Lightning Fans Should Be Excited About Libor Hajek

General Manager Steve Yzerman made a signing of great importance yesterday by inking defenseman Libor Hajek (LEE-bohr, HIGH-ak) to a three-year, two-way entry level contract. With dust and cobwebs occupying the Lightning’s defense prospect cupboard, this becomes an important signing for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Steve Yzerman (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports) The Smrcek, Czech...
Via The Hockey Writers
1 day ago

The Tampa Bay Lightning are running out of time

Things were looking good for the Tampa Bay Lightning until the last two games. They had gone 7-2-1 and threw themselves back into the playoff mix. Goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy had performed lights-out and the forward core was dominant. Nikita Kucherov was playing especially well with eight goals and seven assists in those ten games. Unfortunately after such a great streak the Lightning...
3 days ago  |  Discuss

The Time is Now for Lightning’s Playoff Hopes

It’s now or never for the Tampa Bay Lightning’s playoff hopes. That’s been the feeling for many weeks, but with just 11 games remaining in the regular season, push has officially come to shove. Tyler Johnson (Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports) After dropping a 5-3 decision to the Washington Capitals on Saturday, the Lightning are two points behind the Toronto Maple Leafs...
Via The Hockey Writers
4 days ago

Kucherov, Killorn shine but Lightning fall to Capitals

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- T.J Oshie had three goals and an assist, Justin Williams and John Carlson had early third-period goals, and the Washington Capitals clinched a playoff spot by beating the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3 on Saturday night. Oshie scored twice, including an early power-play goal, as the Capitals took a 2-0 lead midway through the first. He completed the hat trick with an...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Hedman scores in OT, Lightning top Sens 2-1 for 4th straight

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) Victor Hedman scored with 55 seconds on the clock in overtime and the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Ottawa Senators 2-1 on Tuesday night for their fourth straight victory. Tampa Bay finally beat Ottawa goalie Mike Condon, who made 35 saves and was nothing short of spectacular at times. Still, the Senators had their six-game winning streak snapped. Brayden...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Ondrej Palat scores late in 3rd, Lightning beat Panthers 3-2

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Ondrej Palat scored with 2:23 left to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 3-2 victory over the Florida Panthers on Saturday night. Palat redirected Andrej Sustr's shot to complete Tampa Bay's comeback from a two-goal deficit. Andrei Vasilevskiy made 32 saves, and Nikita Kucherov and Yanni Gourde also scored for the Lightning. They are 10-2-3 in their last 15 games...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Don’t count out the Tampa Bay Lightning

At this year’s trade deadline the Tampa Bay Lightning defined themselves as sellers. They traded away starting goalie Ben Bishop and two veteran forwards Valtteri Filppula and Brian Boyle. Clearly the team’s General Manager Steve Yzerman decided that this was not the season to push for the Stanley Cup. However, the Lightning are not out of the running yet. This is a team very...
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay’s Nikita Kucherov just pulled off the dirtiest shoot out move of the year

The Tampa Bay Lightning may be out of the current playoff picture but that doesn’t mean they have to play boring hockey. After Steven Stamkos went down with an injury earlier in the year, they’ve coasted a bit. Slowly but surely, the Lightning have been climbing the Atlantic division standings and a lot of the credit goes to Nikita Kucherov. The name may not sound familiar to...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Fan offers NHL ref glasses to make sure video review done properly

Referees are often tasked with making tough decisions and are easily scrutinized immediately by fans when things don’t go their team’s way. In Tampa Bay, one Lightning fan offered some help – we think.In this case, a coach's challenge was called after the Carolina Hurricanes disputed whether or not Tyler Johnson was offside before he scored. Forced to review the play, a referee...
Via The Comeback
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Recent deals have already provided a trade deadline preview

Each year the trade deadline in the NHL comes and goes, there aren’t a lot of changes and people are left scratching their heads. Are these general managers so risk averse that they don’t want to make major trades?A few trades involving Patrick Eaves, Tomas Jurco, Martin Hanzal and Ben Bishop have taken place already, but they don’t inspire much drama.Let’s diagnose what...
Via Puck Drunk Love
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Lightning trade star goaltender Ben Bishop to the LA Kings in surprise deal

The NHL trade deadline has been pretty dull the past few seasons with many deals being finalized well before the actual deadline. This may once again be the case as the Tampa Bay Lighting have traded Ben Bishop to the Los Angeles Kings in an interesting deal occurring a few days before the March 1st deadline. It wasn’t particularly surprising that Bishop was traded, but it was...
Via The Comeback
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Steven Stamkos inches closer to return for Tampa Bay Lightning

The Tampa Bay Lightning have been missing one big piece of their team almost the entire season. Fortunately for them, that piece is forward Steven Stamkos and he seems to be progressing well from the injury he suffered on November 15. Recently he was able to resume skating drills and stickhandling practices and remains steadily on the timetable he was given for his injury. Unfortunately...
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Box Score 2/7: Still working off our Super Bowl hangover

Want more news first thing in the day? Sign up for the Yardbarker Morning Bark newsletter here.Happy birthday to Kristin Otto, Peter Bondra, Juwan Howard, Steve Nash, Matt Stafford, Steven Stamkos and Isaiah Thomas. On this date in 1998, the Winter Olympics kicked off in Nagano, Japan. It was the first Games that saw women's hockey and snowboarding as medal sports, and curling returned...
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February 07, 2017  |  Discuss

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