1. 2011 NHL Playoffs Predictions: Lightning vs. Bruins, Who'll Win and Why?

    I am an unapologetic Tampa Bay Lightning homer. There's no point in rationalizing it or concealing that fact. As one of the few natives in Tampa, I learned hockey from watching the Lightning 's birth...

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  2. 2011 NHL Playoffs: Lightning vs. Bruins, Breaking Down the Eastern Finals

    Two teams enter the NHL Eastern Conference Finals as the hottest in the league. They both were extended to seven games in the first round, rallying from two-game deficits in the series and survived on the brink of elimination...

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  3. NHL Playoffs: Tampa Bay Lightning Sweep Washington Capitals

    Who in the name of Sam Fuld is Sean Bergenheim ? Indeed, like the unknown Tampa Bay Rays outfielder who so energized the fanbase that " The Legend of Sam Fuld " became a Twitter ...

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  4. 2011 NHL Playoffs: Tampa Bay Pulls Out the Broom, Looks to Sweep Washington

    For two periods, it looked like the Washington Capitals were primed to pull themselves back into the Eastern Conference Semi-Final series against their division rival Tampa Bay Lightning...

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  5. NHL Eastern Conference Semifinals: Capitals Machine Arrives, Lightning Still Win

    So that's what Lightning coach Guy Boucher meant when he called the Washington Capitals a hockey machine. The Caps threw everything they had against the Bolts but in the end still found themselves on the losing end of a 3-2 overtime score...

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  6. NHL Eastern Semifinals: Lightning Get the Job Done Against Capitals in Game 1

    If you're scoring at home that's David 1, Goliath 0 in the series. Before the series, Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Guy Boucher was channeling Lou Holtz and showering their second-round opponents, the Washington Capitals, with praises...

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  7. 2011 NHL Playoffs: Dwayne Roloson Steals Game 7 for Tampa Bay Lightning

    Keep Rollin', Rollin', Rollin'... At the St. Pete Times Forum, any time Dwayne Roloson makes a big save, the Limp Bizkit tune Rollin' serenades the crowd...

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  8. 2011 NFL Draft: The 10 Players I'd Love To See in Buccaneer Pewter and Red

    On the eve of the NFL Draft, it's time to discuss who would make great members of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers ...

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  9. NHL Playoffs 2011: After 6 Games, What We Know About the Lightning and Penguins

    The Tampa Bay Lightning finally proved they could win on home ice against the veteran Pittsburgh Penguins and forced what we all expected—Game 7 in this evenly matched Stanley Cup quarterfinals matchup...

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  10. 2011 NHL Playoffs: Comatose Lightning Bend to Will of Experienced Penguins

    In Game 3, the Tampa Bay Lightning came out a bit too fired up for their own good and fell behind 2-0. In Game 4, the Lightning played as if the entire team had taken Lunesta right before the opening faceoff...

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  11. 2011 NFL Schedule: Promising Buccaneers Get More Exposure in 2011

    For the Tampa Bay Buccaneers , the NFL labor issues can't be resolved quickly enough. A young team with a bevy of budding stars and a ton of momentum can simply taste success on the horizon...

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  12. 2011 NHL Playoffs: Penguins Take Advantage of Lightning's Stage Fright

    The arena, packed to the rafters with 20,545 rabid fans, pumped with anticipation. Moments before the Lightning took the ice—a 3D video projected on to the ice—firing ...

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  13. 2011 NHL Playoffs: Game 3 Keys for Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning

    With the series headed to Tampa deadlocked at 1-1, the Tampa Bay Lightning and Pittsburgh Penguins will struggle to take control of this Eastern Conference quarterfinal matchup...

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  14. 2011 NHL Playoffs: Tampa Bay Lightning Get Something Brewing, Even the Series

    There were times during Game One when you wondered if the Tampa Bay Lightning would ever get a puck past Pittsburgh netminder Marc-Andre Fleury...

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  15. 2011 NHL Playoffs: Penguins Get Defensive, Take Game 1 from Tampa Bay

    When the Tampa Bay Lightning look back on their first playoff experience in four years, they'll see a number of missed opportunities and a lesson in what it takes to win in the Stanley Cup playoffs...

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  16. 2011 NHL Playoffs: Tampa Bay Lightning-Pittsburgh Penguins Preview

    One of the more intriguing matchups in the Stanley Cup Playoffs features the fourth-seeded Pittsburgh Penguins against the fifth-seeded Tampa Bay Lightning ...

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  17. Tampa Bay Lightning 2010-11 Regular Season Awards and Review

    As the regular season comes to a close and we prepare for the war of attrition that is the Stanley Cup playoffs, we take a moment to reflect on the 18th campaign of the Tampa Bay Lightning ...

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  18. Tampa Bay Lightning Put Playoffs in Proper Perspective

    The Tampa Bay Lightning wrapped up the regular season by eliminating division rival Carolina from playoff contention with a 6-2 victory over the Hurricanes ...

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  19. Tampa Bay Lightning's Hot Goaltending Sparks Their Fiery Finish

    Maligned Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Mike Smith had a sparkling 31-save 2-0 shutout of the defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks, helping his club secure their fifth ...

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  20. Tampa Bay Lightning: Back on Track and in the Playoffs

    For the first time in four years, the Tampa Bay Lightning will be playing in the greatest playoff tournament in sports—the Stanley Cup Playoffs...

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  21. Missing the Point: Tampa Bay Lightning May Regret the Points They Lost

    While the Lightning might feel fortunate for finding themselves within five points of the Southeast division-leading Washington Capitals after a disappointing four-game road swing, they just may look back at the trip with a little frustration...

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  22. A Striking Collapse: Tampa Bay Lightning Reeling, Look to Find Wins

    Eight games ago, the Tampa Bay Lightning were on cloud nine, wrapping up a 2-1 win over the New York Rangers and padding their lead in the Southeast Division over the Washington Capitals to five points...

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  23. Tampa Bay Lightning In a Slump Down the Stretch

    In what was billed as a home game for the Tampa Bay Lightning (although the thousands of Montreal Canadiens fans that packed the St...

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  24. NHL Trade Deadline 2011: Much Ado About Nothing for the Tampa Bay Lightning

    While a flurry of activity involving their division rivals flooded NHL offices, the Tampa Bay Lightning stood pat with their current roster...

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  25. Hitting the Road: Tampa Bay Lightning End Their Epic Homestand in Good Shape

    As Steve Yzerman prepares for the wild, crazy atmosphere that is deadline day in the National Hockey League, his head coach is expressing a sigh of relief...

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