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Mishkin's Musings: On the opening five

Radio broadcaster Dave Mishkin on the Lightning's up and down start to the new season

by Dave Mishkin @DaveMishkin / TampaBayLightning.com

It's been a bit of bumpy start for the Lightning. They've posted a 2-2-1 record through their first five games, managing to pick up five points despite not having had a lead in regulation during any of those contests. Here are some takeaways from the opening five.

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Nuts & Bolts: Season's first back-to-back begins in Buffalo

The Lightning visit the Sabres at the KeyBank Center on Monday night

by Bryan Burns @BBurnsNHL / TampaBayLightning.com

The Lightning are in Buffalo to face the Sabres on Monday night at the KeyBank Center. 

When: Monday, October 25 - 7 p.m.
Where: KeyBank Center - Buffalo, NY
TV coverage: Bally Sports Sun (check local listings)
Radio coverage: 970 WFLA-AM, Lightning Power Play
Where to stream it: Bally Sports App, ESPN+

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Burns: Three Things we learned from a shootout loss to Colorado

Bryan Burns on an elusive first lead, signs of resiliency and too many penalties

by Bryan Burns @BBurnsNHL / TampaBayLightning.com

Through five games of the 2021-22 season, the Tampa Bay Lightning are still searching for a things they undoubtedly thought would already have happened by now.

The Lightning have yet to score a first period goal. They're the only team in the National Hockey League that hasn't.

The Bolts haven't held a lead at any point in regulation this season.

They're without a regulation win. And they still haven't won at home, both of those dubious stats holding up following a 4-3 shootout loss to the Colorado Avalanche Saturday night at AMALIE Arena.

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Mishkin's Extra Shift: Avalanche 4, Lightning 3 - SO

Radio broadcaster Dave Mishkin recaps Tampa Bay's shootout loss to Colorado on Saturday

by Dave Mishkin @DaveMishkin / TampaBayLightning.com

It's always disappointing to lose a game in the shootout. Tonight's shootout defeat was made more frustrating by the fact that the Lightning twice scored to grab a lead in the shootout, but couldn't secure victory. Still, the final outcome doesn't take away from what was a determined, gritty effort from the Lightning. Three times they rallied from a one-goal deficit, including twice in the third period. That resiliency helped them secure a point in the standings.

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Bolts rally late but fall in a shootout to Colorado

The Avalanche prevailed in a six-round shootout to claim the second point on Saturday

by Jacob Lynn @TBLightning / TampaBayLightning.com

A late goal from Brayden Point was enough for the Lightning to force overtime on Saturday night at Amalie Arena, but the Avalanche prevailed in a six-round shootout to hand Tampa Bay a third-consecutive home loss.

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Aidza Thomas honored as Lightning Community Hero

The Lightning honored Aidza Thomas as the third Community Hero of the season

by Press Release @LightningFDN / TampaBayLightning.com

TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Aidza Thomas as the Lightning Community Hero this evening during the first period of tonight's game against the Colorado Avalanche. Thomas, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, presented by Jabil, will donate the money to Solita's House. 

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Lightning recall defenseman Fredrik Claesson from Syracuse

Claesson has an assist and a plus-3 rating in three games with the Crunch so far this season

by Press Release @TBLightning / TampaBayLightning.com

TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled defenseman Fredrik Claesson from the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League, vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced today.

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ABB is back with the Bolts

With Barre-Boulet back in the fold, Tampa Bay returns skilled forward that can contribute offensively with Kucherov out indefinitely

by Bryan Burns @BBurnsNHL / TampaBayLightning.com

The last 13 days have been eventful to say the least for Alex Barre-Boulet.

The skilled 24-year-old forward was one of the final cuts of the Tampa Bay Lightning in training camp when they had to set their Opening Night roster the day before the start of the 2021-22 season. 

The Lightning were hoping to send Barre-Boulet back to Syracuse to start the season and bring him back in case of an injury or his play with the Crunch warranted a call-up. But he needed to go through waivers first to complete the transaction to Syracuse, and he was claimed by the expansion franchise Seattle Kraken.

It appeared Barre-Boulet had made his last appearance as a member of the Lightning organization.

Bolts nation, however, hadn't seen the last of him.

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Nuts & Bolts: Lightning aim to bounce back vs. the Avs

Tampa Bay is still looking for its first home win of the season

by Bryan Burns @BBurnsNHL / TampaBayLightning.com

The Lightning welcome the Avalanche to Amalie Arena on Saturday night. 

When: Saturday, October 23 - 7 p.m.
Where: Amalie Arena - Tampa, FL
TV coverage: Bally Sports Sun (check local listings)
Radio coverage: 970 WFLA-AM, Lightning Power Play
Where to stream it: Bally Sports App, ESPN+

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Lightning claim forward Alex Barre-Boulet off waivers

Barre-Boulet skated in 15 games with the Bolts last season

by Press Release @TBLightning / TampaBayLightning.com

TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning have claimed forward Alex Barre-Boulet off waivers from the Seattle Kraken, vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced today. 

Barre-Boulet, 24, skated in two games this season for the Seattle Kraken, posting one assist. He was claimed off waivers by Seattle on October 11 from the Lightning. The Montmagny, Quebec native has appeared in 17 NHL games, including 15 last season with the Bolts, posting three goals and four points to go along with 26 shots on goal. Barre-Boulet scored three goals last year for Tampa Bay, including his first career tally on April 25 against the Columbus Blue Jackets.  

The 5-foot-10, 180-pound forward has also appeared in 144 career AHL games, all with the Crunch over the past three seasons, recording 69 goals and 136 points. During the 2019-20 season, Barre-Boulet led the Crunch for goals (27) and points (56). He was named to the 2019-20 AHL Second All-Star Team and also represented Syracuse at the 2020 AHL All-Star Classic. During his rookie season in 2018-19, he won the AHL Rookie of the Year Award, compiling 34 goals and 68 points in 74 games.

 

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