Monday, February 19, 2018

Tampa Bay Lightning

Sure, he’s a Stanley Cup champion. But to this team, Lecavalier is ‘Coach Vinny’

Sure, he’s a Stanley Cup champion. But to this team, Lecavalier is ‘Coach Vinny’

BRANDON — The 7-year-old Brandon Bulls hockey team arrived at its Christmas party in Palma Ceia not knowing the special gift it soon would receive.The kids played video games and ate lunch on a December Saturday. Their coach gathered them in the livi...
Published: 02/09/18
The way it will have to be for Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos

The way it will have to be for Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos

TAMPA _ The Lightning got back on track Thursday night, fresh or not-so-fresh from an eight-game road trip broken up only by the All Star Game. It wasn't so much that they beat a bad Vancouver team, 5-2. It was that its best players were back to bein...
Published: 02/09/18
Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Lightning to retire Vinny Lecavalier’s No. 4

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Lightning to retire Vinny Lecavalier’s No. 4

Vinny Lecavalier’s No. 4 will be retired Saturday by the Lightning. In today’s podcast, we take a look back at Lecavalier’s career, starting as the top overall pick in 1998 to winning a Stanley Cup, then being bought out by the Lightning at the end o...
Published: 02/09/18
Immediate impact: Erne scores on first shot of season

Immediate impact: Erne scores on first shot of season

Adam Erne’s contributions to the Lightning’s 5-2 win Thursday against the Canucks came on his very first shot of the game, his very first shot of his season since he was called up from AHL Syracuse before the game.He scored.“It was ...
Published: 02/09/18
Fennelly: Why the Lightning is celebrating Vinny Lecavalier

Fennelly: Why the Lightning is celebrating Vinny Lecavalier

It was 20 years ago when he arrived in Tampa Bay, the next big thing, 18 years old but looking younger, tall and skinny, the top pick in the NHL draft.You could see his Adam's apple at his introductory news conference.This kid?Yeah. This kid.Vinny Le...
Published: 02/08/18
Updated: 02/09/18
Lightning journal: Adam Erne recalled for another energy jolt

Lightning journal: Adam Erne recalled for another energy jolt

TAMPA — LW Adam Erne was recalled Thursday morning for the same reason C Matthew Peca was called up last month from AHL Syracuse: to add youthful energy to the Lightning.He wasted little time making an impact. Erne scored one of three Lightning...
Published: 02/08/18
Updated: 02/09/18

Roger Mooney’s takeaways from Lightning-Canucks

How good must that first-period goal have felt for Nikita Kucherov? His reaction said it all: arms raised to the rafters, one skate off the ice as he circled the ice. Maybe he’s coming out of the slump. He had an aggressive night with the puck Monday...
Published: 02/08/18
Kucherov breaks goal drought as Lightning tops Canucks

Kucherov breaks goal drought as Lightning tops Canucks

TAMPA — He raised his arms to the heavens and raised one skate off the ice as he circled away from the net and toward his teammates. Amalie Arena’s foghorn was at full blast. Lightning fans shouted his name."Kuuuuuch."Indeed.Nikita Kucherov scored a ...
Published: 02/08/18
Erne returns as Lightning begin short homestand

Erne returns as Lightning begin short homestand

F Adam Erne just wants to prove he belongs. The Lightning hope he brings the same energy that Matthew Peca has played with since he joined the team late last month.The infusion of young players into the lineup could go a long way to getting the Light...
Published: 02/08/18
The boys are back in town

The boys are back in town

The Lightning. Remember those guys? They're back.The Lightning end a stretch of 19 days without a home game tonight when it plays host to the Canucks."It feels odd being back here," coach Jon Cooper said after Wednesday's practice at Amalie Arena.It ...
Published: 02/08/18
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