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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

Steven Stamkos (blood clot) thinks he'll be able to play within 12-24 hours after being taken off blood thinners.

Stamkos doesn't know when he'll be taken off blood thinners though. "Could be weeks, could be months," he said. In other words, while things might happen quickly once he's off the medication, that doesn't mean he's close to being able to play. In the meantime, Stamkos has been skating without taking contact.
Apr 28 - 1:21 PM

The Tampa Bay Lightning have agreed to a six-year extension with AHL Syracuse.

"We are pleased to be extending our affiliation with the Syracuse Crunch," Lightning GM Steve Yzerman said. "The Crunch and [owner] Howard Dolgon, along with the city of Syracuse and Onondaga County, have been, and continue to be, an excellent place to develop our prospects. We look forward to what will hopefully be many successful years to come on and off the ice." Tampa Bay began its affiliation with Syracuse in 2012. The Crunch did not advance to the postseason in 2016.
Apr 28 - 12:10 PM

Tampa Bay is confident that Ben Bishop will bounce back in Game 2 on Saturday afternoon.

He was pulled twice in last year's playoffs and in Game 7 versus the Rangers he rebounded with a shutout in the Eastern Conference final. Bishop has been superb all season, so there's plenty of reason to believe he will be much better this weekend.
Apr 28 - 8:39 AM

Jonathan Marchessault made his 2016 playoff debut on Wednesday night.

He was a healthy scratch for five straight games in Round 1 against Detroit. Marchessault logged just 4:34 of ice time versus the Islanders in Game 1.
Apr 28 - 8:21 AM

Ondrej Palat opened the scoring in Game 1 of Round 2 of the playoffs, but the Islanders won the contest by a score of 5-3.

Palat got the Lightning off to a great start by scoring just 3:05 into the contest, but then New York registered the next four goals in resilient fashion. He finished the game with five shots and three hits in 20:23 of ice time.
Apr 28 - 8:18 AM

Valtteri Filppula netted his first goal of the playoffs on Wednesday night in Game 1 against the New York Islanders.

He made it a one-goal game with 2:32 left in regulation, but the Islanders sealed the first game of the series with an empty-netter to make it 5-3. Filppula didn't have a point in five games versus Detroit in Round 1 of the postseason.
Apr 28 - 8:13 AM

Erik Condra left Wednesday's game against the New York Islanders after taking a hard hit from Casey Cizikas.

The collision occurred deep in Tampa Bay's end and Condra's head hit the boards. He looked dazed after the hit and had to be helped off the ice. Condra didn't return so his night came to a close with just 57 seconds of ice time. Consider him day-to-day with an upper-body injury for now.
Apr 28 - 8:07 AM

Victor Hedman picked up an assist in Tampa Bay's 5-3 loss to the New York Islanders in Game 1 of the second round of the playoffs.

He has produced two helpers in six postseason contests this year and the Lightning need more offensive contributions from him. "He's a great defenseman in this league and when it gets to playoff time, he elevates his game," coach Jon Cooper said. "There's a lot on his shoulders. He's got to play a lot of minutes and in all situations and you know, we say Bish (goalie Ben Bishop) is Bish. Well, Heddy is Heddy. They're stallions for us."
Apr 28 - 7:55 AM

Ben Bishop has been named a finalist for the Vezina Trophy.

The announcement was made on Wednesday. Bishop, Washington's Braden Holtby and Los Angeles' Jonathan Quick are up for the top goaltender of the year award. The Lightning goalie led the league with a 2.06 GAA and finished second with a .926 save percentage. He also tied for second with six shutouts and tied for fourth with 35 victories. Bishop could have added some more wins to that record, but he lost 12 games when allowing two or fewer goals.
Apr 28 - 7:49 AM

Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop had a night to forget Wednesday, coughing up four goals on the 13 shots he faced before being pulled in the Lightning's 5-3 loss to the visiting New York Islanders in the first game of the teams' second-round playoff series.

Bishop, who had a good season and was named a Vezina Trophy finalist earlier Wednesday, didn't make any excuses for himself. "One of those nights where nothing goes your way," he said. "You just have to move on from it and we've got another game in a couple of days. It's not about the last game anymore, it's about the next one so I need to focus on that." Andrei Vasilevskiy replaced Bishop after the Isles' fourth goal at 8:59 of the second period. Vasilevskiy stopped all eight shots on him.
Apr 27 - 11:40 PM

Nikita Kucherov scored his sixth goal of the postseason during the Tampa Bay Lightning's 5-3 loss Wednesday night to the visiting New York Isles.

The Lightning trails the best-of-seven, second-round series 1-0. Game 2 goes Saturday in Tampa Bay. Kucherov continues to cement his reputation as an excellent playoff performer. Not only did he score the Lightning's second goal Wednesday, but he fired a game-high seven shots on net. The right winger notched five goals and three assists in the Lightning's five games against the Detroit Red Wings in the first round of the playoffs. He has 32 points in 34 career postseason games. Ondrej Palat also stood out for the losing Lightning Wednesday, scoring the game's opening goal at 3:05 of the first period and notching five shots on net. Valtteri Filppula also scored his first goal of the playoffs for Tampa Bay.
Apr 27 - 11:19 PM

Michael Blunden will be a healthy scratch in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinal against the Islanders.

Jonathan Marchessault will dress instead after being a scratch all of Round 1. Matt Taormina will also be scratched. He dressed in Game 4 against Detroit, but only saw the ice in a measly 2:39.

Ben Bishop will get the nod for Game 1 in Tampa Bay's Eastern Conference semifinal matchup against the New York Islanders.

Bishop recorded 1.61 goals-against average and a .950 save percentage in Round 1 against Detroit. He finished the five-game series with a shutout.
Apr 27 - 6:34 PM

Steven Stamkos (vascular surgery) was on the ice again on Wednesday.

Stamkos also took part in Tuesday's practice. He's still wearing a no-contact jersey and shouldn't be expected to play in the near future.
Apr 27 - 11:53 AM


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