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Top 25 Under 25: Kristers Gudlevskis


The Latvian goaltender (and previously unknown 5th round draft pick) burst onto the scene in 2013-14, playing games in the ECHL, AHL, NHL, and Sochi Winter Olympics during his first year in North...

Sochi 2014: Day Eight Recap, the Gudlevksis Show


Recapping the quarterfinal match-ups from the Sochi Winter Olympics, where Kristers Gudlevskis -- a Tampa Bay Lightning goaltending prospect -- stole the show.

Sochi 2014: Day Four Recap


More of the same for the Tampa Bay Lightning players at the Sochi Winter Olympics -- no goals, no assists, and more struggles, particularly for the younger players.

Sochi 2014: Day Three Recap


Trending upwards are Martin St. Louis (Canada) and Sami Salo; downwards, Ondrej Palat (Czech Republic) as Day 3 of the Olympic hockey tournament in Sochi is wrapped up.

Sochi 2014: Day One Recap


Ondrej Palat was the only Lightning player to take the ice in Day 1 at the Sochi Winter Olympics.

Former Tampa Bay Lightning forward Kaspars Astashenko dead


Latvian defenseman Kaspars Astashenko has passed, according to a Latvian news report. He was 37. How familiar the name Kaspars Astashenko is with Tampa Bay Lightning fans is, is likely subjective to how long one has been a fan, how intense of a fan they are, and how closely they followed things during the team's proverbial lean years. Astashenko played only 23 games with the Tampa Bay Lightning, between 1999 and 2001, his only play at the NHL level. Kaspars also played for the Latvian National Team in the 2002 Winter Olympics.

World Championships Game Schedule


The first preliminary round games start Friday, 7 May, with the US kicking things off with host country Germany. Here are the Lightning players involved in this tournament, and they're not the usual suspects. Please keep in mind that rosters are still subject to change at this time. Canada - C Steven Stamkos & W Steve Downie Latvia - prospect W Martins Karsums Slovakia - D Vladimir Mihalik & prospect C Richard Panik Sweden - D Victor Hedman Switzerland - prospect W Juraj Simek USA - D Mike Lundin

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