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Team: Tampa Bay Lightning
Age / DOB:  (47) / 8/23/1967
Ht / Wt:  5'8' / 167

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The Tampa Bay Lightning have had a difficult time scoring goals in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The Lightning are known for their potent offense, but they have now been shut out in two of their last three games in the series. "What’s been frustrating is we haven’t been scoring, and especially for a team that is used to scoring,’’ Lightning head coach Jon Cooper said. "It’s pretty tough when the name of the game is scoring and you are not scoring. We have to find a way.’’ Tampa Bay now trails Detroit 3-2 in their best-of-seven series, and they need to win on Monday in Detroit to keep their season alive. Apr 26 - 10:43 AM

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Tampa Bay went 0-for-6 on the power play in Game 3 against Detroit on Tuesday night.

Red Wings netminder Petr Mrazek stopped all 22 shots he faced in the match to give his team a 2-1 series lead. "It's tough when you go 0-fer," said coach Jon Cooper. "But I thought they generated (chances) — they just didn't go in for us." Tampa Bay went 2-for-4 with the man advantage in their Game 2 victory and 0-for-7 when they lost in Game 1. The Lightning went 34-5-2 this season when scoring a power-play goal.
Apr 22 - 9:08 AM

Tampa Bay has surrendered just 38 shots on goal after two games against Detroit.

"It's a little bit more attention to detail," Cooper said. "Guys are really back-pressuring hard. Coming back, they're coming back as a group, and they're committed. It's not so much a skill set playing D, it's a mental thing. And they've been really committed. That's what's helped us out." The 19 shots against per game is the lowest in the playoffs with Game 3 slated for Tuesday night in Detroit.
Apr 21 - 9:26 AM

Lightning head coach Jon Cooper wasn't impressed with Justin Abdelkader's hit from behind on Jason Garrison.

When asked about the hit, Cooper was careful but direct in his reply. "Is that the get-me-in-trouble question?’’ Cooper said. "Square behind, on the numbers in a vulnerable spot, guys have got multiple-game (suspensions) for that hit. But the game happens fast. They saw it a certain way. And I’ve seen that not called, seen guys get five (minute majors) out of it. We got a two. Abby is an honest player, plays the game hard and because he plays the game hard, he’s going to find himself in situations like that. I’m sure he didn’t mean to do it, but it was a tough spot to hit him.’’
Mar 29 - 11:04 AM

The Tampa Bay Lightning are 0-8-2 in their last 10 games against the Boston Bruins.

The two teams will square off again on Sunday. The last time the Bolts defeated the Bruins was on March 13th, 2012 and Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman are the only two currently players who were part of that game. "I don’t know if I buy into (if the Bruins are in the Lightning’s head)," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "It is a little annoying we haven’t beat them? Yeah, I would say that’s more of the word, but I’ve liked the way we’ve played against them in some of these games."
Mar 22 - 10:30 AM

Tampa Bay has worked hard to improve on the penalty kill this season.

The Lightning sit in a tie with Ottawa for the ninth spot in the league after they finished the 2013-14 season with the 23rd spot. The team has been much better on the kill at home, where they rank second overall with an 86.8 efficiency rating. Ben Bishop has been superb when Tampa Bay has been down a man. He is second in the league with a shorthanded save percentage of .910.
Mar 19 - 11:41 AM

Jon Cooper said it was just a matter of time before the Tampa Bay Lightning laid an egg on home ice.

The Lightning have been one of the better teams on home ice this season, but they dropped a 2-1 decision to the Jets on Saturday. "We’ve played extremely well at home, so for us to lay an egg at some point . . . you don’t want it to happen but it’s going to happen at some point,’’ Cooper said. "And we were playing a really desperate hockey team and they played a playoff-style hockey game. They really, really wanted to win that hockey game tonight, and they did. And I’m not saying we didn’t want to win the game, but we didn’t match anything they brought to the table. They were stronger, faster and hungrier. You look at the end, it was probably a result that was justified.’’
Mar 15 - 12:42 PM

The Tampa Bay Lightning have the best home record in the NHL at 26-6-1 this season.

The Lightning’s latest home win came on Saturday night when they defeated the Dallas Stars by a score of 5-4. "This is a great group of guys,’’ Lightning head coach Jon Cooper said. "We are growing together, and I can’t really explain why we are having this great run at home other than we are comfortable here, we love playing in front of our fans and it’s an energetic building. It’s worked for us and it’s pretty cool, because we did this with a few home games left. It’s one of those things that you will look back on at the end of the year and say it’s pretty cool, but we have a long way to go.’’
Mar 8 - 12:27 PM

Tampa Bay leads the league with 117 power-play opportunities on the road this season.

The Lightning have a 14.5 percent success rate compared to a 20.6 percent at home. "A power-play goal at a crucial time in a game can make a huge difference," GM Steve Yzerman said. "We don't have to have the best power play in the league, but you've got to be able to count on your power play to score a big goal."
Mar 2 - 9:07 AM

The Tampa Bay Lightning are having success on their West Coast road trip.

Teams in the east tend to struggle on long trips out West but the Lightning have bucked the trend so far. Tampa Bay has won two of their three games in California and they now have back-to-back games against Arizona and Colorado coming up. "If you can go on the road and take more points than games played, your road trip was a successful one,’’ Lightning head coach Jon Cooper said. "We haven’t done that yet, but we have a chance to, so it would be a hell of a trip if we can end up beating (Arizona). And then you are playing with house money on Sunday."
Feb 21 - 10:25 AM

The Tampa Bay Lightning are looking to improve their record on the road.

The Lightning have a record of 9-8-3 on the road this season. "I don’t think .500 on the road is good enough,’’ head coach Jon Cooper said. "If you are a playoff team, home wins are not given. You have to be an above-.500 team on the road. I don’t think you can sit here and take for granted that we are going to have a second half like we did in the first half at home. I think what we have done on the road so far would be average. That’s what .500 is, average."
Jan 4 - 10:51 AM

Tampa Bay has gone cold on the power play and it's been a factor in the club's recent 2-3-1 slide.

The Lightning have gone 2-for-18 on the man advantage during that span. "We have to find a way to be better," captain Steven Stamkos said. "There have been times the past couple of games where it has been key times and we haven't been able to score, and we'll take responsibility for that." The Bolts presently own the ninth-best power play in the league.
Mon, Dec 15, 2014 09:29:00 AM

Lightning head coach Jon Cooper is happy with the way his roster has come together this season.

Tampa Bay has a good mix of veterans and youngsters that have blended very well so far this season. "We were hoping that this would happen,’’ Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "You have a young nucleus who, along with myself, we all came up together, (and) the core group of guys that are left (from before Cooper’s arrival). Then you do your due diligence and bring in the pieces to the puzzle, and you hope the pieces fit.’’ The Lightning have the best record in the NHL at 18-7-3.
Sun, Dec 7, 2014 11:12:00 AM

The Tampa Bay Lightning have featured a balanced scoring attack 22 games into the 2014-15 season.

"We know that if one line is not going, another line can pick that line up offensively," said coach Jon Cooper. "But ultimately, in the end, when you start to get into January, February and March, who can play D? And that’s what we are looking at with our lines." Tampa Bay has eight players with at least five goals: Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov, Ryan Callahan, Tyler Johnson, Brian Boyle, Ondrej Palat, Alex Killorn and Cedric Paquette. The team also has two players with over 20 points.
Tue, Nov 25, 2014 09:49:00 AM

Jon Cooper praised his team's defensive play in their 2-1 win over Minnesota.

"Defense wins,’’ Lightning head coach Jon Cooper said. "Even though we have scored a lot of goals this season, you can’t depend on that. We’ve scored two goals in each of the past three games, and you are hoping that if your defense stands up and your goaltending stands up (that’s enough), and we got that tonight.’’
Sun, Nov 23, 2014 10:18:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Steve Stamkos
2Tyler Johnson
3Valtteri Filppula
4Brian Boyle
5Vladislav Namestnikov
LW1Ondrej Palat
2Alex Killorn
3Cedric Paquette
4Brenden Morrow
5Jonathan Marchessault
RW1Ryan Callahan
2Nikita Kucherov
3Jonathan Drouin
4J.T. Brown
D1Victor Hedman
2Jason Garrison
3Anton Stralman
4Matt Carle
5Braydon Coburn
6Nikita Nesterov
7Andrej Sustr
8Mark Barberio
9Mattias Ohlund
G1Ben Bishop
2Andrei Vasilevskiy