Friday, October 19, 2018
Tampa Bay Lightning

Joe Smith’s takeaways from Lightning-Islanders

The first period was one of the Lightning’s best 20 minutes of the season. It was dominant, holding the Islanders to three shot attempts. The first half of the second? Yikes. Another example of how Tampa Bay is still trying to find the consistency it had in a strong start to the season.

Cory Conacher is playing like a guy who doesn’t want to go back to AHL Syracuse. Conacher, called up as a fill-in during Cedric Paquette’s one-game suspension, hasn’t given the Lightning any reason to take him out of the lineup, with two points in the past two games. An interesting internal option for another top-nine wing.

Remember the complaints about the Lightning carrying eight defensemen? The depth has come in handy, with Jake Dotchin and Braydon Coburn sidelined with undisclosed injuries. Slater Koekkoek and Andrej Sustr have stepped in, with Sustr adding his second goal of the season Tuesday. Koekkoek had an assist.

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A road trip worth taking for the Lightning

A road trip worth taking for the Lightning

TAMPA — The Lightning opened the season with a five-game homestand. That was the easy part.Now for the hard part. Tampa Bay hits the road for the first time this regular season. And what a long road it is.Nine days. Five games. More that 5,000 ...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Diana C. Nearhos: Being the Lightning beat writer is a dream job

Diana C. Nearhos: Being the Lightning beat writer is a dream job

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Updated: 9 hours ago
Diana C. Nearhos’ takeaways from Thursday’s Lightning-Red Wings game

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

Steven Stamkos scored his first goal of the season in the second period. Entering the game, he wasn't alone among the league's top players to be goal-less. Last season's league MVP, the Devils' Taylor Hall, didn't get his first until Thursday night. ...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Lightning journal: Rolling four lines is key to early-season wins

Lightning journal: Rolling four lines is key to early-season wins

  TAMPA — The fourth line can often be a nice way of saying "players who aren't used much." But not on the Lightning. When coach Jon Cooper says he rolls four lines, he means it. Tampa Bay has the depth for it, and Cooper believes that was th...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Lightning cap off five-game homestand with 3-1 win over Detroit

Lightning cap off five-game homestand with 3-1 win over Detroit

TAMPA — The Lightning was a broken record in training camp, repeating how it needed to start the season strong. Last season's 15-2-2 start was the best in franchise history and launched it toward a playoff run. The Lightning wanted to do that a...
Published: 10/18/18
Updated: 10/19/18
Ryan Callahan ahead of schedule on return to Lightning

Ryan Callahan ahead of schedule on return to Lightning

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...
Published: 10/17/18
Tyler Johnson hat trick sends Lightning past Hurricanes

Tyler Johnson hat trick sends Lightning past Hurricanes

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...
Published: 10/16/18
Updated: 10/17/18
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...
Published: 10/16/18
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...
Published: 10/16/18
Lightning’s owes its penalty-kill success to the art of blocking shots

Lightning’s owes its penalty-kill success to the art of blocking shots

BRANDON — Defenseman Anton Stralman single-handedly preserved the tie when he stepped in front of the shot.Goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy had stopped the previous handful of pucks that Columbus fired at him during its first power play, but he wa...
Published: 10/15/18