February 1, 2013 - Lightning take an early lead, and end it with the score of 8-3. Photos: R. Pitts/ CC Media + Entertainment
Steven Stamkos met with fans during the holidays!
Photots from the Bolts' 4-3 win over Buffalo on October 25th, 2011
By Dory LeBlanc
The Lightning have seen their fair share of injuries this season, but saw two defensemen, Radko Gudas and Eric Brewer, return to the lineup Saturday night in Tampa Bay's 2-1 OT loss to Winnipeg.
Through 20 minutes of play, the Lightning trailed the Jets 1-0 after Blake Wheeler redirected Jacob Trouba's shot from the blue line to put Winnipeg up early, but considering Tampa Bay was outshot 15-5, the one-goal deficit was good news.
Offensively, the Lightning were flat for most of the first two periods, and struggled to keep the puck out of their own zone. The result was Tampa Bay being outshot 27-9 halfway through the second period. However, the Lightning made adjustments and outshot the Jets 8-2 in the final 10 minutes of the second.
With 0.2 seconds to play (the clock was reset to 1.1), Nate Thompson was kicked out of the faceoff circle, sending in Martin St. Louis who won the draw and got the puck to Gudas. Gudas took a shot which was rebounded to Thompson who fired from the slot past Al Montoya to knot the game at one-a-piece heading into the second intermission.
After a scoreless third period, the teams headed to OT, where Alex Killorn looked to have the game winner 41 seconds in, but the puck hit the post. 23 seconds later Mark Scheifele tapped the puck in past Lindback to end the game.
Anders Lindback was outstanding for the Bolts, boasting a .944 save percentage despite the loss, stopping 34-of-36 shots. Lindback moves to 2-6 on the season following Saturday night's game.
Next up: The Lightning travel to Washington DC to take on the Capitals Tuesday at 7pm. Catch all of the action on sister station 970WFLA, with coverage beginning at 6:30.
by Steve Carney / 620 WDAE
The Lightning locker room was a happier place Thursday following the team's 3-1 win over Ottawa. Click below to hear interviews from Head Coach Jon Cooper and the players who made an impact in the game.
Head Coach Jon Cooper
Forward Martin St. Louis (2 goals, +2)
Goalie Ben Bishop (33 saves on 34 shots faced)
Forward Ondrej Palat (2 assists, +2, 9 hits)
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Lightning captain Martin St. Louis provided a big chunk of offense in a Lightning victory.
by Steve Carney / 620 WDAE
The Bolts got their scoreless drought ended, and in a big way.
Marty St. Louis finished with a pair of goals, and Ben Bishop had 33 saves, as the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Ottawa Senators 3-1 Thursday.
The Bolts started poorly, but ended up taking the lead late in the first period, as Ondrej Palat fed St. Louis from behind the net, and the Lightning captain beat Robin Lehner on the short side.
Ottawa came out for the second period down 1-0, but tied the game up with just over six minutes gone in the period, as Keith Aulie took an interference penalty, and on the ensuing power play, Patrick Wiercioch beat Bishop to knot the game up.
St. Louis got Tampa Bay back in the lead with just under seven minutes to play in the period, missing the net on a breakaway, but getting a second chance as Palat fed him again from behind the goal for his second tally of the night.
Ottawa peppered Bishop with 34 shots, but the Tampa Bay netminder allowed just the single goal to earn the victory.
The Lightning lost a pair of defensemen, as Victor Hedman left in the first period with an upper-body injury, and Aulie was removed with a lower-body injury in the second period.
Tampa Bay wraps up a stretch of five of six at home Saturday night when they host the Winnipeg Jets. Face-off is scheduled for 7:00.
1. TBL - Martin St. Louis (11). Assists - Palat, Carle. Time - 16:45
1. OTT (pp) - Patrick Wiercioch (1). Assist - Turris. Time - 6:11
2. TB - Martin St. Louis (12). Assists - Palat, Johnson. Time - 13:19
1. TB - Valteri Filppula (10). Assists - none. Time - 10:56
1. TB RW Martin St. Louis (2 goals, +2)
2. TB G Ben Bishop (33 saves on 34 shots faced)
3. TB LW Ondrej Palat (2 assists, +2, 9 hits)