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Raw Charge Apr 21, 2017
Quick Strikes: Nikita Kucherov finally joins Twitter

Quick Strikes: Nikita Kucherov finally joins Twitter

Kucherov sends some tweets, Stamkos discusses the struggles of recovering from his injury, and Crunch playoff hockey starts tonight! The Bolts Notoriously media-shy Nikita Kucherov joined Twitter yesterday. Here's a quick sampling from his very active first day on the social media platform. Ok, who should I follow? Any suggestions?— Nikita Kucherov (@86Kucherov) April 20, 2017 Good choice! Hi @ovi8 https://t.co/M9AaS1LQas— Nikita Kucherov (@86Kucherov) April 21, 2017 Funny https://t.co/uE2eUTbWkQ— Nikita Kucherov (@86Kucherov) April 21, 2017 Cool video. ...
The Hockey Writers Apr 17, 2017

Does Drouin Fit Into Lightning’s Future?

For the second straight offseason, Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman’s biggest question revolves around who he will be able to re-sign ahead of free agency. Last summer’s list included captain Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov and Alex Killorn, among a handful of others. This offseason, Yzerman’s biggest decisions will be what to do with […]
Raw Charge Apr 13, 2017
That’s why they play the games: A look back at Lightning preseason predictions

That’s why they play the games: A look back at Lightning preseason predictions

A look back at a time when we had hope. Five months ago Tampa Bay Lightning fans were quite optimistic about the season. Steven Stamkos was under contract, Nikita Kucherov was coming back, and the team had arguably the best one-two combination in net. After two close calls, this was going to be the year they hoisted the Stanley Cup. Here at Raw Charge we made (well I, without any consultation, made) some predictions. There was no statistical basis for these predictions and I might have been drinking a bit while making them (hence the 2015-16 typo in the dek). I’m not going to use...
Raw Charge Apr 13, 2017
Quick Strikes: Brayden Point joins Team Canada for World Championships

Quick Strikes: Brayden Point joins Team Canada for World Championships

Point joins Cooper at the IIHF World Championships, the Syracuse Crunch rout the Utica Comets 7-2, and Mathieu Joseph and Bokondji Imama advance to the QMJHL semi-finals. The Bolts Our very own iActium did a deep dive into the data to understand what happened to the Tampa Bay Lightning this season. Was it an aberration or the start of a worrisome trend? “If there is one term that sums up the Lightning’s season, however, it would be: ‘inconsistent.’ The purpose of this article is to look at the Lightning’s year and see what went wrong.” [Raw Charge] Steven Stamkos has high praise...
Raw Charge Apr 12, 2017
Exit Interview: Steven Stamkos, Hedman “one of the best defensemen in the world”

Exit Interview: Steven Stamkos, Hedman “one of the best defensemen in the world”

Transcribed for accessibility. Steven Stamkos talks about the core of the Tampa Bay Lightning, his frustrating history with injuries, and the leadership of Victor Hedman. In the final days of the regular season, the Tampa Bay Lightning players reflect on the ups and downs of a very tumultuous year. For the sake of clarity and fluency, I have omitted extraneous uses of the phrases “you know,” “obviously,” “and,” “so,” and “but.” Steven Stamkos: Yeah, well I mean, it’s going to be an interesting summer regardless, I think. We need to and would love to re-sign the guys...
FOX Sports Apr 11, 2017
Lightning GM Steve Yzerman on Point, Stamkos and more (Part 2 of 2)

Lightning GM Steve Yzerman on Point, Stamkos and more (Part 2 of 2)

At his end of season presser, Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman talks about the strong play of Brayden Point in his first season, Steven Stamkos' recovery and whether not making playoffs can benefit team's health after deep runs the past two seasons. (Part 2 of 2)
Raw Charge Apr 11, 2017
Exit Interview: Steve Yzerman, “I don’t think injuries are the reason we did not make the playoffs”

Exit Interview: Steve Yzerman, “I don’t think injuries are the reason we did not make the playoffs”

Transcribed for accessibility. Steve Yzerman discusses early season defensive breakdowns, roster decisions, the emergence of young players, Stamkos’s recovery, and his perspective on mental fatigue. As the season ends, members of Tampa Bay Lightning reflect on the ups and downs of a very tumultuous season. For the sake of clarity and fluency, I have omitted extraneous uses of the phrases “you know,” “obviously,” “and,” “so,” and “but.” Question: Steve, how do you kind of balance the encouragement of the last 20-30 games with the big picture and the disappointment of...
Raw Charge Apr 11, 2017
Exit Interview: Jon Cooper, “We’re all a part of this, myself included”

Exit Interview: Jon Cooper, “We’re all a part of this, myself included”

Transcribed for accessibility. Jon Cooper talks about ending the season in April, the importance of Steven Stamkos, and growing from this experience. As the season ends, members of Tampa Bay Lightning reflect on the ups and downs of a very tumultuous season. For the sake of clarity and fluency, I have omitted extraneous uses of the phrases “you know,” “obviously,” “and,” “so,” and “but.” Question: What was your message to them [the players] as you told them goodbye for the summer? Jon Cooper: Ultimately, the - We can pat ourselves on the back for a job well done...
FOX Sports Apr 10, 2017
Steven Stamkos says the Lightning need to work on their defensive game this offseason

Steven Stamkos says the Lightning need to work on their defensive game this offseason

Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos weighs in on what's to come for the team.
Raw Charge Apr 9, 2017
NHL Playoff Race: Lightning eliminated; Crunch down to one

NHL Playoff Race: Lightning eliminated; Crunch down to one

With Toronto’s win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Lightning have been eliminated. The past 15 or so games saw a valiant effort by the Lightning to get back into the race. Ultimately, their January struggles put them into a hole that proved too big to completely pull out of. They were close, though. A three game losing streak against Toronto, Washington, and Arizona was ultimately the nail in the coffin. Pull one win out of those three games, and the Lightning are still in the hunt on the last day of the season. If it’s against Toronto, the Lightning would have been in a position of...
Raw Charge Apr 7, 2017
Nikita Kucherov scores 40th goal of the season for the first time in his career

Nikita Kucherov scores 40th goal of the season for the first time in his career

...And we hope not the last time! In tonight’s game against the Montreal Canadiens, Nikita Kucherov scored his 40th goal of the season on a swift shot over Carey Price’s stick. With the goal, Kucherov joins Steven Stamkos, Vincent Lecavalier, Marty St. Louis, and Brian Bradley as the only members of the Lightning to score 40 or more goals in a season. .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%;...
numberFire Apr 7, 2017

Steven Stamkos (knee) unlikely to return for Tampa Bay's final two games

Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (knee) feels his recovery has hit a plateau and he is unlikely to return before the end of the regular season. What It Means: "It's probably not looking that good," Stamkos said Thursday. "It's frustrating from an individual perspective, where I want to be out there trying to help my team, especially at this (time of) year, but (the knee) just doesn't feel right." It sounds like Stamkos will miss Tampa Bay's final two games of the regular season. Despite unfortunate injury luck throughout the year, the Lightning remain in the playoff hunt....
Raw Charge Apr 7, 2017
Quick Strikes: Victor Hedman is the first Lightning defenseman to hit the 70-point mark

Quick Strikes: Victor Hedman is the first Lightning defenseman to hit the 70-point mark

The Bolts defeat the Leafs, Hedman sets another franchise record, and Stamkos is unlikely to return this season. The Bolts The Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1 to keep the post-season dream alive. "It was set up to be a night of disappointment for the Lightning, but as the case has been during the second half of the season Tampa Bay found a way to stay in the playoff race." [Raw Charge] In last night’s game, Matt Hunwick interfered with Nikita Kucherov. When no penalty was called, Kucherov laid a clean hit on Jake Gardiner. Chaos ensued. Steven Stamkos...
FOX Sports Apr 6, 2017
Steven Stamkos says return to Lightning lineup this season not looking good

Steven Stamkos says return to Lightning lineup this season not looking good

Steven Stamkos talks about his recovery from knee surgery and says his return to the Tampa Bay Lightning lineup this season is not looking good with only 3 games left in the regular season.
Raw Charge Apr 6, 2017
Quick Strikes: More recalls! Bournival and Conacher join the Tampa Bay Lightning

Quick Strikes: More recalls! Bournival and Conacher join the Tampa Bay Lightning

The Bolts make a couple of recalls, Stamkos says he'll come back when he's ready, and prospect highlights. The Bolts "The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled forwards Cory Conacher and Michael Bournival from their American Hockey League affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch." [Tampa Bay Lightning] If the Bolts miss the playoffs, it's not because the players stopped trying to win. "They have the drive of a championship team, even if they have not won a Championship. That all comes from heart, to suggest this team has none is just misguided anger." [Lightning Insider, subscription] Gabriel Dumont...

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