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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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

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"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.
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| 04/14/2014 1:54 AM
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Sami Salo returned to action on Sunday April 13.
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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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Impact
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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Impact
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.
Erik Erlendsson on Twitter

Impact
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.
Erik Erlendsson on Twitter

Impact
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.
St. Petersburg Times

Impact
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.
St. Petersburg Times

Impact
"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.
TSN.ca

Impact
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.
St. Petersburg Times

Impact
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.
Tampa Tribune

Impact
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.
Tampa Tribune

Impact
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.
Tampa Tribune

Impact
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.
Tampa Tribune

Impact
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.
Tampa Tribune

Impact
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.
| 04/12/2014 1:56 AM
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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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Impact
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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Impact
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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Impact
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.
Tampa Tribune

Impact
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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Impact
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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Impact
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.
St. Petersburg Times

Impact
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.
St. Petersburg Times

Impact
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.
Tampa Tribune

Impact
"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.
Craig Custance on Twitter

Impact
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.
Pro Hockey Talk

Impact
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.
Missy Zielinski on Twitter

Impact
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.
St. Petersburg Times

Impact
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.
Tampa Tribune

Impact
"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.
Tampa Tribune

Impact
"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.
Tampa Tribune

Impact
"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.
Tampa Tribune

Impact
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.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
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.
Elliotte Friedman on Twitter

Impact
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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Impact
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.
NHL.com

Impact
"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.
St. Petersburg Times

Impact
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.
Tampa Tribune

Impact
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.
No discipline coming for Gudas for Sat. hit | 04/07/2014 11:19 AM
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Radko Gudas received a match penalty on Saturday for a hit on Dallas agitator Antoine Roussel, but he won't face disciplinary action.
Tampa Tribune

Impact
It wasn't stated if the league planned to rescind the penalty. Gudas has 21 points and is tied for fifth in the league with 152 minutes in the sin bin.
Ondrej Palat nets 20th goal of year in loss | 04/03/2014 10:14 PM
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Ondrej Palat netted the sole goal for Tampa Bay in its 4-1 loss to the Flames on Saturday night.
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Impact
Palat has quietly put together one of the better rookie seasons this year, scoring 20 times and recording 54 points, to go with a plus-28 rating. He's second in the rookie race in both goals and points. Ryan Callahan and Matt Carle had the helpers.
Ben Bishop struggles in loss to Flames | 04/03/2014 10:13 PM
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Ben Bishoip blocked 21 of 24 shots in the Lightning's 4-1 loss to Calgary on Thursday night.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
The Lighting are in a dogfight for the second spot in the Atlantic Division, tied with the Canadiens at 93 points. Bishop will ultimately be the most important player to their playoff success. He has a a 2.18 goals-against average and .926 save percentage, an has lost two of his last three games.
Ben Bishop will start against Calgary | 04/03/2014 1:29 PM
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Ben Bishop will get the nod for Tampa Bay on Thursday against Calgary.
Damian Cristodero on Twitter

Impact
Bishop is coming off a 3-1 victory over Montreal on Tuesday night. He has been one of the better goaltending options all season.
Tyler Johnson earns a place in NHL history | 04/03/2014 10:59 AM
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According to Elias Sports Bureau, Tyler Johnson became just the second rookie in NHL history to record at least five shorthanded goals and five power-play goals in a season.
Tampa Tribune

Impact
He was the first to accomplish the feat since Dennis Maruk of the California Golden Seals did it in 1975-76. "That's an honor I didn't realize," Johnson said. "That's pretty cool, but obviously the bigger deal was to get the win and clinch that playoff spot, and hopefully we can continue with it and get better." He has enjoyed a great rookie season and his versatility should make him a valuable fantasy asset moving forward as well.
Mike Kostka does have a concussion | 04/02/2014 2:18 PM
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Mike Kostka did in fact suffer a concussion on Tuesday night.
Damian Cristodero on Twitter

Impact
He was on the receiving end of a hit to his head from Montreal's Doug Murray. There's no timetable set for his return.
Mike Kostka hurt Tuesday after high hit | 04/02/2014 11:27 AM
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Mike Kostka was nailed by an illegal check to the head in Tuesday's game against Montreal.
Tampa Tribune

Impact
Canadiens blueliner Doug Murray appeared to hit Kostka with an elbow to the head on the play and he received a match penalty for the play. Murray will have a disciplinary hearing with the league on Thursday. A stretcher came onto the ice, but Kostka was able to get up and skate off on his own after he temporarily lost consciousnesses. It wouldn't be a stretch to say that he was concussed, but the Lightning haven't updated his status yet.
Tyler Johnson ties TBL's rookie goal record | 04/02/2014 11:19 AM
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Tyler Johnson netted the game-winning goal in Tampa Bay's 3-1 victory against Montreal on Tuesday.
Tampa Tribune

Impact
His 23rd marker of the year tied him with Steve Stamkos for most by a rookie in the franchise's history. It also came shorthanded which ties Boston's Brad Marchand for the most in the league, at five apiece. Johnson has 48 points in 76 games this season, which ranks him third among rookies in scoring.
Ryan Callahan has worked well on Bolts' PP | 04/02/2014 11:12 AM
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Ryan Callahan picked up another power-play goal for the Lightning on Tuesday night.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
He has recorded three goals with the man advantage in 14 games with Tampa Bay after he had four in 45 matches with the New York Rangers. Callahan has 10 points since joining the Bolts at the trade deadline in the Martin St. Louis deal.
Mark Barberio back in press box Tuesday | 04/02/2014 11:07 AM
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Mark Barberio got back into Tampa Bay's lineup on Sunday after sitting for nine straight games in the press box.
Tampa Tribune

Impact
The Lightning dressed seven defensemen in the contest. Barberio returned to being a healthy scratch in Tuesday's win over Montreal, but coach Jon Cooper said it wasn't because of his performance. "I thought Mark played extremely well," Cooper said. "He was jumping into plays, and he probably had a couple of our best chances to score. I thought he was very good at breaking pucks out, and it's good to have guys that you can plug in." Barberio has 10 points and a plus-12 rating in 48 games this campaign.
Ben Bishop backstops Tampa to big win | 04/01/2014 11:59 PM
News
Ben Bishop was outstanding on Tuesday night, stopping 25 of 26 shots in leading the Bolts to a 3-1 victory over Montreal.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Bishop has won three of his past four games, having allowed two goals or less in each of those victories. On the season, the 27 year old Bishop has been a star in his first crack at a starting gig. Through 60 games, he is 37-12-7 with a .927 save percentage and 2.16 goals against average.
Ondrej Palat helps Bolts clinch playoff spot | 04/01/2014 11:46 PM
News
Ondrej Palat pitched in two helpers' during Tampa Bay's 3-1 victory over Montreal, which clinched both teams a playoff spot on Tuesday.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Palat's impressive rookie season totals are up to 19 goals, 53 points and a +28 rating in 76 games this season. The multi-point performance snapped the 23 year old Czech out of a three game pointless drought.
Tampa Bay inks prospect Adam Erne | 04/01/2014 6:14 PM
News
The Tampa Bay Lightning have inked Adam Erne.
NHL.com

Impact
Erne had 21 goals and 62 points in 48 games with the QMJHL Quebec Remparts this season. He was taken with the 33rd overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
Ondrej Palat wins another Rookie of the Month | 04/01/2014 4:31 PM
News
Ondrej Palat has been selected as the rookie of the month again.
Pro Hockey Talk

Impact
Palat also won the award in January while the NHL didn't hand out the award in February due to the Olympics. He has 51 points in 75 games, putting him just five points behind Nathan MacKinnon in the rookie scoring race. While MacKinnon remains the favorite to win the Calder Trophy, Palat is certainly making things interesting.
Lightning promote J.T. Brown to top line | 03/31/2014 11:16 AM
News
J.T. Brown has been playing with Steve Stamkos and Teddy Purcell of late.
Tampa Tribune

Impact
He hasn't scored a goal since Dec. 23 and he had been skating on the third line after being brought up from the minors in mid-November. Coach Jon Cooper is trying to take advantage of Brown's workmanlike style to create chances for his talented linemates. "We are not measuring J.T. Brown in goals," Cooper said. " ... He does so many other good things for us and he makes other guys better. His work ethic and puck retrievals and he doesn't back down from anybody and his tenacity helps lines." Brown has four goals and 18 points in 56 games this campaign.
Tom Pyatt hopes to get back in soon | 03/31/2014 11:10 AM
News
Tom Pyatt has been a healthy scratch for three consecutive contests.
Tampa Tribune

Impact
He has watched four of the team's last six games from the press box. Pyatt suffered a broken collarbone in the third game of the season and he's appeared in just 23 matches. "It's been a frustrating year," Pyatt said. "Out for the start, then in and out of the lineup, felt like I've played some pretty good hockey. But when you have 15 forwards, it makes it tough. There's nothing I can really do but stay positive and keep playing well and hopefully get back in soon."
Sami Salo scores in loss to Detroit | 03/31/2014 11:06 AM
News
Sami Salo potted his fourth goal of the season in Sunday's 3-2 loss to Detroit.
Tampa Tribune

Impact
He has earned five of his 17 points in his last 10 games. Salo is eligible for unrestricted free agency at the end of the season, but the 39-year-old blueliner may not have many takers.
Ben Bishop loses rare regulation game | 03/30/2014 8:01 PM
News
Ben Bishop's record dropped to 36-12-7 as his Tampa Bay Lightning dropped a 3-2 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Still, it's been a masterful season for the big American goalie, as combines nice individual numbers (.926 save percentage, 2.18 GAA and five shutouts) with that outstanding record.
Valtteri Filppula scores 25th goal of 2013-14 | 03/30/2014 7:55 PM
News
Valtteri Filppula continued his torrid run, as he now has a 12-game point streak going thanks to his 25th goal of the season (which came in Sunday's 3-2 Tampa Bay Lightning loss to the Detroit Red Wings).
Rotoworld.com

Impact
He has four goals and 11 assists in that span. Remarkably, Filppula is only owned in 62 percent of Yahoo leagues right now. Even with so-so peripherals, he's worth owning.
Ryan Callahan stays hot with the Lightning | 03/30/2014 11:03 AM
News
Ryan Callahan found the back of the net during the Lightning's 4-3 overtime win on Saturday.
Tampa Tribune

Impact
Callahan has been great since being acquired by Tampa Bay. He has five goals and nine points in 12 games with the Lightning, bringing him up to 16 goals and 34 points in 57 contests in 2013-14.
Ben Bishop wins 36th in Bolts' OT vitory | 03/29/2014 10:15 PM
News
Ben Bishop kicked aside 26 shots in the Lightning's 4-3 overtime win Saturday night over the Sabres.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Bishop has won seven of his last eight contests, giving him 36 wins on the year, which is good for second in the NHL. He's been brilliant in his first season as a top goalie. Bishop's posted a 2.17 goals-against average and .927 save percentage and is in the Vezina Trophy discussion.
Palat and Johnson not slowing down | 03/29/2014 11:10 AM
News
Tampa's impressive rookies Ondrej Palat and Tyler Johnson have not slowed down over the course of the season.
Tampa Tribune

Impact
There is often a concern that talented first-year players will hit the proverbial wall after about 60 games but neither Palat or Johnson seem to have had any issues in that regard. Of their chances to win the Calder Trophy as the NHL's top rookie, Tampa coach Jon Cooper had the following to say: "I don't know if people are going to put those guys up in the conversation for the rookie of the year award, but I'll be really hard-pressed not to see those two names up there for what they've done for us in a situation where we were missing players and we needed guys to step up. Those guys stepped up." With 51 and 47 points respectively, indeed they have.
Bishop likely starter v Sabres Saturday | 03/29/2014 10:58 AM
News
Look for Ben Bishop to start in goal Saturday night against the Sabres.
Goalie Post.com

Impact
it will be Domink Hasek Night in Buffalo and Bishop will no doubt be trying to take a little of the fun out of the evening for the Sabre faithful.
Tampa Bay introducing Cody Kunyk to pro level | 03/28/2014 9:05 AM
News
Cody Kunyk took part in Thursday's morning skate.
Tampa Tribune

Impact
He will a restricted free agent at the end of the season, but that doesn't guarantee him any game action in Tampa Bay's last nine outings. The Lightning have been trying to acclimate him to the pro level after signing him out of college last week. "You just get to get in, feel the environment, know where to go building, get to know the players and you just get that much more comfortable and knowledgeable about what is going on when you go into camp next year," coach Jon Cooper said. "And he might play games, who knows, we may need him, but I just think, not go to in wide-eyed and wet behind the ears, to get all the experiences, so it's good for him to be here."
Filppula extends point streak to 10 games | 03/28/2014 8:59 AM
News
Valtteri Filppula has a 10-game point streak now.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
He picked up an assist in Thursday's shootout win over the New York Islanders. Filppula has four goals and 10 helpers during his scoring spree. He has 55 points in 68 games this season.
Ryan Callahan scores twice for Lightning in W | 03/27/2014 10:59 PM
News
Ryan Callahan scored both Tampa Bay markers in Thursday's 3-2 shootout win over the Islanders.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Callahan has been a useful contributor for the Lightning since joining the team earlier in the month and has now picked up eight points in 11 games with the team. No matter how you slice it, he has been more productive for the Bolts than Martin St. Louis has been with the Rangers.
Ben Bishop an Lightning win gruelling SO | 03/27/2014 10:54 PM
News
Ben Bishop was sharp for the Lightning Thursday night in a 3-2 shootout win over the New York Islanders.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
By stopping 25 of 27 shots during regulation and overtime, Bishop managed to get his team to a shootout, which the Bolts eventually won after a whopping 13 rounds. His record is now 35-11-7 while his GAA is 2.17 and his save percentage is .926.
Steve Stamkos has made Tampa's PP red hot | 03/27/2014 10:09 AM
News
Steve Stamkos has four power-play goals in his past seven games.
Tampa Tribune

Impact
Stamkos' return has helped the Lightning go on a 9-for-25 tear (36 percent) during those seven contests. His mere presence on the ice makes Tampa Bay's power play more dangerous. "So, as soon as pucks go into his wheel house, everybody is thinking he is shooting and then all of a sudden he's (passing) it," coach Jon Cooper said. "So, he gives us more options and we can try to move him around a little bit. To have another shooter on the power play is good for us, and that's something we lacked because we didn't shoot the puck enough and now we shoot it more."
Steve Stamkos helps change Tampa's PP | 03/25/2014 8:02 AM
News
It shouldn't come as a surprise that Tampa Bay's power play has been much more dangerous since Steve Stamkos' return to the lineup.
St. Petersburg Times

Impact
The Lightning have gone 9-for-29 in their past seven games and Stamkos has produced four goals. Even if he isn't doing the scoring himself, it changes how the opposition defends. "Just look at the way he's defended," coach Jon Cooper said. "It's much like the way teams defend (Washington's Alex) Ovechkin. I wouldn't say they cheat, but he's the focal point."
Victor Hedman records his 12th goal | 03/25/2014 7:56 AM
News
Victor Hedman tallied his 12th goal of the 2013-14 campaign in Monday's shootout loss to Ottawa.
Tampa Tribune

Impact
It was his third power-play marker of the season. Hedman has broken out offensively this year, with 47 points in 65 games. The 23-year-old defender leads the Lightning in average ice time per game at 22:26 and he's finally living up to his potential as the second overall pick in the 2009 draft.
V. Filppula extends point streak to 9 games | 03/25/2014 7:50 AM
News
Valtteri Filppula stretched his point streak to nine games in Monday's shootout win over Ottawa.
Tampa Tribune

Impact
He earned an assist versus the Senators to give him 13 points over that span. Filppula is unlikely to surpass his personal high of 66 points this season, but he has set a career high already with 24 goals.
Nikita Kucherov scores in his return | 03/25/2014 7:45 AM
News
Nikita Kucherov potted his ninth goal of the season in his return to the lineup on Monday night.
Tampa Tribune

Impact
He went 14 straight games without scoring heading into Monday's appearance. Kucherov had been relegated to the press box for seven of Tampa Bay's last eight contests. He finished the game with three shots and a minus-1 rating in 8:41 of ice time.
Steve Stamkos scores in loss to Senators | 03/24/2014 10:47 PM
News
Steve Stamkos buried his 21st goal of the season in Tampa Bay's 4-3 shootout loss to Ottawa Monday.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
The sniper has scored at a 60-goal pace so far in his injury-shortened campaign and is really the only player currently in the league who can challenge Alex Ovechkin for the Rocket Richard Trophy over a full schedule. Nikita Kucherov and Victor Hedman also scored for the Lightning while the red hot Ondrej Palat registered two assists in the loss.
Ben Bishop sees personal win streak halted | 03/24/2014 10:44 PM
News
Tampa Bay goaltender Ben Bishop saw his winning streak stopped at five games when he suffered a shootout loss to Ottawa on Monday.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
The team that traded his away last season got a very small bit of revenge against the Vezina Trophy candidate by beating him for three goals on 32 shots. The record drops Bishop's exceptional record to 34-11-7 for the year. His GAA is 2.18 while his save percentage is .927.
Nikita Kucherov will draw back in Monday | 03/24/2014 5:11 PM
News
Nikita Kucherov will dress Monday night versus Ottawa.
Tampa Tribune

Impact
He has been a healthy scratch for five straight games and seven of Tampa Bay's past eight. "He's 20, so I think he's taken a huge step as it is just to play however many games he has played," coach Jon Cooper said. "He's learning about the NHL. Kucherov played (17) games in the American Hockey League, so he's learning pro and everything he's been doing has been two thumbs up from me." He has one assist in his last 10 games and he hasn't scored a goal since Jan. 19.
Bolts like what Callahan brings to the table | 03/24/2014 10:40 AM
News
Ryan Callahan has fit in nicely for the Tampa bay Lightning since being acquired from the Rangers.
Tampa Tribune

Impact
"With our team, that was probably a little bit of an element we were missing," said coach Jon Cooper. "He just brings a different dynamic to our team. And that kid knows how to play the game below the dots and we just have not had a whole lot of those players wheel through our organization. So he's been a great fit for us. He's one of those guys you never have to worry about in the locker room, you know what you are getting and it's 100-percent effort. You can't have enough of those guys." Callahan has also contributing on the scoreboard with two goals and three assists in nine games.
Ben Bishop gets some time off to recollect | 03/23/2014 6:33 AM
News
Ben Bishop will get three days of rest thanks to Anders Lindback starting on Saturday afternoon.
St. Petersburg Times

Impact
The Lightning didn't practice Friday and they won't take to the ice on Sunday either. Bishop wants to be better in the crease coming out of his mini break. "I want to do better," said Bishop, who has a 2.96 GAA and an .896 save percentage in his past nine outings. "I want to do better for the guys, especially when they're scoring goals. I don't want to make them close games. But right now just coming up with timely saves in the third period is going to make the difference."
Ondrej Palat stays hot, records his 19th goal | 03/23/2014 6:27 AM
News
Ondrej Palat earned the Lightning a point in the standings with a pretty rush goal against Pittsburgh on Saturday afternoon.
Tampa Tribune

Impact
He sent the game into overtime by scoring the tying goal at the 18:38 mark of the third period. "I saw their D was back and didn't have a lot of speed, so I just went around him," said Palat, who now has 19 goals and 49 points in 71 games. The talented rookie has picked up at least one point in seven of his past eight games.
V. Filppula sets new personal best for goals | 03/22/2014 4:18 PM
News
Valtteri Filppula netted his 24th goal of the season Saturday afternoon.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
That is a new career high for the 30-year-old forward. Filppula is currently enjoying an eight-game point streak as well, which has seen him produce four goals and eight assists. He has 53 points in 66 games this season.
Anders Lindback has another rough outing | 03/22/2014 3:57 PM
News
Anders Lindback made 25 saves in a 4-3 loss in overtime to Pittsburgh on Saturday.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
The Lightning backup has gone winless in his last four contests (0-3-1), while allowing 14 goals. Lindback owns a mark of 5-12-2 on the year to go with an .878 save percentage and a 3.26 goals-against average.
Stamkos stays hot, records 2 points vs. Pens | 03/22/2014 3:54 PM
News
Steve Stamkos produced a goal and an assist in Tampa Bay's 4-3 overtime loss to Pittsburgh Saturday afternoon.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
The Lightning superstar is getting back into a groove after returning from a broken leg. He has six goals and nine points in his past six outings. Radko Gudas contributed a pair of helpers in the loss, while Valtteri Filppula and Ondrej Palat had the other Tampa goals.
Lindback to start v Penguins Saturday | 03/22/2014 11:40 AM
News
Updating an earlier item, it will be Anders Lindback, not Ben Bishop, who will start in goal against Pittsburgh Saturday afternoon.
Missy Zielinski Twitter

Impact
Make sure you make the switch in advance of the 1:00 pm start time.
Purcell needs to shoot more | 03/22/2014 9:45 AM
News
Despite his two goals Thursday against the Senators, Teddy Purcell has not had a particularly good season.
St. Petersburg Times

Impact
He has scored only 12 goals despite having a tremendous wrist shot. Part of the problem is that Purcell doesn't shoot enough. He is averaging under two shots per game and needs to be more unselfish around the net. "He [Purcell] has such a great shot," linemate Valtteri Filppula said. "It's just that "sometimes," goalie Ben Bishop said, "you have to pound it into his head to use it." Teddy, listen to your teammates. Crank it up more often!
Bishop likey to face Penguins Saturday | 03/22/2014 9:39 AM
News
Look for Ben Bishop to start in goal Saturday afternoon against Pittsburgh.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
The game starts at 1:00 pm EDT so make sure Bishop is active on your roster if you want his stats.
Eric Brewer scores his first goal of the year | 03/21/2014 8:31 AM
News
Eric Brewer finally got his first goal of the season.
Tampa Tribune

Impact
He scored for the first time in 65 games during Tampa Bay's 5-4 victory over Ottawa on Thursday night. Brewer has 13 points and 123 hits on the year.
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