Lightning Rumors & News

  • Paquette nets first hat trick as Lightning blast Red Wings, 5-1

    Tampa Tribune "Cedric Paquette helped take the home town fans clad in red out of Thursday's game, while bringing the home fans dressed in blue out of their seats. The Tampa Bay Lightning rookie handed all those fans dressed in red their hats on the way out of the building after netting his first career hat..." January 30

  • Hurricanes begin 2nd half with 4-2 victory over Lightning

    Raleigh News & Observer "The Carolina Hurricanes, playing strong hockey in January, hoped the NHL All-Star Game break wouldn’t hurt their momentum. Justin Faulk, the Canes’ All-Star defenseman, helped see that it didn’t. Faulk had a goal and an assist Tuesday, as did captain Eric Staal, as Carolina topped the Tampa Bay..." January 28

  • Why the NHL's most hated players are never going away "They tend to be some of the most hated players in the NHL, and when they inevitably do something reckless you probably want them out of the league. They are the guys that spend their time skating along the fine line between "playing with an edge," and playing dirty. On occasion, they will jump..." January 28

  • Lightning’s Johnson practices but still a game-time decision

    Tampa Tribune "Tyler Johnson appears to have not missed a beat. Though Johnson was unable to take part in All-Star weekend due to a lower body injury, the Lightning leading scorer made it through practice on Monday and was a full participant in Tuesday’s morning skate, taking his regular line rushes as well..." January 27

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    Chris Johnston @reporterchris

    Tyler Johnson is not expected to participate in the #NHLAllStar skills competition tonight because of a lower-body injury.

  • Difficult stretch awaits Lightning after All-Star Break

    Tampa Tribune "The Tampa Bay Lightning hit this weekend’s All-Star break on a high note. Winners of 10 of their past 13 games, they are atop the Eastern Conference standings as the league takes a five-day hiatus starting today. But despite a stellar 30-14-4 record, Tampa Bay is far from a perfect..." January 24

  • Stamkos' plan is to re-sign with Lightning "Steven Stamkos gave his strongest indication yet that if all goes according to plan, he wants to stay with the Tampa Bay Lightning for a very long time. Fans in Toronto have been clamoring for Stamkos to return home as a Maple Leaf in the summer of 2016, when he’s an unrestricted free agent,..." January 24

  • Crosby, Stamkos top picks in All-Star draft "The stars of the 2015 NHL All-Star Weekend in Columbus will conduct a fantasy draft Friday to create teams for a real game to be played Sunday. We here at decided to get into the spirit by conducting our own All-Star fantasy draft. Dan Rosen played the role of Jonathan Toews; Corey..." January 22

  • Lightning win eighth straight at home, 4-1 over Canucks

    Tampa Tribune "Before Tampa Bay Lightning players and staff scattered and hit the road for a five-day break, they made sure to tidy things up at home. Tampa Bay heads into the All-Star break with a franchise record-tying eight-game home winning streak after knocking off Vancouver 4-1 in front of an..." January 21

  • Carle (abdomen) needs surgery, out 6-8 weeks

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Tampa Bay Lightning announced the verdict on Matt Carle‘s injury and the news isn’t good. He has torn adductor muscles and will need surgery on Tuesday. As a result, Carle is expected to miss the next six-to-eight weeks. The silver lining is that Carle should still be available for the..." January 19

  • Another injury tests Lightning’s defensive depth

    Tampa Tribune "With injuries mounting up among the Lightning defensive corps, the blue line depth is undergoing a severe test heading into next week’s All-Star break. Top defenseman Victor Hedman missed the past two games with an undisclosed lower body injury, Radko Gudas is out for the year after undergoing..." January 17

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    Erik Erlendsson @erlendssonTBO

    Hedman feels ready to play, still said its a game time decision but don't let that fool you, he's almost a certainty to play tonight

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    Erik Erlendsson @erlendssonTBO

    Cooper said Carle unlikely to play before the All Star break, unsure beyond that for now. #TBLightning

  • Bolts get it together in third period to top Oilers

    Tampa Tribune "Looking like a team skating in slush, the Lightning finally found smoother ice for an escape path. And it was That Line which provided the rescue effort to cap off a 3-2 comeback victory against Edmonton in front of an announced crowd of 18,609 at Amalie Arena. Ondrej Palat scored twice in..." January 16

  • Captain Stamkos taking charge of the Lightning

    Tampa Tribune "Steven Stamkos sat in his locker stall at TD Garden in Boston on Tuesday night, as he has many times in his career, and tried to describe another loss to the Bruins. But unlike the previous eight consecutive losses in Boston, Stamkos handled this one as the team captain. And the 24-year-old..." January 15

  • Pastrnak's two goals propel Bruins past Lightning, 4-3

    CSN New England "All questions about the immediate future of David Pastrnak’s career should have been answered on Tuesday night. The 18-year-old scored a pair of goals and ignited the Bruins offense once he was paired up with David Krejci and Milan Lucic in the second period, and helped pace the Black and Gold..." January 14

  • Flyers' 7-goal outburst versus Lightning gives Rob Zepp another win

    CSN Philly "So much went right for the Flyers on Monday night against the highest-scoring team in the NHL that you kept asking yourself why Craig Berube’s team can’t look like this more often. Seven goals from seven different Flyers, representing all four lines. Three power-play goals. A call-up goalie..." January 13

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    Joe Smith @TBTimes_JSmith

    Cooper said Johnson and Hedman both out tonight. But doesn't consider either long term. Could play before All Star break

  • Stamkos, Johnson named to NHL All-Star squad

    Tampa Tribune "The top two Tampa Bay Lightning centers are heading to Columbus. Undrafted Tyler Johnson and former first overall pick Steven Stamkos will represent Tampa Bay at NHL All-Star weekend, which will be held at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, Jan. 24-25. This marks the first All-Star game held..." January 11

  • Bolts in first place after downing Canadiens 4-2

    Tampa Tribune "Tampa Bay’s trip to Bell Centre on Tuesday had nothing to do with seeking payback. Instead, the Lightning’s first visit to Montreal since being swept out of last season’s playoffs was more about establishing themselves this season. Tampa Bay did that and more with a 4-2 victory against..." January 07

  • NHL to unveil player-tracking for All-Star Game "The NHL is preparing to take a glimpse into the future by using player-tracking technology at the upcoming all-star game. Officials from the league and NHL Players’ Association will be in Columbus for testing early next week, according to two sources, with the goal of employing the Sportvision..." January 06

  • Lightning announce Gudas out four months following knee surgery

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Tampa Bay Lightning will be without their most physical defenseman for quite some time. Following his knee surgery on Tuesday, Radko Gudas has been ruled out for the next four months, the club announced. Gudas, who led the club in hits (115) and was fourth among all NHL defensemen despite..." January 06

  • Lightning tops Senators, 4-2

    Tampa Bay Times "Victor Hedman said he didn't have the words to describe Steven Stamkos' highlight-reel goal Sunday night. "A world-class move by a world-class player," the Lightning defenseman said. "That's 'Stammer.' " The goal was a big one, the go-ahead goal in the Lightning's 4-2 come-from-behind..." January 05

  • Lightning's Radko Gudas out indefinitely

    Tampa Bay Times "Lightning D Radko Gudas had hoped to return to the lineup Sunday against the Senators. Instead, Gudas was sent back to Tampa to have his nagging lower-body injury evaluated. Gudas missed his third straight game, with no timetable for his return. "Gudas can be back for the Buffalo game..." January 05

  • Robby Fabbri out, Brayden Point in for Canada at world junior championship

    Yahoo! Sports "Canada's world junior team has lost forward Robby Fabbri for the remainder of the tournament due to a high ankle sprain. The St. Louis Blues' prospect suffered the injury after throwing a routine body check at Denmark's Anders Krogsgaard on Friday early in the first period of Canada's 8-0..." January 03

  • Lightning prospect Brayden Point’s patience pays off at world juniors

    Pro Hockey Talk "No one wants to be the extra forward. However, when Canada named Brayden Point its’ 13th forward for the world junior hockey championship, they used the Martin St. Louis‘ example. St. Louis was part of a group of forwards, who rotated as the extra forward for Canada at the 2014 Olympics in..." January 03

  • Lightning's Radko Gudas misses 2nd straight game

    Tampa Bay Times "It has been an odd year for D Radko Gudas. Gudas, 24, has missed four Lightning games with a lower-body injury this season, three more with a stomach virus. On Monday, he nearly got sliced in the neck by a skate and suffered another lower-body injury, forcing him to sit out a second straight..." January 03

  • Lightning assign G Vasilevskiy to AHL "The Tampa Bay Lightning sent goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy to Syracuse of the American Hockey League on Thursday. The 20-year-old Vasilevskiy has played in four games for the Lightning this season and has a 3-1-0 record with a 1.76 goals-against average and a .937 save percentage." January 02

  • Did Zadorov just call Tampa’s skill guys ‘pretty soft’?

    Pro Hockey Talk "The last time the Sabres met the Lightning, it was ugly — the Bolts scored a 5-0 blowout victory during which the two teams combined for 110 penalty minutes. Prior to tonight’s rematch, Buffalo d-man Nikita Zadorov fired something of a shot at the Bolts: “We just gotta be ready for [their]..." January 01

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    Bryan Burns @BBurnsNHL

    Andrei Vasilevskiy will make his 4th NHL start in goal tonight at Buffalo according to #TBLightning associate head coach Rick Bowness

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    Joe Smith @TBTimes_JSmith

    Gudas has a lower body injury, per the team.

  • Lightning calls up Vasilevskiy, who could start Wednesday

    Tampa Bay Times "Veteran goalie Evgeni Nabokov said he was told by the Lightning when he signed a one-year deal July 1 that there might be times he'd have to step aside for touted prospect Andrei Vasilevskiy. Nabokov was okay with it. But now he's living it. Tuesday the Lightning recalled Vasilevskiy, 20,..." December 31

  • Drouin sent home ill; not believed to be mumps

    Tampa Tribune "Tampa Bay Lightning rookie LW Jonathan Drouin was sent home Saturday morning after showing up at Amalie Arena reporting that he was not feeling well. While a mumps outbreak continues to spread through the NHL, Lightning head coach Jon Cooper said at this time Drouin’s “illness’’ is not believed..." December 28

  • Lightning get Ben Bishop back

    Pro Hockey Talk "Bishop has missed four straight games with a lower-body injury, but he’s projected to be available for the Tampa Bay Lightning’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes tonight. Although 20-year-old Andrei Vasilevskiy did a great job in his absence, the Lightning will rely on solid goaltending from..." December 27

  • Tyler Johnson's hat trick key as Lightning finally beats Penguins

    Tampa Bay Times "The Lightning bailed itself out of its offensive rut Tuesday night thanks to its most reliable line. Tyler Johnson recorded his second career hat trick, and linemate Nikita Kucherov added another goal in a 4-3 win over the Penguins in front of a sold-out crowd of 19,204 at Amalie Arena. The..." December 24

  • Ben Bishop and Jason Garrison out vs Pittsburgh Penguins

    Tampa Bay Times "The Lightning will be without goalie Ben Bishop and defenseman Jason Garrison tonight because of injuries. Garrison didn’t participate in the team’s morning skate at Amalie Arena. Bishop wasn’t on the ice to begin with but later practiced, including taking extra reps. “I said I would have..." December 23

  • Keith Kinkaid's 1st NHL win ends Devils' skid, 3-2, in shootout over Lightning

    Newark Star-Ledger "Rookie goalie Keith Kinkaid posted his first NHL victory as the Devils ended a five-game losing streak with a 3-2 shootout triumph over the Tampa Bay Lightning Friday night before a crowd of 14,916 at Prudential Center. It was Kinkaid's third start of the season. He is 1-1-2. The Devils, who..." December 20

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    Dan Rosen @drosennhl

    Tyler Johnson (stomach flu) is scratched for the Lightning, snaps his consecutive games played streak at 115.

  • For Lightning, language shows way to success

    Tampa Bay Times "Wing Nikita Kucherov is having a breakout season, his 12 goals and plus-18 rating second on the Lightning. "He's been unbelievable," captain Steven Stamkos said. And Kucherov has Shameless, The Walking Dead and Blue Mountain State partly to thank. No, the television shows don't make..." December 19

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    Joe Smith @TBTimes_JSmith

    Bishop didn't skate today. Feeling better. Might try to get on ice tomorrow. Doesn't sound like we will see him this weekend

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    Joe Smith @TBTimes_JSmith

    Gudas said he's good to play Friday. Palat said today "best day yet," optimistic to play Friday

  • Vasilevskiy gives glimpse of future in Bolts win over Flyers

    Tampa Tribune "Mark it down. Etch the date in the history book. Tuesday will live long in Lightning lore as the day the future arrived - even if for only a glimpse. Highly touted goaltender prospect Andrei Vasilevskiy made his NHL debut and did it in a winning effort, leading Tampa Bay to a 3-1 victory..." December 17

  • Rust, Dumoulin score 1st NHL goals in Penguins' 4-2 victory over Lightning

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Forward Bryan Rust and defenseman Brian Dumoulin had surely pictured what their first NHL goals would look or feel like — the sight of the puck going into the net, the sound of fans cheering. They could not have possibly predicted these circumstances. Besieged by injuries and weakened by the..." December 16

  • Lightning recall goaltender Vasilevskiy from AHL "The Tampa Bay Lightning recalled goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy from the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League on Tuesday. The move comes after starting goalie Ben Bishop left the game Monday against the Pittsburgh Penguins after one period with a lower-body injury. Vasilevskiy, 20,..." December 16

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    Joe Smith @TBTimes_JSmith

    Cooper said Palat not likely to play today or tomorrow, hoping for weekend. Hoping Gudas can Tuesday

  • Bounces go Kucherov’s way in Bolts’ 2-1 win

    Tampa Tribune "Nikita Kucherov skated into the offensive zone, intent on collecting a puck off the stick of Tampa Bay teammate Anton Stralman earmarked to rim around the end boards. But the puck altered its course as it hit a stanchion in the corner, forcing Kucherov quickly change his route and veer straight..." December 12

  • Lightning won't loan Jonathan Drouin to Canada for World Juniors "Jonathan Drouin has been part of each of Canada's last two entries at the World Junior Championship. He remains eligible for a third trip to the tournament, which will be held in his native country this year starting Dec. 26, but Drouin won't be there. The Tampa Bay Lightning confirmed Thursday..." December 12

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    Erik Erlendsson @erlendssonTBO

    Injury update: Ondrej Palat listed as out with a lower body injury and is considered day to day #tblightning

  • Capitals top first place Lightning in Tampa behind Ovi's 2 goals

    CSN Washington "Instant analysis of the Capitals’ 5-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning Tuesday night at Amalie Arena in Tampa: How it happened: Alex Ovechkin snapped a four-game pointless streak in a big way, scoring the first and last goal in the Caps’ big win over the top team in the Eastern Conference...." December 10

  • Cooper wants more Stamkos selfishness

    Tampa Bay Times "With one more goal, Lightning captain Steven Stamkos will reach 250 in his career, making him one of the youngest players in history to do so. But though Stamkos, 24, entered Saturday tied for second in the NHL with 16 goals, coach Jon Cooper would like him to be a little more "selfish" and..." December 07