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Lightning agrees to terms with prospect Nikita Nesterov

The Lightning has agreed to terms with prospect Nikita Nesterov on a three-year, entry-level contract. The defenseman was taken 158th overall in the 2011 draft. He is expected to play for AHL Syracuse next season.

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Replay Lightning chat with Damian Cristodero

Damian Cristodero will be chatting from noon to 1 p.m.

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Damian Cristodero will be chatting from noon to 1 p.m.

Want to talk about the 2012-13 Lightning season? What went right or wrong? Who'll be back? Who won't? Who'll be in goal next season? Join Times beat reporter Damian Cristodero for a live chat Wednesday, May 1, from noon to 1 p.m.

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MRI on Stamkos' left knee shows 'nothing of significance'

Steven Stamkos flies to Sweden Tuesday to play for Canada at the world championship.

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Steven Stamkos flies to Sweden Tuesday to play for Canada at the world championship.

Lightning star Steven Stamkos on Sunday had an MRI exam on his injured left knee that general manager Steve Yzerman said showed "nothing of significance."

Stamkos said he hyperextended the knee slightly when checked by Panthers defenseman Filip Kuba with 1:10 left in the third period of Saturday's 5-3 season finale loss.

"At the time you don't know," Stamkos said Monday when asked if he had been worried about the injury. But the doc checked it out and it should be no problem, nothing major."Full Story

Video: Lightning captain Vinny Lecavalier on "disappointing" season

Tampa Bay Lightning captain Vinny Lecavalier said that, considering the way the season started - winning six of the first seven games - he felt "for sure" that they'd havea  great year.

That's why having the Lightning miss the playoffs for the second straight season was "really disappointing" to Lecavalier, who says the team is not that far off from being back in there.

Lecavalier talked with the media Monday morning as the Lightning cleaned out its lockers, discussing what went wrong, where it goes from here, and his future in Tampa Bay.

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Video: Marty St. Louis talks about winning his second points title

Lightning right wing Marty St. Louis talks about winning his second Art Ross Trophy after Tampa Bay's season-ending 5-3 loss to the Panthers at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on April 27, 2013.

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Steven Stamkos confirms he will play for Canada at Worlds

Steven Stamkos' left shoulder is sore again, but an MRI exam in the past few weeks showed nothing serious.

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Steven Stamkos' left shoulder is sore again, but an MRI exam in the past few weeks showed nothing serious.

Steven Stamkos did not play in last year's world championship because of a left shoulder issue he wanted to heal.

The Lightning center's left shoulder is sore again, but an MRI exam in the past few weeks showed nothing serious, Stamkos said, and he will play for Canada at next month's world championship in Sweden and Finland.

"I'm excited," Stamkos said. "You don't want to be in this tournament ever, but when you're not in the playoffs it's a little bit of a consolation."Full Story

Lightning prospect fined $1,000 for part in bench-clearing brawl

Lightning prospect Cedric Paquette, a forward for Blainville-Boisbriand of the Quebec junior league, was fined $1,000 by the league for "inappropriate behavior" for his part Wednesday in starting a bench-clearing brawl with Baie-Comeau, the Canadian Press reported.

Paquette, taken 101st overall in last year's draft, reportedly taunted Baie-Comeau players after Blainville-Boisbriand's 4-3 victory in Game 4 of the teams' best-of-seven semifinal series that is tied 2-2.

In addition to Pacquette's punishment, 12 players were suspended, both coaches were banned for two games and each team was fined $5,000. Game 5 is Friday night.

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Bishop, Carle, Thompson named to USA team for world championship

Ben Bishop, 26, played for the United States in the 2010 world championship.

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Ben Bishop, 26, played for the United States in the 2010 world championship.

The Lightning on Thursday had three players named to the initial group of 15 who will play for the United States at next month's world championship in Sweden and Finland: goaltender Ben Bishop, center Nate Thompson and defenseman Matt Carle.

"It's a very big honor," Bishop said. "Any time you can represent your country in anything it's a big honor, so I'm just excited for the opportunity."Full Story

Video: Marty St. Louis takes over points lead

Lightning right wing Marty St. Louis talks about a 5-2 victory over the Maple Leafs on April 24, 2012, at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in which he had a hat trick and took over the league points lead.

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Malone, scratched tonight, says no excuse for poor play

Ryan Malone has five goals, seven points and 22 penalty minutes in 23 games.

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Ryan Malone has five goals, seven points and 22 penalty minutes in 23 games.

Lightning left wing Ryan Malone is scratched from tonight's game with the Maple Leafs after two games he classified as not good. The question is whether Malone is sitting solely because of poor play or if he still is not fully recovered from a left shoulder injury that cost him nine games from March 20-April 7.

Malone said there are no excuses.

"I haven't played very well, Malone said. "That could be a good reason, too."Full Story

Lightning to honor city of Boston at Thursday's game at TD Garden

The Lightning during Thursday's game with the Bruins at TD Garden will honor the city of Boston by wearing Boston Strong ribbon stickers on their helmets.

The tribute is in response to the April 15 terrorist bombings at the Boston Marathon.

The helmets will be signed by the players and auctioned off with proceeds going to The One Fund Boston, which already has raised $20.5 million in private and corporate donations to help people most affected by the bombing.

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Lindback gets the start in net tonight vs. Hurricanes

After missing 13 games with a high ankle sprain, goaltender Anders Lindback will start tonight against the Hurricanes at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

"I'm excited to be back," Lindback said. "It feels good."Full Story

Syracuse's Johnson is AHL's MVP

Tyler Johnson tied for the league lead with 33 goals and has 60 points in 60 games heading into the final weekend of the season.

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Tyler Johnson tied for the league lead with 33 goals and has 60 points in 60 games heading into the final weekend of the season.

For the second straight season, a Lightning prospect has been named most valuable player in the American Hockey League. Syracuse's Tyler Johnson was named today. He is tied for the league lead with 33 goals and has 60 points in 60 games heading into the final weekend of the season. Last season's winner was Norfolk's Cory Conacher.

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Bishop says work load not a problem as he prepares for Habs

Ben Bishop is 2-3-1 in seven games with a 3.13 goals-against average and .916 save percentage.

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Ben Bishop is 2-3-1 in seven games with a 3.13 goals-against average and .916 save percentage.

When Ben Bishop takes the ice tonight at the Bell Centre against the Canadiens, it will be his eighth start for the Lightning since being acquired from the Senators. He will have sat out only one of Tampa Bay's nine games, but said the work load is not a problem.

"I feel good," he said. "I've been working quite a bit throughout the season so no big change. A little more travel but nothing I wasn't ready for."Full Story

Video: Coach Jon Cooper after overtime loss to Jets

Lightning coach Jon Cooper talks about Tampa Bay's 4-3 shootout loss to the Jets at the MTS Centre on April 16, 2013.

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