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Matt Carle (undisclosed) took part in Thursday's practice.

Carle was wearing a regular jersey too, as opposed to a no-contact one. He last played on April 27.
May 5 - 4:39 PM

Braydon Coburn has been paired with Victor Hedman in Tampa Bay's Round 2 series against the New York Islanders.

He got the chance to move up to the top pair after Matt Carle was injured. Carle was filling in for injured blueliner Anton Stralman. Coburn logged 23:45 of ice time in Game 3 against the Islanders. He has two assists in eight playoff games.
May 5 - 8:10 AM

Valtteri Filppula had two assists in Game 3 versus the New York Islanders.

He has produced a goal and three assists over a three-game point streak during Round 2 of the playoffs. Filppula didn't have a point in five matches in the opening round against Detroit. He led Tampa Bay's forward group with 23:18 of ice time on Tuesday night.
May 4 - 10:22 AM

Alex Killorn earned a pair of assists in Game 3 to help the Lightning post a 5-4 overtime win over the New York Islanders.

He had helpers on goals by Ryan Callahan (power play) and Vladislav Namestnikov in the contest. Killorn has generated three goals and eight points in eight games during the 2016 playoffs.
May 4 - 10:18 AM

Victor Hedman registered his second goal of the postseason in Game 3 against the Islanders on Tuesday night.

He also added two assists in the match to give him six points over a three-game scoring spree. Hedman had six shots and a plus-2 rating in 30:15 of ice time in Tuesday's 5-4 overtime win.
May 4 - 10:13 AM

Ryan Callahan scored his first goal of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs and added an assist on Tuesday night in a 5-4 overtime win over the New York Islanders.

He had a late power-play goal in the first period to tie the game at 1-1. Callahan has posted three points in eight postseason contests, while contributing plenty of hits and blocks. He co-led the team with six hits in Game 3.
May 4 - 10:05 AM

Vladislav Namestnikov tallied his first career playoff goal in Tuesday's 5-4 overtime win over the New York Islanders.

He scored early in the third period to tie Game 3 at 3-3. Namestnikov was filling for Jonathan Drouin, who was leveled by a big hit and had to be checked out before he was cleared to return. Namestnikov has two points in eight postseason contests in 2016.
May 4 - 9:58 AM

Jonathan Drouin was knocked out of Tuesday's game early in the second period by a thunderous hit from Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey, but he returned midway through the third.

Drouin picked up an assist on Nikita Kucherov's game-tying goal with 38.4 seconds left in regulation and the Lightning won Game 3 in overtime by a score of 5-4. He finished the match with 14:33 of ice time.
May 4 - 9:52 AM

Ben Bishop gave up four goals on 39 shots, but the Lightning still managed to beat the Islanders 5-4 in overtime in Game 3.

The Bolts found themselves down on three different occasions in this one, but they managed to tie the game with less than 40 seconds remaining in the third period. Brian Boyle scored the game-winner in overtime less than three minutes into the extra frame. Bishop has won four of his last five games dating back to Game 4 against Detroit, but he's given up four goals in two of his last three outings. He has a 6-2 record with a 2.27 goals-against-average and a .927 save percentage this postseason.
May 3 - 10:41 PM

Brian Boyle scored the game-winning goal in Tuesday's 5-4 overtime win over the Islanders in Game 3.

The Bolts battled back from 1-0, 3-2, and 4-3 deficits in this one. Forward Nikita Kucherov tied the game at four with 38 seconds remaining in the third period to force overtime. In the extra frame, it took Boyle just 2:48 seconds to bury the winner. There was some controversy leading up to the goal, as Boyle took Isles defenseman Thomas Hickey out of the play with a solid bodycheck. Boyle has two goals and 16 penalty minutes this postseason. Tampa Bay leads the best-of-seven series 2-1.
May 3 - 10:31 PM

Michael Blunden will tag in for Erik Condra in Tuesday's Game 3 against the Islanders.

Blunden, who has not played since Game 5 against Detroit due to an upper body injury, has no points in five games this postseason.
May 3 - 6:38 PM

Ben Bishop will be in net on Tuesday as the Lighting battle the Islanders in Game 3.

Bishop has seen just 13 pucks beat him through the first seven games of his postseason on nearly 200 combined shots. While the Islanders chased him in Game 1 with four goals on 13 shots, he stoned them with just one goal on 20 shots in Game 2. Suffice it to say, one should expect another strong game from him.
May 3 - 5:55 PM

Erik Condra (upper body) appears to be out on Tuesday night.

He was one of the last players on the ice at the morning skate. It seems to be more likely that Michael Blunden will be back before him.
May 3 - 5:41 PM

Michael Blunden (upper body) feels good and may be back in the lineup for Game 3 on Tuesday night.

If the Lightning dress 12 forwards then you can expect Blunden to play with Jonathan Marchessault and Vladislav Namestnikov on the fourth line. Tampa Bay could choose to go with seven defensemen, though. Blunden is slated to be a game-time decision.
May 3 - 5:35 PM

Anton Stralman (leg) participated in Tuesday's optional skate.

He skated in a regular-colored jersey, but still needs to practice with the full team and get through contact drills. It is encouraging that he got back on the ice with some teammates for the first time since fracturing his left leg on Mar. 25.
May 3 - 5:28 PM


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