Phil Esposito On Callahan-St. Louis Trade Rumor: "What A Bunch Of Shit"

Earlier this week, Hockey Hall of Famer Phil Esposito appeared on a Toronto-based sports talk show and went on an epically uncensored rant about a trade rumor concerning the two captains of the Rangers and Lightning. While on "Next Sports Star," Esposito sounded off on Larry Brooks of the New York Post for suggesting… » 2/27/14 6:46pm 2/27/14 6:46pm

Martin St. Louis Honored For 1,000 NHL Games, Scores Goal, Falls Down

Tampa Bay is honoring winger Martin St. Louis tonight on his achievement of playing in 1,000 NHL games (set last week in Los Angeles), and the Lightning captain made it an even more special night for fans by scoring his ninth goal of the season in the first period. Then he celebrated so hard he fell down and,… » 11/25/13 8:51pm 11/25/13 8:51pm

Lightning Defensemen Combine For Humiliating Own Goal

The timing couldn't have been worse. With 1:49 left in regulation, just 40 seconds after the Lightning had taken the lead on the defending champ Blackhawks, Matt Carle inexplicably and forcefully fired a pass back at Radko Gudas. It deflected off a surprised Gudas's skate, skittering past Ben Bishop to knot the game… » 10/25/13 8:47am 10/25/13 8:47am

The Tampa Bay Lightning Have An Infomercial

Despite the presence of veteran pitchman Anthony Sullivan (Oxi-Clean, Sticky Buddy, etc.), we're going to chalk this one up to clever hockey marketing rather than desperation. Why? The Tampa Bay attendance has been pretty damned good. Though off to a disappointing start, the Lightning have had announced sellouts for… » 3/08/13 5:40pm 3/08/13 5:40pm

The Dirty Secrets Of A Sports Arena, As Revealed By A Drunk Stadium…

Last month, I got an email from a guy who works Lightning games at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Our informant was piss drunk and looking for a place to vent about his job. It will shock and stun you to learn that stadium arenas do not operate like they did on that one Matthew Perry sitcom. I'll let our anonymous stadium… » 4/25/12 9:32am 4/25/12 9:32am

Watch Claude Giroux Set Up A Goal With A Pass To Himself Off The Boards

Giroux said he had tested the boards at the St. Pete Times Forum during the Flyers' morning skate, and he puts what he discovered to the test here, to dazzling effect. The subsequent shot Giroux took bounced right to teammate Scott Hartnell for a goal. Which is all well and good. The Lightning still scored four more… » 12/28/11 10:45am 12/28/11 10:45am