Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Tampa Bay should say no thanks to these sporting events

Tampa Bay should say no thanks to these sporting events

Tampa Bay has become the Break-Glass-In-Case-of-Emergency City.When the NHL decided to pull out of the Olympics, it needed someone — and quick — to host this season’s All-Star Game. Tampa Bay stepped right up.When the NFL realized that the new footba...
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Lightning’s J.T. Brown to stop anthem protest, focus on community involvement

Lightning’s J.T. Brown to stop anthem protest, focus on community involvement

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Lightning wing J.T. Brown will no longer raise his first as a protest during the national anthem before games.But Brown, 27, one of about 30 black players in the NHL, will instead continue a more hands-on approach in the community in...
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Lightning approaches decision time for Mikhail Sergachev

Lightning approaches decision time for Mikhail Sergachev

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Mikhail Sergachev had dinner with his host family from juniors Monday.With the Lightning in Detroit to play the Red Wings, the Reid family made the trek across the Detroit River from Windsor, Ontario, where Sergachev arrived from Rus...
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Peter Budaj, Lightning lose to Devils in shootout; Nikita Kucherov scores

Peter Budaj, Lightning lose to Devils in shootout; Nikita Kucherov scores

NEWARK, N.J. — For Peter Budaj, Tuesday’s season debut had a shaky start.This was a tough position for Budaj, 35, playing in his first game in about three weeks. And he looked rusty early on, Budaj allowing an innocent-looking wrist shot squeak throu...
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Joe Smith’s takeaways from Lightning-Devils

D Mikhail Sergachev earned more ice time Tuesday, logging more than he had in the past three games (when he played fewer than 10 in two). He was poised on the power play. He kept things simple. This was one of the 19-year-old’s better games, includin...
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Lightning’s Steve Yzerman enjoying Nikita Kucherov’s scoring run

Lightning’s Steve Yzerman enjoying Nikita Kucherov’s scoring run

NEWARK, N.J. — If anyone knows what it is like to be as hot as Nikita Kucherov is right now, it’s Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman.On Monday, Kucherov, 24, joined Yzerman, Mario Lemieux and Keith Tkachuk as the only players in the past 30 year...
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Backhand shot makes Nikita Kucherov’s offense even more dangerous

Backhand shot makes Nikita Kucherov’s offense even more dangerous

DETROIT — Nikita Kucherov is on a historic streak, just the fourth player in the past 30 years to score a goal in each of his first six games.The others include Hall of Famers Steve Yzerman and Mario Lemieux. Not too shabby."Special player, special, ...
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Lightning edges Red Wings on road

Lightning edges Red Wings on road

DETROIT — The digs were different, the Lightning seeing the masterfully-done new Little Caesar’s Arena for the first time.But the result remained the same, another Tampa Bay victory over the Red Wings, who lost for the eight straight time to their At...
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Joe Smith’s takeaways from Lightning-Red Wings

They did a masterful job with the new Little Caesar’s Pizza Arena. While as a Detroit native, it’s natural to have nostalgia over the old Joe Louis Arena, the Red Wings did it right blending the state-of-the-art amenities while preserving history (in...
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Lightning’s J.T. Brown spent day with Tampa police. Here’s what happened

Lightning’s J.T. Brown spent day with Tampa police. Here’s what happened

TAMPA— TAMPA— J.T. Brown spent Friday afternoon getting shot at during a traffic stop.The bullets were blanks, of course, with the Lightning wing role-playing as a police officer in the Tampa Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy.The red sedan ...
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