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Tampa Bay Lightning's Victor Hedman (77) picks up the Prince of Wales trophy after the Lightning defeated the New York Islanders in overtime in Game 6 of the NHL hockey Eastern Conference final, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Lightning put past behind in advancing to Stanley Cup Final

Sep. 18, 2020 3:36 AM EDT

Jon Cooper experienced difficulty in finding the right words. Emotionally spent following a 2-1 overtime Eastern Conference final series-clinching win over the New York Islanders, the usually articulate Tampa Bay Lightning coach searched putting into perspective what it meant to be returning to the Stanley Cup...

Tampa Bay Lightning players celebrate a win over the New York Islanders during overtime in Game 6 of the NHL hockey Eastern Conference final Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Cirelli scores in OT, Lighting beat Isles to reach Cup Final

Sep. 18, 2020 12:15 AM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Five years after socially distancing from the Prince of Wales Trophy and losing in the Stanley Cup Final, the Tampa Bay Lightning got their hands on and arms around it to embrace their Eastern Conference championship. Anthony Cirelli scored in overtime and Tampa Bay beat the New...

Tampa Bay Lightning players celebrate their victory over the New York Islanders following NHL Eastern Conference final playoff game action in Edmonton, Alberta, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Top players have Lightning on verge of first final since '15

Sep. 14, 2020 7:04 PM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The last time the Tampa Bay Lightning reached the Stanley Cup Final, Andrei Vasilevskiy was a rookie goalie who played when starter Ben Bishop was injured, the “Triplets” line of Ondrej Palat, Tyler Johnson and Nikita Kucherov led the offense and defenseman Victor...

Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Barclay Goodrow (19) and New York Islanders' Matt Martin (17) fight during the third period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Eastern Conference final, Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Despite loss, Lightning have blueprint to play without Point

Sep. 12, 2020 2:36 AM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Brayden Point didn't walk out of the tunnel to the ice with his Tampa Bay Lightning teammates for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference final, and there's no certainty he'll do so in Game 4. Sure, Tampa Bay could use its leading scorer and playoff MVP front-runner after losing to the...

Tampa Bay Lightning's Mikhail Sergachev (98) and Nikita Kucherov (86) celebrate a goal against the New York Islanders during the third period of Game 2 of the NHL hockey Eastern Conference final, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Lightning's Killorn suspended, may be Point-less vs Isles

Sep. 10, 2020 6:10 PM EDT

It didn't take long for Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper to go from fist-pumping to refocusing. With the Lightning already minus captain Steven Stamkos, forward Alex Killorn was suspended by the NHL for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference final series against the New York Islanders on Friday night. And Cooper...

Tampa Bay Lightning's Mikhail Sergachev (98) and Nikita Kucherov (86) celebrate a goal against the New York Islanders during the third period of Game 2 of the NHL hockey Eastern Conference final, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Kucherov scores late; Lightning take 2-0 lead over Islanders

Sep. 9, 2020 11:44 PM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Even though the Tampa Bay Lightning seem to possess some overtime magic in the playoffs, this was not the the time for more hockey. Losing leading scorer Brayden Point to injury and Alex Killorn to ejection and after going into the game with just 11 forwards, the Lightning played...

Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat (18) celebrates his second goal of the game with teammate right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) during the second period of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff game against the Boston Bruins in Toronto, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020. (Cole Burston/The Canadian Press via AP)

Weary Islanders set to face rested Lightning in East finals

Sep. 6, 2020 6:30 PM EDT

In an NHL playoff like no other, New York Islanders coach Barry Trotz has grown accustomed to the various unexpected challenges. There’s been times he’s waited until 10 p.m. to learn when the next day's practice is scheduled. Game times had been reshuffled after the Tampa Bay Lightning and Columbus...

Lightning captain Steven Stamkos ruled out of East final

Sep. 6, 2020 4:22 PM EDT

Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper ruled out captain Steven Stamkos from playing in the Eastern Conference finals series against the New York Islanders. “He's not available. He didn't skate today. Not going to play in the series,” Cooper said during the team's Zoom call on Sunday, a day before...

Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat (18) celebrates his second goal of the game with teammate right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) during the second period of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff game against the Boston Bruins in Toronto, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020. (Cole Burston/The Canadian Press via AP)

Palat scores twice, Lightning beat Bruins to lead series 3-1

Aug. 29, 2020 9:33 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Well-rounded winger Ondrej Palat is scoring, reigning MVP Nikita Kucherov is defending and the Tampa Bay Lightning have taken over their series against the Boston Bruins. Palat scored two goals to give him four in the past three games, Kucherov was part of a strong defensive effort in the...

Vegas Golden Knights' Brayden McNabb (3) and goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) celebrate the win over the Chicago Blackhawks in an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series, Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Agent for Vegas goalie Fleury raises questions with tweet

Aug. 22, 2020 9:01 PM EDT

Peter DeBoer didn't name his starting goaltender for Game 1 of the Vegas Golden Knights' second-round series against the Vancouver Canucks. A tweet Saturday by Marc-Andre Fleury's agent may have given that information away, and it certainly stirred up questions in the middle of the playoffs. Agent Allan Walsh...