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Mikhail Sergachev scores twice as Lightning shuts out Blue Jackets (w/ video)

Mikhail Sergachev scores twice as Lightning shuts out Blue Jackets (w/ video)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Mikhail Sergachev said he blacked out for a few seconds after his first NHL goal Thursday night, a rocket slap shot from the point."I didn’t know what to do," Sergachev said, smiling. "I’m like, ‘What am I supposed to do?’?"The rooki...
Updated: 5 hours ago

Joe Smith’s takeaways from Thursday’s Lightning-Blue Jackets game

While Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov grab the headlines, don’t sleep on their linemate, Vladislav Namestnikov. Namestnikov is far from a third wheel, with eight points in eight games. "He might not have the names the other two have, but he’s as p...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Lightning journal: Derrick Brooks helps J.T. Brown make a difference

Lightning journal: Derrick Brooks helps J.T. Brown make a difference

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Lightning wing J.T. Brown’s decision to stop his anthem protest began to take shape just a few days after he raised his right fist before the Oct. 7 game against the Panthers in Sunrise.Brown, 27, was encouraged when interim Tampa po...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Tampa Bay should say no thanks to these sporting events

Tampa Bay should say no thanks to these sporting events

Tampa Bay has become the Break-Glass-In-Case-of-Emergency City.When the NHL decided to pull out of the Olympics, it needed someone — and quick — to host this season’s All-Star Game. Tampa Bay stepped right up.When the NFL realized that the new footba...
Published: 10/19/17
Lightning’s J.T. Brown to stop anthem protest, focus on community involvement

Lightning’s J.T. Brown to stop anthem protest, focus on community involvement

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Lightning wing J.T. Brown will no longer raise his fist as a protest during the national anthem before games.But Brown, 27, one of about 30 black players in the NHL, will instead continue a more hands-on approach in the community in ...
Published: 10/18/17
Updated: 10/19/17
Lightning approaches decision time for Mikhail Sergachev

Lightning approaches decision time for Mikhail Sergachev

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Mikhail Sergachev had dinner with his host family from juniors Monday.With the Lightning in Detroit to play the Red Wings, the Reid family made the trek across the Detroit River from Windsor, Ontario, where Sergachev arrived from Rus...
Published: 10/18/17
Rick and Tom podcast: How good is this Lightning team?

Rick and Tom podcast: How good is this Lightning team?

The Lightning is 5-1-1 to start the season but giving up a lot of goals each game, so just how good is this team? Rick Stroud and Tom Jones break it down in their latest podcast.The guys also discuss the horrible injury to Gordon Hayward of the Celti...
Published: 10/18/17
Peter Budaj, Lightning lose to Devils in shootout; Nikita Kucherov scores

Peter Budaj, Lightning lose to Devils in shootout; Nikita Kucherov scores

NEWARK, N.J. — For Peter Budaj, Tuesday’s season debut had a shaky start.This was a tough position for Budaj, 35, playing in his first game in about three weeks. And he looked rusty early on, Budaj allowing an innocent-looking wrist shot squeak throu...
Published: 10/17/17
Updated: 10/18/17

Joe Smith’s takeaways from Lightning-Devils

D Mikhail Sergachev earned more ice time Tuesday, logging more than he had in the past three games (when he played fewer than 10 in two). He was poised on the power play. He kept things simple. This was one of the 19-year-old’s better games, includin...
Published: 10/17/17
Lightning’s Steve Yzerman enjoying Nikita Kucherov’s scoring run

Lightning’s Steve Yzerman enjoying Nikita Kucherov’s scoring run

NEWARK, N.J. — If anyone knows what it is like to be as hot as Nikita Kucherov is right now, it’s Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman.On Monday, Kucherov, 24, joined Yzerman, Mario Lemieux and Keith Tkachuk as the only players in the past 30 year...
Published: 10/17/17
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