The NHL announces Thursday, June 4, 2020, that every playoff series will be a best-of-seven following the opening qualifying round if the league is able to return later this summer. [DAVID ZALUBOWSKI  |  AP]
That comes on the day the league gives more details if it’s able to return with a 24-team postseason plan - and when the Penguins say one of their player tested positive for COVID-19.
Jun. 4• Lightning
The Lightning, their captain and Pat Maroon speak up on Twitter about racism and the protests following George Floyd’s death.
Jun. 2• Lightning
There is a fine line athletes must walk when it comes to expressing their beliefs. And a nation of fans cannot seem to agree on which side of the line we should all be standing.
Jun. 1• Bucs
He and former Lightning players J.T. Brown and Kevin Weekes share thoughts on the protests and racial unrest.
Jun. 1• Lightning


  1. The NHL announces Thursday, June 4, 2020, that every playoff series will be a best-of-seven following the opening qualifying round if the league is able to return later this summer. [DAVID ZALUBOWSKI  |  AP]
  2. If he remains silent, Lightning captain Steven Stamkos wondered in a Twitter post, is he part of the problem? [DIRK SHADD  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  3. With the team decked out in lavender for Hockey Fights Cancer Night, Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Mathieu Joseph skates on the ice for warmups before taking on the Buffalo Sabres at Amalie Arena in Tampa on Nov. 25, 2019. [DIRK SHADD  |  Tampa Bay Times]
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  5. In this May 16, 2020, file photo, Tina Nguyen, left, a nurse at the International Community Health Services clinic in Seattle's International District, takes a nose swab sample from David Carroll, an ICHS employee, during testing for the coronavirus in Seattle. At a cost of $120-$130 per test and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman’s estimate that the league would need 25,000-35,000 in total to get through the playoffs if the season resumes, the price tag he concedes is “millions of dollars.” But regular testing is something players insisted on in the name of feeling safe to compete. [TED S. WARREN  |  AP]
  6. This Feb. 10 file photo shows slot machines at the Hard Rock casino in Atlantic City,N.J., that are controlled by gamblers over the internet. The coronavirus pandemic could lead to a quicker expansion of sports betting and internet gambling in the United States as states deal with huge budget deficits and look for new tax revenue wherever they can find it. [WAYNE PARRY  |  AP]
  7. Back in 2018, everything went according to plan with the NHL Draft Lottery and draft. Teams were able to pack their staffs on to the event floor. [ERICH SCHLEGEL  | (2018)]
  8. Chris Doran, in center, a cameraman for Fox Sports Sun on the ice covering Lightning after a victory against the Vegas Golden Knights at Amalie Arena on Feb. 4 in Tampa. Doran, who covers the Lightning and Rays, is among the freelance production crew workers without income since games are not being played. [DIRK SHADD  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  9. In this Oct. 29, 2019, file photo, the Bruins' David Pastrnak shoots in a game against the Sharks in Boston. He and the Capitals' Alex Ovechkin share the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy for scoring the most goals in the shortened regular season. [WINSLOW TOWNSON  |  AP]
  10. An empty Amalie Arena is seen in March in Tampa. [CHRIS URSO      |  Times]
  11. The Lightning parodied "The Mighty Ducks" and their Flying V formation in Alex Killorn's latest video. [Alex Killorn via Twitter]
  12. Goals used by the Nashville Predators are stored in a hallway in Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., in March. [MARK HUMPHREY  |  AP]
  13. A screenshot of NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman's address to the NHL community.  Bettman discussed the meaning behind Phase 2, resumption of play and additional plans for the NHL's return. [NHL YouTube Channel]
  14. Tampa Bay's coaching staff, seen leaving the ice after Game 4 in Columbus in 2019, has had a long wait to prepare for the proposed 2020 playoffs. No team had ever won the President's Cup in the regular season and then failed to win a single playoff game until the Lightning did it last season. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  15. Lightning center Tyler Johnson (9) battles to control the puck along the glass against Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron (37) during a game in March in Tampa. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  16. Tampa Bay Lightning players head off the ice as they get a 4-0 shutout victory over the Montreal Canadiens at Amalie Arena on March 5, 2020. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  17. Fans pose below the NHL league logo at a display outside Falcon Stadium before an NHL Stadium Series outdoor hockey game between the Los Angeles Kings and Colorado Avalanche, in February at Air Force Academy, Colo. The NHL Players’ Association’s executive board is voting on a 24-team playoff proposal as the return-to-play format, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. [DAVID ZALUBOWSKI  |  AP]
  18. Alex Killorn broadcasts the second episode of his "Dock Talk with Killer" show live on Instagram, from in front of Amalie Arena. [Alex Killorn/Instagram]
  19. Golden Knights center Paul Stastny (26) scores against Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) during the second period of a February game in Las Vegas. If the season re-starts, will Las Vegas be one of the hub cities? [ISAAC BREKKEN  |  AP]
  20. With no baseball games to call these days, what are Andy Freed, left, Neil Solondz, center, and Dave Wills up to? [Times (2017)]
  21. Say what you will about Ben Affleck, but his newest film, "The Way Back," is a good one. [Courtesy of Richard Foreman]
  22. A screenshot of the Lightning's All-In Challenge page. The team is offering a once in a lifetime opportunity for the winner to try out for a roster spot in the 2020-21 training camp. [All-In Challenge]
  23. Radko Gudas urged the NHL to bag the season while at a golf tournament in his native Czech Republic.
  24. Lightning rush off their bench as they start to celebrate their victory over the Calgary Flames in game 7 of the Stanley Cup playoffs at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa June 7, 2004. [MCDUFFIE, DAN   |  St. Petersburg Times]