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Steve Yzerman Is The Best GM In Hockey

from Martin Fennelly of the Tampa Bay Times,

Everything he touches seems to turn to gold, and we don’t just mean those two Olympic medals Canada won when Stevie Y ran things.

Take Jo Drouin. Please. Puck’s bad boy, a precocious talent, went to the brink with Yzerman. Drouin wanted to go back to Montreal, his hometown. Yzerman eventually made the deal. In return, the Lightning picked up 19-year-old Mikhail Sergachev. Drouin and the Habs are struggling. Sergachev has more goals than Drouin and more points than anyone on Montreal. He looks like a generational offensive defenseman. Only Yzerman could deal a guy to where he wants to go and still make a killing. Classic Stevie Y.

"You try to make decisions," Yzerman said. "I rely heavily on our scouting staff on all the decisions we make. We were looking for an offensive defenseman, a puck-moving defenseman. Those players are hard to find. We gave up a good young forward to get what we thought was going to be a good young defenseman. We watched (Sergachev) in junior and felt like he was going to be a good pro player. And he is."

This is the same Yzerman who replaced Ben Bishop, the best goaltender in Lightning history, with Andre Vasilevskiy … the best goaltender in Lightning history, league leader in wins. This is the same Yzerman who turned what could have been an offseason tempest into the summer of love. Like the signing of Nikita Kucherov in 2016 to a three-year, team-friendly deal. Kucherov, in turn, has been astounding this season. The 24-year-old leads the NHL in goals and points. He looks like the league MVP to me.

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Video-Things Can Go Bad Even For The Leader In Points In The NHL

Snap.

The Senators Lightning won in the shootout.

 

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Video- With Less Than Three Ticks Left, The VGN Beat The Lightnng

Shea Theodore with the blast to give the Golden Knights a 4-3 win.

 

 

Watch the game highlights below....

added 2:36am, Joe Smith recap of the game is below too...

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Video- Erik Johnson, Two For Slashing, Five For Boardking And A Game Misconduct

Vladislav Namestnikov was the target and he did return to the game.

 

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Video- One Game Suspension For Cedric Paquette

Boarding.

 

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Video- Cedric Paquette Has A Hearing Today With DoPS

 

Watch the hit below...

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Videos- A Tribute To Ben Bishop And A Unique National Anthem Performance

A nice tribute to Ben Bishop on his return to Tampa Bay as a member of the Dallas Stars.

 

 

Below, 92 year-old Master Sergeant Cliff Zalay performed the National Anthem on the harmonica last night.

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The Tampa Bay Lightning Kept The Right Goalie

from Tom Jones of the Tampa Bay Times,

Last season the Lightning had a difficult choice to make: Keep the best goalie it has ever had or put all its hopes into a kid who had never been a No. 1 NHL goalie before.

The Lightning kept the kid: Andrei Vasilevskiy.

Looks like it made the right call.

Vasilevskiy has been sensational this season. Talk all you want about the terrific play of Nikita Kucherov and captain Steven Stamkos, but the Lightning has the best record in the league because of the 23-year-old Russian goalie. And he’s the biggest reason the Lightning is already the Stanley Cup favorite.

This should come as no surprise. We’ve been hearing for a few years how Vasilevskiy is the best goalie prospect to come along since maybe Martin Brodeur. His scouting reports were off the charts. "Can’t miss,’’ they said. "Surefire.’’

Taken by the Lightning in the first round of the 2012 draft, he has lived up to every accolade.

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Tampa Bay Acquires Louis Domingue From Arizona

TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired goaltender Louis Domingue from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for goaltender Michael Leighton and forward Tye McGinn, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Domingue, 25, has appeared in seven games with the Coyotes this season, posting a 4.33 goals-against average and .856 save percentage. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound goaltender has played in 84 career NHL games, all with Arizona over the past four seasons, compiling a record of 27-41-7 to go along with a 3.00 goals-against average and .906 save percentage with two shutouts. During the 2015-16 season, he set career highs for games played (39), wins (15) and save percentage (.912).

The St. Hyacinthe, Quebec native has appeared in 71 career American Hockey League games, posting a record of 27-30-3 to go along with a 3.09 goals-against average and .902 save percentage. He last played in the AHL during the 2015-16 season when he appeared in 13 games with the Springfield Falcons, compiling a record of 6-6-1 to go along with a 2.55 goals-against average and .919 save percentage

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Video- No Goal Anaheim Ducks

The Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Anaheim Ducks 2-1 last night...

via the OC Register,

The Ducks thought they tied the game nearly two minutes later on their only power play of the night on a shot by Brandon Montour. The puck was trapped and hidden under the left-leg pad of Vasilevskiy. His leg may have slid over the line with the puck, but after a lengthy review officials ruled there was no clear evidence.

“I thought that was in,” Vasilevskiy said. “I did not really see what happened. Guys just started screaming, ‘Hold it. Hold it.’ I thought it was in the net already, but stuff like that happens. Got lucky on that.”

Not for the Ducks.

“I think everybody in the building would say it appeared to be in, but you have to have definitive proof the puck was in the net,” Carlyle said. “That’s the rules. It’s unfortunate that didn’t go in our favor, but truthfully could you tell if the puck was into the net? Everybody thought it was, but it was under the pad.”

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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.

From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.

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