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Diana C. Nearhos - Lightning Reporter

Lightning Reporter

I’ve only ever been employed as a professional people-watcher: a lifeguard and a journalist. I am an incessant questioner who just wants to find and share a story. I enjoy getting to know the people involved with a game and sharing them with the reader. My life in sports started at Boston College’s Alumni Stadium at age 2, or it started at birth when my dad put a stuffed basketball in my crib for easy identification. Covering the Lightning is the obvious combination of those two loves, sports and telling stories.

  1. Colorado Avalanche left wing J.T. Compher, left, flies into Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Curtis McElhinney while pursuing the puck in the third period of an NHL hockey game Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, in Denver. The Lightning won 4-3 in overtime.
  2. New Jersey Devils center Blake Coleman (20) during warmups before a recent hockey game against the Dallas Stars in Newark, N.J.
  3. Distant Thunder fan Eva Cervenkova fist bumps Nikita Kucherov before the Lightning's game against the Flyers on Saturday.
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  5. Members of the men's ice hockey team from the United States pose in front of the Olympic rings during the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
  6. New Jersey Devils' Blake Coleman (20) brings the puck up the ice against the Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh, N.C., on Friday.
  7. Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point (21) handles the puck against Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Travis Sanheim (6) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, in Tampa, Fla.
  8. Tampa Bay Lightning's Pat Maroon, center, is congratulated by teammates, from left, Luke Schenn, Braydon Coburn, Mitchell Stephens and Cameron Gaunce after scoring against the Edmonton Oilers during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, in Tampa, Fla.
  9. Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy, of Russia, makes a save against Edmonton Oilers' Zack Kassian during the third period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. The Lightning won 3-1. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)
  10. Tampa Bay Lightning's Yanni Gourde, center is congratulated on his goal by teammates Mikhail Sergachev (98), of Russia, and Cedric Paquette (13), as Edmonton Oilers' Oscar Klefbom, of Sweden, skated away during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, in Tampa, Fla.
  11. Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Erik Cernak (81)
  12. Tampa Bay Lightning forward Anthony Cirelli is seen against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday.
  13. Tampa Bay Lightning's Mitchell Stephens (67) is upended by Pittsburgh Penguins' Bryan Rust (17) during the overtime period of Tampa Bay's 2-1 victory Tuesday in Pittsburgh.
  14. Tampa Bay Lightning's Yanni Gourde (37) celebrates with teammates after getting the game-winning goal past Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray (30) during the overtime period of an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. The Lightning won in overtime 2-1. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
  15. Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Mikhail Sergachev (98) shoots and scores the first goal of the game beating Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray (30) during first period action at Amalie Arena on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020 in Tampa.
  16. Pittsburgh Penguins' Brandon Tanev (13) is defended by Tampa Bay Lightning's Nikita Kucherov (86) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020.
  17. The last time Lightning center Steven Stamkos faced Pittsburgh, this goal put Tampa Bay up 2-0 during first-period action at Amalie Arena on Feb. 6. He won't be in the lineup against the Penguins tonight.
  18. A screenshot from Reddit of a celebratory drawing, part of a trend among Lightning fans.
  19. Columbus Blue Jackets forward Pierre-Luc Dubois, left, reaches for the puck against Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman, of Sweden, during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Columbus, Ohio, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020.
  20. Tampa Bay Lightning's Steven Stamkos, right, celebrates his empty-net goal against the New York Islanders with teammate Nikita Kucherov during the third period of Saturday's game.
  21. The Lightning's season ended in Columbus last year. Now, they make their return looking for a better result.
  22. Tampa Bay Lightning's Ondrej Palat (18), of Czech Republic dumps the puck past New York Islanders' Noah Dobson during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, in Tampa, Fla.
  23. Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) looks on before a face off against the Vegas Golden Knights during second period action at Amalie Arena on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020 in Tampa.
  24. Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Mikhail Sergachev (98) shoots and scores the first goal of the game beating Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray (30) during first period action at Amalie Arena on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020 in Tampa.