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Meeting or raising the TB playoff berth bar

A drought to end, a streak to continue, and the number 10 to be met or raised in 2016/17.

Cooper remembers his first coaching mentor, Ron Mason, who died early Monday

College hockey’s all-time winningest coach was 76,

NHL social media numbers

Where things stand for all 30 NHL teams on the biggest social media platforms (compiled March 8/9, 2016).

NHL fans speak out against violence toward women

Lack of a serious response to cases involving NHL players like Patrick Kane and Slava Voynov has led to fans expressing their dissatisfaction via a petition that has nearly 30,000 signatures.

Lightning ranked Ultimately by ESPN

Third overall in rankings among the 4 major North American sports leagues. First overall among NHL clubs. Way ahead of the other local tams in Tampa Bay.

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Competitiveness, impatience, and pro sports

Off the subject of hockey squarely and a reflection on the downfall of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers franchise. Would sustained contention have continued if offensive and title wants didn't change the course of hte franchise?

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Tyler Johnson, Comedian (and known Seahawks fan)

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"Tyler Johnson recently took aim at Brady and Tampa teammate Brian Boyle when Johnson suggested that he would send some beer with an anti-Brady message on the can to Boyle."

Tod Leiweke resigns as CEO

Almost five years to the day after joinign the Lightning, Leweke departs to become Chief Operating Officer of the National Football League.

#HockeyHasHelpedMe

Sarah Connors, managing editor of the SB Nation Boston Bruins blog Stanley Cup of Chowder, introduced the Twitter hashtag #HockeyHasHelpedMe, but 140 characters just wasn't enough for Raw Charge writer Cassie McClellan to fully express herself.

Bolts at the top of ESPN franchise rankings

Four NHL franchises crack the top 10 in ESPN's annual franchise rankings, and Tampa Bay is among them.

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Two teams, two trades, not really comparable

Though two Tampa Bay sports teams traded away marquee players this season, different circumstances and different attitudes surround the departures.

NHL delays PED testing

The NHL has shown some commitment towards testing for the Human Growth Hormone, but it will wait at least another season to test for it. Is the NHL skating around the issue?

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A universal offensive advanced stat in pro sports?

Is there a way to average pro sports statistics out in a way that makes them comparable, side by side?

Defending the Blue Line descends on Tampa Bay

Defending the Blue Line is a nationwide non-profit organization that helps children of the military participate in hockey.

Seeking civic support for NHL marquee events

It wouldn't be wrong for Tampa Bay civic leaders to step up and show support for a Tampa Bay Lightning bid to host the NHL All-Star game or Draft.

Fans, please remain seated until history is made

Everyone knows the story by now; the Boston Bruins were trailing the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1 in game 7 of ttheir playoff series on Monday night. Fans gave up, missing a historic comeback, adn inspiring this rant in the process.

A day in the life of an NHL off-ice official

Rawcharge.com staff writer Patti McDonald gives fans the behind the scenes details of a day in the life of an NHL off-ice official.

Off topic: Trying to gauge a favorite sports highlight

For a long time sports fan, its tough to point out your favorite sports highlight. Sometimes, the highlight is simply having your doubts proven wrong.

Tuesdays with Dani: Cut for a Cure

Lightning players are once again shaving their heads to raise funds for pediatric cancer; Gary Shelton goes awkward in his support for rookie Dustin Tokarski; Concussion epidemic? All this and more in our weekly links post.

Tuesdays with Dani: Riding the wins

Tampa Bay sports attendance and the Tampa Bay Lightning

While perception of a down-economy makes one believe all Tampa Bay pro-sports teams are struggling to sell tickets and grab fan interest, it's the contrary for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Tuesdays with Dani: Steve Downie fined $2,500

Tuesdays with Dani: Steve Downie fined $2500 and your weekly links

Tuesdays with Dani: Save Our Sons, Turn in Your Guns

The Bolts have launched an initiative to disarm local gang members, this and more stores from around the league can be foudn here.

"You can't do that!": A salute to aberrations in strategy that somehow haven't ruined sports

Weird strategy is not something you find only in hockey.

Love, or at least a high level of mutual respect is in the air

The relationship between Tampa Bay's professional teams is strong and it's based on the mutual admiration between the men in charge.

Stammergeddon: Rumors, paranoia, and Tampa Bay sports

If you listened to the wrong sources, it was the end of the world - or would be shortly. "Stammergeddon" was an example of Tampa Bay fans insecurity, and also Twitter's amplification of wild hot stove speculation.

About that team apparel, local solidarity thing...

Last weekend the Rays and Lightning players had a dressing incident. This week? The Rays go "All In" with their support of the Bolts.

What not to wear, and how it doesn't apply to you

If hockey teams wear opponents clothing, it's wrong. If baseball team's do it, it's fine.. Or so seems the brouhaha over Lightning players wearing Minnesota Twins hats at a Rays vs Twins game last weekend.

Politics, religion, money and sports

Three topics to avoid if you want to keep your friends are politics, religion and money. There is nothing more divisive. But what happens when athletes start infringing on those topics and broadcasting their points to the general populous via social media?

Off Topic: In defense of Jim Joyce and the fallibility of on-field officials

Umpires are not infallible, that is what Jim Joyce taught us from his actions post-game in Detroit last night... And that's something all professional leagues need a little more of: on-field officials willing to admit mistakes.

Exploitation, self promotion, and pro-athletes online

The names of Lightning players (and others from every league and pro sport) are seldom exploited through social media. Sometimes it's innocent, sometimes it;'s more malicious and deliberate.

Another childhood dream shatters a little

Clark Brooks has secured a Mike McKenna rookie card, and a boatload of disappointment as his sports dreams are deflated by Mike McKenna himself. Read this cross-posted story from "Ridiculously Inconsistent Trickle of consciousness."