Last night the Fourth Annual Bright House Networks Cut for a Cure Charity Challenge, presented by Carrabba’s Italian Grill, was held at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Several players from the Tampa Bay Lighting traded in their skate blades for razor blades. Matt Carle, BJ Crombeen, Vinny Lecavalier, Alex Killorn and Teddy Purcell made up Team Lightning and shaved their heads in the support of children battling cancer. There were 29 adults and children who also participated. Stylists from the Darren Pena Salon and Spa in Carrollwood dotingly guided the children.
"We are very pleased to introduce Jon as our head coach today," Yzerman said. "He has had success at every level he has coached and is extremely familiar with our organization, as well as our players. He has a tremendous record at all levels and we feel he is ready to make the move to the NHL."
This past Sunday the Lightning organization announced the release of head coach Guy Boucher who had been with the team for the past three years.
Early this morning General Manager Steve Yzerman announced the release of Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Guy Boucher.
Last night's 5-3 loss against the Ottawa Senators proved to be the final straw, ending Boucher's three-year tenure as head coach. The loss brought the Lightning's record to an abysmal 13-17-1, leaving them 14th, or second to last, in the Eastern Conference.
Not only do we have the largest jumbotron in North America — I like to refer as the humungotron — but we also have the tallest goaltender in Bolts history, Anders Lindback. Although, Mathieu Garon is back, Lindback, who towers over the other players at 6-foot-6, is said to be a key element in the Lightning's success.
A host of new players and the return of seasoned veterans like Vinny Lecavalier, Marty St. Louis, and the league's leading goal scorer Steven Stamkos, will help to solidify one of the best seasons yet in pursuit of the cup.
The Bolts came within a game of the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals. Here is the story of that game ... in tweets.
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The rallying cry of the Tampa Bay Lightning once again came to the forefront in a game six that was both wildly unpredictable and wildly exciting.
The Lightning hung on to win, 5-4, forcing a game seven Friday night in Boston. The Lightning’s biggest stars were their best players on this night; Marty St. Louis, Vincent Lecavalier and Steven Stamkos all combined for 8 points.
“It was a great game,” Lightning captain Vincent Lecavalier said. “We never quit. We didn’t want to stay on our heels in the third. Even though we had the lead, we kept on going and kept on pressing. I thought that we played pretty well defensively at the end of the third period.”
Dwayne Roloson or Mike Smith?
It was the question of the past 48 hours that was not answered until thirty minutes before game time.
After Monday night’s result, it will most likely not be answered for another 48 hours, through no fault of anyone involved.
Tonight’s answer, Mike Smith, played a great game in a surprise start, but got almost no goal support, in the 3-1 loss to the Boston Bruins. The setback put the Lightning on the verge of elimination, trailing in the best of seven series 3-2.
Now, the question will remain, Dwayne Roloson or Mike Smith? Perhaps the bigger question should have been how you beat Tim Thomas. What appeared to be an easy answer suddenly has become much more difficult.
The Lightning got out of the gates quickly in this one, when Steven Stamkos broke in on a 2-1 break with Simon Gagne. Stamkos got the pass to Gagne, who put a knuckle puck past Tim Thomas. Thomas appeared to get over just a bit late on the shot and just got beat on it. The Lightning dominated the first period, out-shooting the Bruins 14-4, but Tim Thomas turned away all but the Gagne goal. As it usually does in hockey, the inability to get more than one goal would come back to haunt the Lightning in a big way in this game. While the Bolts took a 1-0 lead into the intermission, the second period would be a bit more of a challenging frame for them.
As the Lightning took to the ice at TD Bank Garden for game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals, 1,336 miles away on the concourse outside the St. Pete Times Forum sat a sea of lawn chairs, all pointed towards the parking garage wall. Projected onto the garage three stories tall was the television feed for hundreds of Lightning fans to watch and cheer together.
It was a tale of two different games.
The first 20 minutes saw the Tampa Bay Lightning play tentative, turn the puck over, and pull the puck out of its own net on three separate occasions. The remaining 40 minutes saw a Lightning team that was all over the Bruins, played their game, created turnovers and dominated. It was that team that dominated on the scoreboard as well, scoring 5 unanswered goals to give the Lightning a huge comeback win and tie the best of seven series at two games a piece.
The Lightning played well at times in the first period, but their mistakes all seemed to find the back of their net; Patrice Bergeron scored two goals, one shorthanded, and Michael Ryder added one of his own to give the Bruins what appeared to be an insurmountable lead at 3-0. Nothing went right in the period for the Lightning.
“We’ve been in that situation a lot this year and we were able to come back,” forward Simon Gagne said. “We were really positive, even though we were down 3-0. We talked about the first goal, and after that everything was possible.”