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Eduardo A. Encina - Lightning Reporter

Lightning Reporter

I’m back for my second stint at the Tampa Bay Times. You may recognize my byline from back in the day when I covered the Rays, Lightning and high school sports. After seven years working in my hometown of Baltimore as the lead Orioles writer at The Baltimore Sun, I’m back covering the Lightning. If you have a story idea, email me, tweet me or send me a three-eyed raven. When I’m not working, I’m likely outside hiking (preferably out of cell-phone range), getting charged by a mountain goat, Instagramming my food, plotting my second career as an astronaut or taking hacks at the nearest indoor batting cage.

  1. Maple Leafs defenseman Justin Holl (3) puts pressure on Lightning left wing Alex Killorn (17), who eventually scores the winner in overtime Saturday night in Tampa.
  2. Lightning center Anthony Cirelli is back in the lineup for the first time since the Stanley Cup final.
  3. The Lightning's Pat Maroon is used to trash talk from opponents, but when a broadcaster goes too far, he takes a stand.
  4. Lightning center Pierre-Edouard Bellemare played in his 608th career NHL game Thursday in Philadelphia, most of any player born in France.
  5. Lightning captain Steven Stamkos celebrates his 1,000th career point after assisting on a goal by Nick Paul during the second period of Thursday's victory over the Flyers in Philadelphia.
  6. Lightning captain Steven Stamkos picked up his 1,000th career point during the second period of Thursday's game against the Flyers in Philadelphia.
  7. Lightning left wing Pat Maroon (14) checks Boston Bruins defenseman Connor Clifton (75) during a game last month at Amalie Arena.
  8. Lightning center Steven Stamkos celebrates his goal with teammates during the third period of a game against the Sabres on Monday. The captain is one point from reaching 1,000 for his career.
  9. Lightning left wing Pat Maroon heads onto the ice for warmups before a game against the Boston Bruins earlier this month at Amalie Arena.
  10. Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) drops to the ice after giving up a goal to Bruins left wing Taylor Hall during the third period Tuesday night in Boston.
  11. Lightning forwards Steven Stamkos and Nick Paul (20) celebrate aStamkos' winning goal in overtime Monday against the Sabres in Buffalo, New York.
  12. Lightning goaltender Brian Elliott blocks a shot from Sabres right wing JJ Peterka during the third period of a Nov. 5 game in Tampa.
  13. From his knees, forward Nick Paul (20) makes a play during the first period of the Lightning's 5-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues Friday at Amalie Arena.
  14. Lightning and Blues players fight in the first period Friday night at Amalie Arena.
  15. Lightning center Alex Barre-Boulet, left, is back with the NHL team after a successful stint in Syracuse.
  16. Lightning coach Jon Cooper gets kudos from TNT studio analyst Rick Tocchet, who used to be behind the Tampa Bay bench, for keeping his messaging fresh after winning two Stanley Cups.
  17. Lightning defenseman Zach Bogosian, also know as the team's grill master, will be hosting Thanksgiving festivities again this year.
  18. Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy gets beat as Bruins left wing Nick Foligno scores to go up 2-1 during second-period action at Amalie Arena on Monday.
  19. The Nashville Predators' Ryan McDonagh plays against the Lightning in the first period of Saturday's game in Nashville, Tennessee.
  20. Lightning players celebrate after beating the Nashville Predators 3-2 in overtime Saturday in Nashville, Tennessee.
  21. Defenseman Zach Bogosian is expected to make his season debut tonight against the Predators, his first game since undergoing offseason shoulder surgery.
  22. Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy gives a thumbs up after being named the No. 1 star of the game following his 39-save performance Thursday against the Calgary Flames at Amalie Arena.
  23. Edmonton Oilers left wing Evander Kane rushes to the bench after being cut during a game against the Lightning earlier this month at Amalie Arena.
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