On Wednesday, the Tampa Bay Lightning indefinitely suspended winger Jonathan Drouin, the third overall pick in the 2013 draft, after he skipped out on an AHL game. It’s just the latest drama in a long-simmering conflict that involves Drouin, coach Jon Cooper, and Drouin’s agent, Allan Walsh.
The Washington Capitals got outshot down in Tampa Bay yesterday almost 2:1, but they escaped with a 2-1 victory, which Evgeny Kuznetsov sealed with this bit of trickery.
Lightning players Alex Killorn and Jason Garrison checked out a haunted house yesterday, and the best way to watch this video is to ignore Garrison. He goes first—because Killorn can’t handle it—but keep your eyes on Killorn in the back. He’s scared by everything.
Along with coach’s challenges, the most noticeable new wrinkle in the NHL this season is the debut of 3-on-3 overtimes meant to decrease the number of games that go to a shootout. We saw its regular-season debut in last night’s 3-2 Lightning win over the Flyers, and it looked a lot like it did in its test runs in the…
The Stanley Cup Finals didn’t see either team hold so much as a two-goal lead at any point ... until the final five minutes of the deciding Game 6. The Blackhawks got the insurance goal they needed, and stoned the Lightning for the rest of the way to win the Stanley Cup.
That’s suboptimal goaltending.
In Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals, Lightning goalie Ben Bishop went in and out of the game in the third period, possibly because he had the runs. In Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals, Bishop was obviously hobbled yet still good enough to stone the Blackhawks. Finally, in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals, Bishop’s…
You could make the argument and not be laughed out of the room that Ben Bishop at 100 percent is not preferable to Andrei Vasilevskiy, let alone Ben Bishop with whatever knee/groin/mysterious lower body ailment had him looking like an old man every time he struggled to regain his skates or go to his left.
The Tampa Bay Lightning squeaked by the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 to win Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Saturday night, tying the series at one game apiece. Jason Garrison scored a power play goal nearly nine minutes into the third period, and it proved to be the game-winner for Tampa Bay.
Well that sure changed quickly. After scoring just a few minutes into Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, the Lightning led the Blackhawks 1-0 for almost 50 minutes. But late in the third period Teuvo Teravainen fired a shot past a screened Ben Bishop:
Tampa Bay took an early 1-0 lead in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final when Alex Killorn flipped an Anton Stralman pass past Corey Crawford. This is great stuff.
The Blackhawks continued their remarkable run of this decade by reaching a third Stanley Cup Final since 2010 with a 5-3 win over the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night.
Henrik Lundqvist isn’t supposed to lose Game 7. And to be fair, New York’s 2-0 loss to Tampa Bay last night was in no way Lundqvist’s fault. For two periods New York’s attack was ineffectual, and its defense allowed the Lightning to get off a number of quality shots. Lundqvist saved them all. Even though they had been…
For the past few playoff games at Amalie Arena, the Tampa Bay Lightning have used their now-ubiquitous 3-D ice projection system to display a simulation of the classic Nintendo Blades of Steel game onto the playing surface—using the actual goals and everything. It’s the best usage of the technology we’ve seen so far:
For the first half of this series, it was all about the Lightning’s “Triplets” line. Last night, as Ben Bishop was chased and Henrik Lundqvist withstood a barrage long enough to ensure this series would go seven, it was the Rangers’ turn to ice a line that was categorically dominant.
Derick Brassard made sure that the Rangers’ season didn’t end tonight. He scored three and assisted two of New York’s seven goals, as they blew out the Lightning 7-3 to force a Game 7, which will be played Friday at Madison Square Garden.
Ben Bishop made 26 saves and the Tampa Bay Lightning rode their goalie to a 2-0 win over the New York Rangers on Sunday night.
Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop briefly left the ice before his biggest game of the season after absorbing a warmup shot right in the nuts.
The Lightning appear to own Henrik Lundqvist. The Rangers goalie has now given up six goals in back-to-back games, and of six games this season in which he’s allowed five or more goals, the last four have come against Tampa Bay. This is not to suggest that the usually dependable Lundqvist has some psychological hangup…