Sunday, May 20, 2018
Tampa Bay Lightning

Teen Lightning fan gets 2nd chance to meet team, this time cancer-free

RALEIGH, N.C. — After his Make-A-Wish moment meeting the Lightning in mid November, Jake Warner set a goal.

The next time the Lightning played the Hurricanes in Raleigh, where Warner, 17, lives, he would be able to walk into PNC Arena and see the game.

He faced a difficult task. Warner had his left leg amputated below the knee on Thanksgiving in an attempt to rid himself of a rare cancer called pseudomyogenic hemangioendothelioma.

But Sunday, when the Lightning played the Hurricanes, Warner was there, with the help of a prosthetic and a cane, wearing a Steven Stamkos jersey. With followup scans revealing that he is cancer-free, Warner got to see his first NHL game since his November visit to Tampa.

"Needless to say, he has had this date circled on his calendar for a long time," said Jake's father, Craig.

Jake grew up playing lacrosse and hockey — he was a left wing and a center — before his diagnosis last year. During a family vacation, Jake got hooked up with the Lightning for the November meet-and-greet — which he dubbed a "dream come true" — after the family reached out to former Hurricanes and current Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford, who relayed the message to Lightning GM Steve Yzerman.

Craig said that though the family has Hurricanes season tickets, it "cannot begin to tell you how much it means to me what the Lightning organization has done for Jake." Jake planned to meet with Yzerman and players against after Sunday's game.

Jake is even having a customized prosthetic made with the Lightning logo, though it wasn't ready for Sunday.

"This story truly does have a happy ending," Craig said.

Comments
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
Lightning-Capitals: Roger Mooney’s takeaways from Tampa Bay’s 3-2 win

Lightning-Capitals: Roger Mooney’s takeaways from Tampa Bay’s 3-2 win

It's one thing to get a quick goal from one of your big guns, but when the goal scorer is a grinder like Cedric Paquette, who was only on the ice at the start to counter the Capitals' top line, that just sends a jolt through the bench.The Caps' first...
Published: 05/19/18
Year away from the NHL playoffs a boon for Lightning coach Jon Cooper

Year away from the NHL playoffs a boon for Lightning coach Jon Cooper

TAMPA — This is the third time in four seasons that the Lightning has reached the Eastern Conference final. The one year it didn't was last year.And last year could turn out to be the best thing that has happened to the Lightning and its coach,...
Published: 05/19/18
Will the home team ever win in this Eastern Conference final?

Will the home team ever win in this Eastern Conference final?

TAMPA — It was said by a longtime hockey writer in this town after the Lightning went down 0-2 in this Eastern Conference final series to the Capitals that things did not look bleak for the local team. Why? Because you should never trust the Ca...
Published: 05/19/18
Live blog: Lightning looks to take series lead in Game 5

Live blog: Lightning looks to take series lead in Game 5

Follow our live coverage of the Eastern Conference final between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Washington Capitals.We'll have updates, analysis, photos, video and more on and off the ice from Times reporters, editors, sports columnists and photo journa...
Published: 05/19/18
Capitals’ ghosts of collapses past have suddenly sprung to life

Capitals’ ghosts of collapses past have suddenly sprung to life

TAMPA – Somewhere between the time Alex Ovechkin smashed his stick against the crossbar of the Capitals' net and his postgame, post-shower meeting with reporters, he tried to channel the joy with which he started the Eastern Conference final.Ev...
Published: 05/19/18