Monday, May 21, 2018
Tampa Bay Lightning

Tampa Bay Lightning gets forward Tim Wallace off waivers from New York Islanders

WINNIPEG — The Lightning on Thursday made a personnel move for the fourth straight game day, but instead of sending a player out, it brought one in, claiming F Tim Wallace off waivers from the Islanders.

"All our reports on him were positive," GM Steve Yzerman said. "We think he's a guy who can come in and contribute."

Tampa Bay was depleted after forwards Dominic Moore and Steve Downie and defenseman Pavel Kubina were traded, respectively, during the previous three game days. But the situation is acute at forward, with C Vinny Lecavalier out for at least three weeks with a fractured right hand.

Wallace, 6 feet 1, 207 pounds, joins the team today.

"He's a gritty guy. He's a strong and competitive guy," Yzerman said. "We thought he'd be able to help us down the stretch."

Wallace, 27, played 31 games for New York with one assist and six penalty minutes. He also was minus-7 with an average 8:40 of ice time. In 24 games with AHL Bridgeport, Wallace had nine goals, 20 points and 13 penalty minutes, and was plus-2.

Making Wallace feel at home with the Lightning will be C Nate Thompson, who grew up with Wallace in Anchorage, Alaska, and called him a "lifelong friend."

"I'm happy to have him here," Thompson said. "He's a big body. He hits like a truck, and he's willing if need be to drop the gloves. He's a good all-around player."

OHLUND SURGERY: The first step in what Mattias Ohlund hopes will be the resurrection of his career is over. The defenseman had major surgery on his left knee at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. "The surgery went well," Yzerman said.

The procedure by noted orthopedist Anthony Miniaci included resurfacing the bottom of the femur — where the cartilage had worn away — with a thin layer of titanium.

The only timetable for recovery is that it will take months. The surgery is considered the last, best chance to help Ohlund, who has not played a regular-season game this season and has four years and $11.75 million left on his contract.

MORE MEDICAL MATTERS: D Marc-Andre Bergeron is not with the team because of a back injury that has kept him out of 17 of the past 18 games. It is believed he has a slightly bulging disc that is affecting his sciatic nerve.

Bergeron has seen several doctors looking for a cure. Yzerman said surgery is not yet indicated and considers it a "last resort."

"Just tell me when he's ready," coach Guy Boucher said.

"I hear a different sound to what it is and what it's going to be every day. I've stopped listening, to be honest with you. He's been missing so long and we've had so many injuries, I put that aside now. I don't wait for players anymore. It just distracts you from what you have right now."

ODDS AND ENDS: The addition of Wallace gives Tampa Bay 13 healthy forwards. C Trevor Smith or C Mike Angelidis could be sent back to AHL Norfolk. Yzerman said he will wait until after the weekend to make a decision. … The Jets had scored on seven straight power-play chances before failing in the third period. … Bergeron and Lecavalier were the scratches.

Comments
Lightning watch party tonight for Game 6

Lightning watch party tonight for Game 6

Tampa Bay Lightning fans can gather to witness the team's possible clinching of a Stanley Cup final berth tonight in downtown Tampa.The watch party for Game 6 in Washington starts at 6 p.m. at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.It will include three screen...
Updated: 12 minutes ago
Expansion Vegas advances to Stanley Cup final

Expansion Vegas advances to Stanley Cup final

WINNIPEG — The Vegas Golden Knights are going to the Stanley Cup final — with a chip on their shoulder."Everybody on this team has something to prove," forward Ryan Reaves said. "We call ourselves 'The Golden Misfits' for a reason. We're ...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Lightning-Capitals: Familiar ground for Capitals as they face elimination

Lightning-Capitals: Familiar ground for Capitals as they face elimination

TAMPA – Capitals G Braden Holtby basically summed up playoff life for the Capitals after Saturday's Game 5 loss in the Eastern Conference final when he said the team never makes it easy for itself."No, we don't," coach Barry Trotz agreed Sunday...
Published: 05/20/18
Lightning-Capitals: In playoffs, Lightning and its town become one

Lightning-Capitals: In playoffs, Lightning and its town become one

TAMPA — The Lightning is a win away from a trip to the Stanley Cup final. Its Game 5 win Saturday, to take a 3-2 lead over the Washington Capitals, was another chapter of a story being written on the fly."Think about Game 1 in New Jersey,"...
Published: 05/20/18
Lightning-Capitals: Lightning keeps Alex Ovechkin under control

Lightning-Capitals: Lightning keeps Alex Ovechkin under control

TAMPA — Alex Ovechkin headed toward the Capitals' locker room two hours before the start of Saturday's Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final with the swagger of an elite athlete that suggested he was about take over a game and make life misera...
Published: 05/20/18
Lightning-Capitals: How Tampa Bay withstood Washington’s barrage

Lightning-Capitals: How Tampa Bay withstood Washington’s barrage

TAMPA — A two-goal lead was suddenly only one, and the Washington Capitals, having pulled their goalie, had a furious 96-second siege.Andrei Vasilevskiy made the last three of his 28 saves to preserve the Lightning's 3-2 victory Saturday in Gam...
Published: 05/19/18
Updated: 05/20/18
Lightning-Capitals: How Tampa Bay’s early surges carried the day

Lightning-Capitals: How Tampa Bay’s early surges carried the day

TAMPA — Dan Girardi knew where the puck was heading. It was heading to Alex Ovechkin for a one-timer on net, so Girardi did the only thing he could do. He blocked it.With his rump."It hit me right in the cheek," said Girardi, the Lightning defe...
Published: 05/19/18
Lightning-Capitals: Grading Tampa Bay’s 3-2 victory in Game 5

Lightning-Capitals: Grading Tampa Bay’s 3-2 victory in Game 5

TAMPA — Faster than Justify down the stretch at the Preakness, quicker than Harry and Meghan walked down the aisle at Windsor Castle, the Lightning jumped on Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final. No runaway gallop. No funny hats. Just ho...
Published: 05/19/18
Lightning-Capitals: How Ryan Callahan and his linemates overwhelmed the Caps

Lightning-Capitals: How Ryan Callahan and his linemates overwhelmed the Caps

TAMPA — They're called grinders. Pluggers. Checkers.They're lunch-pail guys. Like 9-to-5ers. They get up every day and go to work. They punch in and punch out for no glory or credit. But the business would fall apart without them.They're the fo...
Published: 05/19/18
Lightning-Capitals: Quick strike, but not the quickest ever

Lightning-Capitals: Quick strike, but not the quickest ever

TAMPA — Cedric Paquette needed only 19 seconds to put the Lightning on the scoreboard Saturday night, coming up with the second-fastest playoff goal in franchise history.The only goal faster? Tampa Bay's Adam Hall needed only 13 seconds to scor...
Published: 05/19/18