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For the first time in years, are the Pittsburgh Penguins actual…

For the first time in years, are the Pittsburgh Penguins actually – gasp – playoff underdogs?

thehockeynews.com Updated 2 hours ago
The Hockey News this week revealed its collective pre-playoff pick to win the 2014-15 Stanley Cup (hint: team name rhymes with Grandpa Jay Whitening), but as an individual who was part of that process, I can tell you I wasn’t leading the charge for the …
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  • Lightning handle Habs to lock up playoff spot

    Lightning handle Habs to lock up playoff spot

    ESPN.com 41 minutes ago
    Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop had two assists, Vladislav Namestnikov scored two goals, and the Lightning clinched an Eastern Conference playoff berth with a 5-3 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Monday night.
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  • THN’s prediction: Tampa Bay Lightning will win the Stanley Cup

    THN’s prediction: Tampa Bay Lightning will win the Stanley Cup

    thehockeynews.com 7 hours ago
    Forgive Steve Yzerman. He’s less impressed by his Tampa Bay Lightning than the rest of the world is. It takes more than a healthy run at the Presidents’ Trophy to elevate this GM’s heart rate. Call it the byproduct of three Stanley Cup rings, a Conn Smy…
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  • Red Wings' goaltending situation murky as Howard, Mrazek trade …

    Red Wings' goaltending situation murky as Howard, Mrazek trade inconsistent play

    NHL.com 10 hours ago
    UNIONDALE, N.Y. - After getting pulled in the Detroit Red Wings' loss to the New York Islanders Sunday, goaltender Petr Mrazek wasn't about to rest on his laurels about shutting out the Tampa Bay Lightning the day before. "Yesterday was yeste...
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  • Lightning's Garrison and Sustr out as Bolts' defense takes more…

    Lightning's Garrison and Sustr out as Bolts' defense takes more injury hits

    yahoo.com 10 hours ago
    The Tampa Bay Lightning should be a contender. They sort of are a contender. But man … these injuries on defense could really hurt this status. Coach Jon Cooper (of no relation to the author of this piece) announced blueliner Jason Garrison is out three…
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  • After season with diminished role, Flyers' Lecavalier is at a c…

    After season with diminished role, Flyers' Lecavalier is at a career crossroads

    NHL.com Mar 29 (yesterday)
    VOORHEES, N.J. - These days it's hard to find the Vincent Lecavalier who once led the Tampa Bay Lightning to the Stanley Cup and led the NHL in goals. Almost 35 years old now and in his second season with the Philadelphia Flyers, Lecavalier h...
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  • Playoff clinching scenarios for Sunday, March 29

    Playoff clinching scenarios for Sunday, March 29

    NHL.com Mar 29 (yesterday)
    With 14 days remaining in the regular season, there are 12 berths up for grabs in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Clubs that can clinch their spots Sunday: * The Tampa Bay Lightning would clinch a playoff berth if the Boston Bruins lose to t...
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  • Tampa Bay center Cedric Paquette injures his leg in a nasty cra…

    Tampa Bay center Cedric Paquette injures his leg in a nasty crash

    thehockeynews.com Mar 28 (2 days ago)
    We all know athletes put their bodies on the line every game, but Cedric Paquette went above and beyond to stop the Red Wings from scoring an empty net goal on Saturday and may miss some action because of it. Down 3-0 late in the third period, Paquette …
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  • Rinne gets 40th win; Preds into 1st in Central

    Rinne gets 40th win; Preds into 1st in Central

    ESPN.com NHL.com Mar 26 (4 days ago)
    Pekka Rinne made 28 saves for his 40th win, and the Nashville Predators moved into first place in the Central Division on Thursday night by beating the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2.
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  • Canadiens, Rangers, Lightning can clinch Thursday

    Canadiens, Rangers, Lightning can clinch Thursday

    NHL.com Mar 26 (4 days ago)
    The Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday can become the first three teams to clinch spots in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Canadiens, who have a League-leading 100 points, will clinch a playoff spot if they d...
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  • Streaking Lightning rally to take 4th straight

    Streaking Lightning rally to take 4th straight

    ESPN.com NHL.com Mar 24 (6 days ago)
    Ryan Callahan and Nikita Kucherov scored in the third period, leading the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 4-3 victory over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night.
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  • Pavelec, Turris, Bishop named 'Three Stars' of week

    Pavelec, Turris, Bishop named 'Three Stars' of week

    NHL.com Mar 23
    NEW YORK – Winnipeg Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec, Ottawa Senators center Kyle Turris and Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending March 22. FIRST STAR – ONDREJ PAVELEC, G, WINNIPEG ...
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  • NCAA Frozen Four: Players to watch from every team in the tourn…

    NCAA Frozen Four: Players to watch from every team in the tournament

    College hockey’s Frozen Four kicks off this week with 16 teams gunning for a spot in Boston, where the semifinal and final will be held in April. Regionals spread the squads across four cities and there is a lot of firepower at this year’s installment. …
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  • Stamkos' scrap sparks Bolts' win over Bruins

    Stamkos' scrap sparks Bolts' win over Bruins

    J.T. Brown and Anton Stralman scored 15 seconds apart soon after Tampa Bay captain Steven Stamkos got into a fight, and the Lightning stopped a 10-game losing streak against the Boston Bruins with a 5-3 victory Sunday.
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  • Sparked by Stamkos' fight, Lightning score twice in 15 seconds,…

    Sparked by Stamkos' fight, Lightning score twice in 15 seconds, beat Bruins 5-3

    NHL.com Mar 22
    TAMPA, Fla. - J.T. Brown and Anton Stralman scored 15 seconds apart soon after Tampa Bay captain Steven Stamkos got into a fight, and the Lightning stopped a 10-game losing streak against the Boston Bruins with a 5-3 victory Sunday. Tampa Bay...
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  • Getting To Know: Vladislav Namestnikov

    Getting To Know: Vladislav Namestnikov

    Status: Tampa Bay Lightning center. Ht: 6-0 Wt: 182 pounds DOB: November 22, 1992 In: Zhukovskiy, Russia First Hockey Memory: “My dad used to play pro hockey. I believe it was Syracuse where he put me on the ice the first time.” Hockey Inspirations: “Li…
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  • Five unsung heroes of the 2014-15 season

    Five unsung heroes of the 2014-15 season

    Canadiens goaltender Carey Price is having a year for the history books. Almost singlehandedly, with unthinkable saves and stellar play, he’s guiding Montreal to the playoffs. For his efforts, there’s talk of Price not only taking home the Vezina Trophy…
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  • NHL Three Stars: Bishop powers Bolts past Red Wings; Perry down…

    NHL Three Stars: Bishop powers Bolts past Red Wings; Perry downs Avs in OT

    yahoo.com Mar 21
    No. 1 Star: Ben Bishop, Tampa Bay Lightning If the playoffs started today, the Lightning and Red Wings would meet each other in the first round. Tampa Bay did their part in planting the seed of doubt by winning 3-1. Bishop out-dueled Jimmy Howard with h…
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  • NHL Capsules: TAMPA, Fla. - Alex Killorn scored a tiebreaking g…

    NHL Capsules: TAMPA, Fla. - Alex Killorn scored a tiebreaking g…

    NHL.com Mar 20
    TAMPA, Fla. - Alex Killorn scored a tiebreaking goal midway through the third period, Ben Bishop made 30 saves and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-1 on Friday night. Tampa Bay also got goals from Anton Stralman and from S...
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  • Ultimate road trip: Edmonton hockey fan on quest to see 30 game…

    Ultimate road trip: Edmonton hockey fan on quest to see 30 games in 30 nights

    NHL.com Mar 20
    EDMONTON - If it's Friday, he must be in Florida. Time to see the Lightning. Edmonton hockey fanatic Rob Suggitt is on an ultimate sports road trip — 30 games in all 30 National Hockey League arenas over 30 consecutive nights. With seven g...
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  • Ben Bishop stole a goal from Alex Galchenyuk thanks to a huge g…

    Ben Bishop stole a goal from Alex Galchenyuk thanks to a huge glove save

    In any game involving Montreal this season, you would expect Canadiens goaltender Carey Price to be the one making the unthinkable saves. Monday night, however, Tampa Bay’s Ben Bishop was not to be outdone by his Montreal counterpart. Early in the first…
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  • NHL Capsules: TAMPA, Fla. - Steven Stamkos had two goals and ad…

    NHL Capsules: TAMPA, Fla. - Steven Stamkos had two goals and ad…

    NHL.com Mar 17
    TAMPA, Fla. - Steven Stamkos had two goals and added an assist and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-2 Monday night in a matchup of the Atlantic Division's top teams. Both have 93 points, but Montreal has played one fewer ...
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  • Video - Lightning Strike Red Wings 00:52

    Lightning Strike Red Wings

    Mar 20
    The Lighting topped the Red Wings 3-1 for their second straight win.
  • Video - 'SportsCenter's' Inside The NHL 16:06

    'SportsCenter's' Inside The NHL

    Mar 17
    John Buccigross, Barry Melrose and Scott Burnside kick around the rule changes proposed by the general managers, look at the turmoil in San Jose and make their picks at the tight race for the Presidents' Trophy.
  • Video - Stamkos, Bolts Muscle Past Habs 01:22

    Stamkos, Bolts Muscle Past Habs

    Mar 16
    Steven Stamkos scored two goals in the Lightning's 4-2 win over the Canadiens.
  • Video - Bruins Stay Hot, Beat Lightning In Shootout 00:50

    Bruins Stay Hot, Beat Lightning In Shootout

    Mar 12
    Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand each scored in the shootout as Boston beat Tampa Bay 3-2 to extend its points streak to seven straight games.

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