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Valtteri Finnishes as the King

Vatteri Filppula (photo Kim Klement / USA SPORTS Today)

It was a matchup of the West Coast vs. the East Coast Thanksgiving Eve by the Bay. This was the first of two meetings between the LA Kings and the Tampa Bay Lightning for the 2015-16 season. The Kings came into to town with a record of 13-8-0 and 26 points.  For the Kings this […]

Happy Birthday Goal Support

Ben Bishop (30) is congratulated and more than likely wished "Happy Birthday" by Matt Carle .(Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

  Coming into the “Oil Can” tonight you might think the Lightning would be challenged by the red hot Anaheim Ducks.   Not the case as the Lightning blow out the Ducks on Ben Bishop’s birthday. It was the first of two meetings with this West Coast rival. The Lightning will meet the Ducks in So Cal within 12 days. […]

Lightning Finnish with a Shorty

Vatteri Filppula (photo Kim Klement / USA SPORTS Today)

Brian Boyle took an interference call at the 18:34 mark in the third period with the scored tied 1-1.  The Rangers already had momentum after Dominick Moore tied the game just five minutes prior with his second goal of the season.  Prior to that a smooth penalty kill by the Rangers after a Ryan McDonagh […]

Pirri Five Holes Bish Twice

NHL: Philadelphia Flyers at Tampa Bay Lightning

Brandon Pirri scored the only shootout goal and a regulation penalty shot goal beating Ben Bishop five hole on both. Tonight was the first of five meetings between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Florida Panthers.  Tampa Bay won three of four against the Panthers last season, including both games that were played here at 401 Channel Side […]

Thank Goodness, a Flaming Win

Nov 12, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop (30) makes a save from Calgary Flames center Sam Bennett (93) during the third period at Amalie Arena. Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Calgary Flames 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

  Come east the Calgary Flames do. For a Stanley Cup Finals rematch from what seems like forever ago. The Lightning currently rank 10th in goals against per game in the NHL at 2.41. The Bolts have steadily improved in goals against each season and if they were matching their scoring record from last season they would […]

A Roadie for Eichel

Nov 10, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning center Valtteri Filppula (51) skates as Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel (15) defends during the third period at Amalie Arena. Buffalo Sabres defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Tonight the Lightning opened a three game home stand with a game against the Buffalo Sabres. This will be the Bolts final regular contest versus Buffalo, ironically all four regular season meetings against the Sabres are in the first 17 games of the season. The three previous games have gone to the Lightning. The Buffalo Sabres opened […]

Varlamov Stars in Tampa

Oct 29, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Ryan Callahan (24) shoots as Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov (1) makes a save during the first period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Lightning open a two game home stand with the first of two match-ups against the Colorado Avalanche. The Lightning were 1-1-0 against the Avalanche in 2014-15, the win came here at what we affectionately call the “Oil Can” on January 17th, in a 3-2 shootout. Ben Bishop was the net minder and […]

Not your Doormat Sabres

NHL: Philadelphia Flyers at Tampa Bay Lightning

Tampa, Fla.–  “We’re fortunate,” said Lightning head coach John Cooper after the Lightning’s 2-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night at the Oil Can.  “It was kind of embarrassing,” said game winning goal scorer Alex Killorn.   But throughout the game my thoughts were, ‘Wow this is not the doormat Sabres from last […]

Lightning gets Starred and Spezza’ed

Jason Spezza (90) is congratulated by teammates as he scored the 5th Stars goal.  Sepia was named the number one star. (Kim Klement / USA TODAY Sports)

Tonight was the first Western Conference matchup against the Central Division’s Dallas Stars to begin the Lightning’s two game home stand. Tampa Bay and Dallas were the two top scoring teams in the NHL last season. The Lightning first with 259 goals, Dallas second with 257… READ MORE…

J Ho and Wings Shut Down Bolts in Mo Town


Tonight was the first contest between the Lightning and Red Wings since Tampa Bay won their 2015 Eastern Conference tough first round series in seven games. The first 20 minutes of the game left you wondering who is gonna score first in this match-up.  Both teams were in their fast skating back checking style. Back on […]