Thursday, October 18, 2018
Tampa Bay Lightning

Joe Smith’s takeaways from Thursday’s Lightning-Rangers game

Thoughts and prayers to Fox Sports Sun Lightning reporter Paul Kennedy, who is recovering from prostate cancer surgery this week. On Hockey Fights Cancer Night, Lightning players and staff posed for a photo in the dressing room, each one holding a sign that said, "I fight for P.K." Me, too.

The Lightning gave up more grade-A chances in the first period against the Rangers than it had in some entire games this season. Credit goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy for making sure this one didn’t get ugly early. His best stop came on a breakaway by Kevin Shattenkirk.

Yanni Gourde’s shorthanded, tying goal in the second period shouldn’t have come as a surprise. He has been tremendous in his first full NHL season, the relentless forward picking up where he left off in his late callup last year. His line with Brayden Point and Ondrej Palat has been the most consistent for Tampa Bay.

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

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

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

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

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

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Ryan Callahan ahead of schedule on return to Lightning

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Tyler Johnson hat trick sends Lightning past Hurricanes

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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

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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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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...
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‘Pucks had eyes’ for Lightning vs. Blue Jackets

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Nick Kelly’s takeaways from Saturday’s Lightning-Blue Jackets game

Nick Kelly’s takeaways from Saturday’s Lightning-Blue Jackets game

So much for those issues on the power play. The Lightning spent about half of practice Friday working on its power play after failing to score on eight opportunities in its first two games of the season. The work paid off with four power-play goals a...
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