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Philadelphia Flyers' Jakub Voracek, center, celebrates with Matt Niskanen, right, and Joel Farabee after scoring a goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Most dangerous lead in hockey? This season, it's all of them

Jan. 23, 2020 2:42 AM EST

Joel Quenneville remembers years past when NHL teams leading going into the third period could feel comfortable chalking up two points. A win was a pretty sure bet. Earlier this season, his Florida Panthers erased a four-goal deficit to win a game. And then they did it again. Even the three-time Stanley...

Minnesota Wild's Eric Staal (12) and Ryan Suter (20) congratulate Zach Parise (11) on his goal as Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Curtis McElhinney (35) watches during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Hannah Foslien)

Parise, Suter score as Wild beat Lightning 3-2 to snap skid

Jan. 17, 2020 12:04 AM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Ryan Suter and the Minnesota Wild knew the importance of starting their seven-game homestand with a strong performance. Minnesota had lost four in a row and was coming off a particularly deflating 7-3 defeat at Pittsburgh that included a lineup-card snafu that put them down a...

FILE - In this Oct. 25, 2019, file photo, Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock shouts from behind the bench during the third period of the team's NHL hockey game against the San Jose Sharks in Toronto. Babcock and Peter Laviolette are among the six coaches already fired this season. (Hans Deryk/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

Analysis: NHL season marked by coaching carousel, changes

Jan. 15, 2020 3:15 PM EST

Firing coaches during the season has been relatively common in the NHL for decades. The volume is nonetheless jaw-dropping in 2019-20 — and there is still half a season to go. Seven coaches have been either fired or forced out. Gerard Gallant of the Golden Knights became the latest casualty Wednesday when...

Los Angeles Kings right wing Dustin Brown (23) screens Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) on a goal by left wing Kyle Clifford (not shown) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Stamkos' shootout goal lifts Lightning over Kings 4-3

Jan. 14, 2020 11:32 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — With a blistering shot that glanced off the goalie's shoulder and into the net, Nikita Kucherov saved the night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. The reigning NHL MVP and scoring champion scored with a little over a minute left in regulation and Steven Stamkos delivered the game-deciding goal...

Tampa Bay Lightning's Andrei Vasilevskiy, right, blocks a shot by Philadelphia Flyers' Travis Sanheim during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Maroon, Vasilevskiy lead Tampa Bay to 10th straight victory

Jan. 11, 2020 10:44 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Tampa Bay got offense from an unlikely source to keep its winning streak going. Pat Maroon scored the game's only goal, Andrei Vasilevskiy made 23 saves and the Lightning tied a club record with their 10th straight win, 1-0 over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday night. The Lightning...

Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov celebrates his goal against the Arizona Coyotes during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Kucherov scores 2, Lightning top Coyotes 4-0 for 9th in row

Jan. 9, 2020 11:54 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Nikita Kucherov and the surging Tampa Bay Lightning are in a serious groove. Kucherov had two goals, Andrei Vasilevskiy made 25 saves and the Lightning beat the Arizona Coyotes 4-0 Thursday night for their ninth consecutive victory. “We’re having fun," Kucherov said....

Tampa Bay Lightning center Carter Verhaeghe (23) celebrates with the bench after his third goal against the Vancouver Canucks during the third period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Verhaeghe's hat trick helps Lightning rout Canucks 9-2

Jan. 7, 2020 11:23 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A matchup between the two hottest teams in the NHL turned into a mismatch in a hurry. Rookie Carter Verhaeghe had his first career hat trick and Tampa Bay scored three times in less than a minute to finish a six-goal second period that propelled the Lightning to their season-best eighth...

Tampa Bay Lightning center Mitchell Stephens (67) celebrates his goal agaonst Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Petr Mrazek (34), of the Czech Republic, during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Lightning beat Hurricanes 3-1 for seventh straight win

Jan. 5, 2020 9:00 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Not even a brutal schedule is slowing the Tampa Bay Lightning. Steven Stamkos had a goal and an assist, Nikita Kucherov had two assists and Tampa Bay beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1 Sunday for their seventh straight victory. The Lightning, who played a 5 p.m. game at Carolina after...

Tampa Bay Lightning center Tyler Johnson (9) celebrates his winning goal with left wing Ondrej Palat (18) as Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson (41) watches during third-period NHL hockey game action in Ottawa, Ontario, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press via AP)

Johnson helps Lightning beat Senators 5-3 for 6th straight

Jan. 4, 2020 11:49 PM EST

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — After giving up the go-ahead goal in the closing seconds of the second period, the Tampa Bay Lightning were fired up during the second intermission. They used that anger to fuel a strong third period to keep their winning streak going. Tyler Johnson scored with 1:30 left in...

Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) celebrates his goal against the Montreal Canadiens with defenseman Victor Hedman (77) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Lightning overcome sluggish start, beat Canadiens 5-4

Dec. 28, 2019 11:30 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Through 12 minutes, Tampa Bay trailed by two goals and hadn't even put a shot on net. Then the Lightning got the puck moving, and after that, Montreal couldn't keep up. Victor Hedman matched the franchise record for assists by a defenseman with four, Alex Killorn scored twice and Tampa...