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2015 NHL Playoffs

Single year coverage

Making it better with Marty

Just when can/will everyone - the fans, the club, and Marty - start to make it better?

Bolts, Hawks having very different offseasons

Which team's Stanley Cup Final roster has remained more intact heading into next season -- the Tampa Bay Lightning or Chicago Blackhawks?

Lightning meet the media for last time in 2014-15

The Tampa Bay Lightning officially begin the offseason with parting comments to local media.

The Bolts return home (Gallery)

Hundreds of fans and a large contingent of staff from Amalie Arena gathered at the Tampa International Jet Center Tuesday afternoon to welcome the Lightning home from Chicago after Monday night's decisive Game 6 of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final.

Experience gained, Level up!

The value of playoff experience can be overvalued, but you should not undervalue it either. Time to level up; Increase your stats, pick new skills, and get ready for next seasoon.

On Steven Stamkos' scoring slump

Taking a closer look at the 2015 Stanley Cup Final, and defending Steven Stamkos' scoreless series as the Lightning bow out to the Chicago Blackhawks in 6 games.

Battered Bolts: Full injury rundown

The Tampa Bay Lightning were bruised, battered, beaten, you name it. Full injury rundown featuring Ben Bishop, Tyler Johnson, and Nikita Kucherov.

Lightning season ends with 2-0 loss in Game 6

The Tampa Bay Lightning's season ends two games shy of claiming the Stanley Cup with a 2-0 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final.

VIDEO: Postgame handshake

The greatest gesture in pro-sport is after a playoff series concludes. It may be disappointing and sad to watch, but that's part of what makes

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From the victor, toward the Lightning

Don't get lost in blame and bitterness, there's nothing to be bitter about with this run. It's the start. Don't get lost in impatience either. Too often teams do and screw up the long term for that one shot that so often fails.

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LIVE stream from NBC Sports

We can't embed this in the storystream itself, but click on the above link and you'll be whicked away to the free online stream from NBC of tonight's Lightning / Blackhawks game 6.

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Amalie Arena before Game 6 begins

The Lightning are hosting a watch party at Amalie Arena this evening in Downtown Tampa and while the crowd isn't capacity, it's a pretty damned good turnout

Game Chat: Lightning at Blackhawks Game 6

We discuss what is now the biggest game in Tampa Bay Lightning history since Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final in 2004.

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Factoid to keep in mind with tonight

That's 107 regular-season and postseason games combined. #108 will be tonight at United Center.

Cedric Paquette and the unlikely shutdown line

There was no reason to expect Cedric Paquette to handle the assignment handed to him by Jon Cooper in the Stanley Cup Final to go so well ... and yet, here we are.

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Tampa Bay Lightning watch party in New York City tonight

you can find details for the event at the above link, but to name drop the location -- the Bohemian Beer Gardens in Astoria, Queens. It's hosted by the blog En-Lightning.

Lightning at Blackhawks SCF game 6 preview

There's only the game at hand that matters at the moment for the Bolts, for the chance at tomorrow and a final opportunity at the Stanley Cup.

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The Tampa Bay Lightning franchise has been in this position before

Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final, down 3 games to 2 and playing the game on the road... Sure, it was 11 years ago, but still notable.

Bolts running into hot goalie at wrong time

After dispatching a red-hot Petr Mrazek and two of the world's best in Carey Price and Henrik Lundqvist, have the Tampa Bay Lightning finally encountered a goaltender in Corey Crawford that they cannot beat?

Lightning lose 2-1, face elimination

The Chicago Blackhawks beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 in Game 5 of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final, putting Tampa Bay down 3-2 and facing elimination in the best-of-seven championship series.

Game Chat: Lightning versus Blackhawks, Game 5

One of the last games of the 2014-15 NHL season... One team will walk away on the verge of a Stanley Cup title. Which club leaves Amalie Arena with that is anyone's guess.

Game 5: Lightning versus Blackhawks preview

Game 5 enables the brink and the verge; one squad will get that much closer to Lord Stanley's Cup after tonight.

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Lightning Fall to Blackhawks, 2-1

The Final is now a best-of-three series with two of the next three (if necessary) games being played at Amalie Arena. Who will be starting in net for the Tampa Bay Lightning during those games?

Ben Bishop: what is, and what ought to be

The story of the 2014-15 Tampa Bay Lightning has largely been written with Ben Bishop as a main character. In spite of all better judgement, letting that story end with Bishop in a main role is ultimately fitting.

Ben Bishop held himself out of Game 4

Associate coach Rick Bowness revealed in today's media availability that Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop held himself out of Game 4 vs. the Chicago Blackhawks.

Furious flurry falls short, Bolts drop Game 4

Andrei Vasilevskiy took over in net as Ben Bishop was scratched, and a late rally by the Tampa Bay Lightning failed to convert, tieing the series at two games apiece heading back to Amalie Arena.

Game chat: Bolts at Hawks game 4

Will the Tampa Bay Lightning outplay the Chicago Blackhawks, or will they try to survive another onslaught from the formidable Western Conference Champions? Join us as we find out.

Unorthodox Lineup could help Blackhawks

With Oduya possibly ailing, could we see Coach Q go to 7 D? It's worked for Cooper, but it is a unorthodox move in today's NHL.

Lightning at Blackhawks game 4 preview

Historic facts and figures and the status of players and the possible exploitation of said injuries and... Arrrrrgh! Pressure! !

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Lightning drop game 4 to Blackhawks

With the Lightning up 2-1 in the playoff series, the Blackhawks look to prevent the highly improbable feat of strength by Tampa Bay: winning back-to-back games at United Center and bringing a 3-1 series lead back to Tampa.

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Not to get your hopes up but... Stats on Game 3 victories

Those numbers are coincidental, as 32 NHL championship series have no direct ties to each other. While it's a coincidence that gives hope to the outcome of the series, it's still just that - a coincidence. An intimidating coincidence at that. One that may make you both confident and fearful (fearful of the Blackhawks breaking that 10 game losing streak for home teams that lost game 3).

Bishop, Bolts outlast Hawks in 3-2 Game 3 win

Ben Bishop, clearly not anywhere close to 100% healthy, flopped and rattled and shaked and rolled around in his crease, stopping 36 shots en route to a 3-2 Tampa Bay Lightning victory at United Center in Game 3.