Monday, December 11, 2017

Tampa Bay Lightning

Lightning tops Avalanche for third straight win

Lightning tops Avalanche for third straight win

TAMPA — Peter Budaj has been a backup goaltender for around a decade.The 35-year-old is comfortable with the role and how it works. He gets it. It still doesn’t make the job easy. When you play behind the likes of Carey Price, Jonathan Quick — and no...
Published: 12/07/17
Updated: 12/08/17
Lightning journal: Chris Kunitz just doing Kunitz things

Lightning journal: Chris Kunitz just doing Kunitz things

TAMPA — According to D Dan Girardi, LW Chris Kunitz was doing what he normally does, and that was being in the right position. So when the puck came around the boards to Girardi and he saw Kunitz going high to the net, all Girardi had to do was put t...
Published: 12/07/17
Updated: 12/08/17

Joe Smith’s takeaways from Thursday’s Lightning-Avalanche game

As much as Chris Kunitz brings grit and leadership to the Lightning, the 38-year-old wing still has a lot of skill, too. He has two goal-scorer’s goals in the past two games, including Thursday’s masterful tip of a Dan Girardi shot. Don’t forget Kuni...
Published: 12/07/17
Peter Budaj gets rare start against Avalanche

Peter Budaj gets rare start against Avalanche

Peter Budaj has been a backup goaltender for more than a decade.He's used to it, comfortable with the role and how it works.But with Lightning No. 1 Andrei Vasilevskiy getting a lion's share of the starts, Budaj can sometimes go a couple weeks betwee...
Published: 12/07/17
Rick and Tom podcast: Breaking down the Lightning, the top team in the NHL

Rick and Tom podcast: Breaking down the Lightning, the top team in the NHL

The Lightning is off to an incredible start, with 40 points through the first 27 games.In our latest Rick and Tom podcast, Tom Jones sat down with beat reporter Joe Smith to discuss the team, Andrei Vasilevskiy’s start, Steven Stamkos’ return, rookie...
Published: 12/07/17
Who says the Lightning needs another forward?

Who says the Lightning needs another forward?

TAMPA — Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov had quiet games Tuesday, both held without a goal.Victor Hedman didn’t have a point. Tyler Johnson had one shot.Yet the Lightning racked up six goals in a 6-2 victory over the Islanders, one of the Eastern C...
Published: 12/06/17
Lightning Strikes podcast: Which players should make the NHL All-Star Game?

Lightning Strikes podcast: Which players should make the NHL All-Star Game?

Joe Smith and Tom Jones take stock of the Lightning’s recent slump and resurgence and debate which players should make January’s All-Star Game in Tampa in their latest Lightning Strikes! podcast.They also talk about the Lightning’s impact off ice, li...
Published: 12/06/17
Lightning starts, finishes strong in 6-2 win over Islanders

Lightning starts, finishes strong in 6-2 win over Islanders

TAMPA — This game was slipping away from the Lightning midway through the second.After a dominating first 20 minutes — arguably Tampa Bay’s best of the season — it took its foot off the gas. New York took over, erasing the Lightning’s two-goal lead i...
Published: 12/05/17
Lightning journal: Jon Cooper (mostly) agrees with Tortorella on line shuffling

Lightning journal: Jon Cooper (mostly) agrees with Tortorella on line shuffling

TAMPA — When former Lightning coach John Tortorella brought some needed levity to talk of line combinations a few weeks ago, it sparked some attention around the league."It’s all bull-(expletive)," Tortorella told media in Columbus, where he’s the co...
Published: 12/05/17

Joe Smith’s takeaways from Lightning-Islanders

The first period was one of the Lightning’s best 20 minutes of the season. It was dominant, holding the Islanders to three shot attempts. The first half of the second? Yikes. Another example of how Tampa Bay is still trying to find the consistency it...
Published: 12/05/17
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