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Lightning season in review player-by-player

The Tampa Bay Times takes a look at each player on the Lightning’s roster to assess the team’s season.
Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) celebrates with his team after he stops the final shooter, Kings right wing Dustin Brown (23), as the Bolts win in a shootout with a final score of 4-3.
Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) celebrates with his team after he stops the final shooter, Kings right wing Dustin Brown (23), as the Bolts win in a shootout with a final score of 4-3.
Published May 15, 2019
Updated May 24, 2019

Lightning beat writer Diana C. Nearhos and staff writer Mari Faiello will break down Tampa Bay’s season, the historic success followed historic failure, by looking at each player individually one day at a time. Find the whole series below and check back for new additions.

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DIRK SHADD | Times Tampa Bay Lightning center Cedric Paquette (13) celebrates his first period goal after beating Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby (70) 19 seconds after the start in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final of the Stanley Cup Playoffs Saturday, May 19, 2018 in Tampa.
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Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat (18), left, celebrates his second period goal with teammate Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) against the Colorado Avalanche Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018 in Tampa.
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  1. Tampa Bay Lightning center Anthony Cirelli (71) races up ice as Dallas Stars center Mattias Janmark (13) defends during Monday's game in Dallas. [RAY CARLIN  |  AP]
    Yes, Tampa Bay was coming off a long break, but there was a bit of deja vu with some of Monday night’s miscues.
  2. Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point, right, clears the puck in front of goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy, center, and Dallas Stars center Radek Faksa, left, during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Dallas, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Ray Carlin) [RAY CARLIN  |  AP]
    This game between the Lightning and Stars was only the second time Vasilevskiy and Bishop have played against each other.
  3. Dallas Stars left wing Jamie Benn, center, skates past Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point, left, and shoots the game-winning goal past goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy, right, during overtime of an NHL hockey game in Dallas, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. Dallas won, 3-2. [RAY CARLIN  |  AP]
    Both Benn goals came off steals, the last in overtime to spoil Tampa Bay’s return from the All-Star break.
  4. Dallas Stars center Jason Dickinson, right, controls the puck on Tampa Bay Lightning center Cedric Paquette, left, during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Dallas, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. [RAY CARLIN  |  AP]
    Tampa Bay had played a lot of games and needed some rest, but the break also broke up a great run.
  5. New Jersey Devils defenseman P.K. Subban (76) celebrates after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning in an NHL hockey game Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, in Newark, N.J. The Devils won 3-1. [ADAM HUNGER  |  AP]
    Diana C Nearhos | Coming out of the all-star break is a good time to re-evaluate those predictions and make some new ones.
  6. Calgary Flames defender Mark Giordano (5), Edmonton Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl (29) and Calgary Flames goalie David Rittich (33) celebrate after the Pacific Division beat the Atlantic Division 5-4 to win the NHL All-Star final on Saturday in St. Louis. [SCOTT KANE  |  AP]
    “It’s a young man’s game now in the NHL, and these guys, they’re superstars,” Dallas Stars forward Tyler Seguin says.
  7. Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) makes his third NHL All-Star Game appearance Saturday in St. Louis. [DIRK SHADD  |  Tampa Bay Times]
    NHL all-stars and players around the league praise the Lightning goalie for his size and athleticism, and for making both desperation and “boring” saves.
  8. Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov, center, smiles as he is congratulated by teammate Steven Stamkos, left, and Erik Karlsson, right, after scoring a "no shot" goal for a hat trick during the NHL All-Star game Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018 in Tampa, Fla. [CHRIS O'MEARA  |  AP]
    Embrace players’ creativity with a shootout competition and hockey H-O-R-S-E.
  9. Tampa Bay center Anthony Cirelli doesn't necessarily have All-Star Game flair, but his importance to  the Lightning is never in doubt. [DIRK SHADD  |  Tampa Bay Times]
    The Lightning have too many stars for everyone to be an all-star and they aren’t the only team with that issue.
  10. FILE – In this Monday, Jan. 13, 2020 file photo, the Philadelphia Flyers' mascot, Gritty, performs during an NHL hockey game in Philadelphia. Chris Greenwell has alleged that the mascot punched his 13-year-old son, Brandon, after a photo shoot in November. The Incident is under investigation. [DERIK HAMILTON                        |  AP]
    The Flyers mascot is accused of punching a 13-year-old “as hard as he could.”