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Tampa Bay Lightning Re-Acquire Ryan McDonagh from Predators for Draft Picks

Look who’s back, back again. Mac is back, tell a friend! In the first major trade of the offseason, the Tampa Bay Lightning has acquired former defenseman Ryan McDonagh and a 2024 fourth-round draft pick from the Nashville Predators in exchange for a 2024 seventh-rounder and 2025 second-round pick. Originally drafted by the Montreal Canadiens, […]

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NHL Playoffs: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Florida Panthers Game 4 Recap | 04/27/2024

With their backs against the wall, the Tampa Bay Lightning showed up in a big way by letting the Florida Panthers know they weren’t going down without a fight. Armed with an emotional boost, as defenseman Mikhail Sergachev returned to the lineup for the first time since suffering a fractured tibia and fibula on February […]

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Florida Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Lightning: Round 1 Series Preview

This series is being dubbed the battle for Florida; which team will come out victorious, the Panthers or the Lightning? After clinching the Atlantic Division title, Florida is set up for an in-state rivalry in round one. While I personally would have preferred a matchup with the Maple Leafs, the Cats went 2-1 this season […]

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Kucherov Joins Rare Company in Lightning’s Win Over Maple Leafs

In what was otherwise a meaningless game before beginning the playoffs, Nikita Kucherov joined rare company by becoming only the fifth player in NHL history to reach 100 assists in a season during the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 6-4 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. After scoring the second goal of the game and having a […]

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Héctor Urcia for Inside The Rink

Quick Strikes: Second Line Dominates, Vasilevskiy Rounding Into Playoff Form & Late Mental Lapse Ends Point Streak

Fresh off of a West Coast trip that saw them earn seven of a possible eight points and get closer to punching their playoff ticket, the Tampa Bay Lightning came home for three huge games against playoff-bound teams or ones still in the hunt. They earned four of a possible six points, making this home […]

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Steven Stamkos Tampa Bay Lightning

Quick Strikes: Top Line Shines, Stamkos Heating Up & Team Continues Munching Points

Fresh off of three straight wins over top Eastern Conference contenders post Trade Deadline, the Tampa Bay Lightning headed out west to face the defending Stanley Cup champions before going to California. This road trip was expected to be challenging, as they were going coast to coast and crossing a few different time zones. On […]

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Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nicholas Paul (20) celebrates his goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs with forward Michael Eyssimont (23) and forward Ross Colton (79) during the third period of Game 5 Thursday night in Toronto.

Lightning Need More Production From Bottom Six

With the 2023-24’ NHL regular season three quarters of the way finished, one thing has stuck out in a negative way for the Tampa Bay Lightning. That’s their lack of secondary scoring, specifically from their bottom six forwards. Conor Sheary has been a total bust after signing a three-year, $6 million contract this past summer. […]

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Kucherov shoots against Luke Hughes and Colin Miller

NHL Game Recap: New Jersey Devils vs. Tampa Bay Lightning | 02/25/2024

The New Jersey Devils fell 4-1 to the Tampa Bay Lightning in a crucial game with potential playoff implications. They struggled to get pucks to the net and couldn’t recover from a few breakdowns and bad bounces in their own zone. With the loss, the Devils dropped to 29-25-4, while the Lightning improved to 32-23-5. […]

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Quick Strikes: Top Line Shines, Defensive Miscues Galore & Offense Goes Cold

Fresh off of a 2-2 road trip that ended with a big shootout win over the Atlantic Division-leading Boston Bruins, the Tampa Bay Lightning hoped to keep momentum going during a four-game home stand. Unfortunately, after a great start, the Lightning uncharacteristically dropped three straight inside the normally friendly confines of Amalie Arena. Two of […]

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NHL Game Recap: Florida Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Lightning | 02/17/2024

Embarrassing. That’s the only way to describe the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 9-2 loss to their in-state rivals, the Florida Panthers, on Saturday night. The Lightning brought the home crowd to their feet less than 30 seconds in, with Anthony Cirelli sending a perfect pass to Brandon Hagel, who sped past a Panther defender and beat […]

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