Diana C. Nearhos, Lightning Reporter

Diana C. Nearhos

Lightning Reporter

I’ve only ever been employed as a professional people-watcher: a lifeguard and a journalist. I am an incessant questioner who just wants to find and share a story. I enjoy getting to know the people involved with a game and sharing them with the reader. My life in sports started at Boston College’s Alumni Stadium at age 2, or it started at birth when my dad put a stuffed basketball in my crib for easy identification. Covering the Lightning is the obvious combination of those two loves, sports and telling stories.

Lightning will rock black jerseys for home weekend games

The Lightning's alternate
“Disrupt the night” jerseys return for weekend games, starting on Saturday.

Inconsistencies plague Lightning early in season

Lightning forward Yanni Gourde and the rest of the team have to play with more consistency. The fifth of six consecutive road games takes place Tuesday in Montreal. Fred Chartrand  |  AP
A Stanley Cup favorite beat the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday, but a lackluster group fell to the Ottawa Senators on Saturday.

Lightning aren’t backing up Curtis McElhinney’s play in net

Ottawa Senators defenceman Mark Borowiecki (74) collides with Tampa Bay Lightning centre Alex Killorn (17) and centre Anthony Cirelli during second period of NHL action in Ottawa, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019. Fred Chartrand  |  AP
Diana C. Nearhos’ takeaways: Brayden Point shouldn’t be dropping the gloves. Lightning aren’t rolling four lines. Senators’ arena leaves a lot to be desired.

Vladislav Namestnikov lands Ottawa Senators’ final blows against Lightning

Ottawa Senators center Vladislav Namestnikov (90) attempts to check Tampa Bay Lightning center Anthony Cirelli (71) during first period of NHL action in Ottawa on Saturday. Fred Chartrand  |  AP
Tampa Bay drafted Namestnikov in the first round eight years ago. He had two goals and an assist for the Senators.

Ottawa Senators’ odd-man rushes sink Lightning

Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson (41) scoops the puck up in front of Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) as Senators defenseman Nikita Zaitsev (22) defends during the first period Saturday. Fred Chartrand  |  AP
Giving up opportunities off the rush has been a recurring issue for Tampa Bay early this season.