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Lightning D Brendan Mikkelson day-to-day after scary collision with the end boards

Tamp Bay Lightning defenseman Brendan Mikkelson is day-to-day with an unspecified injury after crashing into the end boards during a Thursday practice drill at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

"Not a good sight," coach Guy Boucher said.

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Former Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Jay Feaster says, "I still bleed Tampa blue"

Former Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Jay Feaster was at the Tampa Bay Times Forum Tuesday night as part of the team's 20th anniversary celebration that includes honoring people and moments voted for by the fans.

Feaster, who was GM from 2002-2008 and helped lead the Lightning to the 2004 Stanley Cup title, is now the general manager of the Flames, the team that lost to Tampa Bay in the Cup final. Even so, Feaster said participating in the Lightning's 20th anniversary celebration was not awkward, and declared, "I still bleed Tampa blue."

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Photo gallery: Lightning 5, Panthers 2


Images of the Lightning's victory over the Jacksonville Panther's

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Lightning's Pierre-Cedric Labrie making most of time on the bench as he waits for a chance

For some players, being a healthy scratch in five of a team's six games would be maddening. But for Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Pierre-Cedric Labrie, it is a chance to learn.

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Tampa Bay Lightning's Marty St. Louis is NHL's third star of the week

Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Marty St. Louis, third in the league with 11 points and who had four assists in Sunday's 5-1 victory over the Flyers, was named the NHL's third star of the week ending Sunday behind San Jose's Patrick Marleau and Chicago's Corey Crawford.

Here is the announcement from the league:

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Photo gallery: Lightning 5, Flyers 1


Images of the Lightning's victory over the Philadelphia Flyers.

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Video: Vinny Lecavalier talks about his fight with Flyers' Luke Schenn.

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Matt Carle on last season's Lightning-Flyers stall game: "Hopefully, you'll never see that again"

On Nov. 9, 2011, the Lightning and Flyers engaged at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in a very strange game as the Flyers decided the best way to combat Tampa Bay's 1-3-1 defensive system was to pretty much do nothing -- literally. The Flyers held the puck in their zone waiting for the Lightning to commit a forechecker. Tampa Bay did not, so seven times in the first 20 minutes the team just stared at each other. The longest stretch was for 50 seconds.

Lightning defenseman Matt Carle was with the Flyers back then and said on Sunday, "Hopefully, you'll never see that again."

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Photo gallery: Lightning 6, Senators 4


Images from the Lightning's win over the Ottawa Senators.

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Lightning's Keith Aulie takes big step from last season as defenseman gains playing time

One player making tremendous strides from last season is Lightning defenseman Keith Aulie, who has transformed from a tentative, careful player into a confident, physical player who also can move the puck.

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Lightning captain Vinny Lecavalier to get silver stick from team for 1,000th game

Tampa Bay Lightning captain Vinny Lecavalier played his 1,000th NHL game Monday in Uniondale, N.Y., against the Islanders. In fact, when Lecavalier faces the Senators Friday at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, he will be playing game 1,002.

The Lightning will use the team's first home game since Lecavalier reached his milestone to honor him with a traditional inscribed silver stick to be presented before the game in an eight-minute ceremony in which Lecavalier also will receive gifts from teammates.

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Wednesday: Chat with Damian Cristodero, 1

Want to talk about the Lightning's opening-night win over the Capitals? The recent games against the Islanders or Hurricanes? Goalie Anders Lindback's debut? Whatever's on your mind, join Times beat reporter Damian Cristodero for a live chat Wednesday, from 1-2 p.m.

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Lightning coach Guy Boucher says G Anders Lindback not the problem in Monday's loss

Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Anders Lindback will take a seat tonight against the Hurricanes as Mathieu Garon gets his first start of the season.

Coach Guy Boucher said the decision had nothing to do with the way Lindback played in Monday’s 4-3 loss to the Islanders. In fact, Boucher said he was pleased with Lindback’s performance in which he made 40 saves as Tampa Bay was outplayed and outshot 44-26.

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Photos: Lightning 6, Capitals 3


Tampa Bay Lightning 6, Washington Capitals 3.  See photos.

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There at the beginning, ex-Lightning D Roman Hamrlik excited to be on ice for 20th anniversary celebration

As the lone active player remaining from the Lightning’s inaugural team, veteran defenseman Roman Hamrlik has a lot of great memories from the franchise’s humble beginnings.

For Hamrlik, 38, that included fishing with teammates behind the old Expo Hall arena at the Florida State Fairgrounds, where they played home games the first season.  

“We had a lot of fun with that,” he said, smiling.

It seems fitting that Hamrlik – the team’s first draft pick – will be on the ice tonight (albeit in a Capitals uniform) for the opener of Tampa Bay’s 20th season.

“It’s crazy I’m still here,” Hamrlik said after today's morning skate. “It’s gone by pretty fast. I had such good memories when I started here with special players like Brian Bradley and Pat Jablonski…and many other players. I’ll never forget this place.”

Hamrlik, the No. 1 overall pick in 1992, played five-and-a-half seasons in Tampa Bay, and was known as a physical, two-way defenseman. A good skater, Hamrlik also had a big shot, helping as he quarterbacked the power play.

“I’ve been thrilled to get a chance to start playing my career, and I’m happy I was a part of that when they started playing,” he said. …

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