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Photo gallery: Lightning and Bucs players shine on all-star weekend

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The NHL and NFL showcased their brightest stars this past weekend during their annual all-star celebrations.

Some fans tuned in for the action, others the pageantry.

But for many, the appeal lay in watching their hometown heroes compete on a national stage.

It was in that spirit that this gallery was built.

So, though he scored a goal and staged a fight, you won't find Blackhawks forward and NHL scoring leader Patrick Kane in these 25 photos. Or the Ducks' Corey Perry, who netted the winning goal. Or, for that matter, fan favorite and game MVP John Scott.

Nor will you find Pro Bowl Offensive and Defensive MVPs Russell Wilson and Michael Bennett of the Seahawks.

This gallery is for Tampa Bay fans. Exclusively.

Lightning captain Steven Stamkos and goaltender Ben Bishop were key parts of the Atlantic Division team that advanced to the final of the first-ever 3-on-3 tournament at the NHL All-Star Game.

Bishop picked up an assist in the Atlantic's 4-3 semifinal win over the Metropolitan Division and preserved the win by stopping the Penguins' Kris Letang on a breakaway in the final minute. He allowed just a single goal in the final, which the Atlantic dropped to Scott's Pacific squad, 1-0.

Meanwhile, in the Pro Bowl, Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston passed for two touchdowns and running back Doug Martin scored the only rushing touchdown as Team Irvin beat Team Rice, 49-27.

Bucs linebacker Lavonte David made five tackles, including four solo stops, in his first Pro Bowl appearance. And defensive tackle Gerald McCoy and guard Logan Mankins represented the Bucs as well.

So, without further delay, here is a gallery of photos from this weekend's festivities of Tampa Bay players.

And only Tampa Bay players.

     
                                       
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Lightning finds its game too late, loses to Islanders

Lightning finds its game too late, loses to Islanders

TAMPA — The firepower showed up in the third period.Yanni Gourde and Ondrej Palat scored 13 seconds apart. Gourde scored again.Suddenly it was a one-goal game, and the Lightning appeared on its way to one of those comeback wins that would be remember...
Published: 11/18/17
Lightning journal: Jon Cooper thrilled with stellar start

Lightning journal: Jon Cooper thrilled with stellar start

TAMPA — If you told coach Jon Cooper his team would open the season with wins in 15 of the first 19 games, well, "I’m not sure I can sit here and say I would have predicted that," he said Saturday morning.But the Lightning did just that to lead the N...
Published: 11/18/17
Roger Mooney’s takeaways from Lightning-Islanders

Roger Mooney’s takeaways from Lightning-Islanders

This is what happens when you have the best record in the league: You get the best from the other team. The Islanders came out strong and the Lightning couldn’t match it, falling behind 4-0 early in the third. For the most part, the Lightning has bee...
Published: 11/18/17
Early Lightning awards: Tough call on MVP

Early Lightning awards: Tough call on MVP

TAMPA — It’s still way early, but if the Lightning’s record start continues, there will be a lot of hardware up for grabs. And we’re not just talking about the Stanley Cup. Nikita Kucherov has league MVP written all over him. Andrei Vasilevskiy coul...
Published: 11/18/17

Red-hot Lightning leading NHL in more than wins

Nikita Kucherov, top left, celebrates with teammate Steven Stamkos (91) after scoring against Florida Panthers goalie James Reimer. [AP photo]The Lightning (15-2-2) enters tonight’s game against the visiting Islanders (10-6-2) leading the leagu...
Published: 11/18/17
Brayden Point becomes ‘the heartbeat’ of the Lightning

Brayden Point becomes ‘the heartbeat’ of the Lightning

TAMPA — A local TV crew set up shop in front of Brayden Point’s locker stall the other day, waiting for the Lightning forward to be ready.Then, captain Steven Stamkos walked into the room for his scrum. It didn’t take long for the TV crew to change c...
Published: 11/17/17
Lightning pummels Stars for fifth straight win

Lightning pummels Stars for fifth straight win

TAMPA — The Lightning welcomed Ben Bishop back with a classy, fitting video tribute in Thursday’s first period. The sellout crowd of 19,092 at Amalie Arena gave Bishop, the greatest goalie in franchise history, a standing ovation. It was an emotional...
Published: 11/16/17
Updated: 11/17/17
Lightning journal: Specials teams in the spotlight vs. Stars

Lightning journal: Specials teams in the spotlight vs. Stars

TAMPA — C Braydon Point’s shorthanded goal tipped the game in the Lightning’s favor and the three penalties it killed during the second period kept it that way in Thursday’s 6-1 victory against the Stars.Dallas entered the game with an NHL-best 30.2 ...
Published: 11/16/17

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

There was a classy, fitting video tribute to former Lightning goalie Ben Bishop in the first period. Think of all the moments in his five seasons in Tampa Bay. It had to be emotional for Bishop, who calls Tampa his second home. He touched his heart a...
Published: 11/16/17
Lightning vs. Stars vs. Bishop vs. No. 1 PP in NHL

Lightning vs. Stars vs. Bishop vs. No. 1 PP in NHL

Stars’ G Ben Bishop returns to Amalie Arena tonight for the first time since his last home game as a Lightning, which came before last season’s trade deadline.The teacher vs. the pupil (Lightning G Andrei Vasilevskiy) is one story line.He...
Published: 11/16/17