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Ben Bishop had a dislocated elbow | 04/23/2014 3:02 PM
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The injury that kept Ben Bishop out of the playoffs was a dislocated elbow.
Erik Erlendsson on Twitter

Impact
Bishop helped Tampa Bay get to the postseason by recording a 2.23 GAA and .924 save percentage in 63 contests. With Bishop sidelined, the Lightning were swept by the Montreal Canadiens in the first round.
Ondrej Palat gets nominated for Calder Trophy | 04/23/2014 12:09 PM
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Ondrej Palat has been named as a finalist for the Calder Trophy.
NHL.com

Impact
Palat scored 23 goals and 59 points in 81 games in 2013-14. Those numbers are slightly below Nathan MacKinnon in the rookie leaderboard. Palat is the underdog in the fight between him and MacKinnon for the rookie of the year award, but it's worth noting that Palat did break out in the second half of the campaign with 44 points in his final 42 games.
Tyler Johnson is a Calder Trophy finalist | 04/23/2014 12:03 PM
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Tyler Johnson has been nominated for the Calder Trophy.
NHL.com

Impact
Johnson was one of two Lightning players that were selected as a finalist for the rookie of the year award. He doesn't have much of a chance of winning, but he had a strong season with 24 goals, 26 assists, and a plus-23 rating.
Tyler Johnson got his 1st playoff goal Tues. | 04/23/2014 9:20 AM
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Tyler Johnson got his first NHL postseason marker in Game 4's 4-3 loss to Montreal.
Tampa Tribune

Impact
He tied the game at 3-3 in the third period, but Montreal scored a late power-play marker to eliminate in the Lightning in four straight games. Johnson had two points and 11 shots in the series. The rookie forward amassed 24 goals and 50 points in 82 contests this year.
Victor Hedman pots his first postseason goal | 04/23/2014 9:15 AM
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Victor Hedman potted his first goal in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in Tuesday's loss to Montreal.
Tampa Tribune

Impact
The Canadiens swept the Lightning in four straight games, but Hedman concluded his season with a point in three consecutive outings. He has a goal and eight assists in 22 postseason games in his career. The 23-year-old blueliner broke out offensively in 2013-14 with 13 goals and 55 points in 75 matches. Hedman has a very bright future ahead of him.
Keith Aulie made his playoff debut in Game 4 | 04/23/2014 9:07 AM
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Keith Aulie suited up in his first NHL playoff game Tuesday night.
Tampa Tribune

Impact
In doing so, he became the 11th different Lightning player to make their Stanley Cup Playoff debut in the series. Aulie got a chance to play because of injuries to Radko Gudas (lower body) and Sami Salo (upper body). He had two hits, two blocks and a plus-1 rating in 12:22 of ice time.
Sitting in the playoffs frustrated Ben Bishop | 04/23/2014 8:52 AM
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Ben Bishop won't get a chance to play in the postseason now that the Tampa Bay Lightning have been eliminated.
Tampa Tribune

Impact
"Extremely frustrating, you can't really put it into words," Bishop said of missing the playoffs. "It's been real tough to have to watch." The Montreal Canadiens completed a four-game sweep of the Bolts on Tuesday night. Bishop missed the entire series because of an arm injury, which was reported as his elbow. He was excellent during the regular season and Tampa sorely missed his presence in the playoffs. Bishop posted a 37-14-7 record with a .924 save percentage and a 2.23 goals-against average.
Cedric Paquette commits ill-time penalty | 04/23/2014 8:45 AM
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Cedric Paquette's tripping penalty late in the third period led to Montreal's series clinching goal in the final minute of regulation.
Tampa Tribune

Impact
"I felt pretty bad, to be honest," Paquette said. "That's my bad, I was a little too aggressive and he fell ... . They didn't call much in this game, and I did a bad play, but that is just a bad moment." He earned an assist on Tyler Johnson's game-tying goal earlier in the third and finished the series with two helpers in four matches. Coach Jon Cooper praised the 20-year-old forward for his contributions after the game. Paquette will probably be in the running for a roster spot with the Lightning out of training camp in the fall.
Gudlevskis' valiant effort not enough for TB | 04/22/2014 10:26 PM
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Kristers Gudlevskis did all he could to save Tampa Bay's season, saving 16 of 17 in 34 minutes of action, but ultimately let through the game-winning goal that eliminated the Bolts from the post-season.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Another poor start from Anders Lindback made the Bolts turn to the 21 year old rookie midway through the second period, trailing 3-1. Gudlevskis answered the call, stopping the first 16 shots he faced as Tampa tied the game at three. A last minute power play for Montreal however turned out to be the difference, as Max Pacioretty shovelled the winning goal through the five-hole with 43 seconds remaining. The Habs swept the best of seven series four games to none.
Anders Lindback fails to help Bolts, yanked | 04/22/2014 10:20 PM
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Anders Lindback disappointed his team yet again, allowing three goals on 20 shots before getting the hook in Game 4's loss to Montreal on Tuesday.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
The Bolts were a different team with Lindback tending the pipes instead of the injured Ben Bishop, who put together a Vezina calibre season that led the team to the playoffs. The 25 year old Lindback went 0-3 in the playoffs with a .881 save percentage and 3.91 goals against average.
Ondrej Palat, Lightning eliminated in four | 04/22/2014 10:14 PM
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Ondrej Palat's superb rookie season may be over, but he didn't go down quietly, scoring a shorthanded goal and adding an assist in Game 4's loss to the Habs on Tuesday.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Palat helped the Bolts back into the game, which they trailed 2-0 and then 3-1 in the third period. But a late penalty and the last-minute game-winning goal by Montreal finished the sweep and sent the Bolts packing. Palat is a solid candidate for the Calder Trophy after notching 59 points in the regular season, and then five more in the playoffs while maintaining a +35 rating during the season and playoffs combined.
Radko Gudas (lower body) is out for Game 4 | 04/22/2014 6:40 PM
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Radko Gudas has sustained a lower-body injury.
Erik Erlendsson on Twitter

Impact
Gudas will not be available on Tuesday as a result. Tampa Bay is down 3-0 in its first round series to Montreal, so if the Lightning don't win this game, then Gudas will have all summer to recover.
Cooper feels Game 3 was their best contest | 04/22/2014 4:38 PM
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Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper gave a positive assessment of his team despite the fact that they're down 3-0 in their first round series against Montreal.
Calgary Sun

Impact
"Just look at Game 3, we played in an extremely hostile, tough environment and I thought we played our best game. The guys are learning, the guys are finding out what playoff hockey is all about and we're getting better. The problem is now we're running out of time so getting better is just not good enough anymore. Now we have to be great," Cooper said. The odds of the Lightning coming back from a 3-0 deficit is minimal, but they still might be able to make Montreal sweat before finally being eliminated.
Anders Lindback will start on Tuesday | 04/22/2014 12:45 PM
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Anders Lindback will play between the pipes on Tuesday.
Renaud Lavoie on Twitter

Impact
With Ben Bishop hurt, the Lightning have been forced to go with Lindback in their first round series against Montreal. Lindback has a 3.49 GAA and .888 save percentage in three straight playoff losses and consequently Tampa Bay is in danger of being eliminated Tuesday night.
Ben Bishop (elbow) skates Tuesday | 04/22/2014 12:43 PM
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Ben Bishop (elbow) was on the ice for about 15 minutes on Tuesday.
Renaud Lavoie on Twitter

Impact
Bishop won't be available for Game 4 though as the Lightning try to avoid elimination. Ultimately, Tampa Bay's problems in this series go beyond its goaltending, but Bishop was a big part of this team's regular season success and losing him for the postseason hurt.
Steve Stamkos expects to play Tuesday night | 04/21/2014 5:53 PM
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Steve Stamkos expects to play in Game 4 on Tuesday after he received an inadvertent knee to his head.
Montreal Gazette

Impact
He returned for the third period after the incident occurred late in the second period. Stamkos said he felt "pretty good" after practice on Monday. He has two goals and two assists over three games in the series.
Ben Bishop (elbow) won't be ready for Game 4 | 04/21/2014 5:20 PM
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Ben Bishop (elbow) won't be available for Game 4.
Montreal Gazette

Impact
"I can't sit here and say if he'd be ready for the rest of the series. Clearly we'd have to extend the series for any hope of that," said coach Jon Cooper. "Every day he is getting closer and closer, but no Game 4." Anders Lindback will probably get the nod again in Bishop's absence. The Lightning will try to avoid playoff elimination on Tuesday night.
B.J. Crombeen suits up for Lightning Sunday | 04/21/2014 11:31 AM
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B.J. Crombeen made his postseason debut in Game 3 on Sunday.
Tampa Tribune

Impact
He was a healthy scratch for the previous two games of the series. Crombeen had 10 points and 79 penalty minutes in 55 games during the regular season.
Tom Pyatt gets used sparingly in Game 3 | 04/21/2014 11:28 AM
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Tom Pyatt logged just 7:54 of ice time in Tampa Bay's Game 3 loss to Montreal.
Tampa Tribune

Impact
It was his first game of the postseason. Pyatt sat frequently as a healthy scratch during the regular season and he skated in just 27 games.
Nikita Kucherov, Panik scratched for Gm 3 | 04/21/2014 11:26 AM
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Nikita Kucherov was a healthy scratch in Game 3.
Tampa Tribune

Impact
The rookie forward played in Tampa Bay's previous two games of the series and he scored in Game 1. The Lightning wanted to go with more experience and grit, so they dressed Tom Pyatt and B.J. Crombeen and scratched Kucherov and Richard Panik.
Barberio suits up in his 1st NHL playoff game | 04/21/2014 11:21 AM
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Mark Barberio made his NHL postseason debut in Game 3.
Tampa Tribune

Impact
He filled in for Sami Salo, who sat with an upper-body injury. The Montreal-native was a little too wired for the contest and he posted six penalty minutes.
Sami Salo sits out Game 3 with UBI | 04/21/2014 11:16 AM
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Sami Salo was absent from Game 3 on Sunday because of an upper-body injury.
Tampa Tribune

Impact
He participated in Sunday's morning skate and didn't show any signs that he was hurt. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Matt Carle scores rare goal in Game 3 loss | 04/21/2014 11:12 AM
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Matt Carle tallied a goal in Tampa Bay's 3-2 loss to Montreal in Game 3 of the opening round of the playoffs.
Tampa Tribune

Impact
He had two markers in 82 games during the regular season. Carle logged 25:54 of ice time on Sunday.
Ondrej Palat scores in returns during Game 3 | 04/21/2014 11:06 AM
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Ondrej Palat scored his first career NHL playoff goal in his return to the lineup on Sunday.
Tampa Tribune

Impact
He missed Game 2 with an upper-body injury. Palat's power-play marker in the second tied the game at 1-1, but the Canadiens ended up winning the match by a score of 3-2. Due to Steve Stamkos' injury and Martin St. Louis' trade to New York, Palat finished as Tampa Bay's leading scorer during the regular season.
Ryan Callahan's goal controversially taken | 04/21/2014 11:01 AM
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Ryan Callahan had his first playoff goal with the Lightning controversially waved off in Game 3.
Tampa Tribune

Impact
The tally would've given Tampa Bay a 2-1 with 4:22 left in the second period, but it was disallowed because of incidental contact on Montreal goaltender Carey Price by Alex Killorn. Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper was "pissed" with the call during the game and he was "pissed" afterward. Now, the Lightning find themselves in a 3-0 hole in the series.
G Anders Lindback so-so in latest Tampa loss | 04/20/2014 11:19 PM
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Lightning goaltender Anders Lindback stopped 28 Montreal shots Sunday night but allowed a relative softy on the first shot he faced, and the Canadiens went on to prevail 3-2.
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Impact
Lindback, playing in place of injured first-stringer Ben Bishop (elbow), is now 0-3 in the postseason; Tampa Bay is down 0-3 to the Canadiens in the teams' first-round, best-of-seven playoff series. Lindback let down the Lightning only 11 seconds into Sunday's game when he failed to stop a fairly easy wrister from Montreal's Rene Bourque. The Canadiens never trailed in the game. Lindback is not only 0-3 in the series but also has an unimpressive GAA of 3.49 and a save percentage of .891.
Steven Stamkos posts two assists in TB defeat | 04/20/2014 11:08 PM
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Superstar Steven Stamkos assisted on both Lightning goals in a 3-2 playoff loss to the Canadiens in Montreal Sunday night.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
The Canadiens now lead this best-of-7, first-round playoff series 3-0 with Game 4 in Montreal on Tuesday. Tampa Bay had a scare when Stamkos left the game at 16:09 of the second period with an apparent head injury. Stamkos was skating through the neutral zone when he got tangled up with Canadiens forward Brandon Prust and fell. As he was falling, Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin was skating back toward his own zone when he tried to step over Stamkos and struck him in the head with his right knee. Stamkos went down, tried to get back up and skate to the bench and stumbled before going down on one knee again to wait for the Lightning trainer. A few minutes later he got up and skated to the Lightning dressing room under his own power. Stamkos missed the remainder of the second period, but returned for the third. Ondrej Palat and Matthew Carle scored the TB goals.
Tampa Bay will start Anders Lindback Sunday | 04/20/2014 11:08 AM
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Anders Lindback will start on Sunday after being pulled in Friday's game.
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Impact
Lindback isn't an ideal playoff starter, but Tampa Bay doesn't have a lot of options with Ben Bishop hurt. The alternative to Lindback would have been Kristers Gudlevskis, who had just one game worth of NHL experience before he replaced Lindback late in Game 2.
J.T. Brown feels fine after 'awkward' hit | 04/19/2014 4:16 PM
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J.T. Brown feels good after taking an "awkward" hit from Montreal's Alexei Emelin.
Damian Cristodero on Twitter

Impact
He logged a personal high 18:01 of ice time in Friday's Game 2 loss to the Canadiens. Brown expects to play on Sunday when the series shifts to Montreal.
Tampa signs prospect Jake Dotchin | 04/19/2014 2:36 PM
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Jake Dotchin has inked an entry-level deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Lightning.nhl.com

Impact
In 63 games with the OHL's Barrie Colts, he registered 11 goals, 36 points and 121 penalty minutes. Dotchin was selected in the sixth round of the 2012 draft by the Bolts.
Ondrej Palat to be a game-time call for Gm 3 | 04/19/2014 12:42 PM
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Ondrej Palat (upper body) is on the ice for Saturday's optional skate.
Damian Cristodero on Twitter

Impact
He missed Game 2 because of an upper-body injury and will be a game-time decision again for Sunday's match against Montreal.
Valtteri Filppula credits Montreal's defense | 04/19/2014 10:37 AM
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Valtteri Filppula and the Tampa Bay Lightning are finding it difficult to produce offense against Montreal.
Tampa Tribune

Impact
"It's not going our way right now," Filppula said after the Canadiens took a 2-0 lead in the series. "We have to give them credit, they are playing well defensively, we don't get a whole lot and we are struggling certainly to get into their zone." He collected an assist in Game 2's 4-1 loss and he has just two shots thus far in the series.
Anders Lindback yanked in Bolts' Game 2 loss | 04/18/2014 10:15 PM
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Anders Lindback simply was not good enough on Friday night, allowing three goals on 23 shots before getting pulled during the Bolts' Game 2 loss to Montreal.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Kristers Gudlevskis finished the last nine minutes of the game, allowing a goal on three shots. Lindback has now allowed eight goals in Tampa's two playoff games. Injured starter Ben Bishop took shots from the goalie coach on Friday morning, and the Lightning are hoping he will be back for Sunday's Game 3. The Lightning are now down 2-0 in the series, while Lindback has proven to be a poor option in goal coming off a regular season where he went 8-12-3 with an .891 save percentage.
Teddy Purcell scores TB's only goal in loss | 04/18/2014 10:08 PM
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Teddy Purcell scored Tampa Bay's lone goal in Game 2 late in the third period, as the Bolts were stymied by Carey Price and the Habs during a 4-1 loss.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Victor Hedman and Valtteri Filppula earned assists on Purcell's late goal, which came when the game was out of reach. The Lightning were a bit undisciplined, and made some crucial defensive zone gaffes in the loss, which puts them down 2-0 in the series with two games in Montreal coming up. Purcell has an impressive seven goals and 18 points through 20 career playoff games.
TBL will go with seven blueliners Friday | 04/18/2014 6:46 PM
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Andrej Sustr will draw into the Lightning's lineup Friday night.
Stephen Whyno on Twitter

Impact
Tampa Bay will use seven defensemen because Ondrej Palat is dealing with an upper-body injury. Sustr had a goal and eight points in 43 games in the regular season.
Ben Bishop takes step forward in recovery | 04/18/2014 4:10 PM
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Ben Bishop (elbow) was on the ice prior to the Lightning's practice on Friday.
St. Petersburg Times

Impact
Bishop faced shots from goalie coach Frantz Jean for the first time since he got hurt. "He's progressing every day," Jean said. "The last three days have been extremely positive for him. The recuperation is going very well." Bishop will not be available Friday night.
Anders Lindback will start in Game 2 | 04/18/2014 4:08 PM
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Anders Lindback is expected to start on Friday.
St. Petersburg Times

Impact
No surprise there given that Ben Bishop is still dealing with an elbow injury. Lindback turned aside 39 of 44 shots in Montreal's 5-4 overtime win against Tampa Bay on Wednesday.
Bolts rely on Lindback in first round | 04/18/2014 11:42 AM
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With Ben Bishop (left elbow) not expected to be healthy anytime soon, the Lightning will have to rely on Anders Lindback to defeat Montreal.
Tampa Tribune

Impact
The Bolts' backup did a very good job Wednesday night keeping his team in the game by kicking out 39 of 44 shots, but he is going to have to do better if the Lightning hope to get by the Canadiens in the first round.
Killorn to play with Stamkos and Johnson | 04/18/2014 11:36 AM
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Look for Alex Killorn to take the place of the injured Ondrej Palat on Tampa's top line alongside Steven Stamkos and Tyler Johnson.
Tampa Tribune

Impact
He has had success alongside Stamkos (who hasn't) and practised on Thursday on the number one unit. If you have daily transactions in your playoff pool, be sure to pick up Killorn for Friday night's contest.
Palat not expected to play Friday v Habs | 04/18/2014 11:33 AM
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Ondrej Palat is not expected to play Friday night against Montreal in Game 2 of the first round of the playoffs.
Chris Johnston Twitter

Impact
He sustained an upper-body inury after being checked by Andrei Markov in Game 1 Wednesday and should be considered day-to-day.
Ben Bishop could return later in the series | 04/17/2014 6:53 PM
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Ben Bishop's return to the lineup from an elbow injury isn't expected to occur any time soon.
Damian Cristodero on Twitter

Impact
However, coach Jon Cooper said that Bishop could be available to play later in Tampa Bay's first-round series against Montreal, which is what he said before the playoffs began.
Ondrej Palat will be a game-time call Friday | 04/17/2014 2:39 PM
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Ondrej Palat (upper body) will be a game-time decision for Friday's contest against Montreal.
Chris Johnston on Twitter

Impact
He left Game 1 because an undisclosed injury, which is believed to be to his upper-body region. The outstanding rookie logged 14:05 of ice time before exiting early in the third period.
Ben Bishop (elbow) skated on his own Weds. | 04/17/2014 11:33 AM
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Ben Bishop (elbow) skated on his own before Wednesday's morning skate.
St. Petersburg Times

Impact
He didn't face any shots during his on-ice session, but he did wear full equipment. Anders Lindback did a very good job in his place in Game 1's overtime loss to Montreal and he'll probably end up starting the second game of the series on Friday.
Lightning mum on Ondrej Palat's injury | 04/17/2014 11:30 AM
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Ondrej Palat was forced to leave Tampa Bay's playoff opener in the third period with an undisclosed injury.
St. Petersburg Times

Impact
He was seen walking around the locker room after the team's overtime loss and there wasn't an update on his status. Palat had an upper-body injury at the end of the regular season after a hard hit made contact with his head and there may have been a re-injury there. It was also speculated during the game telecast that he might have been hurt when he banged knees with Montreal's P.K. Subban. Consider him day-to-day for now.
C. Paquette plays with chip on his shoulder | 04/17/2014 11:20 AM
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Cedric Paquette picked up an assist and four hits in Game 1 against the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night.
Tampa Tribune

Impact
Unfortunately, he was also partially responsible for Tampa Bay's blown coverage on Dale Weise's overtime winner. Paquette wants to "make [the Canadiens] pay" after the team passed on him five times during the 2012 NHL draft. He plays a gritty game and he can contribute offensively, which gave him a spot on the fourth line to open the postseason.
Nikita Kucherov scores in postseason debut | 04/17/2014 11:11 AM
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Nikita Kucherov found the back of the net in his playoff debut Wednesday night.
Tampa Tribune

Impact
He opened the scoring in Game 1 in Tampa Bay's 5-4 overtime defeat. Kucherov also scored in his regular season debut with the Lightning back in November, but that marker ended up being a game winner.
Alex Killorn makes impressive playoff debut | 04/17/2014 11:08 AM
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Alex Killorn produced a goal and an assist in Game 1 Wednesday night against Montreal.
Tampa Tribune

Impact
He looked great alongside Steve Stamkos, but the Lightning lost their postseason opener by a 5-4 score in overtime. Still, it was an impressive NHL playoff debut for Killorn, who recorded 17 goals and 41 points during the regular season.
Steve Stamkos nets pair in loss to Habs | 04/16/2014 11:14 PM
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Steve Stamkos netted a pair of goals for the Lightning on Wednesday, but they ended up on the wrong end of a 5-4 overtime decision in Game 1 of their first round playoff series.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Stamkos is picking up right where he left off towards the end of the regular season by scoring in bunches, but his efforts weren't enough to lift his team to victory on this night. Alex Killorn and Nikita Kucherov also registered markers for Tampa Bay in the losing effort.
Anders Lindback succumbs to Canadiens | 04/16/2014 11:09 PM
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Anders Lindback did his best to prevent it, but the Lightning dropped a 5-4 overtime decision to Montreal in Game 1 of their first round playoff series Wednesday.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Lindback stopped 39 of 44 shots in the defeat and did a good job of keeping the Lightning in the game for as long as he did. With starter Ben Bishop sidelined until further notice, Lindback is likely to start again in Game 2 Friday.
Anders Lindback is eager to step up | 04/16/2014 8:42 AM
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Anders Lindback played well down the stretch for the Lightning after making some adjustments to his game.
St. Petersburg Times

Impact
"Just way more patient," Lindback said. "I feel like I'm more consistent in everything I do out there. You just keep pushing. It's time to take it to another level." He has worked on not making the first move when shooters challenge him, which has given him a quieter and more steady style. He'll start Game 1 of Tampa Bay's first-round series against Montreal because Ben Bishop isn't ready to return yet from an elbow injury. "When you get an opportunity, you have to take advantage of it," Lindback said.
Steve Stamkos ready for leadership challenge | 04/16/2014 8:14 AM
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Steve Stamkos is back in the playoffs after he picked up 13 points in 18 games in 2011, but this time he's the captain of a young, upstart squad.
Tampa Tribune

Impact
"You're the leader of a team that's going to the Stanley Cup playoffs. It's a challenge, but it's fun, it's exciting," he said. "For me, everything that's happened this year, to get a chance to come back and play, is an unbelievable feeling. But to get a chance to be in the playoffs, and hopefully lead this team, that's a challenge. For me, you take that challenge personally, but you realize we have a great bunch of guys here." Stamkos missed 45 games this season with a broken tibia, but he still tallied 25 goals and 40 points in 37 appearances.
Valtteri Filppula (LBI) is ready to return | 04/15/2014 5:18 PM
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Valtteri Filppula (lower body) took part in Tuesday's practice.
Lightning.nhl.com

Impact
The stage is set for Filppula to participate in Game 1 on Wednesday. He's projected to center the second line.
TBL should get Ondrej Palat back on Wednesday | 04/15/2014 5:17 PM
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Ondrej Palat (upper body) is ready to play in the Lightning's postseason opener on Wednesday.
Lightning.nhl.com

Impact
Palat had 23 goals and 59 points in 81 games this season. Look for him to play on Tampa Bay's top line with Steve Stamkos and Tyler Johnson.
Tampa Bay won't have Ben Bishop Wednesday | 04/15/2014 4:18 PM
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Ben Bishop (elbow) won't be available for Game 1 on Wednesday.
Chris Stevenson on Twitter

Impact
Bishop is one of the main reasons the Lightning made the playoffs in the first place. He had a 2.23 GAA and .924 save percentage in 63 games this season.
Anders Lindback likely starter for Lightning | 04/15/2014 11:31 AM
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With Ben Bishop doubtful to return from what Tampa Bay officials are calling an upper body injury, Anders Lindback likely will get the call in net Wednesday night for the first game of the Lightning's opening playoff series against the Montreal Canadiens.
Tampa Tribune

Impact
Lindback earned the first star of the week in the NHL for the period ending April 13. He was thrust into action after Bishop's injury. He posted a 3-0-0 record with a 0.67 GAA and .975 save percentage. Whatever doubts might have lingered when the Bolts were forced to turn to Lindback were washed away in the goalie's three appearances down the stretch. "He's playing with a lot of confidence,'' defenseman Matt Carle said. "So, it's no surprise to see how well he's doing. And it's just great for our team and we have a lot of confidence playing in front of him.'' That's a far cry from where Lindback was for most of the season. As Bishop posted franchise records with 37 wins, a 2.24 goals-against average and .924 save percentage, Lindback was relegated to backup duties, rarely seeing playing time.
Anders Lindback receives 1st star of the week | 04/14/2014 2:31 PM
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Anders Lindback earned the first star of the week for the period ending April 13.
NHL.com

Impact
He was thrust into action due to an injury to Ben Bishop and elevated his play in Tampa Bay's last three matches of the regular season. Lindback posted a 3-0-0 record with a 0.67 goals-against average, .975 save percentage and one shutout to earn the weekly honor. He'll start the playoffs for the Lightning if Bishop isn't ready to go by then.
Cody Kunyk made his NHL debut Sunday | 04/14/2014 12:14 PM
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Cody Kunyk got to make his NHL debut in Sunday's regular season finale.
Tampa Tribune

Impact
He started practicing with the Lightning shortly after he signed as a free agent out of the University of Alaska-Fairbanks on March 20. Kunyk started out on a line with J.T. Brown and Nikita Kucherov. He earned two shots and finished with 10:12 of ice time.
Ben Bishop's status may be clearer on Tuesday | 04/14/2014 12:11 PM
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Tampa Bay expects to know more about Ben Bishop's status on Tuesday when the team practices.
Tampa Tribune

Impact
It's unknown at this time if he'll be available to play when the Lightning begin their playoff series against Montreal on Wednesday. He missed the team's last three games with what is believed to be an elbow injury.
Tampa's Ondrej Palat sits Sunday with UBI | 04/14/2014 11:54 AM
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Ondrej Palat (upper body) didn't play Sunday.
Tampa Tribune

Impact
He appeared to take a blow to the head on a hit by Columbus blueliner Jack Johnson on Friday and it forced him to leave the contest. The rookie forward's status for Game 1 of the postseason is unclear at this time. He is listed as day-to-day.
Valtteri Filppula is day-to-day with LBI | 04/14/2014 11:51 AM
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Valtteri Filppula (lower body) is considered day-to-day.
Tampa Tribune

Impact
His availability for Game 1 of the playoffs against Montreal is uncertain at this time. He has missed two games after getting hurt on Thursday. The series begins on Wednesday night.
Ryan Malone situation won't distract Bolts | 04/14/2014 11:47 AM
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Lightning coach Jon Cooper doesn't expect Ryan Malone's off-ice issues to be a distraction for the team.
Tampa Tribune

Impact
"I don't know that will cause any sort of a distraction," Cooper said. "Hockey wise, we've had way more distractions worse than this one. This is more of a life issue with a friend of ours. Physically we know that he's doing OK and hopefully the worst is over and this is moving onward and upward. But as for the hockey, this won't be a distraction at all." Cooper added that the team is focused on Malone's personal well-being and his health after he was charged with DUI and possession of cocaine Saturday morning.
| 04/14/2014 1:54 AM
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Victor Hedman returned to action on Sunday April 13.
Rotoworld.com

| 04/14/2014 1:54 AM
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Sami Salo returned to action on Sunday April 13.
Rotoworld.com

Steve Stamkos goes two pointless games | 04/13/2014 7:20 PM
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Steve Stamkos might not carry much momentum into the playoffs, as he failed to score a point in his last two games of the 2013-14 regular season.
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It wasn't for a lack of effort, however, particularly on Sunday. He fired five SOG against the Capitals but was unable to beat Braden Holtby in an odd 1-0 (SO) win for the Bolts.
Anders Lindback gets another shutout for TBL | 04/13/2014 7:09 PM
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If a small sample size of games is any indication, Anders Lindback might just be heating up at exactly the right time for the Tampa Bay Lightning.
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With Ben Bishop's injury situation murky, the Lightning might need Lindback to start for some time. With Sunday's shutout, he generated two goose eggs in his last three appearances (all wins). That's a significant departure from his mostly lousy 2013-14 season. He's suddenly a wild card in playoff pools, especially if Bishop's injury news is bad.
Valtteri Filppula will miss Sunday's game | 04/13/2014 1:58 PM
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Valtteri Filppula (lower body) is out Sunday.
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It will be Filppula's second straight game on the sidelines. He will get a few days to rest before the first round of the playoffs start.
Teddy Purcell is good to play Sunday | 04/13/2014 1:57 PM
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Teddy Purcell (flu) will play on Sunday after all.
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Purcell was initially expected to miss the contest due to an illness. He has 12 goals and 42 points in 80 games in 2013-14.
Teddy Purcell is out Sunday with the flu | 04/13/2014 11:15 AM
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Teddy Purcell (flu) will miss Sunday's game against Washington.
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It will be Purcell's second straight game on the sidelines. The good news is he'll have a few days to recover before the playoffs start.
Tampa Bay can secure home ice advantage | 04/13/2014 11:14 AM
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The Tampa Bay Lightning can secure home ice advantage for the first round by beating Washington on Sunday.
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"It's in our power," Steve Stamkos said. "The fans deserve it. Our city deserves it, and we certainly deserve it with how hard we've played and the amount of adversity we've overcome as a team." Either way, Tampa Bay will face the Montreal Canadiens in its opening series.
SABH program will determine Malone's status | 04/12/2014 5:18 PM
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Ryan Malone won't travel with the Lightning to Washington for Sunday's regular season finale.
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He was charged with DUI and possession of cocaine Saturday morning. He had 1.3 grams of cocaine in his right back pocket and a blood alcohol content of .112 and .116, according to the police. The NHL/NHLPA's Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program will determine his playing status following a mandatory evaluation.
Palat leaves Friday's game after big hit | 04/12/2014 12:11 PM
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Ondrej Palat left Friday's game against the Blue Jackets in the third period after being on the receiving end of a big hit administered by Columbus defenseman Jack Johnson.
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It was a clean hit but did plenty of damage to Palat who was not able to return to the contest. Consider Palat day-to-day for now.
Purcell misses Friday's game due to flu | 04/12/2014 12:07 PM
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Teddy Purcell did not play in Friday's 3-2 win over Columbus as he was battling a nasty case of the flu.
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We do not know if Purcell will be recovered in time to play Sunday against the Capitals. For now, consider him day-to-day.
Salo could play Sunday v Caps | 04/12/2014 12:05 PM
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Sami Salo has not been ruled out of Sunday's game against Washington.
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He did not play in the Bolts' last two games due to an upper-body injury but may be ready to play in the team's regular season finale in the Nation's Capital. Check back with us close to tomorrow afternoon's 3:00 pm EST game time for an update on Salo's status.
Hedman injured Friday; questionable Sunday | 04/12/2014 12:03 PM
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Victor Hedman sustained a lower-body injury in Friday's game against the Blue Jackets.
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He is listed as questionale for Sunday's season finale in Washington. We would play it safe and replace Hedman in your lineup for Sunday's contest as the Lightning will be much more concerned about making sure he is healthy for the playoffs than qualifying for home ice advantage in the first round.
Filppula day-to-day with LBI | 04/12/2014 11:58 AM
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Valterri Filppula is listed a questionable for Sunday's season finale against Washington.
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Flippula sustained a lower-body injury during Thursday's win over Philadelphia, missed Friday's game against Columbus and will likely sit out Sunday afternoon's contest. The Lightning are hoping that Flippula will be good to go for the playoffs which start next week.
Ryan Malone arrested for cocaine possession | 04/12/2014 11:51 AM
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Ryan Malone was arrested for cocaine possession and driving under the influence Saturday morning in Hillsborough County Florida.
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Malone was pulled over after driving erratically and refused to take a sobriety test. He was then arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and during the arrest 1.3 grams of cocaine were found in the Tampa players' back pocket. The Lightning announced that Malone will not travel with the team for their final game in Washington. Malone has had a terrible season but this incident will have even more of an impact on his future in the NHL.
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Cedric Paquette was called up from the minors on Friday April 11.
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Latvian Kristers Gudlevskis solid in debut | 04/11/2014 11:15 PM
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Kristers Gudlevskis backstopped the Tampa Bay Lightning to a big win over Columbus in his first NHL start by a score of 3-2 on Friday night.
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The 21 year old Latvian, who made headlines after leading Latvia to a near-upset over Steve Yzerman's Team Canada in the Olympic quarterfinals, allowed his GM to enjoy his heroics instead of envy them on Friday night. Gudlevskis made 36 saves on 38 shots, and considering the struggles of Anders Lindback, might have earned himself another start while Ben Bishop recovers from a shoulder injury. The Bolts moved one point ahead of Montreal with one game remaining in the battle for home-ice advantage.
Eric Brewer is now on a goal-scoring streak | 04/11/2014 11:04 PM
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Eric Brewer potted a pair of goals to help the Bolts defeat the Blue Jackets 3-2 and inch closer to home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
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Brewer now has three goals in his past two games, after scoring just once in the first 74 games of the season. The big veteran blueliner has 17 points and is a plus 10 in 76 games this year.
Victor Hedman has been hot down the stretch | 04/11/2014 8:32 AM
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Victor Hedman collected two assists in Tampa Bay's 4-2 victory against Philadelphia on Thursday night.
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He has produced a goal and five helpers in his past five matches. Hedman has racked up 55 points in 73 games this season to place him fourth among all blueliners in scoring.
Rookie Tyler Johnson hits 50-point mark | 04/11/2014 8:28 AM
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Tyler Johnson notched a goal and a helper in Thursday's 4-2 win over Philadelphia.
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His 24th goal of the season was the first of the contest and he picked up a helper on Eric Brewer's game-winning tally in the third period. Johnson has recorded 50 points in 80 games during his rookie season.
Anders Lindback shines in win over Flyers | 04/10/2014 11:10 PM
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Anders Lindback was strong between the pipes for Tampa Bay Thursday in a 4-2 win over the Flyers.
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Lindback has struggled this season, but an untimely injury to Ben Bishop has pushed him into the spotlight, which he capitalized on to win this contest. His record is now 7-12-2 while his GAA is 3.05 and his save percentage is .888.
Steve Stamkos records 2 points in win | 04/10/2014 11:04 PM
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Steve Stamkos scored a goal and added an assist for the Lightning in Thursday's 4-2 win over Philadelphia.
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Stamkos has now tallied 25 times in 35 games in his injury-shortened season, making it clear that he could have presented a strong challenge to Alex Ovechkin for the Rocket Richard Trophy had he been healthy all year. Tyler Johnson, Richard Panik and Eric Brewer all scored goals for Tampa Bay in the win.
Mike Kostka (concussion) will play Thursday | 04/10/2014 4:08 PM
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Mike Kostka (concussion) will be back in the lineup on Thursday.
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He was temporarily knocked unconscious and suffered his first concussion after he was victimized by illegal check to the head from Montreal's Doug Murray on Apr. 1. "In talking to the trainers and stuff, they said it's weird that sometimes the ones that look the worst are sometimes the ones that turn out to be quick recoveries," Kostka said. "There's really no rhyme or reason why you recover at the speed that you do." He'll be paired with Victor Hedman against Philadelphia. Kostka has five points and a plus-3 rating in 16 games for Tampa Bay.
Anders Lindback set to carry the load | 04/10/2014 4:03 PM
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Anders Lindback will be in net for Tampa Bay on Thursday versus Philadelphia.
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The Lightning won't have Ben Bishop available for the rest of the regular season and possibly for the start of the playoffs, so Lindback will carry the team's starter role in his absence.
Ben Bishop will be re-evaluated next week | 04/10/2014 11:06 AM
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Ben Bishop (wrist/arm) underwent testing on Wednesday and coach Jon Cooper indicated that there was no structural damage and nothing was broken.
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"This is not something that Ben Bishop is done see you in September, that is not it at all but he's going to need to be recuperate a little bit and he needs to get healthier," Cooper said. "We are still in the process of figuring things out with him. We are better off re-evaluating this early next week just to see where he is at. I would say right now it's a little bit more than day-to-day but we are going to get into our first round series and then we will start to see where he potentially is at. I would say the next 5 to 6 days will be really telling of where we are going to be at." Bishop won't play again during the regular season after he was injured on Tuesday night.
Tampa Bay summons Kristers Gudlevskis | 04/09/2014 3:26 PM
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Kristers Gudlevskis has been called up by the Tampa Bay Lightning.
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The Lightning needed another goaltender because Ben Bishop is sidelined with an arm/wrist injury. Gudlevskis excelled in the Olympics with Latvia, but he has an underwhelming 2.68 GAA and .901 save percentage in 34 AHL games in 2013-14.
Ben Bishop questionable for first round | 04/09/2014 3:24 PM
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Ben Bishop (wrist/arm) won't return before the end of the regular season.
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Bishop's availability for the first round is also in question. He probably won't be ready for Game 1, but as Lightning coach Jon Cooper put it, Bishop might be available "at some point" before the opening series is over.
Sami Salo (upper body) is day-to-day | 04/09/2014 2:01 PM
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Sami Salo's undisclosed injury is related to his upper body.
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Salo left Tuesday's game in the second period. He's considered day-to-day.
Sami Salo hurt, leaves Tuesday's game early | 04/09/2014 8:53 AM
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Sami Salo exited Tuesday's game in Toronto during the second period with an undisclosed injury.
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He logged 7:51 of ice time before leaving. His status is unclear at this time, so consider him day-to-day for now.
Mike Kostka (concussion) skated Tuesday | 04/09/2014 8:47 AM
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Mike Kostka (concussion) skated on Tuesday in a no-contact jersey.
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"I'm feeling a little better every day and following the proper protocol to make sure we are not pushing it too hard," Kostka said. "I'm gradually picking things up so we don't have any setbacks on the road to recovery. I think I've been pretty fortunate." He suffered a concussion on Apr. 1 when he was hit by Montreal's Doug Murray.
Steve Stamkos up for Bill Masterton Trophy | 04/09/2014 8:41 AM
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Steve Stamkos is honored to be Tampa Bay's nominee for the Bill Masterton Trophy.
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"To be able to go through something like I did this year and have the support that I did. I've always kind of prided myself as being a person who is dedicated and works extremely hard, and lets the skill part take over from there. To be named to something like that is a pretty special honor and is one of the things that means the most to me," he said. "I want to be remembered as someone who extremely dedicated, loved the game and worked hard no matter what the circumstance." He suffered a broken tibia that required surgery on Nov. 12, but he was able to return on Mar. 6. He has 10 goals and five assists in 17 games since he got back into the lineup.
Ben Bishop's UBI requires further evaluation | 04/09/2014 8:36 AM
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Ben Bishop's upper-body injury is still being evaluated, but he did undergo some testing on Tuesday night.
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"Let's just wait and see what happens here," coach Jon Cooper said. "There is no sense in speculating or doing any of the social media. He's either going to be ready to go or he's not. And you need some goaltending depth and I'm really confident in what we have, especially after you what that performance tonight." He was hurt early into Tuesday's win over Toronto when he dove to catch a puck out of the air. Anders Lindback will occupy the Lightning's crease in Bishop's place.
Victor Hedman racks up 3 points vs. Toronto | 04/09/2014 8:29 AM
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Victor Hedman produced a goal and two assists in Tampa Bay's 3-0 win over Toronto on Tuesday night.
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The 23-year-old defenseman has enjoyed a breakout season in 2013-14 with 13 goals and 53 points in 72 games.
Anders Lindback perfect in relief of Bishop | 04/09/2014 12:57 AM
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Anders Lindback stopped all 25 shots he faced in relief of the injured Ben Bishop during Tuesday night's 3-0 win over Toronto.
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Lindback was not credited with the shutout since he didn't start the game, but he deserved it. The Bolts will need more of Tuesday's strong play, as Bishop may miss some time with a shoulder injury. Lindback is just 6-12-2 this season with a .884 save percentage and 3.11 goals against average.
Ben Bishop's injury overshadows TB victory | 04/09/2014 12:39 AM
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Ben Bishop was favouring his shoulder as he exited the Bolts' tilt with the Leafs just six minutes into the first period on Tuesday after making three saves.
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It is not yet known how long the Bolts' starter will be injured for, as Head Coach Jon Cooper only revealed his goaltender will not play in the next game on Wednesday night. Bishop was leaping and reaching for a high puck when he hit the ice and eventually left Tuesday's game. Bishop has been instrumental in the playoff-bound Lightning's season so far, going 37-14-7 with a .924 save percentage and 2.23 goals against average.
Ondrej Palat's pair sink Leafs' faint hopes | 04/09/2014 12:23 AM
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Ondrej Palat continued his scorching rookie season with two goals on Tuesday night, effectively quashing the Leafs' playoff hopes in Tampa's 3-0 win over Toronto.
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Palat is on a torrid four game point streak where he has three goals and three assists during that span. The rookie has 57 points in 79 games this season and is a remarkable +30.
Tampa Bay signs Yzerman to 4-year extension | 04/07/2014 4:19 PM
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Tampa Bay has signed GM Steve Yzerman to a four-year contract extension.
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"Since the day Steve agreed to serve as our vice president and general manager, he has worked tirelessly to transform our hockey department and establish the groundwork for sustained success," Lightning chairman and governor Jeff Vinik said. "We are very pleased with Steve's job performance thus far, and I am fully confident Steve remains the right person to continue to lead us." The Lightning own a 144-114-32 record in just under four full seasons with Yzerman at the helm.
Tom Pyatt has been an odd man out | 04/07/2014 11:44 AM
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Tom Pyatt has been a healthy scratch for six of the team's past nine games.
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He thought he was going to play on Saturday against Dallas, but he ended up in the press box again. Pyatt missed 32 games this year because of a broken collarbone and he's been a healthy scratch for 22 of the 46 games that he's been available for. He has simply been the odd man out in 2013-14 because he hasn't lost his spot due to poor play. The Lightning have decided to use a younger lineup and Pyatt will probably test unrestricted free agency in the summer.
Lightning sign prospect Henri Ikonen | 04/07/2014 11:26 AM
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Henri Ikonen has signed an entry-level contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
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He will finish the season with the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL on an amateur tryout contract. In 54 games with the OHL's Kingston Frontenacs this past season, he tallied 25 goals and 70 points. Ikonen was chosen in the sixth round of the 2013 draft.
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