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2016 NHL Playoffs

Stamkos status still in question

Stamkos' future is not clear as he continues to recover from blood clot surgery.

ECF Game 3 chat: Lightning versus Penguins

The game is here, the series tied, the floor is yours.

ECF game 3 preview: The series shifts to Tampa

The Lightning return home looking to regain the series lead by defending home ice against the Pittsburgh Penguins in game three of the NHL Easter Conference Finals.

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ECF Game 3: Pittsburgh marauds past Lightning 4-2; lead series 2-1

In a way, the best-of-7 series is now a best-of-5; with the series tied at 1 game apiece, the Lightning and Penguins square off at Amalie Arena on Wednesday Night seeking an edge in the Eastern Conference afffair

Tyler Johnson finds Penguins "a lot like us"

From the Penguins' "best-in-league" transition game to their skill and speed, Johnson and Hedman give their frank assessment of the opposition.

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Lightning shots (the lack there of) in games 1 and 2

Under 20? No. Just 20? Yes. Game 1 saw Tampa Bay was credited with 20 shots on goal. Game 2 saw Tampa Bay take 21 shots. It's also worth mentioning that the Lightning have scored a combined five goals in those two games in the low shot count.

Recap: Vasy shines, Lightning fail; fall 3-2 in OT

An onslaught from the Pittsburgh Penguins is staved off by the Russian netminder, while the Lightning lack much of an offensive attack of their own. The Pens ultimately won it in overtime.

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Watch as Jonathan Drouin rips a shot to tie it up at 2-2

Lightning forward Jonathan Drouin ripped a shot from past Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray in the dying seconds of the first period. The goal, scored at 19:10, was assisted by J.T. Brown and Matt Carle and tied the score at 2-2 going into the first intermission.

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Watch as Anton Stralman scores in his return to action

Defenseman Anton Stralman got the Tampa Bay Lightning on the board in the first period of Game 2 against the Pittsburgh Penguins at CONSOL Energy Center. Stralman returned to game action Monday night after seven weeks of recovery for a broken leg.

ECF game 2 chat: Lightning at Penguins

The conversation is yours, have at it.

Penguins' meeting puts neutralizing Hedman first

Tampa's 1D continues to dominate, making Hedman the focus of Penguins' strategy for game 2.

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ECF game 2: Lightning fall in sudden death, series even at 1-1

The question of who is in and who is out for Monday's game leads the Charge from Tampa Bay, while the Penguins seek to strike back after failed efforts in game 1.

The playoffs and injuries to Ben Bishop

Statistically impressive, the goalie's been both felled by and worked through injuries twice before.

Bradenton blew it

The marketing people in charge of promoting tourism in Manatee County have a self-imposed mess on their hands. It's in their best interest to clean it up sooner than later.

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Regarding Ben Bishop: And so we wait....

For the third year in a row there's been a physical incident with Ben Bishop. How this one affects the Tampa Bay Lightning remains to be seen... For Bishop's personal sake, here's hoping he's fine.

2016 ECF Game 1: Bolts beat Pens 3-1, lose Bishop

The resiliency of the Tampa Bay Lightning was certainly tested Friday evening in a hard-fought 3-1 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final.

ECF Game 1 Chat: Lightning at Penguins

Now we get to find out which expectations get lived up to: The hype or the underdog status? The floor is yours.

Challenge in-crease; Bolts at Pens game 1 preview

While it's the guys up front who light the lamp who have had the key focus leading in to the ECF, it's the back-end and in the crease that will make the biggest difference.

Not many in media picking Lightning over Penguins

Eastern Conference Final narrative has excessively praised Penguins for depth and star power.

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Lightning lose Bishop but win ECF Game 1, 3-1

The Tampa Bay Lightning start the 2016 Eastern Conference Finals on the road in Pittsburgh against the club that felled the team with the best record in the NHL in 2016...

Regular season versus playoffs results

The second season has been a repeat of the regular season for Pittsburgh so far... which would work to Tampa Bay's favor in the ECF.

Numbers to Consider for the ECF

The Penguins have been arguably the best team in the league over the last quarter of the season and in the playoffs. How do the Lightning's numbers look by comparison?

Game 5 chat: Lightning versus Islanders

The floor is yours.

Rally cry while on the verge; Bolts vs. Isles preview

A game-time chant request, rambling thoughts on the New York Islanders situation, and a quick riff on what could be of note for the matinee at the malie.

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Lightning advance to Eastern Conference Finals with 4-0 Victory

Another on-the-brink, on-the-verge affair at Amalie Arena. The Lightning can eliminate the Islanders Sunday afternoon... or the Isles can send things back to Barclays Center for game 6.

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Watch Jason Garrison's overtime, game winning goal

Just over a minute and a half into overtime play at Barclays Center tonight, the Tampa Bay Lightning won the game by way of the defensive hands of Jason Garrison, Andrej Sustr and Ondrej Palat! It was was the first goal of the playoffs for Garrison, the 1st assisst of the playoffs for Sustr and only the 2nd for Palat. The Lightning will return to Amalie Arena for game 5 of the series, now holding a 3-1 series lead.

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Watch as Nikita Kucherov puts the Bolts on the board

Call it a late-8 goal. Nikita Kucherov's 3rd period tally to tie the score at 1 was his 8th goal of the playoffs. Tyler Johnson drew the assist on the tall, which was his 8th assist of the playoffs. The goal also came at... 7:49 of the 3rd period; just short of the 8 minute mark.

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Watch Ben Bishop take a knock to the noggin during the 1st period

Here's NBC's recap of the incident: "A scrum starts in front of Lightning goalie Ben Bishop that pushes Bishop into his own net and results in a roughing penalty for Islanders' Mike Blunden."

Game 4 chat: Lightning at Islanders

Two wins in a row, can the Lightning pull it off or will the Isles rise to the occasion? The floor is yours.

All the nuts and bolts before Game 4 tonight

Preview to tonight's game: Bolts' lineup likely to remain the same, while the Isles play with pieces of their puzzle.

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Lightning win in overtime Again; take 3-1 series lead

After getting heated with questionable hits and the Bolts taking game 3 in overtime, the two clubs square off again. Tampa Bay looks to take a dominating 3-1 series lead while the Islanders look to even things up at 2 games a-piece.

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Watch Brian Boyle's tally that gave the Lightning game 3

With assists to Victor Hedman and Ryan Callahan, Brian Boyle scored his 2nd goal of the playoffs and gave the Tampa Bay Lightning the win to put the club up 2-1 in the best of 7 series with the Islanders. The game-winning goal got posted less than 3 minutes into overtime and amounted to Tampa Bay's 41st shot on goal.