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Tampa Bay Lightning Continue Dream Season in Comeback Win

For just the second time in franchise history the Tampa Bay Lightning have reached 50 wins. The latest win, which took place against the second-place Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday night, was one for the record books. The Lightning rallied from down 3-0 to win in regulation, scoring the games final four goals and winning 4-3. The team went into the third period down 3-1 and scored 3 goals in the final period to secure the epic come from behind victory.

The scoring for Tampa Bay was diversified with Alex Killhorn, Nikita Kucherov, Ryan McDonagh, and Victor Hedman all scoring goals. Forward Yanni Gourde contributed 2 assists in the win for the leaders of the Atlantic Division. James van Riemsdyk had two goals for the Leafs in the loss.

Goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy continued his dream season and secured his 41st win of the season, a franchise record. He made 27 saves on the night and did not surrender a goal in the final 25 minutes of play. Tampa Bay Forward Ryan Callahan did not play the final two periods as he exited the game while grabbing at his right shoulder. He will undergo testing on Wednesday to determine the seriousness of the injury. This season has been relatively injury-free for the club which has undoubtedly lead to some of their success.

The Lightning have only reached 50 wins once in their history which has spanned 26 years. They last reached the milestone in the 2014-15 season when they won 50 games and reached the Stanley Cup Finals, losing to the Chicago Blackhawks 4 games to 2. The club is 7-2-1 in their last 10 games.

It has been a dream season for the Lightning as they have tied their season wins record while still having 9 games to go in the regular season. Their record stands at 50-19-4 which is the best record in the league. They currently hold a 5 point lead in the Atlantic division to the second place Boston Bruins.

The Lightning next take the ice on the road at the New York Islanders on Thursday night. The Islanders are coming off a huge 4-1 win versus the Pittsburgh Penguins as they struggle to reach .500 with their playoff hopes already dashed.

Tampa Comes From Behind in Big Win

The 2017-18 NHL season has been a very competitive one. There have been several different teams in the league that have shown that they are quite dominant and could do very well when the playoffs start. One team that has continued to be extremely competitive in the NHL is the Tampa Bay Lightning. The first 70 games of the season, the Lightning have won 50 games and have the best record in the Eastern Conference. They also look like a favorite to lock up home ice advantage through the playoffs.

This past week, the team continued to impress people with a very impressive come-from-behind victory that they had. On Wednesday, after falling behind the Toronto Maple Leafs by score of 3-0, Tampa Bay made a courageous come back and ended up winning the game by a score of four goals to three (http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/bruins/2018/03/nhl_roundup_lightning_erase_3_goal_deficit_rally_past_maple_leafs_4_3).

During the game, the Lightning struggled at first to gain the cohesion that they had all year long. While they fell behind early, the team did not give up. Towards the end of the second period, Victor Hedman scored his 13th goal of the year to bring the game closer. While they were still down by 2 goals heading into the third period, the team looked very dominant despite the disadvantage. Within the first four minutes of the period, the team was able to tie the game after Ryan McDonagh and Nikita Kucherov were able to score goals. Then, with about 9 minutes to go in the game, Alex Killorn was able to score the game winning goals.

While the Lightning were able to hold on to the advantage, the end of the game was very exciting. In fact, the Maple Leafs were able to get a power play advantage late in the game, but the defense and goal keeping of Tampa Bay was able to keep Toronto out of the goal.

This ended up being a very big win for Tampa Bay. Not only did they build on their first place lead, but they were able to look tough against a formidable opponent. At this point, Toronto looks as if they will easily make the playoffs and could be seeing Tampa Bay again in the near future if the two get matched up.

Andrei Vasilevskiy Ties Franchise Mark for Wins:

It has been a great season for the Tampa Bay Lightning. With Thursday’s win over the New York Rangers, they are the best team in the NHL point-wise with 98, giving them a six point lead over the Boston Bruins for the top spot in the Atlantic Division.

Personally, it has been a great year for Tampa Bay’s goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy. On March 8th, the Tyumen, Russia native came up with 27 saves in the Lightning’s victory over the Rangers. That was his 40th win of the year, the most in the NHL. In the process, Vasilevskiy tied the franchise mark for most wins in a season with Ben Bishop, who achieved that number in 2014-2015. Your text to link…By the way, that season was Vasilevskiy’s first in the NHL.

Back then, fans may not have envisioned Vasilevskiy as the goaltender who’d be a key reason for the Lightning’s success in 2017-2018, not with Bishop doing so well between the pipes. Vasilevskiy did all right as a backup, going 7-5-1 with a 2.36 GAA in his rookie year. But just before the 2015-2016 season, he underwent surgery to remove a blood clot near his collarbone. He was cleared in late October, and managed a combined record of 18-14 between Tampa Bay and its AHL affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch. He also went 3-4 for the Lightning in the playoffs.

2016-2017 would be the year Vasilevskiy got his big break. With Bishop traded to the Los Angeles Kings, Vasilevskiy was now the Lightning’s number one goalie. His performance was above average with a 23-17-7 record with a 2.61 GAA. Tampa Bay, however, failed to make the playoffs.

This year, everything is coming together for Vasilevskiy. The Lightning’s first overall pick in the 2012 Draft is 40-12-3 with a 2.45 GAA on March 9th, and will soon set the team record for most wins in a season. While he admitted in a recent interview that he is fatigued from playing more games than ever this season, it is a tiredness he can probably cope with should Tampa Bay go deep in the playoffs.

Lightning Win Big Game

Through the first 60 games of the 2017-18 NHL season several teams have take a step forward and look like clear favorites to advance towards the Stanley Cup. While the NHL playoffs are very competitive and hard to predict, one team that could easily win it all this year is the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Lighting, which have been one of the best teams in the league for years, currently have the most points in the NFL with 85, which is one ahead of the Boston Bruins.

Due to the importance of having home ice advantage in the playoffs, the Lightning are aware that every game is very important. Earlier this week the team faced the Ottawa Senators in a game that could go to decide whether the Lightning would be able to hold on to the number one overall seed. It was also very important for Ottawa as the team looked to make a late season push for the playoffs.

While it was a very competitive game, the Lightning ended up winning by a score of 4 goals to 3 (http://www.espn.com/nhl/recap?gameId=400962537). For awhile it looked like the Lightning would win the game easily. The team was winning by a score of 4 goals to 1, but the Senators came roaring back in the final period and tightened the lead to just one goal with a few mintus to go. However, the Lightning were able to hold on and held the one goal lead through the end of the game.

For Lightning fans, one of the best things to see was the amount of diversity that took place in the scoring effort. Four different players scored goals, which continued to show that the team is able to score at any time and from anywhere. This can make them a very tough team to stop as the season progresses. Overall, with 219 goals on the year so far, the Lightning are the top scoring team in the league.

Much of the success of the team this year is due to the production of forward Nikita Kucherov. Nikita Kucherov currently leads the NHL with 80 overall points and has been very hard for anyone to stop. When combined with Steve Stamkos, the team is nearly unstoppable for opponents.

Tampa Bay Lightning Player Receives 15 Stitches After Dirty Hit

In a recent battle between the NHL’s New Jersey Devils and Tampa Bay Lightning in Tampa Florida the Lightning defenseman Andrej Sustr came in to help a teammate that took a hard dirty hit and during the process of that broke his visor and jokingly after receiving 15 stitches stated that his modeling career may be over.

The fight occurred during the second. After a board check by Miles wood of New Jersey Sustr came over to assist and in the process of getting involved in the fight his visor broke smashing into his face and wounding it to the point of needing to 15 stitches as the article on businessinsider.com pointed out he is a hockey player and in the third period did return to the game showing his true grit and toughness.

The incident happened pretty quickly one shot from behind and his visor hit the board and shattered resulting in the injury he immediately went into the locker room to receive stitches The television announcers at the hockey game stated it was clearly a dirty shot by Wood as he launched in the sister leaving his feet which is an illegal major 5 minute penalty in the Box in the NHL after assessment by the league wood was given 2 game suspension and should be because it was clearly a dirty hit and a suspension he is worthy of.

Hopefully Wood would will learn his lesson from the suspension and realize that as tough a game as hockey is he also needs to take the consideration of others safety and physical well-being.

Sustr’s teammates, the Tampa Bay Lightning fans and the announcers at the arena we’re not only amazed to see him get back up on his feet after the hit and the gashing bloody wound took place but even more amazed to see him return to the game after receiving the 15 stitches only to be frustrated with the fact that the culprit of the night, Miles Wood, after sitting for just a 2 minute penalty himself return to the game and score the winning goal as the New Jersey Devils defeated Tampa Bay Lightning.

Wood has been a great scoring force for the Devil’s this season and is currently the second leading scorer on the team but he must understand the need to reduce his time in the penalty box and increase his time on the ice for more scoring opportunities to help his team.

Tampa Bay Lightning Add Depth Piece

Going into the 2017-18 NHL season, many people expected that the Tampa Bay Lightning would be able to compete for a playoff spot. The team had been considered one of the best teams in the league the past few years and has a number of younger players that are continuing to grow and develop. While there was a lot of anticipating over the team this year, most did not expect them to play this well during the regular season.

At this point in the season, which is almost 75% of the way over, the Lightning are continuing to look like they could compete for the overall Stanley Cup Championship. Through about 60 games, they are in first place in their division and are looking like they could compete for the number one overall seed in the playoffs. While the team has played very well through the first part of the year, they do not look as if they are done making the team better (https://www.nhl.com/lightning/news/lightning-claim-forward-gabriel-dumont-off-waivers-from-ottawa/c-296198474)

During the past week, the Lightning ended up claiming Gabriel Dumont off of the waiver wire. He was previously with the Ottawa Senators this year and should be a great addition to the team. Dumont has played in 30 games this year in a limited roll for Ottawa. While he has scored only one goal so far this year, the forward will be able to give the Lightning some much-needed depth. Dumont will be joining the team for the next game and is expected to start playing a lot as the team will look for ways to start resting their other key players.

Throught he first 60 games of the season, the Lightning have looked like one of the best teams in the league. They are among the league leaders in points scored due largely to the success of their offensive lines. Right-winger Nikita Kucherov is one of the best players in the league this year and currently has 78 points in total, which includes 32 goals and 46 assists. The other key player on the offense is Steve Stamkos who has 68 points, including 24 goals and 44 assists. The team also has one of the best goalie tandems in the league, which has allowed them to be very dominating this year.

Lightning Continue Playoff Push

The 2017 NHL season is continuing to turn into a very exciting one. Currently, there are many teams that are looking sharp and ready to compete for a deep playoff run. One team that has continued to look very strong are the Tampa Bay Lightning. Similar to the past few years, the Lightning are looking for one of the top teams in the league. They are currently in first place in the Atlantic Division, but just one point ahead of the Boston Bruins. They are also the current owner of the most points in the NHL and look like they could be a team to be reckoned with in the playoffs.

As the Lightning continue to play well, the team is also looking for ways in which it could improve its roster (https://www.rawcharge.com/2018/2/15/17007764/steve-yzerman-2018-trade-deadline-strategy-primer-nhl-tampa-bay-lightning-review-mcdonagh-karlsson). As the team continues to move forward and stare down the trade deadline, there are many big moves that the team could make to improve the team for the playoffs.

Two players that the Lightning are considering going after are Mike Green and Ryan McDonagh. Both of these players are having good years and would make great additions to the team that is looking to add depth. However, Tampa will have to consider how many prospects they want to give up for players that will likely only be around for the next one or two years.

While the Lightning are looking for ways to add depth to their team, there are already a number of great players on the roster that could help to make them stronger competition than ever before. Overall, the team is best known for their offense. With an average of 3.5 goals per game, the team is ranked number one in the league offensively. Much of this is due to the seasons that Nikita Kucherov and Steve Stamkos are having. Both of these players are among the league leaders in total point and will compete for the MVP trophy.

While the team has a great offense and amazing statistics, the team also is great on defense. Overall, the team is 6th in the NHL in terms of goals allowed on average. This is largely due to a tandem of goalies that the team has that continue to keep pucks out of the goal.

First Place Not a Lock for the Lightning:

For the first half of the season, it appeared the Tampa Bay Lightning would run away with the top spot in the Atlantic Division. Their dominating play had many pointing to them as the favorite to win their first Stanley Cup since 2003-2004.

Now . . . Well, the Lightning are still good, and are still in first place in the Atlantic Division. But they find themselves with two original six teams breathing down their neck.

The Lightning began the week 38-15-3 for an NHL best 79 points. But the Boston Bruins are just three points behind them in the Atlantic Division standings, and the Toronto Maple Leafs are not too far behind with 73 points. The Bruins have played out of their minds since the new year began, winning 13 out of 17 games, with two of those losses coming in overtime. Toronto, meanwhile, looked like they might be playing themselves out of post season contention — again — as they suffered through a four-game skid in early to mid January. But the Leafs righted their ship and won nine of eleven games since January 20th to get back into the Atlantic Division race.

Leading the charge for Boston has been Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak, both of whom have 20-plus goals and 30-plus assists, with Patrice Bergeron contributing 25 goals. Their defense also cannot be overlooked, with veteran Zdeno Chara at a 26 plus-minus rating, and rookie Charlie McAvoy carrying a 20 plus-minus, as well as helping the offense with 20 assists. Your text to link… Boston also can’t go wrong with either Tuuka Rask or Anton Khudobin in net.

Toronto, meanwhile, has leaned on 20-year-old superstar Auston Matthews with his 26 goals. Complimenting him are veterans James Van Riemsdyk (23 goals) and Patrick Marleau (18 goals). Between the pipes, both Frederik Andersen and Curtis McElhinney have been good enough to keep the Leafs in contention.

The pressure is certainly on Stamkos, Kucherov, and the rest of the Lightning to continue playing well to stay in first. Then again, sometimes facing pressure is a good way to prepare for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

2018 NHL All-Star Game to Feature Four from Host Tampa Bay

On January 28th, Tampa will host the NHL All-Star Game for a second time after having featured the event back in 1999. With the Tampa Bay Lightning currently atop NHL standings, a league-leading four players from the team have been chosen to take part in the festivities.

Nikita Kucherov, who leads the league in goals and points, will be joined by linemate and Tampa Bay captain Steven Stamkos, defenseman Victor Hedman, and goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy. Only one other team, the Los Angeles Kings, had even three players selected as All-Stars.

Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper will be behind the bench at the All-Star Game for the Atlantic Division team.

Lightning fans have the good fortune of Tampa getting to host All-Star Weekend during a season in which their team is absolutely dominating the competition. With a stellar record of 31-9-3, Tampa Bay is comfortably ahead of all other Atlantic Division squads, and even has considerable breathing room in the Eastern Conference and in the NHL as a whole. The Lightning lead the league in goals scored as well as in scoring differential. In addition to the team’s otherworldly offense led by Stamkos and Kucherov, Vasilevskiy is leading all netminders with six shutouts.

Tampa Bay has designs on greatness beyond just the All-Start Game this year. After losing in six games to the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2015 Stanley Cup Finals, the Lightning made a deep playoff run again in 2016 when they lost in seven games in the Eastern Conference Finals to the Pittsburgh Penguins who went on to hoist the Stanley Cup. Due in large part to injuries to Stamkos, Tampa Bay narrowly missed the playoffs in 2017. If the Lightning can maintain its current winning pace, the team will be able to count on home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs this spring.

The All-Star Game will look different to Tampa residents who last attended in 1999. It is now a three-on-three single-elimination tournament made up of three 20-minute games. In each of the two semi-final games, All-Stars from two divisions face off. The winning divisions from those two games then meet in the final match. Instead of having standard overtime, tied games go directly into a shootout round.

Lightning Show No Signs of Slowing Down:

Here it is, halfway through the NHL season. At this point, it is pretty clear who are the contenders, who are on the bubble, and who have zero hope of reaching the Stanley Cup playoffs.

The Tampa Bay Lightning are clearly in the first category. Not only are they contenders, they remain the best team in the league. As of January 10th, the Bolts are 31-9-3, good for 65 points, the most in the league. Just behind them is the surprise team in not just the NHL, but in all of sports, the expansion Vegas Golden Knights, who are 29-10-2 with 60 points. If anyone expects the bottom to fall out sometime for the Lightning, don’t plan on it. Yes, they did lose back-to-back games the first week of January — one of those loses coming in a 2-1 shootout versus Montreal. But Tampa Bay is 7-2-1 in its last ten games. They also went 11-2 for the month of December. After a run like that, a little bump in the road is expected. But the Lightning responded from those back-to-back losses with back-to-back wins over Detroit and Carolina.

The Lightning are tops in the league in several key categories. They rank number one in goals per game at 3.7. Six players are at double digits in goals, with Nikita Kucherov collecting 27. The defense has been just as strong, with Tampa Bay allowing 2.4 goals per game, the 2nd best average in the NHL. Along with Andrei Vasilevskiy having a 2.10 GAA, only two players on the roster have a plus-minus rating in the negative numbers. The defensemen can also get into the scoring act as well, as the blue liners have put up 30 goals this season, led by Mikhail Sergachev with eight. Your text to link… They are also third in the power play at 24.7 percent.

The Lightning’s winning ways have allowed them to build up a 12-point lead over Boston and Toronto in the Atlantic Division, and that’s with the Bruins recent 8-0-2 run. The only way for Tampa Bay to lose its hold on the division is with an epic collapse. That, however, appears unlikely.