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Lightning Extend Win Streak to Six

January 5, 2020 - 11:11 AM ET

As their consecutive win count now necessitates using two hands, the Lightning creep up the standings and position themselves in the Eastern Conference playoff picture. Last night’s 5-3 score marked Tampa Bay’s sixth straight victory, although it was an uneven performance. The Lightning finished...

Lightning Demonstrate New Identity Against Canes

January 6, 2020 - 9:01 AM ET

It was humiliating. In the Lightning’s third game of the season, they played the Carolina Hurricanes and got embarrassed. The scoreboard belied the pathos on the ice. The Lightning lost 4-3 in overtime, but that close score was largely the result of poor goaltending for Carolina and outstanding go...

Bolts Pulverize Canucks and Extend Win Streak to Eight

January 8, 2020 - 8:58 AM ET

What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object? Something akin to what you saw when the Lightning obliterated the Vancouver Canucks 9-2 last night. The Canucks, like Tampa Bay, were rolling on a seven-game win streak. But they ran into a buzzsaw, as the Lightning tallied nine goals...

Ode to Killorn

January 10, 2020 - 8:16 AM ET

Entering the season, there was musing over who would step up to be the Lightning’s fourth best forward. Tyler Johnson has been in the mix in previous seasons, and for two straight seasons, Yanni Gourde registered the fourth most forward points behind Nikita Kucherov, Steven Stamkos, and Brayden Po...

End to Lightning's 10-Game Win Streak

January 13, 2020 - 2:36 PM ET

All good things must end. On Sunday night, on the second game of a back-to-back and after ten straight wins, the Lightning finally lost—3-1 to the New Jersey Devils. Unsurprisingly, ripping off double-digit wins did wonders for the Lightning’s postseason chances. They rocketed past every team in...

Lightning Overcome 2-0 Deficit to Vanquish Kings

January 15, 2020 - 9:06 AM ET

Change is tricky to implement in real time. The Lightning came out in the first period looking complacent and the Kings jumped on that aloofness. Tampa Bay quickly trailed 2-0. But then the Lightning stabilized and quickly tied the game 2-2 as they began to use their speed to force turnovers and win...

What Can Be Learned from Last Night's Loss to Minnesota

January 17, 2020 - 12:25 PM ET

One explanation for last night’s 3-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild is that the Lightning have won 11 of their last 12 games and were due for an underwhelming performance. But the Wild deserve credit. They forced turnovers on the Lightning’s breakout. They hemmed Tampa Bay in their own end and force...

Can the Lightning Take Revenge on the Stars?

January 26, 2020 - 12:14 PM ET

Hammering a brittle Winnipeg Jets squad 7-1 before taking a nine-day break surely gave the Lightning players a lift as they took their respite. But tomorrow, Tampa Bay returns to the ice against a quirky Dallas Stars squad. Safe to say, things have not gone according to plan for Dallas this season....