Confident Lightning Headed to East Final AgainWith Ben Bishop, Nikita Kucherov and Victor Hedman leading the way, the Lightning are back in the Eastern Conference final again after defeating the Detroit Red Wings and New York Islanders in the first two rounds.
Drouin Says It's on Him to Earn Chance to Rejoin LightningThough Jonathan Drouin is out of exile after the Lightning lifted his suspension, the play-making forward's NHL career remains in limbo now that he's returned to playing in the American Hockey League.
Trade Deadline Done, NHL Teams Gear Up for Playoff PushThe general feeling of anti-climax around the annual deadline reflected the tight nature of the NHL playoff race and the forbearance of executives unwilling to pay the market's high prices for a midseason gamble on team chemistry.
Lightning Say Stamkos Won't Be Traded Before NHL DeadlineThe team announced Monday that the two-time Maurice Richard Trophy winner won't be moved before this month's trade deadline. The announcement ends speculation that the defending Eastern Conference champions might abandon hopes of signing Stamkos, who has twice been the NHL's top goal scorer, to a long-term contract extension.
Lightning Win 7th Straight, End Blackhawks' 12-Game StreakAnton Stralman insisted the surging Tampa Bay Lightning didn't derive any extra satisfaction out of beating the Chicago Blackhawks to end a franchise-record 12-game winning streak for the defending Stanley Cup champions.
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