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It looks like Jonathan Drouin will remain in the press box for Game 3.

He rotated in with Vladislav Namestnikov on line with Valtteri Filppula and Cedric Paquette during Monday's practice. The combinations could change at Tuesday's morning session, but Drouin has been a healthy scratch for Tampa Bay's previous two playoff games against Detroit.
Apr 20 - 11:59 AM

After going 0-for-7 on the power play in game one, the Lightning went 2-for-4 on the man-advantage in game two.

The Lightning played very well in game one, but Red Wings goaltender Petr Mrazek was outstanding. Tampa Bay did a much better job capitalizing on their opportunities in game two and they even chased Mrazek from the net at the start of the third period. Tyler Johnson and Valtteri Filppula picked up the power play goals for the Lightning in the second game.
Apr 19 - 10:23 AM

Valtteri Filppula scored a goal and an assist in Tampa Bay's 5-1 game two win over Detroit.

The Lightning were good in game one, but they were repeatedly stoned by Wings goaltender Petr Mrazek. In game two, Tampa Bay dominated from start to finish and they got the result they were looking for. Filppula hurt his old team in this contest. He picked up an assist on Andrej Sustr's goal and he scored the Lightning's last goal of the night. These were his first two playoff points in 2015.
Apr 19 - 10:19 AM

After letting the Tampa Bay Lightning down in Game 1, Ben Bishop was solid as his team tied their series with a 5-1 win against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday.

Bishop stopped 23 out of 24 shots in this one. Injuries and other bits of bad luck mean this is Bishop's first playoff series, so this is his first career postseason win.
Apr 18 - 5:46 PM

Tyler Johnson scored two big goals as the Tampa Bay Lightning tied their series against the Detroit Red Wings thanks to a 5-1 win.

The Lightning were rewarded in Game 2 after losing in Game 1 despite a lopsided shot differential. Johnson wasn't the only player to have a strong game, as Valtteri Filppula had a goal and an assist while both Steve Stamkos and Nikita Nesterov enjoyed two-helper afternoons.
Apr 18 - 5:44 PM

Jason Garrison is not ready to return to action Saturday against Detroit.

He will not suit up for Game 2 of the best-of-seven series as he is still recovering from an upper-body injury. Garrison is getting close, though. We wouldn't be surprised if he was able to play Monday in Game 3.
Apr 18 - 11:04 AM

Jonathan Drouin, Mark Barbiero and Andrei Vasilevskiy will be Tampa's healthy scratches for Game 2 against Detroit Saturday afternoon.

The three are currently skating in an optional practice. Given the game starts at 3:00 pm, that's a pretty good clue that they won't be dressing for the matinee.
Apr 18 - 11:02 AM

Ben Bishop will be back in the Tampa goal Saturday afternoon against the Red Wings in Game 2 of their best-of-seven playoff series.

Bishop did not play well in a 3-2 loss Thursday night but we believe he will redeem himself Saturday afternoon. Make sure you have him active early as the game starts at 3:00 pm EDT.
Apr 18 - 10:59 AM

Jason Garrison (upper body) will not be able to return on Saturday.

Garrison received the green light to began taking part in contact drills on Wednesday. He hasn't played since March 28. Garrison finished the regular season with 30 points and a plus-27 rating in 70 contests.
Apr 17 - 2:41 PM

Nikita Nesterov tallied a goal in Tampa Bay's 3-2 loss to Detroit in the opening game of the playoffs.

He had three shots and three hits in 17:01 of ice time during his NHL playoff debut. Nesterov started the season in Syracuse of the AHL, but he's become a regular on the back end for the Lightning and he's been seeing ice time on the second power-play unit. Going back to the regular season, the 22-year-old has a four-game point streak (two goals, two assists).
Apr 17 - 10:18 AM

Mark Barberio was a healthy scratch in Game 1 versus Detroit.

He took a seat in the press box because the Lightning got Braydon Coburn and Andrej Sustr back on the blueline from injuries. Coach Jon Cooper said going into the match that his lineup could change on a game-to-game basis.
Apr 17 - 10:13 AM

Nikita Kucherov led the Tampa Bay Lightning in power-play ice time in Game 1 against Detroit.

He logged 5:35 of playing time, but finished the contest without any points. The Lightning went 0-for-7 with the man advantage on Thursday and they allowed a shorthanded goal.
Apr 17 - 9:12 AM

Ben Bishop was simply awful in the Lightning's 3-2 loss to Detroit in Game 1 on Thursday night, allowing three goals on 14 shots.

Bishop was starting his first playoff game in the NHL, and allowed a tipped shot past him in the first period, a Pavel Datyusk wrister from the slot in the second, then a nifty spin-o-rama move from Luke Glendening got by him in the third period for the game winner. Three goals on 14 shots, one of which was shorthanded, will not be good enough if the Bolts hope to advance.
Apr 16 - 11:36 PM

Brian Boyle scored for the Bolts in their Game 1 playoff loss to Detroit on Thursday night.

The Lightning were stymied time and time again by Wings netminder Petr Mrazek, who made 44 saves. Boyle pitched in 15 goals during the regular season and also had eight points in 25 playoff games with the Rangers last year.
Apr 16 - 11:31 PM

Updating a previous item, J.T. Brown (face) returned to Thursday's game against Detroit.

Brown took a Steve Stamkos shot to the face in the second period, but he is back in the game.
Apr 16 - 9:22 PM

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