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2016 NHL Playoffs

Playing on a broke leg wasn't "great"

The defenseman admitted recently that his leg wasn’t fully healed when he returned to the ice.

Drouin’s agent: There was never any animosity with Steve Yzerman

Allan Walsh doubles down on Drouin’s desire to stay in Tampa.

Pens clinch the Cup, Crosby wins the Conn Smythe?

The Pittsburgh Penguins are your Stanley Cup Champions... But Sidney Crosby was not the MVP of the playoffs.

Quick Strikes for Tuesday, June 7

Metallica rocks the Shark Tank, remembering a fallen photographer, Smashfest returns and more.

End of Season Thoughts

This season has been a wild ride. Let's review and see what's coming up.

Broadcast failure, marketing failure

A national broadcast is supposed to cater to a wide audience. The 2016 Eastern Conference Finals didn't, and ratings reflected that.

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Watch Jonathan Drouin put the Lightning on the scoreboard

The score was 1-0 Pittsburgh in the 2nd period around the time this happened -- Jonathan Drouin put the Lightning on the scoreboard near the midway mark of the 2nd period. It's Drouin's 5th goal of the 2016 NHL Playoffs with assists going to Valtteri Filppula (6) and Victor Hedman (10).

Game 7 chat: Lightning at Penguins

The Eastern Conference Finale is here....

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Tampa Bay Lightning fan rallying

While the official franchise watch-party event has been cancelled (with threats made by the NHL itself), events in the Channel District (the neighborhood around Amalie Arena) will still happen. If you know of another watch-party event in Tampa or elsewhere in the Tampa Bay metro area... Share the location in comments.

Eastern Conference Finale preview

It's the fourth time the Lightning are at this point: game 7 in the Eastern Conference Finals.

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2016 ECF Game 7: Lightning season concludes with 2-1 loss

For the right to play for Lord Stanley's Cup, the Lightning and Penguins square off one last time....

Quick Strikes for Thursday, May 26th

Meet new baby Nikita, the Lightning are calm and confident heading into game 7, Kerry Fraser says the Bolts deserved a PP after the overturned goal in game 6 and more in this morning's reads.

Game 6 chat: Lightning versus Penguins

The series finale at the Amalie or destined for a return to Pittsburgh? Let's see what happens here....

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Regarding the TECO Streetcar and tonight's game

Yay mass transit!

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ECF Game 6: Tampa Bay falls to Penguins to force game 7 on Thursday

With the Lightning now leading the best-of-7 series, 3 games to 2, they hold the opportunity to clinch a 2016 Stanley Cup Finals berth with a win. The Penguins don't intend for anything to happen except the series returning to Pittsburgh for game 7.

Nikita Kucherov is a Smooth Criminal

♪ You've been hit by, you've been struck by, a Smooth Criminal! ♪ Now it's time for the Lightning to acknowledge it in Amalie Arena!

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WATCH Tyler Johnson tip-in the game winning goal

Tyler Johnson is good at the hockey... With some aid form Jason Garrison and Nikita Kucherov who assisted. It was Johnson's 7th goal of the playoffs, Kucherov's 3rd point of the game (and 8th assist of the playoffs) and gave the Lightning a 4-3 win. Jason Garrison, who had the tipped-in shot, got his 6th assist of the playoffs. Now the series heads back to Amalie Arena with the Bolts leading 3-2.

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WATCH as Nikita Kucherov ties the game

It's his second goal of the night, with assists going to with assists going to his fabled Triplets linemates (Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat).

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Video of Nikita Kucherov's game-tying goal

It was Kucherov's 10th goal of the playoffs, with Vladislav Namestnikov getting the assist. It tied the game 2-2 late in the 2nd period.

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WATCH as Alex Killorn puts the Lightning on the board

The goal, Alex Killorn's 5th of the layoffs, made the score 2-1 Pittsburgh. Andrej Sustr had the assist.

Game 5 chat: Lightning at Penguins

Best-of-7 is now best-of-3. The floor is yours for the in-game conversation.

Net differential; Bolts at Pens game 5 preview

The Penguins are making a change in crease, when the effort change is much more needed fro the general defense in front of the goalie.

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ECF Game 5: Lightning complete comeback in OT with 4-3 win

With the first four games of the Eastern Conference Finals split, the best-of-7 series is now a best-of-3 affair.

9 things we learn about the Lightning on 'All Access: Quest for the Stanley Cup'

Watch premiere of Showtime series that takes viewers inside the two conference finals.

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Watch as Tyler Johnson scores to make it 4-0

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Tyler Johnson made it 4-0 with his goal at 17:48 of the second period in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The assists on the Johnson's sixth goal of the postseason went to Nikita Kucherov and Victor Hedman.

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Watch as Jonathan Drouin fires into a wide open net

Forward Jonathan Drouin fired a shot into a wide open net to put the Tampa Bay Lightning up 3-0 over the Pittsburgh Penguins. The goal, scored at 14:38 of the second period, was Drouin's fourth goal of the playoffs and his third goal of the Eastern Conference Final. Assists on the goal went to Ondrej Palat and Victor Hedman.

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Watch as Andrej Sustr converts on a beautiful tic-tac-toe play

Defenseman Andrej Sustr finished a beautiful tic-tac-toe play with a laser shot to put the Tampa Bay Lightning up 2-0 over the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first period of Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final. Sustr's first goal of these 2016 NHL Playoffs, scored at 14:28, was assisted by Nikita Kucherov (his sixth assist) and Alex Killorn (his seventh assist). After Callahan's goal, the Bolts did not take their foot off the gas pedal, and it paid off as they were able to pad their lead heading into the second period.

WATCH as Cally opens scoring early in 1st

Having a goal scored 27 seconds into regulation play is a rare, rare feat for Tampa Bay.

Lightning versus Penguins game thread

Can the Lightning even the series? The floor is yours.

Game 4 Preview: Bolts host Penguins

Andrei Vasilevskiy has carried a load and the Lightning have failed with a routien task:

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Lightning retain lead, beat Pens 4-3

The Lightning seek to draw even again, while the Penguins seek to take a dominating lead in the best-of-7 series.

Shot Metrics Through Three Games of the ECF

The shot metrics heavily favor the Penguins thus far in the ECF.