LIGHTNING RUMORS & GOSSIP

Steven Stamkos, Ben Bishop Out for Game 7?

The Penguins and Lightning are headed to a Game 7 in Pittsburgh. For Tampa Bay, it’s going to take all hands on deck to win the series as they will likely still be without two of their top players in Steven Stamkos and Ben Bishop. According to NHL.com’s Dan Rosen, Lightning head coach Jon Cooper stated that there’s no news surrounding a possible return for either player. ...
Via The Hockey Writers
21 minutes ago

Bolts Enter Affiliate Agreement With K-Wings

The Tampa Bay Lightning have entered into an affiliate agreement with the Kalamazoo Wings. Here is the release from the team: TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have entered into a one-year affiliation agreement with the Kalamazoo Wings of the ECHL today, the team announced. Kalamazoo will serve as the Lightning’s primary ECHL affiliate starting with the 2016-17 season. ...
Via Lightning Shout
2 hours ago  |  Discuss

Drouin’s No-Goal A Game Changer

The Pittsburgh Penguins took on the Tampa Bay Lightning Tuesday night in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals to force a Game 7 with a 5-2 victory in Amalie Arena. Lightning fans had every reason to think Tampa would close out the series when Jonathan Drouin put one in the back of the net passed Penguins Matt Murray at just 5:12 of the first period. Amalie was silenced when Pittsburgh...
Via Beyond The Benches
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

Watch Boyle pick corner for second goal of Game 6, blow kiss to Lightning bench

If Brian Boyle hadn’t already shown his worth to the Tampa Bay Lightning in terms of being a checking-line center, he’s showing this post-season that he also has the ability to make things happen offensively and that he can even add a little flair. In Game 6 of the Eastern Conference final, the Lightning were trailing 3-0 to the Pittsburgh Penguins heading into the final frame...
Via The Hockey News
4 hours ago

Tampa Bay Baseball Attendance Report – May 24, 2016

ShareTampa Bay baseball attendance for Tuesday, May 24, 2016: Total Attendance: 500 Dunedin Blue Jays: Team Home Game #: 25 Attendance: 500 Starting Pitcher: Justin Shafer Opponent: Lakeland Flying Tigers Opponent Starting Pitcher: AJ Ladwig Avg Attendance to Date: 768 Avg Attendance vs Opponent: 500 Avg Attendance per Day of the Week: 1,112 Avg Attendance for Starting Pitcher...
Via Tampa Bay Baseball Market
7 hours ago

Jonathan Drouin No Goal

I must give credit where credit it due. The on-ice officials got this one right. Tampa Bay Lightning forward Jonatha Drouin thought that he'd scored his fifth goal of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. However, after further review, it was not a goal. If you look at the video, you will see that Drouin was offsides at the Penguins blue line.
Via Goon's World
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Lightning One Strike Away From Stanley Cup Final Birth

Entering tonight’s Game 6 (8 p.m., ET) matchup with the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Tampa Bay Lightning have a chance to close out this best-of-seven series at home and return to the Stanley Cup Final for the second straight year. Standing in its way, however, is the monumental task of beating the Penguins in an elimination game. The Lightning are coming off the heels of a Game 5...
Via The Hockey Writers
21 hours ago

Tampa Bay Lightning: NHL’s Rodney Dangerfield

The late comedian, Rodney Dangerfield was known world-wide for his well worn punch line: “I get no respect”. Dangerfield built an almost 60 year career on being the poor schlub that never got any respect. Well, the NHL has a team that would warm Dangerfield’s heart and that is the Tampa Bay Lightning. How else would you categorize a team that has made the conference finals...
Via The Hockey Writers
1 day ago

Kucherov's excellence driving Lightning against Penguins

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The bigger the playoff moment, the more Nikita Kucherov shines. The young Russian has a knack for scoring when Tampa Bay needs it most, which is one of the reasons the Lightning are within one victory of reaching the Stanley Cup final for the second straight year. Kucherov has found the back of the net a NHL-leading 11 times in 15 games this postseason, seven of...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Nikita Kucherov, Jason Garrison push Lightning past Penguins for critical Game 5 win

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Lightning are one win away from a return trip to the Stanley Cup Finals.Tyler Johnson deflected Jason Garrison's wrist shot past Marc-Andre Fleury's glove 53 seconds into overtime to give the Lightning a 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals on Sunday night to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.Game...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Johnson's OT deflection lifts Lightning over Penguins 4-3

PITTSBURGH (AP) The Tampa Bay Lightning are one win away from a return trip to the Stanley Cup Finals. Tyler Johnson deflected Jason Garrison's wrist shot past Marc-Andre Fleury's glove 53 seconds into overtime to give the Lightning a 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals on Sunday night to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series....
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Video: Anton Stralman Post Morning Skate 5/22

Stralman: “Just like we turned the page from Game 3 to 4, we have to do the same tonight. Reset, refocus.” #PITvsTBLhttps://t.co/Lz3UqLAjxV — #GoBolts (@TBLightning) May 22, 2016 (Feature Photo/Christine Gunn) Follow me on Twitter @LightningShout and please “like” LightningShout on Facebook. You can email us at lightningshout@aol.com.
Via Lightning Shout
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Steven Stamkos Unlikely to Return This Postseason

Stamkos Unlikely to Return Tampa Bay Lightning captain and star center Steven Stamkos has been dealing with a blood clot that has kept him out of action since April 4. He admitted on Thursday that there’s a very real possibility that he may not play at all this postseason. He spoke to the media after taking part in the team’s morning skate, his first participation in any on...
Via Sports-Glory
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Lightning Hold Off Penguins To Tie The Series

We are seeing some great playoff hockey right now! The Tampa Bay Lightning evened the series on Friday night when they held off the Pittsburgh Penguins to take a Game 4 victory and tie the series at two. It looked as though it was going to be all Lightning right off the start with them getting out to a 4-0 lead, but the third period proved to be a good one for Pittsburgh, battling...
Via Beyond The Benches
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Lightning turn rink into one big Mario Kart game

We’ve seen the innovations that go into on floor/ice projections in NBA and NHL arenas. We’ve gone from spotlights that might glide across the arena, to full blown graphics that create illusions and other spectacles on the surface. The Tampa Bay Lightning showed that innovation Wednesday night during intermission at Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Pittsburgh...
Via The Comeback
6 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Did Sidney Crosby slew foot Cedric Paquette?

The Tampa Bay Lightning imploded in the third period, allowing the Pittsburgh Penguins plenty of time and space which led to numerous goals. Lightning fans weren’t too happy and they weren’t too pleased with what might have been a slew foot from Sidney Crosby on Cedric Paquette. Slew foot or just Crosby losing his balance?
Via Puck Drunk Love
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa radio show gives out free Lightning tattoos to fans

The NHL Eastern Conference Final between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Pittsburgh Penguins has gotten pretty serious. How serious? Controversies over rally towels, traitorous tourism bureaus, and mayoral candidates getting tattoos. How did this start? With Elliott Falcione, a Pittsburgh transplant living in Bradenton who heads up the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau...
Via Larry Brown Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Stamkos Missing Playoffs A Blessing In Disguise?

With the major decision of whether to re-sign with the Tampa Bay Lightning or to look elsewhere looming in the near future, Steven Stamkos is watching his team make a run at the Stanley Cup without him. Stamkos has not played in a single postseason game due to a blood clot that had to be surgically removed from his arm on April 4th. But how does his playoff absence affect his decision...
Via Lightning Shout
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Lightning: new hero for the Bolts?

After an unimpressive rookie year and an underwhelming sophomore campaign further marred by an immature trade deadline debacle, Jonathan Drouin has been an absolute stud this postseason. The kid has recorded 10 points in the team’s 11 postseason games, which ties him for third on the Tampa Bay Lightning alongside defender Victor Hedman and fellow top-six forward Alex Killorn. Drouin...
Via isportsweb.com
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Ben Bishop thought his leg was broken

It looked like Ben Bishop’s season was over after he had to be stretchered off the ice during Game 1 between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Pittsburgh Penguins. Bishop fell and twisted his knee awkwardly, leading the goaltender to audibly yell out as trainers rushed to his aid. Remarkably, Bishop is listed as day-to-day even though he too thought he had a serious injury. Ben...
Via Puck Drunk Love
9 days ago  |  Discuss

The Renaissance Of Jonathan Drouin

In the midst of the Jonathan Drouin drama, I wrote an article stating why he would never be a great fit for the Lightning and concluded that a mutual split would be best for both parties. After two rounds in the postseason, I am ready to admit my conclusion was hasty. Perhaps if everything went according to the Bolts’ plans, my conclusion may have held true. But there was one thing...
Via The Sports Quotient
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Ben Bishop leaves game with leg injury

The Tampa Bay Lightning played a very smart/sound game and emerged victorious on the road against the Pittsburgh Penguins, 3-1, in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Friday night. They did, however, suffer some unfortunate luck, as goaltender Ben Bishop left the game late in the first period with a leg injury. Bishop was moving around near the net and appeared to hurt himself...
Via The Sports Daily
11 days ago  |  Discuss

NHL postseason quick hits: Eastern Conference Final

Postseason VitalsPittsburgh: 8-3-0 in 11 games in the playoffsTampa Bay: 8-2-0 in 10 games in the playoffsHistory of the MatchupThe Lightning defeated the Penguins in a seven-game first-round series in 2011, their only time meeting in the playoffs. During the 2015-16 regular season, the Bolts won the three-game series.Squad Similarities Through the PlayoffsDepth, on both offense...
Via Yardbarker
11 days ago  |  Discuss

What does Steven Stamkos really want?

The NHL’s biggest free agent is going to have plenty of options to choose from when July 1st rolls around. Scorers capable of 50+ goals a season don’t find their way into the free agent market too often. While Stamkos may have lots of options and lots of suitors for his services, we must evaluate what Steven Stamkos is truly looking for. Is his number one priority cashing in...
Via Puck Drunk Love
18 days ago  |  Discuss
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