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The Tampa Bay Lightning lost its first player to injury this season in Tuesday's 4-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres, as forward Tom Pyatt exited the game and was later announced to be out indefinitely. Pyatt left the game in the third peri...
The Tampa Bay Lightning lost its first player to injury this season in Tuesday's 4-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres, as forward Tom Pyatt exited the game and was later announced to be out indefinitely. Pyatt left the game in the third period after suffering a broken collarbone in what was his season debut. He had missed the first two games of the season with an undisclosed upper body injury. Tampa Bay announced Wednesday that there will be no call-ups from the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League because of Pyatt's injury. The Lightning will go ahead with a 22 man roster -- 12 forwards, 8 defensemen, 2 goalies -- for now. There was earlier speculation that the Bolts could recall someone for depth from the Syracuse Crunch, but that's not in the cards for the moment. Pyatt, a forward with good checking and defensive skills, led all forwards in blocked shots (36) last season. He also had scored eight goals and had eight assists during the shortened 2013 campaign. In 2011-2012, he notched 12 goals and 19 points in 74 games.
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Last Week Sat., Oct. 5 - Crunch at Binghamton - OTL, 4-3 This Week Sat., Oct. 12 - Crunch vs. Rochester - 7 p.m. Sun., Oct. 13 - Crunch vs. W-B/Scranton - 5 p.m. Need to Know - The Syracuse Crunch play their 20th home opener ...
Last Week Sat., Oct. 5 - Crunch at Binghamton - OTL, 4-3 This Week Sat., Oct. 12 - Crunch vs. Rochester - 7 p.m. Sun., Oct. 13 - Crunch vs. W-B/Scranton - 5 p.m. Need to Know - The Syracuse Crunch play their 20th home opener at the War...
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Last season, in dramatically unlucky fashion, the Tampa Bay Lightning finished the year 7-21 in games decided by one goal, which was worst in the league by quite a bit. While year-over-year, winning percentage in one-goal games seems to...
Last season, in dramatically unlucky fashion, the Tampa Bay Lightning finished the year 7-21 in games decided by one goal, which was worst in the league by quite a bit. While year-over-year, winning percentage in one-goal games seems to be mostly based on luck, so far, the Lightning seemed to have changed theirs from a season ago, as they defeated the Buffalo Sabres 3-2 in OT to take 4 out of 6 possible points on the season-opening 3-game road trip. They now head to the friendly confines of the Tampa Bay Times Forum for a 7-game homestand. After getting manhandled by the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday, the Bolts came out of the gate a lot stronger in the first period, controlling the puck for long stretches and peppering Sabres goaltender Jhonas Enroth with shots. He finished the opening frame with 10 saves as Tampa Bay outshot Buffalo 10-3 in the first, a marked difference from the first period against Chicago where Tampa Bay was held without a shot on goal. (It also makes you cringe thinking of when Buffalo has to play Chicago ...) The first period also served as an introduction for these two teams as new Atlantic Division rivals, as Radko Gudas dropped the gloves with Marcus Foligno following a bit hit on Valterri Filppula and Victor Hedman engaged in his fourth career NHL fight in a bout with Buffalo Sabres agitator Steve Ott after Hedman took offense to a hit during/after an offsides call as Hedman entered the Buffalo zone. The second period saw things settle down a little more as Buffalo started to get more pucks into the Tampa Bay zone, eventually drawing a hooking penalty on Pierre-Cedric Labrie that sent them to the power play. Matt Carle, playing in front of Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop, blocked a shot from Buffalo Sabres defenseman Jamie McBain that bounced straight to Cody Hodgson at the side of the net who put it behind a helpless Bishop for a 1-0 Sabres lead. The Lightning answered right back after Sabres forward Drew Stafford left the ice on a lazy line change with Victor Hedman starting a rush from below the faceoff dot in his own zone. Hedman gained speed, unchallenged through the neutral zone as Grirogrenko came on for Stafford behind the play, and fed the puck to Ondrej Palat on the left wing who quickly moved it back to Hedman in the middle on a brief 3 on 2 rush. Hedman managed a nifty spinning pass to Tyler Johnson alone on the right wing who sent the puck right past Jhonas Enroth's ear and into the net to knot the game at a goal apiece. As is fairly common for Jon Cooper-coached teams, however, the Lightning are prone to taking penalties, and a late-period hooking call on Eric Brewer sent the Sabres back to the man advantage with a chance to take a lead heading into the final twenty minutes. On the ensuing power play, a missed opportunity to clear the zone led to a quick 2 on 1 that Victor Hedman had to dive to break up -- unfortunately, he sent the puck straight into open ice between the circles where Jamie McBain was waiting to fire it past Ben Bishop who was screened by Hedman on the play. The Lightning answered with more solid 5v5 play in the third, nearly missing on a few excellent chances to tie the game when a bizarre play ended up negating an apparent Buffalo goal by Sabres winger Thomas Vanek. Vanek was called for a high-sticking penalty, and referee Paul Devorski put his arm up to signal the delayed call -- but the Sabres touched the puck seconds later and Devorski allowed play to continue, apparently unaware that it was Buffalo who had the puck. Vanek then scored on a tip play off a point shot, but the goal was immediately waved off. Video replay showed that Matt Carle was hit in the face by his own stick, so to say that the Lightning got lucky in that moment is a bit of an understatement. Rather than heading to center ice for a face off now down two goals on the road, the Lightning were still down by only one with a power play and an offensive zone draw, which they won, quickly set
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Sep 28, 2013; Sunrise, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Anders Lindback (39) makes a save against the Florida Panthers in the second period at the BB Good morning, ladies and gentlemen! Welcome to today’s edition of Back of the Net wh...
Sep 28, 2013; Sunrise, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Anders Lindback (39) makes a save against the Florida Panthers in the second period at the BB Good morning, ladies and gentlemen! Welcome to today’s edition of Back of the Net where we take you through all the latest and greatest news and updates from in and around the Bolts Nation, and the world of hockey. Tomorrow, our Tampa Bay Lightning open the doors to the Tampa Bay Times Forum to not just all of us, the Bolts Nation, but to the in-state rival Florida Panthers. You can bet that the Bolts will be looking to capitalize on the energy of the home crowd to really take it to the Panthers. Are you ready to Be The Thunder? Today, like most others at the beginning of a season, is a busy day in the NHL. So, without further ado, let’s get this party started. Sit back and relax as we take you through all the latest updates, news, and rumors from not just around the Bolts Nation, but the great, wide world of hockey. Top Gun Line Ready to Fire on All Cylinders (Tampa Bay Lightning) Detroit Red Wings Prospects Most Likely to Be Called Up in 2013-14 (Bleacher Report) Dennis Seidenberg gets extension (ESPN Boston) Wild center Coyle out 3-4 weeks (Fox Sports) Flyers players take onus for Laviolette’s firing (NHL.com) New York Islanders to Sit Cal Clutterbuck One More Game (FanSided) Afternoon Edition Oct. 8: Lessons learned and coaching changes (Raw Charge) 3 Stars From The Buffalo Sabres Week 1 (Sabre Noise) Is The Leafs’ Quick Start Fluky Or Legit? (Editor in Leaf) New Coyotes owners supremely confident of franchise’s future successes in Phoenix (Yahoo! Sports) Be sure to stay up-to-date with all the latest Lightning news and updates with Bolts By the Bay. LIKE us on Facebook at Bolts By The Bay, and you can follow us on Twitter at @BoltsByTheBay. Back of the Net: Bolts By The Bay 10/9/13 - Bolts by the Bay - Bolts by the Bay - A Tampa Bay Lightning Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
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Tonight at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, the Tampa Bay Lightning picked up their second win of the season as they defeated the Buffalo Sabres 3-2 in overtime. Oct 8, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning center Alex Killorn ...
Tonight at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, the Tampa Bay Lightning picked up their second win of the season as they defeated the Buffalo Sabres 3-2 in overtime. Oct 8, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning center Alex Killorn (17) scores the game winning goal in overtime on Buffalo Sabres goalie Jhonas Enroth (1) at First Niagara Center. Tampa Bay beats Buffalo 3 to 2 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports There were both positives and negatives coming out of tonight’s game. We’ll take a look at those now. The scoring may not have started up right away in the first period, the tensions certainly did. At 3:22 into the game, Buffalo left wing Marcus Foligno almost took penalty box the head off of Lightning center Valtteri Filppula. As a result, Foligno drew the ire of Bolts defenseman Radko Gudas. After the gloves were dropped and the dust cleared, both men were awarded fighting majors and sent to the box. Just over 2 minutes later, Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers is sent to the box for 2 minutes for Interference on Steven Stamkos. This would give the Lightning the first Power Play of the game. Unfortunately, they found themselves unable to capitalize. Believe it or not, the fighting didn’t end there. Just after the halfway point in the period, Buffalo right wing Patrick Kaleta would get all up in the face of Steven Stamkos; however, the refs intervened; no gloves were dropped, and no penalties were assessed. To tell you the truth, I am surprised that this didn’t escalate further. Usually when someone really gets in the face of one of your main guys, someone usually gets a little froggy. At 12:38 in the period, the gloves would come off again; this time between Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman and Sabres center Steve Ott.It would appear that Hedman took exception to what he believed to be a late hit by Ott. Just in case you have an issue believing that Hedman actually participated in a fight, here is a look at the short scrap between Hedman and Ott. When the gloves were dropped a poor unfortunate ref happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and almost got taken out in the process. (Let’s be real though, we all would have laughed at least a little.) Both men were handed 5 minute majors for Fighting. As the final seconds ticked off of the clock in the first period, Sabres left wing Tyler Ennis was sent off for 2 minutes for Holding Gudas, which would put the Lightning on the Power Play at the beginning of the second period. Unfortunately for the Bolts, when the second period started up, they again found themselves unable to capitalize on the Power Play, putting them at 0-2 for the night on the PP. Just over halfway through the second period, the Sabres would draw first blood when center Cody Hodgson fired a wrist shot past a downed Ben Bishop, and put the Sabres on top for the first time tonight. Not even thirty seconds later, the gloves would drop for the third time this evening. This time, it was Lightning left wing Ryan Malone and Sabres defenseman Mike Weber. As usual, both were rewarded for their efforts with a 5 minute Fighting major each. Just over 2 minutes later, the Bolts would battle back. Tyler Johnson would fire off a wrist shot past Sabres goaltender Jhonas Enroth off of a beautiful spin around pass from Victor Hedman and Ondrej Palat. It truly was a beautiful play worthy of a second look. Unfortunately, the Bolts wouldn’t get off that easy in the second period. After the goal from Johnson, the Sabres would find themselves with back-to-back power play opportunities. The first came at 14:47 when Radko Gudas was sent to the box for 2 minutes for Roughing Steve Ott. The Sabres were unable to capitalize on this opportunity. Unfortunately for the Bolts, the second opportunity is not quite the same story. At 17:11, Lightning defensemen Eric Brewer is sent to the box for 2 minutes for Hooking. During this time, Sabres defenseman Jamie McBain was able to fire a wrist shot pas
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The Tampa Bay Lightning will open their 21st season Thursday night at the Tampa Bay Times Forum when they take on their cross-state rival, the Florida Panthers, at 7:30 p.m. and there will be plenty for fans to do. The Bolts are in Buff...
The Tampa Bay Lightning will open their 21st season Thursday night at the Tampa Bay Times Forum when they take on their cross-state rival, the Florida Panthers, at 7:30 p.m. and there will be plenty for fans to do. The Bolts are in Buffalo tonigh...
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Khanty-Mansiysk 3 vs. Kazan 4 (OT) Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG Season totals: 10 GP, 2-2-4, -1, 2 PIM Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 10:01 in Yugra's 4-3 overtime loss to Kazan. Ex-Lightning first rounder A...
Khanty-Mansiysk 3 vs. Kazan 4 (OT) Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG Season totals: 10 GP, 2-2-4, -1, 2 PIM Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 10:01 in Yugra's 4-3 overtime loss to Kazan. Ex-Lightning first rounder Alex Svitov had the overtime winner for Ak Bars. read more
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Oct 5, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Teddy Purcell (16) skates with the puck against the Chicago Blackhawks during the first period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports Good afte...
Oct 5, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Teddy Purcell (16) skates with the puck against the Chicago Blackhawks during the first period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports Good afternoon and welcome to today’s edition of The Face-Off Circle. In this feature, one of our Bolts will face off against an opposing player of the team the Lightning face next. We will see how the two match up against each other, their respective teams, and against the rest of the league. In today’s edition of The Face-Off Circle, we put two wingers head-to-head. The Tampa Bay Lightning face the Buffalo Sabres in their third straight road game to start the season, so tonight’s game will be a test of stamina for the Lightning. All-Star left winger Thomas Vanek of the Sabres faces off with right winger Teddy Purcell tonight. Apr 19, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres left wing Thomas Vanek (26) and New York Rangers right wing Darroll Powe (8) during the game at the First Niagara Center. Rangers beat the Sabres 8-4. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports When you think of the Buffalo Sabres and the superstars they have on their team……well there are none. The closest thing to a superstar is Vanek and possibly goalie Ryan Miller. However, Vanek has shown the talent and promise over the past eight years of not only an all-star, but also an underrated player. As a 22 year-old in the 2006-07 season, the rising star from Vienna, Austria played in all 82 of Buffalo’s games, scoring 43 goals with 41 assists. Vanek won the NHL Plus/Minus Award that year as well, having the highest plus/minus statistic (47) in the league. In 2009, Vanek was elected to the Eastern Conference All-Star team, his only all-star game appearance so far in his career. Thomas has shined when playing against the Bolts though. In 31 games playing against the Bolts, he has scored 23 times including three hat tricks. That’s right, I said THREE hat tricks with the most recent one coming April 5th, 2011. He is an absolute scoring machine that our defense just can’t seem to shut down. To add on to those 23 goals, Vanek has assisted on thirteen goals scored against Tampa Bay. With Vanek being a co-captain and wearing the “C” during home games, there has got to be an higher sense of urgency to get the puck away from him as he has proven to be a huge scoring threat when playing against the Bolts. Now it’s on to the man who will line up opposite from Vanek, Teddy P. Since the Lightning acquired Purcell during the 2009-10 season from the L.A. Kings, he has been a consistent player for the Lightning. While players like Matin St. Louis and Steven Stamkos get more of the attention in Tampa, Purcell has pretty much flown under the radar as a scoring threat. Purcell was tested out by coaches on many different line combinations until they found the best spot for him: bringing up the right wing next to former Lightning captain and center Vincent Lecavalier. Lecavalier and Purcell were a dominant scoring tandem, each having the ability to make brilliant passes as well as score goals. With Purcell on the line with Vinny, he had eleven goals and 25 assists during the lockout-shortened season last year. Those may seem like a small stat-line when you compare it to other stars like Marty or Stammers but it is actually very productive. It shows the depth in goal scoring that the Lightning have to back up Marty and Stamkos when they are having a bad game or are being shut down. Against the Sabres however, Purcell hasn’t had the best of luck. He has only scored one goal in fifteen games against Buffalo, with just seven assists. With the departure of Lecavalier, Purcell is now on a line with young stars Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat but also rotates with Tom Pyatt on another line that has new addition Valtteri Filppula at center and Alex Killorn on the left side. Purcell has the opport
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Game day means a short list of links today. The Lightning face off against the Buffalo Sabres tonight at 7:30 EDT on NBCSN and WFLA 970AM. Check out the Raw Charge game preview. Local Tampa Bay Lightning Power Play Podcast 10/08/2013Be...
Game day means a short list of links today. The Lightning face off against the Buffalo Sabres tonight at 7:30 EDT on NBCSN and WFLA 970AM. Check out the Raw Charge game preview. Local Tampa Bay Lightning Power Play Podcast 10/08/2013Ben Bishop talks about Chicago and Rob Ray talks about Buffalo. For Bolts, plenty of lessons learned earlyRyan Malone said. "We had a little meeting (Monday) morning just to make sure that everybody is on the same page, what needs to be brought to the table every night, what's acceptable and what's not. And early on you have to make sure you get those lessons in and learning as fast as you can.'' Bolt Statistics | Tampa Bay Lightning data and analysis."Tyler Johnson, Richard Panik, and Ondrej Palat were on the ice for a grand total of (1) Fenwick event in their favor. Johnson and Palat had a Fenwick For % in the single digits which isn’t just bad, it’s like NHL players versus AHL players bad (which may not be far from the truth, and might explain a few things)." That doesn't sound good. Meanwhile, Richard Panik will sit this one out. #TBLightning Scratches for tonight's contest: Panik, Sustr, Barberio, who are taking extra work on ice during today's morning skate. — Missy Zielinski (@Missy_Zielinski) October 8, 2013 National Watch Jonathan Quick’s gaffe lead to Ryan McDonagh goal (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo SportsYou know there was some parade-level swearing after this one. (Also this hurts me to the core of my goalie soul.) Peter Laviolette fired by Flyers; Craig Berube to take over - Broad Street HockeyWell okay then. Whicker: Kariya leaves hole in the Ducks' scrapbook | kariya, ducks, game - Sports - The Orange County RegisterPaul Kariya won't hear of Anaheim retiring his number. Start to NHL season plagued by same old outrageous performance exaggerations | National Post'It’s early. Repeat it, hold it like a totem, breathe it in, breathe it out. " International Former Olympic MVP Miller must impress Bylsma to earn spot on U.S. team - NHL - Sporting NewsHe's always watching you, Ryan. Always. Hockey Canada and Nike unveil Team Canada jersey for 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games"These jerseys are distinctly Canadian and will ignite our nation’s pride..." says Hockey Canada president and CEO Bob Nicholson. So far, I think they've mostly ignited your nation's sarcasm. Farm Report (Minor leagues) Return to hockey an important sign of transition for Syracuse Crunch goalie Riku Helenius | syracuse.com"I don't like to give excuses. But you're a pro hockey player. You have to fight through it,'' [Helenius] said. "It was in my mind lots of times. But at the same time I'm not the first, or am I going to be the last, pro athlete to go through things like that. Last year, I wasn't that good. I should have played better.'' The Market (Numbers) Does Fighting Deter Other Nasty Business in Hockey? - Pension Plan PuppetsSo far in this study, the cheap stuff (slew footing, slashing, etc.) appears to be unaffected one way or the other by how willing a team is to fight, although the conclusions drawn here ought to be a bit less dramatic than the author makes them. Among other things, the argument is predicated on the idea that "fighting" means an enforcer is on the roster and takes care of most of the grunt work, which isn't always the case, right, Jon Cooper? And what about fights that are called as roughing? Another concern is that, in practice, players are deliberately and voluntarily taking on some of the enforcement role that referees officially have. So often we hear the phrase, "the refs are calling this game too tightly" as a way of indicating that the players are going to want to take some of that self-policing power back. Fights kind of take the place of certain minor penalties being called, but in a way that's impossible to quantify. So if the refs and the players are sharing the enforcement duties, how does that affec
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Lightning coach Jon Cooper made some lineup changes for tonight’s game with the Sabres.Right wing Richard Panik is scratched from his line with center Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat, and Teddy Purcell takes his place. Tom Pyatt tak...
Lightning coach Jon Cooper made some lineup changes for tonight’s game with the Sabres.Right wing Richard Panik is scratched from his line with center Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat, and Teddy Purcell takes his place. Tom Pyatt takes Purcell’s spot on the line with center Valtteri Filppula and left wing Alex Killorn, and …
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