Lightning Rumors & News

  • 2015 Stanley Cup Final schedule: Game 1 set for June 3 "We don't know which two teams will be playing in the Stanley Cup Final, but we do know when the season finale will start. The NHL announced that the Final will begin with Game 1 on Wednesday, June 3, at 8 p.m. ET. The New York Rangers, Tampa Bay Lightning and Anaheim Ducks all still have a..." May 28

  • Rangers rip Lightning to force Game 7 for trip to Cup final

    New York Post "Once again, the Rangers found a way. Once again, they pulled themselves off the mat, and brought a playoff series to its crescendo. Game 6 of the Eastern Conference final, a 7-3 win for the Blueshirts, had everything anyone could have asked for. It was 2-1 when the third period started, there..." May 27

  • Cedric Paquette questionable, Braydon Coburn healthy for Game 6

    Tampa Bay Times "Center Cedric Paquette is questionable for tonight's Game 6 of the Eastern Conference final, Lightning coach Jon Cooper said after today's morning skate at Amalie Arena. Paquette held his right hand/arm as he left Sunday's first period after blocking a shot. He later returned but played only..." May 26

  • Bolts grab series lead with 2-0 win over Rangers

    Tampa Tribune "Low-scoring, slow-paced playoff games normally lead right into the Rangers’ wheelhouse. Instead, the Lightning went into Madison Square Garden on Sunday night and took a page out of New York’s playbook with a 2-0 victory in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals. Ben Bishop posted his..." May 25

  • Lightning's Braydon Coburn gets 'sick' on bench during Game 5

    Sporting News "As if Ben Bishop's pre-Game 5 mishap weren't enough, the Lightning's 2-0 shutout of the Rangers in the Eastern Conference finals on Sunday featured another oddity sure to churn stomachs. Defenseman Braydon Coburn has been an important piece to Tampa's blueline, averaging 17:14 so far in the..." May 25

  • Erne hopes to crack Lightning lineup next season "As if the Tampa Bay Lightning don’t have enough goal-scorers, now they have Adam Erne on the way. The Quebec Remparts left winger has been on fire all season and has been even hotter in the post-season with 22 goals in 23 games. But when the New Haven, Conn., native turns pro next season, he..." May 24

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    Joe Smith @TBTimes_JSmith

    Matt Carle on the ice for #TBLightning morning skate. Cooper had said there's a chance he plays tonight

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    Pierre LeBrun @Real_ESPNLeBrun

    Cooper on Ryan Callahan: ''Tonight's probably the night he's going to score.''

  • Old man Morrow bringing experience to young Lightning "It was at a team dinner on the eve of the playoffs last month where Brenden Morrow shared his story with his young Tampa Bay Lightning teammates. "I just laid out how my career went, starting with a trip to the Stanley Cup final in my rookie year and how I’ve never been back since," Morrow told..." May 24

  • Jon Cooper: Thought of benching Ben Bishop is 'asinine to me'

    Tampa Bay Times "If Rangers coach Alain Vigneault looked at reporters as if they had three heads Thursday when they asked about benching star goalie Henrik Lundqvist, Lightning coach Jon Cooper went a step farther Saturday when the thought of a goalie change was brought up. "I'll look at you like you have five..." May 24

  • There is a chance Matt Carle could play game 5

    Pro Hockey Talk "Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Matt Carle, who has not played since leaving Game 3 with an undisclosed injury, is improving according to head coach Jon Cooper. Carle has two assists and a minus-6 rating in 16 playoff games this season while averaging 16:35 in time on ice. “He’s improving, so..." May 23

  • Slava Fetisov wants to ban young Russians from playing in NHL "Slava Fetisov, a former NHL defenseman that is now a senator in Russia, has called for the country to place a ban on young Russian players from playing in the NHL, restrictions that used to be in place until the late 1980s when Fetisov himself was one of the first players from the country to make..." May 23

  • Rangers storm back, dominate Lightning

    New York Post "It was not a long time ago this series and this Rangers’ season seemed so tenuous. Wednesday night, Henrik Lundqvist sat with his head in his hands and his pads still on. Friday night, well, that was an entirely different story. “The last 48 hours have been pretty tough mentally,” he said,..." May 23

  • Sather, Yzerman, Murray finalists for GM of the Year "One of the newer honors the NHL has been handing out in recent years is its General Manager of the Year Award. GM performance can be difficult to evaluate, especially in a single year, but the voters for this award should know what they're talking about. That's because the GM of the Year is chosen..." May 23

  • Ryan Callahan opens up on the pain and pride of leaving Rangers

    New York Post "The profile is lower here than it was in New York, the role somewhat different, as well. But Ryan Callahan of the Lightning is the same Ryan Callahan who was the captain of the Rangers from the start of 2011-12 until he was traded following a contract negotiation impasse at last year’s deadline..." May 23

  • Lightning's Carle out for Game 4 vs. Rangers "Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Matthew Carle won't play in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final against the New York Rangers on Friday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports) because of an undisclosed injury. Carle did not practice Friday. He left Game 3 on Wednesday at 9:55 of the first period..." May 22

  • Kucherov’s OT goal gives Bolts 2-1 series edge over Rangers

    Tampa Tribune "The Eastern Conference finald hit a time warp for Game 3, sending the game back to the high-flying days of the 1980s. And the high-octane offense the Tampa Bay Lightning are able to utilize torched the New York Rangers once again in a back-and-forth 6-5 overtime thriller at Amalie Arena on..." May 21

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    Joe McDonald @ESPNJoeyMac

    Jon Cooper said there's no update on defenseman Matt Carle. "Day to day but aren't we all."

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    Erik Erlendsson @erlendssonTBO

    Matt Carle will not return with an undisclosed (presumably body) injury

  • Johnson’s hat trick helps Lightning to victory in Game 2

    Tampa Tribune "The streets around Broadway are lined with stars grabbing top billing honors. Add Tyler Johnson to that list. Johnson notched the first playoff hat trick in Lightning franchise history to lift Tampa Bay to a 6-2 victory against the New York Rangers in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals..." May 19

  • Bolts need more scoring depth to challenge Rangers

    Tampa Tribune "During the regular season, the Lightning used a deep and balanced attack to lead the league in goals. In the postseason, however, the depth does not look quite as menacing as it was when teams had to pick their poison as to which line they wanted to try to slow down. Tampa Bay has five..." May 18

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    Joe Smith @TBTimes_JSmith

    Cooper, asked about @jodrouin27, he said, "There is more than one net in a rink. There's two. You have to be able to play in front of both"

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    Joe Smith @TBTimes_JSmith

    No Brian Boyle at #TBLightning practice. Missed first game since 2012 yesterday w undisclosed injury

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    Greg Wyshynski @wyshynski

    Cooper on Brian Boyle: "Hopefully he'll be able to come back at some point."

  • Eight candidates for the Conn Smythe Trophy

    Toronto Star "Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf have been together for 10 years. Drafted only nins spots away from each other in the first round of the 2003 draft, they have won a world junior championship together, a couple of Olympic gold medals and, of course, the Stanley Cup. It’s hard to separate one from..." May 17

  • Rangers get the right bounce to take 2-1 victory over Lightning

    New York Post "Rangers rookie Kevin Hayes fought off former Rangers captain Ryan Callahan. Seems appropriate. With just 2:25 remaining in the third period, Hayes pushed past Callahan behind the Lightning net, circled at the goal line and sent a puck towards the front, where it bounced off Dominic Moore’s..." May 17

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    Bryan Burns @BBurnsNHL

    Boyle, Nesterov, Drouin and Barberio are today's #TBLightning scratches for Game 1. Callahan is in. #NYRvsTBL

  • Lightning's Callahan to decide status Saturday morning

    Tampa Bay Times "Veteran Lightning RW Ryan Callahan ramped up his activities in Friday's practice, his second since having an emergency appendectomy Monday night. Though Callahan said he continued to feel tremendous improvement, he planned to wait until this morning before deciding whether he would play in..." May 16

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    Michelle Gingras @michellegingras

    #TBLightning announce Brian Boyle is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury, will not play today

  • St. Louis: Lightning just a team in the way

    Tampa Bay Times "One of the biggest storylines heading into the Eastern Conference Final is former Lightning captain Marty St. Louis facing his old team. St. Louis, arguably the greatest player in franchise history, acknowledges there's history here, having forced a trade to the Rangers at last year's..." May 16

  • Judge Grants Class-Action Status To Sports TV Blackout Antitrust Case "U.S. District Court judge Shira Scheindlin yesterday granted plaintiffs’ motion to certify class action status in an antitrust lawsuit against MLB and the NHL, a case that threatens to demolish the decades-old blackout system in sports media. Scheindlin’s decision, which you can read here,..." May 15

  • Callahan could return to haunt his old team as early as Game 1

    Ottawa Sun "Less than three days after undergoing an emergency appendectomy, Ryan Callahan was working toward the goal of becoming a pain in the side for his ex-teammates. Nothing personal, though. The robust Lightning winger took part in a light skate before boarding the team charter to New York —..." May 15

  • Lightning F Ryan Callahan returns to practice after appendectomy "Ryan Callahan had to miss the Tampa Bay Lightning's series clinching win against the Montreal Canadiens this week after undergoing an emergency appendectomy on Monday night. Just three days later, Callahan is back on the ice at practice for the Lightning on Thursday morning wearing a regular..." May 14

  • Yzerman’s influence is everywhere as Bolts ready to face Rangers

    Tampa Tribune "Watching from above ice level gives Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman a helpless feeling. Players prepare to take the ice, coaches game plan and scout the opponent looking for any advantage to exploit. Yzerman, meanwhile, sits around on game days just waiting for the action to..." May 14

  • Onward! Bolts take Game 6, oust Canadiens

    Tampa Tribune "The Lightning had heard enough. All the white noise surrounding the team in the past few days got shoved to the side. With an air of determination, the Lightning put their best skate forward and finished off their second-round series with an emphatic 4-1 victory against Montreal in front of..." May 13

  • Ben Bishop responds to P.K. Subban’s slight "Looks like P.K. Subban gave the Tampa Bay Lightning a little bulletin-board material after Game 4. After the Montreal Canadiens exploded for a playoffs-high six goals Thursday, chasing Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop in the process, the defenceman fired a subtle little shot at the guy most..." May 13

  • Bolts coach not declaring Callahan out for tonight’s game

    Tampa Tribune "Lightning coach Jon Cooper said it would be premature to declare Ryan Callahan out for Tuesday night’s playoff game, despite the forward’s emergency appendectomy. Callahan’s procedure was performed at Tampa General Hospital Monday evening and Cooper said the veteran winger is doing..." May 12

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    Stephen Whyno @SWhyno

    #tblightning Jon Cooper says Ryan Callahan is "feeling really good" after emergency appendectomy. Said they caught it before it ruptured.

  • Lightning’s Callahan out indefinitely after emergency appendectomy

    Tampa Tribune "The Lightning will be without RW Ryan Callahan for Tuesday’s Game 6 against Montreal after the veteran forward underwent an emergency appendectomy late Monday, the team confirmed. Callahan will miss Tuesday’s game six of the series against Montreal, but beyond that his return to the ice is..." May 12

  • Canadiens still alive with Game 5 win against Lightning

    Montreal Gazette "The skinny: The Canadiens are headed back to Tampa after staving off elimination in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Carey Price won the goaltending dual against Tampa Bay’s Ben Bishop as he made 24 saves to spark the Canadiens to a 2-1..." May 10

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    Chris Johnston @reporterchris

    Brendan Morrow is likely to return to the #TBLightning lineup tonight.

  • Canadiens regain scoring touch to avert sweep

    Montreal Gazette "The Canadiens unleashed some unexpected offence as they defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 6-2 in a must-win game Thursday night at Amalie Arena. The Canadiens got to Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop early in the game to register their first win in nine tries against the Lightning this..." May 08

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    Renaud Lavoie @renlavoietva

    #lightning Cedric Paquette in, Brenden Morrow out vs #canadiens #tvasports

  • Buzzer beater gives Bolts 3-0 series lead over Montreal

    Tampa Tribune "Talk about down to the wire. Tyler Johnson scored with 1.1 seconds left on the clock to lift Tampa Bay to a 2-1 victory and grab a 3-0 series lead against Montreal. Alex Killorn scored for Tampa Bay while Ben Bishop finished with 29 saves. Brendan Gallagher found the equalizer in the..." May 07

  • Man brought gun to Lightning game, Tampa police say

    Tampa Tribune "A St. Petersburg man is facing misdemeanor charges after bringing a gun to Wednesday’s Tampa Bay Lightning playoff game, Tampa police said. Lucas Cassidy, 27, 9100 Ninth St., dropped the gun while in a bathroom inside Amalie Arena, and a witness notified a officer, police said. When the officer..." May 07

  • Can new NHL salary site be the next CapGeek? "Since CapGeek went offline in January, analysts, agents, media types and, yes, fans have been craving a suitable replacement source for NHL salary information. While a few websites such as offer up player salary and cap management statistics, no site has been able to focus solely..." May 07

  • Judge orders Bettman to testify on concussions lawsuit "NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has been ordered by a U.S. federal court judge to offer testimony in the concussions lawsuit filed by 60 former players against the league. TSN has learned that late Tuesday, a judge ordered Bettman to testify in July on matters related to the high-stakes..." May 06

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    Bryan Burns @BBurnsNHL

    On conference call w/ media, Cooper said no update on Paquette but "he's feeling much better. I fully expect him to practice" Tuesday.

  • Bolts take 2-0 series lead with 6-2 victory over Montreal

    Tampa Tribune "After a grueling 48-hour stretch to end last week, the Lightning fought through fatigue and the Canadiens for a commanding series lead. Late in the first period of Game 2 on Sunday, Tampa Bay pushed through that wall of weariness and kicked down the door, leading to a 6-2 rout in front of an..." May 04

  • Stamkos still searching for elusive playoff goal "Steven Stamkos is searching. Searching for something he’s always had. The struggle could be seen in the body language of the Tampa Bay Lightning captain during a Game 1 victory over Montreal on Friday night. The slumped shoulders, a stick occasionally slammed in frustration. "You just..." May 03