Lightning players have gotten used to celebrations like this one following Game 4 against Florida. Tampa Bay has won 10 consecutive postseason series for a 40-16 record since 2020.
John Romano | It’s been a long time since the NHL has seen a team that can flip the switch like Tampa Bay when the playoffs begin.
A slight change to the grip of his change-up has given the lefty a much-improved additional option in his arsenal.
Corey Kluber will be on mound for Tampa Bay facing the team he pitched for last season.
Jeffrey Springs allows two home runs, and the offense gets two hits in eight innings against Jameson Taillon.


  1. Ji-Man Choi tends to connect well with the ball when New York ace Gerrit Cole is pitching, so the Rays moved him up in the order today.
  2. Lightning players have gotten used to celebrations like this one following Game 4 against Florida. Tampa Bay has won 10 consecutive postseason series for a 40-16 record since 2020.
  3. A small adjustment to the grip of his change-up has made a big difference for Rays starter Shane McClanahan.
  4. Yankees players exchange high-fives after their 2-0 victory over the Rays Friday at Tropicana Field.
  5. Rays starting pitcher Jeffrey Springs (59) holds a ball after giving up his second home run of the fourth inning to the New York Yankees' Matt Carpenter (24) Friday at Tropicana Field.
  6. The Rays' Ji-Man Choi, pictured hitting a double during a game against the Marlins Tuesday at Tropicana Field, is batting .435 with four home runs, 10 RBIs, a 1.087 slugging percentage and 1.639 OPS against Gerrit Cole, who will start Saturday for the Yankees.
  7. Lightning players celebrate on the bench after Ondrej Palat's empty-net goal clinched a 2-0 victory over the Florida Panthers in Game 4 of their second-round series Monday at Amalie Arena.
  8. San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler said Friday he will refuse to take the field for the national anthem in a protest over the nation’s political direction following this week’s school shooting in Texas.
  9. Rays shortstop Wander Franco is moving down a spot in the batting order tonight to third for the first time this season.
  10. Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) warms up before Game 4 of the second-round series against the Panthers Monday at Amalie Arena. Tampa Bay won't play again until next Monday or possibly Wednesday, depending on the outcome of the Hurricanes-Rangers series.
  11. Bucs defensive lineman Logan Hall (90) runs on the field during rookie minicamp earlier this month at AdventHealth Training Center in Tampa.
  12. Calgary Flames and former Lightning forward Blake Coleman (20) collides with Edmonton Oilers defenseman Cody Ceci (5) during Game 5 of their second-round playoff series Thursday in Calgary, Alberta.
  13. Rick Nafe spent four decades in various roles of major sports operations in this area, including the last 21 as vice president of operations for the Tampa Bay Rays.
  14. Former USF standout Greg Reaves has totaled 28 tackles and three sacks for the Tampa Bay Bandits of the rebooted United States Football League.
  15. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., shown in this April photo, took to Twitter on Thursday, lambasting the NBA for “politicizing a horrific tragedy in America.”
  16. Moments after the final out was made in the Class 3A state softball final Thursday night, Calvary Christian players swarm freshman pitcher Morgen Talley, hugged in center. Calvary defeated Hernando 7-4 to claim the first state softball title for the Warriors.
  17. Rays shortstop Taylor Walls uncorks a throwing error to first baseman Harold Ramirez during the sixth inning Thursday night against the Yankees.
  18. From left, Rays pitcher Drew Rasmussen, pitcher Corey Kluber, first-base coach Chris Prieto and manager Kevin Cash take part in a moment of silence at Tropicana Field prior to Thursday's game against the Yankees.
  19. Rays shortstop Wander Franco looks on from the dugout during the bottom of the second inning against the Yankees on Thursday.
  20. Lightning center Brayden Point (21), left, tangles with Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Muzzin (8) during Game 6 of the opening round earlier this month at Amalie Arena. Point has not played since Game 7 of that series.
  21. Lightning right wing Corey Perry (10) leans in before play resumes during Game 3 of the second-round series against the Panthers Sunday at Amalie Arena.
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