Lightning Rumors & News

  • Some question Tampa Bay for scratching Drouin again

    Pro Hockey Talk "If the Tampa Bay Lightning get bumped from the playoffs after struggling to score against the Detroit Red Wings in Game 6, many might linger on Jonathan Drouin being a healthy scratch once again. The third pick of the 2013 NHL Draft sits at one game played in this series, and it wasn’t pretty...." April 27

  • Tampa Bay Head Coach Jon Cooper Accuses Red Wings Of Cheating

    CBS Detroit "With a win Saturday, the Detroit Red Wings took a 3-2 lead in the first-round playoff series against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Tampa Bay needs a win Monday to force Game 7, and Lightning head coach Jon Cooper, perhaps in an attempt to put officials on higher alert, has labeled the Red Wings as..." April 27

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    Joe Smith @TBTimes_JSmith

    Stamkos: "Obviously cause I'm not scoring people think I'm injured. That's not the case. I feel great."

  • Mrazek, Wings put Lightning on brink of elimination

    Detroit News "This time, a 2-0 lead didn't prove fatal for the Red Wings. It may have been a gut punch the Red Wings took with that Game 4 loss but they responded with one of their own Saturday in Game 5, defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-0. The victory gave the Red Wings a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven..." April 26

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    Joe Smith @TBTimes_JSmith

    Cooper said @jodrouin27 playoff debut might not have looked good on stat sheet (minus-2), but he actually "showed well."

  • Bolts stage comeback, even up series against Red Wings with 3-2 OT win

    Tampa Tribune "Minutes went by, counting down closer and closer to zero while the Lightning put up nothing on the scoreboard. As the digits on the clock ran down, it felt like Tampa Bay’s season inched ever closer to falling off the edge into another postseason disappointment. Then it all turned around in..." April 24

  • Mrazek roars back, Wings seize 2-1 series lead

    Detroit News "Obviously it's not a great thing when Petr Mrazek can't finish a game and sent to the bench by coach Mike Babcock. But it always seem to work the next game. Pulled in Game 2, Mrazek came back Tuesday in Game 3 and was excellent — as was the rest of the team — as they defeated the Lightning,..." April 22

  • Drouin forced to watch and wait

    Tampa Tribune "Jonathan Drouin entered his first NHL season with high expectations after being selected third overall in the 2013 draft. But he was a healthy scratch at times during the regular season and, though he played better down the stretch, has sat out the first three games of the playoff series..." April 22

  • Bolts bounce back, thrash Detroit 5-1 to even up series

    Tampa Tribune "Collectively, a weight shifted off the Lightning and rose high to the rafters late Saturday afternoon. Nothing tangible, but it was there - Tampa Bay found the win column in the playoffs. The Lightning answered back from a disappointing result to start the 2015 postseason with a resounding..." April 19

  • Mrazek carries Wings to Game 1 win over Lightning 3-2

    Detroit Free Press "The Detroit Red Wings felled Tampa Bay's Goliath. Pavel Datsyuk scored twice and Petr Mrazek made 44 saves to help the Detroit Red Wings steal a 3-2 victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning, delighting a small but vocal fan base that had infiltrated Amalie Arena. Just like that, the Wings have..." April 17

  • Lightning GM Yzerman not excited to face Red Wings "General manager Steve Yzerman is pleased to have the Tampa Bay Lightning back in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for a second straight season. However, the 2009 Hockey Hall of Fame inductee isn't so excited the opponent for their Eastern Conference First Round series, which begins at Amalie Arena on..." April 16

  • Cooper expects Coburn to play in Game 1 for Lightning

    Fox Sports Florida "After an encouraging outlook from Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper on Wednesday, defenseman Braydon Coburn appears ready to open the Stanley Cup Playoffs as part of the lineup. Cooper said Coburn, out since sustaining a lower-body injury on March 10, is looking "pretty good" after the..." April 15

  • Bolts top Boston to end season, will face Detroit as playoffs start

    Tampa Tribune "The Lightning open the playoffs next week. But in the final regular season game of the year, Tampa Bay got an early jump on a taste of the second season. The Lightning closed out the schedule on a high note, picking up a 3-2 shootout victory against Boston in front of an announced sellout..." April 12

  • Bolts tie franchise points record in OT win over Devils

    Tampa Tribune "A record-setting season added another to the books on Thursday. Tyler Johnson’s second goal of the night lifted the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 4-3 overtime victory against New Jersey in front of an announced sellout crowd of 19,204 at Amalie Arena. With the victory, Tampa Bay matched a..." April 10

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    Erik Erlendsson @erlendssonTBO

    With Victor Hedman set to return Slater Koekkoek has been reassigned to @SyracuseCrunch #SyrCrunch

  • Bolts welcome break as chance to get healthy

    Tampa Tribune "The first step toward a healthy Tampa Bay Lightning playoff roster occurred when the first player skated onto the ice Tuesday at the Ice Sports Forum. Just five minutes before practice, defenseman Victor Hedman emerged from the locker room to a round of applause from the fans in..." April 08

  • New Russian bill could ban Ovechkin, others from Olympics "Proposed legislation in Russia could prevent a number of hockey superstars from ever competing at the Olympics again. According to the Associated Press, “Russian parliament will consider barring athletes from competing in more than two Olympics.” The bill, which was put forward by lawmaker..." April 07

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    Bryan Burns @BBurnsNHL

    Hedman said he felt good to get back on ice and, depending how he feels in next day or two, should be able to play Thursday. #TBLightning

  • Actual Crack Smoker Rob Ford Elected To Hockey Hall Of Fame Board "Toronto’s former crack-smokin’, councilwoman-knockin’ mayor Rob Ford has been appointed to the Hockey Hall of Fame’s board of directors, according to the Canadian Press. Ford, who smoked crack while he was mayor, was elected to the board on March 25. A museum spokesman said Ford won’t be on the..." April 05

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    Erik Erlendsson @erlendssonTBO

    Contract set to be terminated upon mutual agreement “@renlavoietva: Unconditional waivers: ARTEM SERGEEV T.B”

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    Erik Erlendsson @erlendssonTBO

    Victor Hedman doing some extensive skating, Cooper said he's obviously not playing tonight, next week a question mark

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    Erik Erlendsson @erlendssonTBO

    Johnson said he's ready to return, but it's up to the coaching staff and trainers, translation = he's playing tonight

  • Sens, Stone strike down Bolts in OT

    Ottawa Sun "Alive and kicking. The Senators may be hanging on by their fingernails but they kept pace in the final by knocking off the top-ranked Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 in OT. Patrick Wiercioch scored only his third goal of the season in the nick of time to give the club a much-needed win in front of..." April 03

  • Lightning limit playoff ticket sales to Florida "Tampa Bay Lightning first-round playoff tickets will only be sold to Florida residents. According to the team’s Ticketmaster page: “Amalie Arena is located in Tampa, FL. Sales to this event will be restricted to residents of Florida. Residency will be based on credit card billing address...." April 03

  • Bolts sign draft pick Peca to entry-level contract

    Tampa Tribune "The Tampa Bay Lightning signed 2011 seventh-round draft pick Matthew Peca to a two-year entry-level contract that will begin in 2015-16. Peca also signed an amateur tryout contract for the rest of this season and was assigned to Syracuse of the American Hockey League. Peca recently completed..." April 02

  • Rich get richer: Bolts sign star NCAA goalie Wilcox

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Tampa Bay Lightning have added another quality young netminder to the organizational depth chart, signing University of Minnesota stalwart Adam Wilcox — their sixth-round pick at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft — to a two-year, two-way contract on Wednesday. Wilcox, 22, opted to forgo his senior..." April 02

  • Leafs bounce Bolts for second win in a row

    Toronto Sun "Perhaps next season won’t be so bad after all. There’s no telling yet what the Maple Leafs will look like once the roster overhaul is completed this summer, but you know Morgan Rielly is going to be part of what’s left moving forward. It’s probably safe to put Nazem Kadri in that category as..." April 01

  • Lightning clinch playoffs, complete sweep of Montreal

    Tampa Tribune "The Tampa Bay Lightning faced Montreal with their weary, injury-depleted lineup on Monday night and the Montreal Canadiens still had no answer. Playing without four regulars, including half of its defensive corps, Tampa Bay finished a five-game season sweep of the Habs with a 5-3 victory in..." March 31

  • Lightning recall Slater Koekkoek from Syracuse "The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled defenseman Slater Koekkoek from the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced. Koekkoek, 21, has skated in 66 games with the Crunch this season, posting five goals and 24 points to go..." March 31

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    Erik Erlendsson @erlendssonTBO

    Johnson out day to day; Sustr out 1-2 weeks, Garrison 3-4 weeks, Paquette is game time decision according to Cooper #tblightning

  • Lightning D Jason Garrison to miss 3-4 weeks after Abdelkader hit "The Tampa Bay Lightning are going to be without a key member of their defense for the remainder of the regular season and at least the start of the NHL playoffs. Defenseman Jason Garrison is expected to miss three-to-four weeks with an upper body injury after he was hit into the boards early in..." March 30

  • Playoff clinching scenarios for Monday, March 30 "With 13 days remaining in the regular season, there are 12 berths up for grabs in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Two clubs can clinch playoff berths Monday, while the Anaheim Ducks can lock up the Pacific Division title: * The St. Louis Blues would clinch a playoff berth if they win in..." March 30

  • Another year, another test for Lightning as playoffs approach

    Fox Sports Florida "One significant face of the Tampa Bay Lightning's hope for a long postseason run left early in the first period, driven into the boards by Detroit Red Wings winger Justin Abdelkader like a hammer would treat a railroad spike, and another hobbled off the ice with little-to-no weight on his left leg..." March 30

  • Lightning summon pair with injuries to Garrison, Paquette

    The Score "The Tampa Bay Lightning are expected to be short of full strength - thanks in part to Justin Abdelkader - for Monday's key Atlantic Division matchup with the Montreal Canadiens. Injuries to Jason Garrison and Cedric Paquette have forced the Lightning into recalling forward Jonathan Marchessault..." March 30

  • Early Goals Propel Preds Past Bolts, 3-2

    On The Forecheck "The Predators notched a second consecutive win against a top team in the Eastern Conference with a 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Things are happening. Hockey is fun again. Out of the gate, this game was much different than what we've been used to. The Predators not only put the first..." March 27

  • NHL loses bid to dismiss retired players' concussion lawsuit

    Sporting News "A federal judge in Minnesota has rejected the NHL's motion to dismiss a concussion lawsuit brought on by retired players, the New York Times reported . The plaintiffs accused the league of failing to inform them of health risks caused by concussions as a result of repeated head trauma and are..." March 26

  • Players in NHL concussion case want Bettman deposed by July 1 "NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman should be forced to be deposed about matters relating to the NHL concussions lawsuit within the next three months, lawyers for a group of former players wrote in a legal filing. Lawyers for the former players wrote to the NHL on February 23 asking to set up a time..." March 26

  • Bolts tie franchise win record with 4-3 victory over Panthers

    Tampa Tribune "The Lightning continued their march down the stretch of the season charging toward the postseason. But on Tuesday, they hit a pretty big speed bump that nearly knocked them off that path. Tampa Bay scored twice in the third period to rally for a 4-3 victory against Florida in front of an..." March 25

  • Judge denies NHL's motion to dismiss concussion lawsuit "The NHL's bid to have a lawsuit brought against the league by former players regarding concussions dismissed took a hit Wednesday. A judge in U.S. district court in Minnesota has denied the NHL's motion to dismiss litigation brought against the league by former players regarding concussions...." March 25

  • Lightning's Cedric Paquette targeted to return in upcoming road trip

    Fox Sports Florida "Tampa Bay Lightning center Cedric Paquette is considered day-to-day with an upper-body injury, but the team has targeted a return during the coming road trip. Paquette, 21, will miss his sixth consecutive game when the Lightning host the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night at Amalie Arena. He..." March 24

  • Bolts show fight, end losing skid vs. Bruins

    Tampa Tribune "With the Lightning seeking to an end a two-year winless stretch against the Boston Bruins, captain Steven Stamkos stepped up and delivered. But instead of doing so with a blistering one-timer that landed in the back of the net, Stamkos dropped his gloves to help spark his team to..." March 23

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    Bryan Burns @BBurnsNHL

    Cooper says Ondrej Palat is good to go tonight. #TBLightning

  • Ondrej Palat could return Friday against Red Wings

    Tampa Bay Times "Lightning wing Ondrej Palat appears ahead of schedule in his recovery from a lower-body injury, participating fully in Thursday's practice in a regular-colored jersey. Palat, expected to be out 2-3 weeks when injured last Tuesday against Montreal, could return Friday night when the Lightning..." March 19

  • Lightning’s penalty kill now among NHL’s best

    Tampa Tribune "As the Lightning exited the playoffs last season, the elimination goal came courtesy of a Montreal power play with 43 seconds left in regulation. Though the series-clinching goal was just the second power-play marker the Canadiens scored in the four-game sweep, it was a reminder that killing..." March 19

  • Report: NHL to have 3-on-3 OT hockey, pending approval

    Puck Drunk Love "The NHL is looking to decide the outcomes of more games before they reach a shootout and they believe moving to 3-on-3 hockey in overtime is the way to do it. The AHL recently incorporated 3-on-3 play in overtime and they’ve seen a drastic drop in games decided by the skills competition...." March 18

  • Lightning beat Canadiens, tying them atop Atlantic Division

    Tampa Tribune "Bend but don’t break. Stare but don’t blink. In the face of some playoff intensity, the Tampa Bay Lightning stood their ground and walked away the victor. Steven Stamkos scored twice and added an assist to lead Tampa Bay to a 4-2 victory against Montreal in front of an announced sellout..." March 17

  • No hearing scheduled for Kucherov

    Pro Hockey Talk "It appears Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov will not be facing supplemental discipline for his hit on Winnipeg Jets’ defenseman Toby Enstrom on Saturday night. According to Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times, there is no hearing scheduled for Kucherov. Kucherov was assessed a five..." March 16

  • Bruins beat Lightning in shootout, 3-2

    CSN New England "The Bruins have hated the shootout all season long, but they made it their friend on Thursday night. After a wild overtime where Steve Stamkos was bounced from the game for throwing his broken stick into the stands and wasn’t allowed to participate in the shootout, Patrice Bergeron and Brad..." March 13

  • Lightning to be without three key players vs. Bruins "Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper had a hat trick of bad news to reveal Thursday. Forward Ondrej Palat will miss 2-3 weeks because of a lower-body injury, defenseman Braydon Coburn will be out 4-6 weeks because of a lower-body injury and forward Cedric Paquette will miss 10-14 days because..." March 12

  • NHL GMs might curb shootouts

    CSN New England "This will hardly come as a shock to anybody that remembers just last week when Claude Julien famously said “they suck” when asked about NHL shootouts, but the Bruins coach is in favor of getting rid of them altogether. Darren Dreger said on NBCSN Wednesday night that the NHL general managers..." March 12