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Tampa Suffers A Disappointing Home Loss To Boston

11/22/2022 at 9:25am EST

from John Romano of the Tampa Bay Times,

Well, that was entertaining. And maybe a little scary.

The Lightning played what might have been their best 20 minutes of hockey all season in the first period against Boston on Monday night. They also outscored the Bruins in the third period.

And, yet, they still managed to lose 5-3.

That’s how hot the Bruins are. And that’s how much ground the Lightning need to make up if they plan on extending their three-year hold on the Eastern Conference....

The good news is it’s still ridiculously early. And regular-season results in November are not necessarily a precursor to what you’ll see once spring arrives.

In the previous five years, the Bruins and Lightning had gone 8-8 against each other in the regular season. But all that really matters is the Lightning went 8-2 against Boston in two postseason showdowns. In other words, there’s plenty of time and hope for better results to come.

“Guess we just have to remember this feeling because, you know, we felt like was could have walked out of here with two points,” said forward Pat Maroon, who had two assists and a plus-one rating.

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Early Struggles For The Tampa Bay Lightning

10/19/2022 at 10:05am EDT

from John Romano of the Tampa Bay Times,

Even Luciano Pavarotti had to occasionally clear his throat.

That’s what Tuesday night felt like for the Lightning. The once, and possibly future, champions took the ice through a flashing entryway amidst thunderous applause for the home opener at Amalie Arena. They looked as slick and chic as ever, and they had a sold-out crowd screaming its adoring approval.

And when it came time to hit the high notes, they burped.

It was disappointing, but not necessarily shocking. For teams that are well-traveled on the road to the Stanley Cup final, there is a lazy Sunday drive-quality to the regular season.

Don’t get me wrong, the regular season matters. You can’t pass Go without it. But, sometimes, it takes a little time to get everything and everyone steering in the right direction.

In the meantime, you have games like Tuesday when the Lightning blew a two-goal lead and lost 3-2 to a Flyers team with a little more energy, a little more spunk, a little more appetite.

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The Fading Tampa Bay Lightning?

10/10/2022 at 9:50am EDT

from John Romano of the Tampa Bay Times,

For three years, the Lightning have crushed the hopes of Eastern Conference teams in the playoffs with the most dominant run of postseason victories since the New York Islanders four decades ago.

And, making matters more infuriating, the Lightning have looked beatable in each one of those regular seasons.

Tampa Bay won only seven of 21 games against the Bruins, Hurricanes, Panthers, Rangers, Penguins and Maple Leafs last year in the regular season. If you want to stretch it over three years, the Lightning are 26-30 against those six rivals from October to April.

And yet Tampa Bay is 24-9 against them in the playoffs.

That’s remarkable. And, depending on your point of view, a little comical.

But is it sustainable?

The Lightning have been weakened by salary-cap restrictions while the rest of the Eastern Conference has gradually been getting stronger. So have we reached critical mass in 2022-23? Has the time come for another franchise to represent the Eastern Conference in the Cup final?

The oddsmakers in Las Vegas seem to think so.

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Tampa Bay Lightning Suspend Ian Cole

10/09/2022 at 8:40pm EDT

from Kirkland Crawford of the Detroit Free Press,

The National Hockey League is looking into a woman's accusation that NHL player Ian Cole groomed and sexually abused her when she was a minor.

Twitter user Emily_Smith3333 posted a message on Twitter on Friday, accusing Cole, a native of Ann Arbor and former member on the U.S. National Team Development Program, of assaulting her when she was in high school. The tweet is the only one by the account, which was created in September.

On Sunday night, the Tampa Bay Lightning announced that Cole has been suspended pending the results of an NHL-led investigation.

The accuser said that for four years, Cole groomed her, and that their first sexual encounter happened when she was a minor and Cole had been in the NHL a few years. She also said she did not want to have sex but that she was pressured into it.

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