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Team: Tampa Bay Lightning
Age / DOB:  (48) / 8/23/1967
Ht / Wt:  5'8' / 167
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Tampa Bay has hired Brad Lauer as an assistant coach.
He has served as an assistant with the Anaheim Ducks for the last four seasons. Lightning GM Steve Yzerman was in the market for someone to help with the power play, but Lauer's Ducks finished 28th in the league last year. Aug 18 - 2:06 PM

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Tampa Bay assistant coach George Gwozdecky will leave team to pursue other opportunities.

Coach Jon Cooper and the Lightning may choose to search for a replacement this off-season. Gwozdecky worked with the team for the last two years and the two sides agreed to mutually part ways.
Jun 22 - 6:09 PM

Coach Jon Cooper doesn't buy into the thought process that Tampa Bay is inexperienced in the playoffs anymore.

"We've gone from an inexperienced playoff team to an experienced playoff team," Cooper said. "We've been in this position before. This team has found a way. That's why we are where we are right now. We've been in so many different situations during this playoffs, whether we've been up 3-2, or down 3-2, we've gone through this now. People can't sit here and say, the inexperienced Lightning. I think we're the 'Gamer Lightning.' These guys have gamed out this playoffs, and I expect nothing less in Game 6 in Chicago." The Lightning will look to rally in Game 6 against Chicago like they did in the opening round against Detroit.
Jun 15 - 10:23 AM

Tampa head coach Jon Cooper seems to be taking the Lightning's power-play scoring drought in stride.

Tampa has scored only one goal in its last 11 man advatage chances in the Stanley Cup finals but Cooper doesn't seem overly concerned. "I tell our guys, you don’t have to score every single time, just don’t let it swing the momentum of the game,’" Cooper said. "We watched that happen in the Rangers series when they got a couple of power plays. We got the shorthanded goal on them on a five-on-three. Those are momentum swingers." That said, Cooper would still prefer to get his team going on the powerplay. "I don’t think we’ve gotten near the looks we can. You have to give them credit, they've got four guys and a goaltender that are trying to keep the puck out of the net. But yes, we feel we need to be better in that, no question." The success of the Bolts' and Hawks' powerplays might be a crucial factor in which team emerges victorious in the Cup finals.
Jun 13 - 8:16 AM

Although Tampa once again holds the home-ice advantage in the Stanley Cup finals, it might not be much of a boon to their chances for success.

In fact, the Lightning have not been particularily strong in the post-season at home sporting a 6-6 record and being outscored 38-32. "There was so much talk about how bad we were on the road [during the regular season], I think it changed our focus," Lightning head coach Jon Cooper said. "There was so much talk about how good we are at home, we just took that for granted. We wanted to put a show on at home. It didn’t work out for us." It should be an interesting Game 5. Don't miss it. Puck drop is Saturday night at 8:00 pm.
Jun 13 - 7:45 AM

Tampa Bay has been very comfortable playing on the road in the 2015 playoffs, where they have posted a 7-3 record.

"The one thing that I know going into the playoffs, there was so much talk about how bad we were on the road, I think our focus has changed," coach Jon Cooper said. "I truly believe — if it makes any sense at all — that our poor record during the regular season kind of united our focus. I think that's why we play better on the road." The Lightning feel more comfortable playing in tight games away from home when they don't have to put on a show for the hometown crowd. Tampa Bay won two games in Detroit, two in Montreal and three in New York's Madison Square Garden en route to the Stanley Cup Final and they will face another tough task in Chicago on Monday night in Game 3.
Jun 8 - 11:13 AM

Jon Cooper said that he has confidence in both Ben Bishop and Andrei Vasilevskiy.

"The one thing about Vasilevskiy is I know that we have unbelievably capable goaltenders," Cooper said. "When Bish had to leave, there wasn’t an ounce of stress on anybody on our bench, including myself. The kid proved it when he went in. He was great." There is some speculation that Bishop may have suffered a knee injury in the game, but the Lightning haven't revealed why he was forced from Game 2.
Jun 7 - 10:16 AM

Lightning head coach Jon Cooper admitted his team learned from their Game 1 loss to Chicago, and it helped them in Game 2.

"We’re learning the Stanley Cup playoffs on the job,’’ Lightning head coach Jon Cooper said. "I think what happened to us the other night was a lesson learned. That was the first time that happened to us in the playoffs, so what were we going to do be about that. If we get put in that position again, what do you do? And that position happened midway through the game when we had a 1-0 lead and we give up another two quick goals and it’s 2-1, but our guys wouldn’t be denied. There was just a fire on our bench when that happened. It wasn’t panic, it was (anger). And you have to love that in your team.’’
Jun 7 - 9:58 AM

There will be some adjustments made in Game 2 for Tampa Bay as the Lightning will likely go with 12 forwards and six defensemen.

A change in strategy as the Lightning had been primarily going with 11 forwards and 7 d-men for most of these playoffs. Mark Barberio, Nikita Nesterov, Jonathan Marchessault, Vladislav Namestnikov will all be scratches. It is very likely that Jonathan Drouin will draw into the lineup as the extra forward. We will keep you updated on that as the game draws nearer.

If records to date in this post-season are an indicator, the Lightning have a very good chance of winning Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals against the Blackhawks Saturday night.

The Bolts are 3-0 in Game 2s of this post-season winning all three in convincing fashion, 5-1, 6-2 and 6-2. Tampa coach Jon Cooper is hoping for more of the same after his club let a game they had slip away in approximately two minutes late in the third period.
Jun 6 - 10:32 AM

The Tampa Bay Lightning have an impressive record of 7-1 in games following a loss during the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs.

That bodes well for the Lightning's chances on Saturday, as they will try to even the Stanley Cup Final at 1-1. The only time Tampa Bay lost back-to-back games this postseason was when they dropped games 4 and 5 to Montreal in the second round of the playoffs, but they had a 3-0 series lead when that occurred.
Jun 4 - 6:22 PM

The Tampa Bay Lightning won't be feeling sorry for themselves after losing the opening game of the Stanley Cup Final to Chicago.

"It's a tough one, but we've been in this situation before, losing the first game, so we just have to rebound," said defenseman Victor Hedman. "We have to play the same way we did in the first two periods." The Lightning had a 1-0 lead going into the third, but the Blackhawks rallied late in the final frame to seize the win. The Bolts dropped Game 1 in Round 1 to Detroit and in the Eastern Conference Final versus the Rangers, so they have bounced back before. Tampa Bay had the best home record (32-8-1) during the regular season, but they have gone 5-6 at Amalie Arena in the playoffs.
Jun 4 - 10:39 AM

The Lightning will be the first team in NHL history to play against four Original Six NHL teams in one playoffs.

They knocked off the Red Wings, Canadiens and Rangers and will now face off against the Blackhawks. We suspect it may be a long time before a team is again in such a position.
May 31 - 10:10 AM

It appears that part of the reason the Lightning had trouble with the Rangers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference final is that 6-8 players played with the flu.

Tampa coach Jon Cooper, who didn't want to make excuses for the team's loss in Game 6, had this to say about the players who were sick: "things were coming out of them that shouldn't be coming out of them." Well the team sure responded in Game 7 and are now off to the Stanley Cup final. Kudos to whomever fed the Tampa players chicken soup the last few days.
May 30 - 10:35 AM

Coach Jon Cooper is looking for Tampa Bay's scoring depth to reappear in the playoffs.

So far Tyler Johnson's line has supplied most of the offense for the Lightning, recording 18 of the team's 35 goals. "If we want to advance, we're going to need more than (That Line) to score," Cooper said. "Depth is a big thing. You look across the hall (to the Rangers), and they haven't scored a ton of goals in the playoffs, but they're getting a balanced attack from a lot of guys (eight different players with two or more goals). And they're advancing, and that's how we're going to have to do it, is we need more guys to chip in. It's not like they're not trying to do it. They just haven't gone in right now, and they're going to need to find a way." The Bolts had 10 players who reached double digits in goals during the regular season.
May 18 - 12:50 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Steve Stamkos
2Tyler Johnson
3Valtteri Filppula
4Brian Boyle
5Vladislav Namestnikov
LW1Ondrej Palat
2Alex Killorn
3Cedric Paquette
4Jonathan Marchessault
5Jeff Tambellini
RW1Nikita Kucherov
2Ryan Callahan
3Jonathan Drouin
4J.T. Brown
5Erik Condra
D1Victor Hedman
2Anton Stralman
3Jason Garrison
4Matt Carle
5Braydon Coburn
6Nikita Nesterov
7Andrej Sustr
8Mattias Ohlund
G1Ben Bishop
2Andrei Vasilevskiy