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Ondrej Palat Out 6-8 Weeks

from Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times,

The Lightning will be without Ondrej Palat six to eight weeks. And  Tampa Bay is still ticked by how Palat got hurt.

The Wild's Jared Spurgeon slashed/speared the back of the Lightning wing's right ankle on a power play Saturday.

"It's a huge loss for us on a complete non-hockey play that didn't have to take place," coach Jon Cooper said. "It's tough to swallow, I'll tell you that."

The NHL Department of Player Safety reviewed the play but determined the slash wasn't very forceful.

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Frustrated In Tampa

from Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times,

It didn't take the sound of a door slamming in the dressing room Saturday night to sense this Lightning team is frustrated.

Tampa Bay felt like it worked hard – at least, harder than Thursday's listless loss to Vegas – yet dropped another game. That makes five losses in the last seven. More telling, the team has lost its swag.

"We're out of sync," coach Jon Cooper put it. "The guys didn't forget how to play hockey in the last week and a half."

But they forgot how to play the right way.

Gone is that "mojo" Nikita Kucherov often talked about the Lightning having in the first half of the season, when it appeared to be running away with the Eastern Conference. Now Tampa Bay's division lead has shrunk to three points thanks to a surging Boston team that just might be the class of the conference right now.

It's not time to hit the panic button, but it's getting closer.

Here are some takeaways from Saturday's 5-2 loss in Minnesota:

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Tampa Bay Lightning Blame Themselves In Loss To The Vegas Golden Knights

from Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times,

The door to the Lightning dressing room remained closed a little longer than usual Thursday night, and that wasn’t surprising.

After the kind of performance displayed in its 4-1 loss to the expansion Golden Knights, this had team meeting written all over it. No specifics were given about what was discussed.

"None of your business," Anton Stralman said.

But what players did say after the doors were open was telling about what’s behind this recent funk, the Lightning having lost four of its past six.

"It all starts with how we work," Stralman said. "And we’re not a good team when we don’t work. And (Thursday) was one of those nights we didn’t show.

"(Vegas) is as good team, but I don’t think they did anything remarkable out there. They played simple, and we just didn’t put up a fight. And that’s on us."

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Victor Hedman Out 3-6 Weeks

 

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The Calgary Flames Remain Hot In Road Win Over The Tampa Bay Lightning

from Kriste Odland at the Calgary Sun,

Call it a warm-up for the National Hockey League All-Star game.

Or, at the very least, the snapping of nearly a month-long goal-less drought.

Johnny Gaudreau did both on Thursday night as the Calgary Flames extended their win streak to five games with a 5-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena....

Mike Smith stopped 33 of 34 shots, Calgary’s powerplay notched a goal for the first time in 13 tries, the penalty kill went a perfect three-for-three and the Flames were able to hang onto a second period lead.

“Our meeting this morning wasn’t all love-y for winning four in a row,” said Flames head coach Glen Gulutzan, whose club improved to third in the Pacific Division with a 23-16-4 record. “We weren’t happy with our third period in Minnesota. We talked about how when you’re up on a team, you need to keep the intensity and put them out.

“We can’t afford to give up points, especially in our division. We addressed that today that we have to keep our level high. I thought our guys did a good job with that.”

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Video- Concern Over Victor Hedman’s Injury

 

 

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Dan Girardi May Play Tonight

from Bryan Burns of TampaBayLightning.com,

Two nights ago in Detroit, Girardi went down to a knee like he's done tens of thousands of times over his NHL career to block a shot, except this time the heavy one-timer off the stick of Red Wings forward Martin Frk sailed high, catching Girardi around the back of the head and sending him face first to the ice, stunning the Little Caesars Arena crowd into an eerie silence and leaving Lightning nation praying for the best.

"(The puck) bounces pretty far. It goes back to (Frk) a little bit," Girardi joked with reporters in the locker room following Tampa Bay's morning skate on Tuesday, a morning skate Girardi amazingly attended and participated in, as if the scariest moment of his career didn't just happen two nights earlier. "I don't really want to watch it anymore. It's kind of too close for comfort."...

"That's the first one that's hit me over the shoulders," Girardi said. "It was definitely a very scary moment. Pretty lucky to be able to come on the ice two days later and feel pretty good. Just very fortunate that it hit me in the spot where it did. Neck's a little sore, but considering what happened, pretty lucky."

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Video- Dan Girardi Day-To-Day After Taking A Shot To His Head Last Night

The Lightning announced today all test came back as negative on Dan Girardi.  Listed as day-to-day.

 

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The Tampa Bay Lightning Keep On Rolling

from Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times,

Anton Stralman was yelling to goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy from across a music-filled Lightning dressing room Tuesday night, laughing about what he was feeling during the final highlight-reel stop of the night.

Stralman thought Leafs forward William Nylander had scored in the final minute, putting a rebound inside the left post. But a sprawling Vasilevskiy got a piece of it, preserving his second straight shutout, a 2-0 win over the Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. Vasilevskiy said the shot hit the post and bounced under his pad.

"It wasn’t actually a save," Vasilevskiy said. "It was luck, pure luck."

Vasilevskiy is quick to downplay his success and his scoreless streak — which has reached 164 minutes. He credits teammates for their play in front of him. But those in the Lightning room firmly believe Vasilevskiy is the best goalie in the world. And with a league-most 26 wins, six shutouts and a .937 save percentage, it’s hard to argue. Vasilevskiy is certainly the hottest, with three shutouts in his last four starts.

"He’s been our best player all year," wing Chris Kunitz said. "He might be quietly going about it, but not in this locker room. We know how hard he works. He keeps the composure of our team. When he’s unfazed, our team just goes out and keeps playing the same way."

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The Tampa Bay Lightning Are On A Record Pace In The Salary Cap Era

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Next up for the Leafs Tuesday night are the Tampa Bay Lightning, currently on pace to register the most points by any NHL club in a single season since the salary cap was instituted.

That may be as amazing an achievement as what the Knights are doing. Putting together a truly special team has become nearly impossible in today’s NHL. The salary demands of young players skyrocket so quickly these days that rosters can only be kept together for two or three years, and if the timing isn’t right for when players come off their entry-level deals while others hit unrestricted free agency, it can be nearly impossible.

Somehow, Steve Yzerman has managed to do this rather brilliantly in Tampa, building a team of quality veterans — Steve Stamkos, Victor Hedman — and outstanding young players such as Brayden Point and Mikhail Sergachev. The Bolts also have the NHL’s leading scorer, Nikita Kucherov, and a leading contender for the Vezina Trophy in 23-year-old goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy.

Coming into Toronto, the Lightning are on pace for a 125-point season, which would be the most in the cap era (Chicago was on pace for 133 in the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season, but played only 48 games). With below-market, long-term deals in place with both Stamkos and Hedman, a Norris Trophy favourite this season, the Tampa situation looks sustainable for the foreseeable future.

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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