Diana C. Nearhos, Lightning Reporter

Diana C. Nearhos

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.

Steven Stamkos mirrors the Lightning’s overall season

DIRK SHADD   |   TimesTampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) greets teammates in the tunnel just prior to the Tampa Bay Lightning taking on the Columbus Blue Jackets for the first round of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Wednesday, April 10, 2019 in Tampa.
The captain had a career regular season and then sharp fall in the playoffs, just like his team.

Lightning goaltender Louis Domingue earned redemption

Lightning goaltender Louis Domingue proved to be more than a capable backup for Tampa Bay this season.
Originally acquired as a third goalie, Domingue proved himself a more-than-capable NHL back-up.

Ryan Callahan’s Lightning tenure likely ended this season

Lightning fans may not get another chance to see Ryan Callahan celebrate goals in a Tampa Bay uniform like this March 21 game-winner against Carolina. [AP Photo/Gerry Broome]
The veteran forward’s leadership could interest other teams this offseason.

Andrei Vasilevskiy made dazzling saves but also allowed goals

Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) as he is introduced with his team before the start of Lightning opening night against the Florida Panthers. (Dirk Shadd, Times)
The Lightning goaltender put up career numbers but didn’t show up on that level when Tampa Bay needed him in the playoffs.

Erik Cernák emerged seemingly from nowhere on the Lightning’s blue line

Lightning defenseman Erik Cernak, left, tangles with Columbus Blue Jackets center Matt Duchene behind the net during their opening-round playoff series. [DIRK SHADD | Times]
The rookie defenseman took what was supposed to be a brief opportunity and turned it into an impressive rookie season.