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Slater Koekkoek made his playoff debut in Game 2 against the Islanders.

The 22-year-old played just 11 shifts and 6:47 of ice time in Game 2. He finished the game with a plus-1 rating and one shot on goal. "I thought Slater made plays, defended well," Jon Cooper said. "(Islanders captain John) Tavares was coming down on him pretty hard on a rush and he defended him really well. You’re going to be put in situations like that. How are you going to respond? And Slater passed the test." He has some long-term upside, but it's unlikely that he will make a big impact on this postseason.
May 1 - 11:59 AM

Jonathan Drouin has been a key part of Tampa Bay's success in the playoffs.

What a turn of events. It was just a few months ago that Drouin and his agent asked for a trade out of Tampa. He was then shipped to the minors for a bit before he left the team to return home. Now that he's back, he's producing like a top-flight player. "I’m past that, so I’m not even thinking about it," Drouin said. "Definitely not thinking of where I was going to be when I was sitting at home. I’m definitely happy with the outcome. ... I definitely had a little chip on my shoulder going in, but I’m just playing hockey and trying to help this team win. It’s definitely going well." The 21-year-old has one goal and seven points in seven playoff games in 2016.
May 1 - 10:12 AM

The Tampa Bay Lightning know that when they use their speed, they're tough to beat.

The Bolts did just that in Saturday's Game 2 win over the New York Islanders. They were led by center Tyler Johnson, who had two goals and an assist in the game. "We might not be the biggest team, we might not hit all the time, but when we use our speed and we're relentless, that's annoying to play against," said Johnson. "I hate when teams are that way as well. When we're moving our feet, when we're working together, reading off each other and creating no time and space for the other team, that's huge." The best-of-seven series is tied 1-1.
May 1 - 10:03 AM

Tyler Johnson led the Lightning past the Islanders 4-1 in Saturday's Game 2.

Johnson scored the game's opening tally, and the game's final for his two goals. He also added an assist in between. Johnson now has four goals and 10 points through seven games thus far.
Apr 30 - 6:37 PM

Jonathan Drouin cannot help himself from getting on to the score sheet.

Drouin picked up his first goal of the postseason plus his sixth assist, giving him seven points through seven postseason games thus far. Pretty remarkable twist in the story, to say the least.
Apr 30 - 6:35 PM

Victor Hedman popped in a pair of points during Saturday's 4-1 Game 2 win over the Islanders.

The goal Hedman scored was his first of the postseason, his assist was his third, giving him four points through seven games thus far in the playoffs.
Apr 30 - 6:33 PM

Ben Bishop backstopped his Lightning to a Game 2 win over the Islanders on Saturday.

Bishop turned away 19 of 20 shots during the game, including four of five on the kill. Suffice it to say, Bishop's teammates made it a very easy afternoon for him as the series now stands knotted at one thanks to the 4-1 win.
Apr 30 - 6:31 PM

Erik Condra will lead Tampa Bay's scratches in Saturday's Game 2 against the Islanders.

Joining him will be, of note, Matt Carle, Anton Stralman, Steven Stamkos, Kristers Gudlevskis, Mike Blunden, Joel Vermin, JT Brown, and Luke Witkowski.
Apr 30 - 3:17 PM

Slater Koekkoek will make his NHL playoffs debut Saturday night against Tampa Bay in Game 2.

Koekkoek has just one point in 12 career NHL regular season games, though he does have 10 goals and 41 points in two seasons down on the farm. Expect the 22-year-old to be shielded.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 30 - 3:14 PM

It doesn't look like Anton Stralman will be able to play for another week or so at the least.

Although he is staking on his own, he obviously needs more time to recover from a fractured fibula. Don't expect to see Stralman in the lineup until the latter part of the Lightning's series against the Islanders at the earliest.
Apr 30 - 10:56 AM

Erik Condra (upper-body injury) is listed as day-to-day heading into Saturday afternoon's Game 2 against the Islanders.

If you recall, Condra was blasted into the boards by the Isles' Casey Cizikas in Game 1 and had to leave the contest. It will likely be a game-time decision as to whether Condra suits up for Saturday's matinee.
Apr 30 - 10:51 AM

Look for Ben Bishop to start in goal Saturday afternoon in Game 2 against the Islanders.

Bishop had a rough ride in Game 1 allowing four goals on only 13 shots and was pulled. However, Bishop had a wonderful season and was nominated for the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's top goalie. Bishop has also performed very well in the playoffs before. We expect him to bounce back big time in Saturday's matinee.
Apr 30 - 10:29 AM

Matt Carle is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury.

Carle wasn't on the ice with the Lightning Friday morning. He might still play in Game 2 on Saturday, but he will likely be a game-time decision.
Apr 29 - 3:10 PM

Michael Blunden didn't play in Game 1 because of an upper-body injury.

He should be considered day-to-day for now. If he isn't ready to return on Saturday then Jonathan Marchessault could play again in Game 2 versus the New York Islanders.
Apr 29 - 8:34 AM

Erik Condra (upper body) is feeling better after being knocked out of Game 1 on Wednesday.

Condra absorbed a hard hit from Casey Cizikas and needed to be helped off the ice. "He's doing a lot better than the actual hit looked. Whether he's going to skate in the next couple days I'm not too sure," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. Condra has no points and a minus-one rating in three playoff games.
Apr 28 - 5:26 PM


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