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Columbus Blue Jackets' Seth Jones, front left, knocks the puck away from Tampa Bay Lightning's Brayden Point, as Blue Jackets' Joonas Korpisalo, of Finland, protects the net during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Point scores in OT to push Lightning over Blue Jackets 3-2

Jan. 21, 2021 10:59 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Brayden Point scored 1:56 into overtime, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 on Thursday night for their third straight win to begin the season. Tampa Bay's Andrei Vasilevskiy and Joonas Korpisalo traded great saves in extra time before Point tapped in a...

St. Louis Blues' Mike Hoffman (68) and San Jose Sharks' Fredrik Handemark (37) chase after a loose puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Capped out: Flat salary cap makes NHL teams get creative

Jan. 20, 2021 11:01 AM EST

In the 16 years since the salary cap has been a reality in the NHL, it never has been this much of a challenge to maneuver. Teams that made moves in 2019 and right up to the 2020 trade deadline expected the cap to increase substantially from the current $81.5 million. Then the coronavirus pandemic hit, the league...

Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) celebrates his goal against the Chicago Blackhawks with left wing Ondrej Palat (18) during the third period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Stamkos, Palat lift Lightning over Blackhawks again

Jan. 15, 2021 11:14 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Steven Stamkos and Ondrej Palat had a goal and an assist each, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-2 on Friday night. Yanni Gourde and Blake Coleman added a goal and an assist and Alex Killorn also scored as Tampa Bay completed a sweep in a season-opening two-game...

Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) celebrates his goal against the Chicago Blackhawks with center Brayden Point (21) and defenseman Victor Hedman (77) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Stamkos has goal, 2 assists as Lightning beat Blackhawks 5-1

Jan. 14, 2021 12:37 AM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Steven Stamkos had a goal and two assists in his return to the Tampa Bay Lightning lineup, and the defending Stanley Cup champions opened the season with 5-1 victory against the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday night. Stamkos underwent surgery in early March that kept him out of all but...

Lightning embrace challenge of defending Stanley Cup title

Jan. 5, 2021 7:45 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Winning Stanley Cup championships in consecutive seasons is rare. The Tampa Bay Lightning are confident they can do it. Even without leading scorer Nikita Kucherov, who’ll miss the year after undergoing hip surgery. The Lightning are that talented with a highly skilled offense...

Boston Bruins players skate around a goal during a speed drill at the team's NHL hockey training camp, Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

NHL training camps open with sense of urgency

Jan. 4, 2021 6:39 PM EST

Peter Laviolette pulled the mask away from his face to bark out instructions while pointing every which way with his stick, then put the mask back on and skated around to show his new players what to do. It was the first day of training camp for Laviolette and the Washington Capitals and most of the NHL. With the...