Saturday, October 20, 2018
Tampa Bay Lightning

Joe Smith’s takeaways from Lightning-Flyers

Lightning backup goalie Peter Budaj started and was helped off midway through the third after Scott Laughton slid into the back of his left leg. This is what made the acquisition of Louis Domingue last month important, with him having played well for AHL Syracuse. Expect him to get called up if Budaj is out an extended period.

The Lightning’s second goal epitomizes the kind of player Ondrej Palat is. Palat is not flashy, but often the spark behind big plays, and this was no different. Palat forced a neutral zone turnover with a ferocious forecheck, then set up Brayden Point in the slot to finish off an odd-man rush. Point got the goal, Palat made it all happen.

Just when Lightning penalty kill issues seemed over, Tampa Bay allowed two power-play goals by the Flyers, both when an opponent was left all alone for a backdoor tap-in. The Lightning had given up seven power-play goals in a three-game span before bouncing back with strong efforts Saturday and Thursday.

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J.T. Brown talks about life after the Lightning

J.T. Brown talks about life after the Lightning

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A road trip worth taking for the Lightning

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Diana C. Nearhos’ takeaways from Thursday’s Lightning-Red Wings game

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Published: 10/18/18
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Lightning journal: Rolling four lines is key to early-season wins

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Published: 10/18/18
Updated: 10/19/18
Lightning cap off five-game homestand with 3-1 win over Detroit

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Published: 10/18/18
Updated: 10/19/18
Ryan Callahan ahead of schedule on return to Lightning

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TAMPA — Ryan Callahan is ahead of schedule. The forward had a target date of Nov. 1, on the early side, to return from offseason shoulder surgery, but the Lightning is making moves that imply he may see the ice sooner.That date could be tonight...
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Tyler Johnson hat trick sends Lightning past Hurricanes

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TAMPA — Fans who attended Tuesday's Lightning-Hurricanes game heard more than their fair share of Chuck Berry's song Johnny B. Goode.Center Tyler Johnson's goal song, with its signature line Go go, go Johnny go, blared over the loudspeakers not...
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How the Lightning beat the Hurricanes 4-2

How the Lightning beat the Hurricanes 4-2

Louis Domingue couldn't turn his head well, but he wasn't going to let that keep him from his first start in 19 days.The Lightning goalie tweaked his neck playing basketball, warming up before the game, and still couldn't turn his head after the game...
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Lightning’s Louis Domingue demonstrates the value of a backup goalie

Lightning’s Louis Domingue demonstrates the value of a backup goalie

TAMPA — Lightning backup goalie Louis Domingue was scheduled for his first start of the season tonight against Carolina. You could even say it's a rare start. As the backup to Andrei Vasilevskiy, Domingue might play less than any Lightning play...
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