader, Pittsburgh). It's been an amazing beginning for ...

Dwayne Roloson Provides Instant Dividends For the Tampa Bay Lightning

January 4th, 2011
He twisted, contorted and dove all over the ice, finding some way to put himself between the rubber disc and the back of the Tampa Bay Lightning net. Dwayne Roloson, the latest move by master maestro GM Steve Yzerman, showed his teammates that the 41-year-old netminder can still get the ...

Tampa Bay Lightning Continue Their Search for Consistency

December 16th, 2010
After 31 games, the Tampa Bay Lightning find themselves hot on the heels of the Southeast division leading Washington Capitals, only two points down with two games in hand. Tampa Bay has weathered a schedule of 19 road games, that included a stretch of nine-of-11 on the road and two West ...

Washington Capitals Put the Tampa Bay Lightning Back in Their Place

November 27th, 2010
It was supposed to be the passing of two ships going in different directions in the middle of the night. The once vaunted Washington Capitals, losers of three of their last four games, were coming back to Earth. The Tampa Bay Lightning, the young upstarts who had won five straight ...

Tampa Bay Lightning’s Long and Winding Road

November 12th, 2010
The Tampa Bay Lightning hit the ice tonight for the sixth road game in a brutal stretch where they play 15 of 20 games on the road. When the Bolts began this portion of their schedule, they entered a four game West Coast swing with the best record in the Eastern Conference ...