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A note from practice, a reaction from upstate New York

You may be more focused on the Lightning lineup and the details about color coded jerseys and who may play tomorrow... But remember, there are two teams currently affected by the Lightning's roster -- one being Tampa Bay itself and the other being the Syracuse Crunch. Mike Angelidis is captain in Syracuse and

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The full of what happened at 1st intermission

It's a day after Christmas, but the weight of a touching (surprise) family reunion during the event still has a warm and happy vibe to it and feels perfectly appropriate for the time of year.

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Cedric Paquette probable for tonight

For the first time in more than a month, forward Cedric Paquette looks to be part of the game tonight. That, or a game-time decision. How this will shift lines remains to be seen, as does the fact Paquette is more likely to see limited ice time

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Video: The hit on Brian Boyle in Bolts/Senators

Lightning forward Brian Boyle only played 11 seconds during tonight's game thanks to this hit. He won't be returning to the game.

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VideoShot: Ben Bishop joins NHL Live

Ben Bishop was interviewed on NHL Live yesterday discussing topics from last season's playoff run to the current media focus on his teammate Steven Stamkos.

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Air Canada Centre / Leafs thwarting the fans?

Signs are banned? For Lightning fans watching this from a distance and dealing with over-the-top want form Leafs fans, online, this comes off classy.

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The Stamkos Circus

I wouldn't quite frame this as a spin on "Seen Stamkos?" which played out in his draft year. At the same time, it's embodying the craing for #91 in Toronto.

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Tyler Johnson talks to the NHL Network

Tyler Johnson chats with EJ Hradek and Steve Mears about returning to the lineup, the triplets line practicing together, becoming a target following last season’s Stanley Cup run, and Ryan Callahan’s Christmas photo.

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Where are the Lightning fans expressing themselves?

I'm not talking Raw Charge, or Lightning Shout, or Bolt Prospects -- two are part of major networks, another aspires to be of a news caliber. Are there Lightning fans out there expressing themselves in a verbose way (not just on Twitter in limited characters) and where? I'm aware of en-Lightning and Roar of Thunder but after that, there's nothing. Bolt and Jolt is a forthcoming site.

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QuoteShot: Family and the Stamkos contract

Steven Stamkos still hasn’t signed in Tampa Bay, but the fact his parents have moved to the area has left a lot of people believing he will re-sign with the Lightning ...
Steve Simmons, Toronto Sun Ta...
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The 25th anniversary of Tampa Bay landing the NHL

It's not exactly the birthday of the Tampa Bay Lightning but it's sure as heck close. Today marks the 25th anniversary of the awarding of the Tampa Bay area with an NHL franchise. The date the franchise name was unveiled and uniforms and all of that was later on... The work of Phil Esposito to get a team here started earlier too... The process of becoming, as I like to say, started I-don't-know when. But today is the day he gained what he was going after. Today what we know and love was accepted as part of the NHL going forward. Happy birthday, Tampa Bay Lightning.

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Luke Witkowski goes after his Syracuse Crunch teammates with tweezers in the name of Movember. Keep up with the Crunch's Movember efforts here: http://syracusecrunch.com/sports/2015/11/3/Movember.aspx?path=mhockey.

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Head coach Jon Cooper's thoughts on the game

You get 39 shots on goal, you limit the opponent to 19 shots in the same timespan... That's one hell of a game, but one frustrating and upsetting outcome.

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Saturday night's reunion at Amalie Arena

The outcome of tonight's game at the Amalie may not have been the warmest, but that does not mean the events at Amalie Arena were not warm. Kyle Pasierb was reunited with his family after a two year deployment during tonight.

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"We have sent an advisory to our Clubs to be on heightened alert given today's events in Paris," Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said.
NHL issues security advisory in ...
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New Zealand NHL scheduling fail: Tampa Bay Rangers vs Calgary Flames

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Phil Esposito remarks on 3-on-3 overtime, the shootout

Last night was a ladies event at Amalie Arena, featuring an arena tour, meeting with players (Jason Garrison and Andrej Sustr participated) and a panel discussion with Dave Andreychuk, Phil Esposito and coach Rick Bowness as the participants. Achariya, who writes over at Pension Plan Puppets, participated in the event. Her Twitter feed is filled with some gems from the evening... Including the above quote from former Lightning GM and team founder Phil Esposito.

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The Force was strong with these two on Sunday night at the Costume Party

Last night we posted the Ben Bishop costume shot that Big Ben shared via Twitter. This morning, it's another Twitter photo ... and the characters employed by Lexi LaFleur and J.T. Brown will be highlighted on the big screen when The Force Awakens next month.

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Nikita Nesterov in character too

It appears the Lightning are having their Halloween party tonight. And why not? They were playing on Halloween and started their road trip immediately after.

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Goalie Ben Bishop in character... not as a goalie

No explination has been posted (that we've seen) of goalie Ben Bishop dressed up as Rafiki from The Lion King. This will likely be explained in time but for the moment? Oooh, boy... Nice costume, Ben!

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When a player has to assist on a teddy bear toss

Off the subject of the Tampa Bay Lightning or the Syracuse Crunch for that matter. It's that time of the season for teddy bear tosses around the AHL and the San Jose Barracudas (the Shark's affiliate) had a very large turnout for it. I'm not talking attendance, I'm talking bear size. Watch the GIF. Bravo to the donor and those who assisted!

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Quite 'appy to see Affy

Nice to see Lightning alumni Dmitry Afanasenkov in town. Afanasenkov was Lightning property from his draft year in 1998 until he was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers in 2006-07. He only played 41 more games at the NHL level and then went to Russia to play in the KHL thorugh 2013-14.

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Coach Jon Cooper on splitting up Johnson, Kucherov, Palat

He's right, you know? The fact it's been written on the site a few times it's a process of becoming, the events of a season, tells you things will not be locked in until they manifest into how they're supposed to be.

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"ofCorsi - The Most Basic Stat of Hockey"... and on a t-shirt

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Steven Stamkos in "Snow Day"

Nike released a promotional video on Thursday, utilizing a bunch of big name athletes form across professional sports. Tampa Bay Lightning team captain Steven Stamkos pops up in the "Snow Day" promo.

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Meanwhile, in Switzerland... Guy Bouchcer explodes

His name is being dropped on occasion by pundits and media types in North America as a candidate to replace troubled head coaches through the NHL. That leads to the question: What is the state of former Tampa Bay coach Guy Boucher in Switzerland? The answer? Angry.

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Vasy Cometh

It's been speculated on for about a week since Andrei Vasilevskiy got the all-clear from doctors last week. Now it's official: The 2012 1st round draft pick will start in the first opportunity after such a long layoff. No training camp, no preseason... This is his practice. How long it (the AHL stint) lasts remaisn to be seen.

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Hold the phone on "Bishop back-to-back"

There's been no official announcement of a recall of the Yak Man, Kristers Gudlevskis, from the Syracuse Crunch... It is an odd coincidence that the #3-on-the-deoth-chart netminder is not seen at tonight's pregame skate in Syracuse, New York. We'll keep you posted.

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Lightning players and haunted happenings

This video's already made the rounds but in case you've missed it, defenseman Jason Garrison and forward Alex Killorn ventured to a Haunted House event a few days ago... While it's nice to observe players as part of the community, it's entertaining to see the discomfort Killorn expresses during the trip through the building.

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GIF: Erik Condra's second goal of the season

The Bolts' 4th goal of the game came at 5:24 of the third period, restoring their lead 4-3. Condra's goal was assisted by Brian Boyle. Courtesy of @myregularface.

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GIF: Ryan Callahan's third goal of the season

The goal came at 17:41 of the 2nd period, temporarily giving Tampa back the lead. Assists to Victor Hedman and Anton Stralman. Courtesy @myregularface.

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GIF: Nikita Kucherov's second goal of the season

Kucherov's goal came at 8:51 of the 2nd period, giving the Lightning their first lead of the game (though it was short-lived). Assists to Ondrej Palat and Braydon Coburn. Courtesy @myregularface