Lightning Rumors & News

  • Lightning sign defenseman Jake Dotchin to entry level contract "The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed defenseman Jake Dotchin to an entry-level contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced. Dotchin, 20, skated in 63 games with the Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League during the 2013-14 regular season, posting 11 goals and 36..." April 19

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    Damian Cristodero @LightningTimes

    Palat said he'll be a game-time decision on Sunday. Said the Johnson hit on April 11 vs. Columbus caused the problem.

  • Bourque, Price give Canadiens 2-0 series lead over Lightning

    Montreal Gazette "The Canadiens are coming home with a 2-0 lead over the Tampa Bay Lightning in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarterfinal playoff series. The Canadiens defeated the Lightning 4-1 Friday night at the Tampa Bay Times Forum as Carey Price made 26 saves. He missed his fourth career playoff..." April 19

  • Lightning F Ondrej Palat expected to miss Game 2 "With injuries to key players left and right all year, one has to wonder which member of the Tampa Bay Lightning walked under a ladder. Lightning head coach Jon Cooper had a great quote in his meeting with the media Thursday that offers a glimpse into their mindset when it comes to dealing with the..." April 18

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    Damian Cristodero @LightningTimes

    Palat a game-time decision, Cooper said, and added not to expect to see Bishop (elbow) "any time soon."

  • Weise strikes in OT for 5-4 Habs win over Tampa

    Montreal Gazette "Dale Weise scored at 17:08 of overtime to give the Canadiens a 5-4 win over the Lightning Wednesday night at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. The win gave the Canadiens 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarter-final series. Back and forth: These teams were miserly during their..." April 17

  • Pro Sports Daily's 2014 Stanley Cup Playoff Preview
    PSD Staff, Featured Content Team

    This 1st round has the makings to be the best 1st round in the salary cap era, all 16 teams are strong, skilled and determined with no team having a huge edge over the other. If you enjoyed the regular season, let us remind you, you ain't seen nothing yet. April 16

  • Florida wins ’14 NHL draft lottery, will pick first overall

    Pro Hockey Talk "A year after losing out on the No. 1 pick, the Florida Panthers flipped the script. Florida won the 2014 NHL Draft Lottery on Tuesday night, edging out Buffalo for top spot despite the Sabres holding superior odds for the first overall pick. Last year, the Panthers were on the other end of this..." April 16

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    Chris Stevenson @CJ_Stevenson

    No Bishop for Game 1 for Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Montreal Canadiens.

  • Sabres, Panthers have best odds for 2014 NHL draft lottery

    Pro Hockey Talk "With their seasons now complete, non-playoff teams can start looking forward to one of the biggest dates on their offseason calendars — the annual draft lottery. This year’s lottery will take place tomorrow (Tuesday, Apr. 15), determining the order of the first 13 picks of the ’14 Draft, which..." April 15

  • Stanley Cup Playoffs Odds: Bruins favored to win Cup "With the Stanley Cup Playoffs set to begin Wednesday, Bovada revealed their odds for the postseason. The Boston Bruins, winner of the Presidents' Trophy as the NHL's regular-season champ and last year's Stanley Cup runner up, is the favorite to claim the top prize at the end of the..." April 14

  • Lightning earn home-ice edge against Canadiens

    Tampa Tribune "It seemed only fitting that the Lightning’s regular season ended in an unfashionable way. Defenseman Matt Carle scored the only goal in the shootout and Anders Lindback stopped all 18 shots to record his third career shutout as the Lightning closed with a 1-0 victory against Washington in front..." April 14

  • Lightning controls home-ice fate

    Tampa Bay Times "Not that the outcome — a 1-0 Boston victory at TD Garden — would have necessarily been different. It's just that "it would have been nice to have that game in Tampa." "It is called home-ice advantage for a reason," Stamkos said. Tampa Bay, with a victory over the Capitals today in its..." April 13

  • Filppula joins burgeoning injury list

    Tampa Tribune "With the playoffs starting in less than a week, the microscope on any injury becomes magnified. With G Ben Bishop already sidelined with an unspecified upper body injury to his left arm and out indefinitely, C Valtteri Filppula joined the list of key players out due to injury that also includes..." April 12

  • Malone arrested for DUI, cocaine "Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ryan Malone was arrested early Saturday morning on charges of driving under the influence and possession of cocaine. Malone, 34, was arrested at 5:40 a.m. ET in Tampa and is being held on $2,500 bond, according to an arrest report from the Hillsborough County..." April 12

  • Lightning continuing surge for home ice in playoffs with win over Blue Jackets

    Fox Sports "Their narrative has flipped. Their surge wasn't supposed to happen. When goaltender Ben Bishop, the Tampa Bay Lightning's Big Answer in the crease, slumped off the ice Tuesday, the sight was supposed to mean their momentum's end, their hopes dashed. Home-ice advantage in the first round of the..." April 12

  • Lindback up to task as Bolts top Flyers, 4-2

    Tampa Tribune "The Tampa Bay Lightning are rallying around goaltender Anders Lindback. Sometimes, literally. In his first start since starter Ben Bishop went down to injury, Lindback stopped 34 shots to help lead the Lightning to a 4-2 victory against Philadelphia in front of an announced sell-out crowd of..." April 11

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    Erik Erlendsson @erlendssonTBO

    Ben Bishop not ruled out for start of playoffs, will not play in final 3 games, then assessed next week to see where he's at

  • Ben Bishop will sit out the Lightning's final 3 games, his status for playoffs is uncertain

    Tampa Bay Times "Ben Bishop will sit out the final three games of the regular season, and the Lightning goaltender's availability for the first round of the playoffs is uncertain. Though coach Jon Cooper did not rule out Bishop playing in the first round, which is expected to be against the Canadiens, he did..." April 09

  • Bolts win, but loss of Bishop could be devastating

    Tampa Tribune "Five minutes into Tuesday’s 3-0 victory against Toronto, the Lightning already lost something big. Sure, Ondrej Palat scored twice and Victor Hedman had a goal and two assists to lift Tampa Bay to within two points of Montreal for second place in the Atlantic Division, which would carry home..." April 09

  • Maple Leafs at Lightning: What bettors need to know "Toronto Maple Leafs at Tampa Bay Lightning (-180, 5.5) The Toronto Maple Leafs attempt to keep their fading playoff hopes alive with three games on the road to end the regular season, starting with a visit to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday. The Maple Leafs have played one more game and..." April 08

  • Steve Yzerman signs 4-year extension with Lightning

    CBC Sports "The Tampa Bay Lightning announced Monday that they have signed vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman to a four-year contract extension. Yzerman joined the team on May 25, 2010, and his contract was set to expire after next season. "Since the day Steve agreed to serve as our vice..." April 08

  • Stars Defeat Lightning 5-2, Regain Final Playoff Spot

    Defending Big D "Goals could only be scored at one end of the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Saturday night. Luckily for the Dallas Stars, that was the end at which they shot twice. The Stars scored three goals in the first and two in the third while the Tampa BayLightning made it a game with two of their own in..." April 06

  • Habs open four-point gap on Lightning

    Montreal Gazette "Brian Gionta scored his second goal of the game at 13:13 of the third period to snap a 3-3 tie and the Canadiens went to beat the Detroit Red Wings 5-3 Saturday night at the Bell Centre. Alex Galchenyuk was credited with an insurance goal at 15:40 when Tomas Plekanec’s shot went in off his arm...." April 06

  • Two NHL coach of the year candidates match wits today

    USA Today "Two of the top Jack Adams Award candidates will be facing each other this afternoon when the Colorado Avalanche visit the St. Louis Blues. We handicap our favorites to win coach of the year: 1. Patrick Roy (Colorado) The Avalanche were the Western Conference’s worst team last season, and..." April 05

  • Calgary Flames zap Tampa Bay Lightning

    Calgary Sun "Ramo’s revenge. Karri Ramo tried to play down such talk, but those around the Calgary Flames netminder think he was under-stating what it meant to him. Ramo’s return to Florida to face the Tampa Bay Lightning, the team he bolted from without much resistance some four years ago, was a..." April 04

  • Bolts Kostka out indefinitely after Murray’s ‘dirty’ hit

    Tampa Tribune "A day after Tampa Bay D Mike Kostka suffered a blow to the head following an elbow delivered by Montreal D Douglas Murray, Lightning officials said Kostka will be out indefinitely after being diagnosed with a concussion. Murray, meanwhile, will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player..." April 03

  • Tampa Bay’s Mike Kotska Diagnosed With Concussion

    Fansided "Thanks to the hit by Douglas Murray in last night’s Tampa Bay vs. Montreal tilt, Lightning defenseman Mike Kotska has been diagnosed with a concussion by team doctors. Tampa Bay head coach John Cooper stated, via the team website, that he didn’t see the hit, but knew it had to be bad based on..." April 02

  • Bolts clinch playoff spot with victory over Habs

    Tampa Tribune "How fitting a Lightning rookie sent Tampa Bay into the postseason. Tyler Johnson scored a shorthanded goal at 12:41 of the third period to help Tampa Bay beat Montreal 3-1 in front of an announced crowd of 18,808 at The Forum. With the victory - coupled with losses by Washington and New..." April 02

  • Callahan staying in Tampa? "The Tampa Bay Lightning made it clear to Ryan Callahan’s camp that they want the player past this season. The pending UFA's agent, the veteran Steve Bartlett, told Tuesday that he chatted with Steve Yzerman in Buffalo over the past weekend, at which point the Bolts GM made it clear..." April 02

  • Lightning sign 2013 second-round pick Erne "Forward Adam Erne on Tuesday signed an entry-level contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Details of the contract were not released. Erne will spend the remainder of the season with the Lightning's American Hockey League team, the Syracuse Crunch, on an amateur tryout contract." April 01

  • Wings improve playoff standing with clutch win over Lightning

    Detroit News "You can’t say when, yet, but it’s beginning to sound a lot more accurate than, if. When the Red Wings make the playoffs — not if. Certainly it’s trending that way after another successful weekend, capped by Sunday’s 3-2 victory over Tampa Bay. Coupled with Saturday's victory in Toronto,..." March 31

  • Lightning tops Sabres in OT

    Tampa Bay Times "The box score from the Lightning's 4-3 overtime victory over the Sabres on Saturday night will show Steven Stamkos with two goals — including the winner 1:53 into the extra period — and three points. What it will not show is the third goal the captain scored at the First Niagara Center, an own..." March 30

  • Hockey shot-protection gear struggles to secure acceptance among NHL players

    Edmonton Journal "Matt Hendricks pointed to the interior of his right foot, where he had once been struck by a puck that left him with a broken bone, and declared: “two screws.” There have been other cracks caused by unyielding pucks, continued the Edmonton Oilers gritty winger during a discussion about exterior..." March 28

  • Bolts point streak continues with win over Islanders

    Tampa Tribune "During an early third-period penalty kill, Tyler Johnson epitomized the Lightning effort on Thursday against the Islanders as the rookie center forced himself to the ice after his skate blade was knocked out of his left skate while blocking a shot. It didn’t look comfortable, but somehow the..." March 28

  • Stamkos’ return helps give Bolts’ power play a new look

    Tampa Tribune "With Steven Stamkos once again perched inside the left circle, the Lightning power play has almost instantly transformed from fizzle to sizzle. Entering tonight’s game against the New York Islanders, Tampa Bay’s power play is on a 9-for-25 tear (36 percent) in the past seven games, registering..." March 27

  • Senators get crucial win over Tampa Bay Lightning

    Ottawa Sun "Remember when Robin Lehner used to have problems in the shootouts? There was no evidence of them Monday at Tampa Bay Times Forum. Lehner stopped Valterri Filppula, Nikita Kucherov and Steve Stamkos, and Jason Spezza scored the only goal Ottawa would need to snap a six-game losing streak,..." March 25

  • James Neal ends drought in Penguins OT win over Lightning

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "They were, the Penguins insisted, never worried. Probably shouldn't have been, either. Not even when their power play repeatedly betrayed them last weekend in a home-and-home series against Philadelphia. Not even when it let them down again in overtime Thursday, in what became a loss in..." March 23

  • Not-so-perfect Lightning prevail against Ottawa

    Tampa Tribune "The Lightning are not putting together picture perfect efforts, but the perfect results are coming at the perfect time of the season. Tampa Bay battled its way to a out a 5-4 victory against Ottawa in front of an announced crowd of 17,136 at Canadian Tire Centre for a fifth consecutive win,..." March 21

  • Lightning top Maple Leafs, 5-3, on road

    Tampa Tribune "Steven Stamkos, playing Wednesday in his hometown for the first time since suffering a broken leg, registered a hat trick, naturally. Stamkos registered his seventh career hat trick with three consecutive goals for the natural hat trick as Tampa Bay beat Toronto 5-3 at Air Canada..." March 20

  • First Bolts captain knows Steven Stamkos will excel with 'C'

    Fox Sports Florida "The thing about serving as a captain in the NHL is that nobody sets out to become one. Like leadership itself, the development is organic, and if the right combination of timing and chance allow, wearing the "C" stands as one of hockey's greatest honors. Paul Ysebaert, the Tampa Bay Lightning's..." March 18

  • Bolts’ surge continues with win over Canucks

    Tampa Tribune "The Lightning are starting to steady the ship. It’s not back to the proper level, but it’s getting there. Tampa Bay built up a nice cushion, then survived a late Vancouver rally before holding on for a 4-3 victory. Ondrej Palat and Steven Stamkos each had a goal and an assist while..." March 18

  • Bishop, Lightning shutout Devils

    Tampa Tribune "Ben Bishop etched his name in to the Lightning record book in a memorable manner. The Tampa Bay goaltender made 23 saves in a 3-0 victory Saturday against New Jersey to become the all-time single-season record holder in franchise history with 31 wins in front of an announced sellout crowd of..." March 16

  • Johnson challenges Stamkos record

    Tampa Tribune "With 21 goals on the season, C Tyler Johnson climbed to within two goals of matching the single-season franchise rookie record set by C Steven Stamkos in 2008-09. With 16 games remaining on the season, the 23-year-old former undrafted free agent signee has a solid chance to put his name into..." March 15

  • Lightning beats Panthers, 5-4

    Tampa Bay Times "Given the Lightning, in seven games since the Olympic break, had squandered eight leads while going 1-4-2, the ending to Thursday night's matchup with the Panthers was, as coach Jon Cooper said, "a little uncomfortable." In the end, though, all that mattered to the Lightning was a 5-4 victory..." March 14

  • Stamkos working to regain his touch

    Tampa Tribune "After almost four months away from the game, Steven Stamkos is hardly back to form after three games. Though returning to the ice and getting back into games brought Stamkos back into his natural environment, the game hardly feels completely natural at this point. “For me, a lot of it is..." March 13

  • Ryan Callahan Wanted To Remain A Ranger

    Fansided "At last week’s NHL trade deadline, the New York Rangers traded captain Ryan Callahan to the Tampa Bay Lightning for Martin St. Louis after failing to come to an agreement on a contract extension prior to the 3pm deadline. Speaking with New York’s WFAN on Wednesday, Callahan admitted that while..." March 13

  • Coyotes blow late lead, but prevail in shootout against Tampa Bay Lightning

    Arizona Republic "The manner in which they got there was completely different but for the second straight game, the Coyotes were challenged with protecting a one-goal lead with about half a period to go – give or take a few minutes. Before a dizzying collapse Saturday in Washington that saw the Coyotes waste a..." March 11

  • Bruins zap Lightning in shootout, 4-3

    WEEI Boston "Reilly Smith beat Ben Bishop in the seventh round of a shootout Saturday night to give the Bruins a 4-3 win over the Lightning. The Bruins never led in the game, but Smith, who is still without a goal since Jan. 28, was able to beat Bishop five-hole to secure the victory for Boston. Tuukka Rask..." March 09

  • Lightning name Stamkos captain "With Martin St. Louis now a New York Ranger, it appears the Tampa Bay Lightning have selected the obvious choice to replace him as team captain. Stamkos, who is making his return to the lineup Thursday against the Buffalo Sabres after 45-game absence due to a broken tibia suffered in November,..." March 08