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Team: Tampa Bay Lightning
Age / DOB:  (49) / 8/23/1967
Ht / Wt:  5'8' / 167

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Tampa Bay's slow starts have concerned coach Jon Cooper.
The Lightning have seven first-period goals in 12 games, with six coming in two contests. The team has trailed after one period six times, led after one twice and there have been four goalless ties. Nov 7 - 10:09 AM

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Rick Bowness has signed a multi-year extension with Tampa Bay.

It was reported recently that he was interviewed for the head coaching job in Anaheim, but they are set to name Randy Carlyle as their bench boss on Tuesday. Bowness joined Tampa Bay as associate coach in 2013-14.
Jun 14 - 11:34 AM

The Lightning have a whopping 12 players who will particiapte in the upcoming World Cup of Hockey.

They are tied with the Blackhawks for the most players from one team who are on rosters. It is certainly a testimony to the teams' scouts and development people that Tampa has become such a powerhouse squad in the NHL. Ben Bishop and Ryan Callahan will skate for Team U.S.A., while Jonathan Drouin (North America), Steven Stamkos (Canada), Andrei Vasilevskiy, Vladislav Namestnikov and Nikitak Kucherov (Russia), Valteri Filppula (Finland), Andrej Sustr and Ondrej Palat (Czech Republic) and Anton Stralman and Victor Hedman (Sweden) will also compete in the tournament.
May 28 - 10:05 AM

The Tampa Bay Lightning have inked a one-year affiliation agreement with ECHL Kalamazoo.

Kalamazoo will serve as the Lightning's primary ECHL partner for the 2016-17 campaign. "We are very happy to welcome the Kalamazoo Wings to the Lightning organization today," Lightning assistant general manager Julien BriseBois said. "The Wings have maintained a strong commitment to success and we are proud to partner with them. We look forward to furthering the development of our prospects in the ECHL while helping the K-Wings win the Kelly Cup next season."
May 25 - 12:19 PM

Tampa coach Jon Cooper shuffled his forward lines for Game 4.

The change worked out very well for the Lightning as they were able to defeat the Penguins 4-3 and tie the series 2-2. Vladislav Namestnikov centered a line featuring wingers Alex Killon and Nikita Kucherov, while Jonathan Drouin played alongside Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat. Cooper could opt to start Game 5 the very same way.
May 21 - 10:29 AM

The Tampa Bay Lightning could eliminate the New York Islanders on Sunday, but they know that won't be easy.

"One thing we have learned is you get the other team's 'A' game on those opportunities that you have to close the team out," coach Jon Cooper said. "We saw (that) when we played Detroit. They gave us everything we possibly had, and I'm sure that's going to happen (today)." If the Islanders do manage to stay alive, these two teams will go back to Brooklyn for Game 6.
May 8 - 10:36 AM

The Lightning players can certainly use the 4-5 days off they will get between their series-clinching win Thursday night against Detroit and the start of the second round.

Tampa awaits the winner of the Florida-Islander series, a series which will finish at the earliest on Sunday. The second round would then start on Tuesday, a full five days after the Lightning dispatched the Red Wings. The Bolts could use the rest. Both Ryan Callahan and Cedric Paquette are banged up and Tyler Johnsons seems to be under the weather.
Apr 23 - 9:21 AM

The Tampa Bay Lightning are using their playoff experience to their advantage.

"I truly believe been there, done that helps. I think when you’ve been put in these situations before, you’re just better prepared," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "I’m not sitting here saying every single game is going to go like this. … But are you giving yourself a chance? The last two nights, when the game’s got a little dicey, hung in the balance, we’ve found a way. We truly believe that’s a couple of years of playoff experience at work." The Bolts currently lead the best-of-seven series 2-0 with Game 3 in Detroit on Sunday.
Apr 17 - 11:21 AM

Jon Cooper wasn't happy with Canadiens defenseman Greg Pateryn on Saturday night.

Tyler Johnson's head hit the ice because of a shove (after the whistle) from Pateryn. Johnson didn't return to the game and Cooper made his frustration known after the game. "The wonderful thing about this game, why we all love this game, is honor and respect, and (Pateryn) put a blatant disregard for both," Cooper said. "It was egregious what happened. There's no place for it. I'm at a loss for words for what happened." Cooper went on to say that those kind of hits could be season or career-ending.
Apr 10 - 10:55 AM

The Tampa Bay Lightning clinched a playoff spot despite losing to the Rangers on Tuesday.

With Boston dropping to Carolina, the Lightning assured themselves more spring time hockey. They won't win the Atlantic Division though, the Florida Panthers claimed that.
Source: Dan Rosen
Apr 5 - 11:17 PM

The Tampa Bay Lightning set a new franchise record by winning their ninth straight game on Saturday night.

It wasn't easy, but the Bolts managed to pull off a 4-3 win in overtime over the Carolina Hurricanes. "It's hard enough to win in this league, let alone ring off nine in a row," coach Jon Cooper said. "It would be really awesome if Anaheim didn't reel off 11 in a row (the Ducks won their team-record 11th straight Saturday afternoon). They're kind of stealing our thunder a little bit." The winning streak has helped propel the Bolts to first place in the Atlantic Division. They're two points ahead of second place Florida.
Mar 6 - 10:29 AM

Tampa Bay will play five of their next six and 11 of the next 14 games at home.

The Lightning appear to be turning things around with three straight wins and a 6-3-1 record in their past 10 outings. "And so now, we have six games before the All-Star break, and five of them are at home. We have to take care of business here," said coach Jon Cooper. "It starts with a team (Pittsburgh) that pretty much is in the exact same position as we are. We're battling for a (playoff) spot with them, and we have to find a way. We can't sit here and say we've won a couple in a row. We're the one team that I don't think has really gone on any sort of run. We've started one here, and now we have to keep this going." Tampa Bay had the best home record in the league last year, but they have posted a 10-8-2 mark this campaign. That will have to improve to get them back in the postseason.
Jan 15 - 8:34 AM

Tampa Bay's power play has been much better.

The Lightning have nine power-play goals in the past five games. Unfortunately, the team's production during even strength situations has been lacking. "We are not doing much 5-on-5 lately," captain Steven Stamkos said. "First it was our power play was not there and 5-on-5 was decent. Now the power play is getting hot and the 5-on-5 is nonexistent. We have to find a way, it's not fun when you are in these games."
Jan 1 - 8:37 AM

Despite outshooting the Capitals 36-20, the Tampa Bay Lightning still couldn't come up with a win on Saturday night.

"I can’t keep standing up here and saying, ‘I can’t believe we walked away with zero points in that game’,’’ Lightning head coach Jon Cooper said. "It feels like every time we lose a game, that’s what I keep saying." The Bolts are currently in sixth place in the Atlantic division and they're three points behind New Jersey for the final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference.
Sun, Dec 13, 2015 10:08:00 AM

Jon Cooper has agreed to a multi-year extension with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Cooper took over as the team's head coach on March 25, 2013 and thus far the team has done a great job under him. He has a 113-70-23, has led Tampa Bay to the playoffs in back-to-back campaigns, and guided them to the Stanley Cup Final. So it's no surprise that he's being kept.
Fri, Dec 4, 2015 12:37:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Steven Stamkos
2Tyler Johnson
3Valtteri Filppula
4Brian Boyle
LW1Ondrej Palat
2Alex Killorn
3Vladislav Namestnikov
4Jonathan Drouin
5Cedric Paquette
RW1Nikita Kucherov
2Ryan Callahan
3Brayden Point
4J.T. Brown
5Joel Vermin
D1Victor Hedman
2Anton Stralman
3Jason Garrison
4Braydon Coburn
5Nikita Nesterov
6Andrej Sustr
7Slater Koekkoek
8Luke Witkowski
G1Ben Bishop
2Andrei Vasilevskiy