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The Battle Of Florida

from Joe McDonald of ESPN,

If the hockey gods have a sense of drama, they will make sure the Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers finally play each other in the Stanley Cup playoffs this season. Fans would go crazy to see two Florida teams play and the players would dig into that rivalry as well.

On Monday, the Panthers defeated the Lightning 3-1, the Panthers' Reilly Smith scoring the winner in the waning minutes of regulation, goaltender Roberto Luongo finishing with 34 saves to snap a personal four-game losing skid.

These two teams will battle for Atlantic Division supremacy all season. The win by the Panthers (6-6-1) over the Lightning (7-5-1) should be exactly what they needed to push them in the right direction. The Panthers have been getting contributions from forward Vincent Trocheck, who has six goals and two assists for eight points in 13 games. Adding Jonathan Marchessault during the offseason was huge: the former Lightning forward is leading the Panthers with seven goals and six assists for 13 points in 13 games. But Florida needs more contributions throughout the lineup to set up this playoff matchup. Make it happen, hockey gods.

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Jonathan Drouin Out Tonight, Still Being Evaluated

from Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times,

Lightning wing Jonathan Drouin will miss tonight's game against the Bruins, and coach Jon Cooper isn't sure when he'll be back in the lineup.

Drouin left Tuesday's game after taking a hit to the head by Islanders D Calvin De Haan, who received a five-minute major for interference, but no supplemental discipline from the league. Drouin didn't return to the game, but has been feeling much better since. GM Steve Yzerman said Drouin is considered day-to-day. It's unknown whether or not Drouin suffered a concussion.

Cooper said Drouin will be evaluated again tonight by team doctors. Asked if he knows whether it's a short-term or long-term absence, Cooper said he didn't know. Cooper does known he'll miss the talented wing, who has five points in 10 games.

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Video- Nikita Kucherov’s Injury Status

via Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times,

Kucherov, the team's leading scorer last season, finished the period but didn't come out for the second. It was unclear what happened, but with about seven minutes left, he appeared to get shaken up on a spill into the boards near the Lightning bench. His left shoulder took the brunt of the impact. But he went out for his next shift.

Kucherov, asked after the game if he was okay, only nodded.

Coach Jon Cooper said the problem wasn't a concussion but he otherwise didn't have an update on his condition. "He got hit the wrong way," Cooper said. "Hopefully it won't be too long."

 

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Ben Bishop Continues To Play Despite His Future With The Tampa Bay Lightning

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The 29-year-old netminder got a clue at the NHL draft last June when a potential trade with the Calgary Flames fell through because he couldn't come to terms on a contract extension with the Flames (a stipulation his camp made, given that he had a no-move clause). Instead, the Flames traded for Brian Elliott and Bishop, who is in the final year of his deal (at $5.95 million), remained with the Lightning. It's a bit awkward, perhaps, but it's part of the business.

"It's one of those things that could have happened but it fell through," Bishop said Monday, shrugging, when asked about the Calgary (near)-trade. "Being around long enough, you realize that sometimes there are going to be business decisions made. And if they don't work, they don't work, and there's nothing you can really do about it. You can't sit there and sulk or worry about it. You have to just go out there and keep playing. I'm pretty fortunate to have a job with Tampa. It's a great team and a great place to play. So I'm pretty happy about everything going on.''

There's no question that the team showed its hand ahead of next June's expansion draft before the new Las Vegas team enters the league, when clubs will only be able to protect one goalie -- not only in the attempted trade with Calgary but also when it signed 22-year-old Andrei Vasilevskiy to a three-year, $10.5-million contract extension this past offseason.

So what now?

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Video- Vincent Trochek’s Good Shootout Goal

via Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times,

The officials waved it off, even before Trocheck collected the puck and put in the second effort. The Lightning started to celebrate and leave the ice.

"We thought it was done," Stamkos said.

But the goal was reviewed and it was ruled that Trocheck kept the "puck in motion towards the goal before his shot attempt." Rule 24.2 says, "once it is shot, the play shall be considered complete."

"It was close," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "After watching it now, it's a toss of the coin. But in the end, it all worked out. There's no controversy."

The Lightning did go on to win the game later in the shootout.

 

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Where’s The Battle Of Florida?

from Martin Fennelly of the Tampa Bay Times,

It sits by its lonesome in Amalie Arena, on an end table between a couch and a chair outside Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman's office: the Governor's Cup. The crystal vase was awarded exactly one time, to the winner of the 2013-14 season series between the Lightning and the downstate Florida Panthers.

How can we forget Lightning players skating around the ice with the Governor's Cup over their heads?

"I don't think we ever really got to that point," Lightning captain Steven Stamkos said with a grin.

The Governor's Cup shouldn't be confused with the Nextel Cup or Florida Blue Cup, other short-lived contrivances aimed at propping up the arid intrastate rivalry between these hockey clubs.

It's inexcusable that Lightning-Panthers hasn't amounted to anything. We're not asking for Montreal-Quebec or Islanders-Rangers. Just a heart beat, if only in the name of geography.

Nothing. Nearly a quarter-century, 122 games, including 50 Lightning wins. Nothing.

They will try again when they meet Tuesday night at Amalie. The Lightning and Panthers, both off to a 2-0-0 start, are expected to fight for the Atlantic Division crown. Maybe it's time to dust off that Governor's Cup.

"I don't even think the governor knows what the Governor's Cup is," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "There is no rivalry. There's no history. It's amazing."

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Video- Ben Bishop With The Bad Goal Of The Night

Did Danny DeKeyser call bank shot?

 

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A Three-Year Deal For Nikita Kucherov In Tampa

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed forward Nikita Kucherov to a three-year contract worth an average of $4.766 million per season, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

Kucherov, 23, skated in 77 games with the Lightning during the 2015-16 season, recording 30 goals and 66 points to go along with 30 penalty minutes. He led the team for points and was second for both assists (36) and goals. Kucherov also set career highs for goals, points, power-play goals (nine) and game-winning goals (four). He ranked second on the Bolts for shots (209) and power-play goals, while also pacing the club with 19 multi-point games.

The 5-foot-11, 178-pound forward also skated in 17 Stanley Cup Playoff games with the Lightning last season, posting 11 goals and 19 points to go along with a plus-13 rating. Kucherov led the Bolts during the playoffs for both goals and points. He finished second for goals and sixth for points in NHL in playoff scoring. Over the past two postseasons, Kucherov has tallied 21 goals and 41 points in 43 Stanley Cup Playoff contests. Kucherov has scored more playoff goals than any player in the NHL over the previous two postseasons.

Kucherov has skated in 211 career NHL games, all with Tampa Bay over the past three seasons, collecting 68 goals and 149 points to go along with 81 penalty minutes and a plus-50 rating. He’s also appeared in 45 career playoff games, recording 22 goals and 42 points. Kucherov represented Team Russia at the World Cup of Hockey in Toronto last month, posting two goals and three assists in four tournament games. He ranked tied for first on Russia in both goals and points.

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Nikita Kucherov On His Way To Tampa, Deal In Sight

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The Tampa Bay Lightning Will Retire The Sweater Of Martin St. Louis

TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning will retire the number 26 worn by the franchise's all-time leading scorer, Martin St. Louis, Chairman and Governor Jeff Vinik announced today. St. Louis, who becomes the first player in the history of the Lightning organization to have his jersey retired, played 972 games over 13 seasons with the team, tallying 365 goals and 588 assists for 953 points. He will be honored on Friday, January 13, 2017, when the Lightning host John Tortorella and the Columbus Blue Jackets at AMALIE Arena.

"Everyone in the organization is excited to celebrate and thank Marty for his immense long-term contributions to the Lightning's past successes and the Tampa Bay community," said Vinik upon making the announcement. "As Marty enters his second year in retirement from the game, we believe this season is the time to hang his number from the rafters at AMALIE Arena.

"Marty had a terrific career in Tampa Bay, making six All-Star appearances while setting numerous team records, all highlighted of course by the Stanley Cup win in 2004. We look forward to a wonderful retirement ceremony, recognizing him for all that he accomplished as a member of the Lightning."

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