Category: Tampa Bay Lightning

Lightning’s Kucherov Avoids Suspension – Will Skate in Game Five Saturday in Tampa

The Tampa Bay Lightning pushed within one game of advancing in the Stanley Cup playoffs on Wednesday. They took down the New Jersey Devils 3 to 1 to take a matching advantage in their seven-game Eastern Conference quarterfinals. The Lightning’s leading point producer, slammed Devil defenseman Sami Vatanen into the boards, knocking him out of the game.

After finishing off New Jersey in game five, Tampa Bay awaited a ruling from the NHL league office on the status of the NHL’s third leading point producer. Nikita Kucherov actually left the ice to level a violent hit on Vatanen, so there was some sense he could be punished with a one game suspension.

While the hit didn’t generate a penalty, the team still worried it could earn their star a lost game, or even more. It took less than 24 hours for league officials to render a decision. Kucherov will not receive any punishment for the hit that has Vatanen questionable to skate in game five.

However, as the Devils fly south to take on the Lightning in game five at Amalie Arena, their season is also day-to-day. As immediately pressing as game five is for New Jersey, Tampa Bay seriously wants to end this series now. A thought of game six back inside the raucous Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey is something Lightning boss Jon Cooper wants to avoid.

The NHL playoffs can be an arduous grind. Avoiding unnecessary cross-country trips and extra games helps the team maintain a sense of freshness as they navigate their way deeper into the playoff abyss. Case and point was made during the 2003-04 Stanley Cup Championship season.

Tampa Bay sailed through the opening rounds, needing only nine games to reach the Eastern Conference against the Philadelphia Flyers. This freshness proved invaluable as it was clear the Lightning were the more energetic team. That hard-fought seven game series was followed up by the donnybrook, 2 to 1 seventh game against Calgary to win The Cup.

So, while Devil fans wait the news on the status of Sami Vatanen for game five, the Lightning are now focused on more pressing matters. Their leading scorer will play. Ending this series in Florida on Saturday afternoon is will give Tampa Bay a short breather before they welcome their second round opponent to a sellout crowd at Amalie Arena.

Lightning Look To Close Series In Game 5

In any Stanley Cup Playoff Series that closing game where you officially eliminate a team can often feel like the toughest to get. Of course, the other team will be playing with 110% energy in order to keep their season alive and the team that is ahead in the series has to be cautious not to let their focus start drifting to the potential opponents in the next round. With a 3-1 series lead over the New Jersey Devils the Tampa Bay Lightning are in that predicament right now — and without a doubt they know this Devils team can be dangerous and they want to end that series tonight.

For the Devils, they may very well be without their Finnish defensemen Sami Vatanen who is questionable with an upper body injury. The Devils have already given up 5 goals 2 different times in this series, and another blow to their defense may be the proverbial straw that breaks the camel’s back.

As a whole, the Lightning have bounced back in a big way this season finishing 1st in the Atlantic Division just a year after missing out on the playoffs entirely. One huge reason for the Lightning’s success this season is the emergence of Victor Hedman as one of the favorites for the Norris Trophy — awarded to the best defensemen in the league. In fact, Hedman has just been named a finalist and is in the lead of a straw poll taken on Pro Hockey Rumors. Hedman, at only 27 years old, still has plenty of great seasons ahead of him but it is hard to imagine a better campaign than the one he has put together so far this season. In game 5 he will, as always, be one of the players to keep your eye on as he tries and punch the Lightning through to the 2nd round of the playoffs.

The atmosphere of playoff hockey, as cliche as it sounds, is unlike anything else in sports. Right now the Lightning are as good as any other team in the NHL and you can bet they are looking to clinch tonight on their home ice, burying a pesky Devils team that will be fighting fearlessly to keep their Stanley Cup dreams alive.

Lightning Put the Devils on the Brink of an Early Exit

With a 3-1 victory, the Tampa Bay Lightning inched closer to moving on in their chase of Lord Stanley’s Cup. In their path the first round are the New Jersey Devils. This year, the Devils made the post season for the first time in six years. However, now down three games to one in the best of seven series, they look to make an early exit.

The Lightning were led by the third highest scorer in the league this season, Nikita Kucherov. Tampa Bay regrouped after a game three defeat to manhandle New Jersey on Wednesday night. Kucherov not only netted two of the Lightning goals and assisted on the third; he sent the Devil’s top defensive presence to the pine.

The Russian National star slammed Sami Vatanen in the first period, a shot that would compromise the Devil’s defensive line the rest of the night. Taken by Tampa with the 58th pick of the 2011 draft, Kucherov’s stats have improved every season. This year he reached the 100 point plateau for the first time, the third best total in 2018.

Tampa Bay out shot the Devils 37 to 28, but failed to generate a goal on their five power play opportunities. Lightning goalie, fellow Russian Andrei Vasilevskiy, manned the nets for all three periods. The only shot to get past Vasilevskiy’s watchful eye was Kyle Palmieri’s power play goal midway through the first 20 minutes.

Three minutes later, J.T. Miller would tie the score with a goal assisted by Kucherov. Kucherov would bury his first goal of the evening with five minutes left on the first period game clock, giving Tampa Bay the lead they would not relinquish.

Both teams would trade shots during the second stanza, with no goals until Kucherov beat the Devil defense with less than two minutes to play in the game. It was a relatively clean game, albeit with a number of hard hits. The final box score sheet showed a total of 26 penalty minutes, split 14 to 12 with Tampa receiving two more minutes of box time.

The Lightning look to grab their spot in the second round, continuing their home ice advantage throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Kucherov and the rest of the Tampa Bay skaters will look to hand the Devils an early exit in game five, and avoid going back to New Jersey for a game six.

Tampa Bay Lightning Prep for Playoff Push

The 2017-18 NHL season has been a very competitive and exciting one. As the regular season is coming to a close, there are several teams that look like they could be top competitors in the playoffs and potentially win the Stanley Cup trophy. One team that is continuing to look like a star performer and a team that could go deep in the playoffs.

The Tampa Bay Lightning right now are tied for first place in the Eastern Conference of the NHL. At this point, the team is tied with the Boston Bruins in total points, although the Bruins have three games left while the Lightning only have two. This gives the edge to the Bruins to have the best record and home ice advantage when the playoffs start. However, the Lightning have many reasons for optimism heading into the playoffs (https://www.rawcharge.com/2018/4/5/17200288/tampa-bay-lightning-ten-game-report-here-come-the-playoffs-kucherov-gourde-point-hedman-sergachev).

One of the main reasons why the lightning are looking like they could be a top team in the playoffs is that they have been able to score a lot of goals all season long. Through the first 80 games of the season, the Lightning have scored 287 goals. This is by far the most of any team in the NHL and the Lightning also have the largest goal differential of any team in the league. This continues to show that they have been dominant all year long on both sides of the ice.

Throughout the year, the team has been led by Nikkita Kucherov who is considered one of the favorites for being named the MVP of the league. Through the first 80 games, Kucherov has already scored 38 goals while collecting another 60 assists. These impressive statistics rank him among the top players in the league. On the other side of the ice, the goaltending has continued to be very strong. Andrei Vasilevsky has shown why he has a great reputation in the league has he has a record of 43 wins against just 20 losses, including three OT losses. His goals against average of 2.58 and 92.1% save percentage are also among the best in the league.

Once they are in the playoffs, the Lightning will have their hands full. The Eastern Conference has several very good teams, including the Philadelphia Flyers and Washington Capitals.

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.