4:08 PM EDT, Fri May 27, 2016
Lighthouse Hockey 6 hours ago

A lot of words and numbers regarding Steven Stamkos and the New York Islanders

Because it's the offseason. Also, Stamkos. I wouldn't even be writing this if it wasn't for two guys I trust bringing it up first. First on the Point Blank podcast, then later on Hockey Night in New York, NHL.com's Brian Compton said that the Islanders would be big players should Steven Stamkos hit unrestricted free agency on July 1. On the latter show, Compton said his sources indicated that incoming majority owners Jon Ledecky and Scott Malkin are looking to make a splash right off the bat and Stamkos could be the pool they jump in at the time they take over. Around the same time,...
Tampa Tribune 8 hours ago

Jones: Lightning falls just short of goal

The Lightning's season of destiny came one goal short of its mission, one game shy of a return trip to the Stanley Cup, columnist Tom Jones writes. Not even the stunning return of Steven Stamkos could push the Lightning closer to its dream.
Fear The Fin 17 hours ago

2016 Stanley Cup Final Schedule: Sharks start series on the road against Penguins

The return of Steven Stamkos wasn't enough to save the Tampa Bay Lightning, as the Pittsburgh Penguins have defeated them in Eastern Conference Final game seven tonight, and they will be moving on to face the Sharks in the Stanley Cup Final. San Jose went 1-1 against Pittsburgh in the regular season, winning at Consol Energy Center 3-1 and losing 5-1 at home to the Penguins. The Sharks were outscored in those two games 6-4, but each team scored three goals at even strength. Game one of the final will take place in Pittsburgh on Monday, May 30 and, like every other game in the series, will...
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 20 hours ago
Return of Steven Stamkos gives Lightning lift, but not enough to win

Return of Steven Stamkos gives Lightning lift, but not enough to win

With less than four minutes left in the second period and the Tampa Bay Lightning trailing, 2-1, Steven Stamkos unleashed a vicious shot on a one-on-one against Penguins rookie goaltender Matt Murray, who looked to have pushed the puck wide.
Tampa Bay Times 22 hours ago

Steven Stamkos status up in air for Game 7

There's certainly a lot of smoke and speculation when it comes to whether Lightning captain Steven Stamkos will play in tonight's Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final.
Loose Rust piles up goals, ties rookie record

Loose Rust piles up goals, ties rookie record

On Sunday, long before the puck dropped for Game 5 of the Penguins-Lightning series and when it was still quiet in Consol Energy Center, winger Bryan Rust was goofing around on the ice at the tail end of the morning skate.
Tampa Bay Times May 26, 2016

No Steven Stamkos, Ben Bishop for Game 7

With the Lightning's season on the line in tonight's Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final, it needs all the help it can get.
Hockey Wilderness May 26, 2016

Another superb season from Spurgeon

The line outside Chuck Fletcher's door is getting shorter, but that doesn't mean he's quite done with the exit interview process. Today, Fletcher sits down with Jared Spurgeon, and this is how we imagine this conversation would go. Come on in Jared, good to see you. I can't wait to delve into your season and look ahead at what's to come. For the second year in a row you set your career high in goals, and you also set a career high in points. You did this while playing around 23 minutes per game against the top lines of opposing teams. More important than the point totals though, throughout...
Tampa Bay Times May 25, 2016

Bishop unlikely to play in Game 7, Stamkos status unchanged

With the Lightning's season on the line in Thursday's Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final, the natural inclination is to wonder if two of the team's biggest stars, captain Steven Stamkos and goalie Ben Bishop, might return for it.
Raw Charge May 24, 2016

Quick Strikes for Tuesday, May 24

The character of the Lightning shines in their comeback in game 6, updates on recovering players on the Bolts, player movement in the idled masses of NHL and KHL players, other off-season news and reads for Tuesday. Goalie Ben Bishop is not going to rush back from his down-time caused by a lower leg injury in game 1. There's also a token update here on Steven Stamkos' situation and the comeback of Anton Stralman. [Tampa Bay Times] Erik Erlendsson, doing his thing over at Lightning Shout, recaps the game 5 antics of the Bolts. [Lightning Shout] Hey, Tampa Bay Lightning? Yeah, GeoFitz4...
On the Forecheck May 23, 2016

Free Agency Preview: Eric Staal

It's only fitting that we start our preview of this summer's targets with the guy we joked about trading for last summer. The Basic Info There was a time when Eric Staal was an amazing hockey player. He brought a cup to Carolina, and scored a bunch of goals in the process. He then went on to keep up a steady career in the NHL, posting 70 point seasons up until the last lockout, when he finished with 53 points in 48 games in that shortened season. But the last two years have stained his value. In a summer where names like Stamkos, Ladd, Eriksson, and Backes will be in demand... this former...
Raw Charge May 23, 2016

Quick Strikes for Monday, May 23rd

In case you missed it over the weekend, Lightning re-sign two prospects, Kristers Gudleskis has interest from Europe and a fun story featuring Jeff Vinik on what happens behind the scenes at Amelie Arena on game day. Cool story in the Tampa Bay Times on Lightning owner Jeff Vinik and what happens behind the scenes on game day at Amelie Arena. [Tampa Bay Times] Bolt Prospects provides more info on the the Lightning re-signing Joel Vermin and Tanner Richard. [Bolt Prospects] Roy Cumming suggests that Jonathan Drouin's emergence is at least a small silver lining to Steven Stamkos' injury....
On the Forecheck May 23, 2016

Monday's Dump & Chase: Hold The Door

What do winners do? Survive. Hockey Related Links Rallies in Game 5 victory again reflect Lightning's grit | Tampa Bay TimesGRITTIEST TEAM IN THE NHL. Without question. No Stamkos? No Bishop? 3-2 series lead on the world-beaters from Pittsburgh. Penguins notebook: Daley out with broken ankle | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette That's a big loss for the Pens, as Tampa Bay trips over their own broken carcasses to get to a 3-2 lead. Fleury: ‘I should have been better’ – ProHockeyTalkMaybe, but maybe starting a game 5 in a 2-2 series was a bad spot to start your postseason. Jonathan Drouin got lit...
Lighthouse Hockey May 23, 2016

Islanders News: U.S. downed, silence in the Pitts, new owner dreams

Seen Stamkos? Happy (?) Monday and thanks for sticking with us through a long season and the weeks after. This week begins our report cards, draft talk, and other fun offseason traditions that are starting a bit later (hooray, winning a playoff round!) than usual. Islanders Reads Our own Dan Saraceni plus Brian Compton of NHL.com were guests for Hockey Night in New York, including some more talk about the new owners, "a splash," and speculation about seeing Stamkos. [BlogTalkRadio (giant pop-up ad warning)] Speaking of which, a season review and a look ahead. [Isles Talk] Cool footage...
Tampa Bay Times May 22, 2016

Fleury in for Penguins, still no Bishop or Stamkos

The Penguins have made a switch in goal, turning to veteran and Stanley Cup-winning goaltender Marc Andre Fleury for Game 5 tonight against the Lightning.

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    Steven Stamkos

    A lot of words and numbers regarding Steven Stamkos and the New York Islanders

  • Victor Hedman

    Penguins' team meeting puts neutralizing Victor Hedman first

  • Ben Bishop

    Lightning without Ben Bishop and Steven Stamkos for Game 4

  • Brian Boyle

    Fennelly: For Lightning's Brian Boyle, winning and family go hand in hand

  • Ryan Callahan

    That was fast; WATCH Ryan Callahan's game-opening goal

  • Andrei Vasilevskiy

    Jones: Lightning needs Andrei Vasilevskiy to turn in best-ever game pronto

  • Anton Stralman

    Stralman's return gives Lightning a boost

  • Nikita Kucherov

    At least it wasn't Vladislav: Baby girl named after Lightning's Nikita Kucherov

  • Erik Condra

    Islanders vs. Lightning Game 4 Coverage: Isles aim to even series at home

  • Jonathan Marchessault

    Could Jonathan Marchessault make '16 playoff debut tonight?