Player News - Lightning

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Nikita Kucherov was injured in the first period of Tuesday's 2-1 overtime win over Calgary, but he was able to return in the third.

He was nailed by Flames defenseman Mark Giordano on an open-ice hit and didn't return for the second period, so it was a bit surprising to see him back at the start of the final frame. Kucherov finished the match with 8:39 of ice time.
Oct 22 - 9:16 AM

Valtteri Filppula got his first goal of the season in Tuesday's 2-1 overtime win against Calgary.

He picked his marker off a rebound from a Jason Garrison shot. Filppula has generated five points in seven games for the Lightning this season and all four of his assists so far have come on the power play.
Oct 22 - 9:11 AM

Evgeni Nabokov stopped 21-of-22 shots in Tampa Bay's 2-1 overtime win over Calgary on Tuesday.

Nabokov was very solid in spelling Ben Bishop on the second night of a back-to-back schedule for the Lightning. Nabokov isn't going to get a lot of starts this season with a stud like Ben Bishop ahead of him but he's proven he can still contribute at this stage of his career. His record is now 1-1 with a very solid GAA of 1.48 and save percentage of .936 to go with it.
Oct 22 - 12:18 AM

Jonathan Drouin picked up his first NHL point on an assist in Tampa Bay’s 2-1 OT win over Calgary on Tuesday.

Playing in his second NHL game the rookie was at times dazzling with his puck control while playing on a line with Steven Stamkos. Drouin really should have had the OT winner but was stymied by Karri Ramo on a two-on-nothing chance with Steven Stamkos. As long as the kid is playing with Stamkos he is a great fantasy option this season.
Oct 22 - 12:04 AM

Ondrej Palat scored the overtime winner in Tampa Bay’s 2-1 win over Calgary on Tuesday.

Palat tapped in a rebound from a point shot by Anton Stralman, scoring on a rare Lightning chance in this game. The Bolts played a patient game and capitalized on the few chances they had to end this road trip on a good note. Palat has two goals and two assists so far this season and looks to follow up on an excellent rookie campaign.
Oct 21 - 11:57 PM

Michael Blunden has been called up by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Blunden has two goals and three points in four AHL games this season. The 27-year-old typically doesn't do much offensively at the NHL level.
Oct 21 - 12:49 PM

Radko Gudas (lower body) didn't skate Monday and he sat out his third consecutive game.

He was able to ride the stationary bike, but isn't expected to play Tuesday night in Calgary either. Coach Jon Cooper expects Gudas to play at some point during Tampa Bay's road trip.
Oct 21 - 10:31 AM

Ryan Callahan exited Monday's game against Edmonton because of a lower-body injury.

He appeared to be favoring his leg when he left late in the second period and he didn't return. Callahan is unlikely to play Tuesday night in Calgary, according to coach Jon Cooper.
Oct 21 - 10:27 AM

Jonathan Drouin ended up making his NHL debut Monday night after all.

He was originally slated to be a healthy scratch, but suited up against Edmonton because of an injury to Alex Killorn. Drouin finished the match with one shot and a minus-1 rating in 16:10 of ice time. "He comes as advertised. When he plays with speed, I thought he controlled the game when he had (the puck) on his stick," coach Jon Cooper said after the contest. "And for a first offering, I thought it was really good. When you look back, with all the pressure I'm sure he's had on him for the past few years, that's a pretty darn good effort. ... I was really happy with him."
Oct 21 - 10:22 AM

Alex Killorn sat out Monday's game against Edmonton due to an upper-body injury.

He was a late scratch after he was injured during the morning skate. Killorn hit the boards hard when his skate got caught in the ice, but it was thought that he would be able to play. He had goals in each of his past two games prior to the injury. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Oct 21 - 10:17 AM

Brian Boyle potted his first goal of the season in Monday's 3-2 loss to Edmonton.

He opened the scoring in the contest early in the second period. The towering center has three points in six games with the Lightning this campaign.
Oct 21 - 10:13 AM

Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop stopped 20 of the 23 Edmonton shots he faced as the Lightning dropped a 3-2 decision to the Oilers Monday night.

Bishop has enjoyed a strong start to the season and couldn't be faulted for his effort Monday as the Oilers scored three nice goals, including one on a Taylor Hall penalty shot. Bishop was upset at himself for not saving the Oilers' first goal, which was scored by Justin Schultz. The puck went off the top of the goalie's stick, but it was a first-rate backhanded shot by Schultz and a lot of goalies would have been unable to keep that one out of the net. Bishop, needless to say, remains a solid goaltending option for fantasy leaguers. He is 3-1-1, with a goals-against average of 1.97 and a save percentage of .921.
Oct 21 - 12:29 AM

Brett Connolly delivered a game-tying goal in the third period Monday night before he and the Tampa Bay Lightning fell 3-2 to the Oilers in Edmonton.

Connolly, whose goal was his second of the young season, also was a plus-two on the night. The Lightning's other goal, which gave Tampa Bay a 1-0 lead early in the second period, was produced by new Tampa Bay forward Brian Boyle, his first of the season.
Oct 21 - 12:24 AM

Steve Stamkos earned the third star of the week for the period ending Oct. 19.

He led the NHL with five goals and recorded six points in three games. Stamkos kicked off the week with his eighth career hat trick and a career-high 12 shots in a 7-1 win over Montreal.
Oct 20 - 4:44 PM

Jonathan Drouin won't be in the lineup on Monday night.

He played back-to-back games in the AHL on Friday and Saturday prior to his recall on Sunday. Drouin also attended practice with the Lightning on Monday, so it's been a busy few days. The talented rookie is expected to play soon, as Tampa Bay continues their road trip.
Oct 20 - 2:21 PM

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