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Sergachev records three points in Russia's win

The defenseman scored a goal and added two assists to help the Russians advance to the semifinals

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

Tampa Bay Lightning blueliner Mikhail Sergachev scored a goal and added two assists to help lead Russia past the United States 4-3 in a quarterfinal matchup at the 2019 IIHF World Championship in Bratislava, Slovakia.

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Rutta's game-winner helps the Czechs advance

The Bolts defenseman scored his first goal of the tournament late in the third period of the Czech Republic's win over the Swiss

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Jan Rutta scored the game-winning goal in the Czech Republic's 5-4 victory over Switzerland in the final day of round-robin action at the 2019 IIHF World Championship in Slovakia.

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Canada wins its fifth straight

Anthony Cirelli picked up an assist in Canada's 3-1 win over Slovakia on Monday

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

Canada collected its fifth win in six games and secured its spot in the quarterfinal round following a 5-0 shutout victory over Denmark Monday at the 2019 IIHF World Championship in Slovakia.

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Bolts commit to growing hockey at a grassroots level

The outdoor rink under construction in Oldsmar is the second of 10 set to be built throughout Tampa Bay

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

While officials from the Tampa Bay Lightning, the city of Oldsmar and Heritage Insurance spoke about the significance of constructing the second of 10 public outdoor street hockey rinks as part of the Lightning's Build the Thunder 2.0 and Connect the Thunder programs, four kids stood next to one another in the crowd, waiting for the groundbreaking ceremony to wrap up so they could get autographs from the four Stanley Cup champion Lightning alumni in attendance.

One of the boys wore a Lightning jersey and was holding a Bolts mini stick. Another young girl sported a Lightning t-shirt with a doll draped over her shoulder decked out in Bolts gear.

The assembled dignitaries are hopeful the creation of the outdoor street hockey rink in Oldsmar, as well as the 10 that will be built across the Tampa Bay area by the end of 2020, will give youngsters like those in the audience the opportunity to learn life lessons from the game of hockey while also potentially producing future National Hockey League players.

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Kucherov takes over the lead in the scoring race

The Bolts forward scored twice in Russia's 3-0 win over the Swiss on Sunday, giving him 14 points in six games

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov scored his fifth and sixth goals of the 2019 IIHF World Championship in Russia's 3-0 victory over Switzerland in Slovakia Sunday to remain unbeaten.

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Kucherov, Vasilevskiy shine as Russia remains undefeated

Kucherov recorded a goal and an assist while Vasilevskiy earned his third-straight victory

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

Tournament scoring leader Nikita Kucherov recorded a goal and assist and Andrei Vasilevskiy remained perfect with 26 stops on 27 shots as Russia pulled away from Latvia 3-1 to remain undefeated and atop Group B at the 2019 IIHF World Championship in Slovakia.

Russia is the only unbeaten team remaining at the World Championship.

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Cernak has two points in Slovakia's win

The defenseman recorded an assist and scored the game-winning goal in Slovakia's 6-3 victory over France

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Erik Cernak scored the game-winning goal as Slovakia earned its second victory of the 2019 IIHF World Championship courtesy of a 6-3 victory over France on Friday.

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Lightning, Heritage Insurance elevate partnership to Championship Level

Local company to grow community involvement, including outdoor rink naming rights

by Press Release / TampaBayLightning.com

TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning and Heritage Property & Casualty Insurance Company agreed on a multi-year "Championship Level" partnership, the team announced. The pact makes Heritage the exclusive homeowners and renters insurance of the Lightning and USF Athletics. As a Championship Level Partner, Heritage Insurance joins a select group of best-in-brand, cornerstone Lightning partners.

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Lightning, City of Oldsmar break ground on new public outdoor rink

Street hockey facility one of 10 to be built throughout the Bay Area

by Press Release / TampaBayLightning.com

TAMPA BAY - Officials from the Tampa Bay Lightning and the City of Oldsmar broke ground today on a new public outdoor street hockey rink, the Oldsmar Lightning Street Hockey Rink, presented by Heritage Insurance. The rink, located at the Oldsmar Sports Complex, will be one of 10 that will be constructed throughout the Bay Area as part of the Lightning's Build the Thunder 2.0 and Connect the Thunder program.

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Four points from Kucherov helps Russians remain unbeaten

Kucherov scored a goal and added three assists as Russia won their fourth straight game to open the tournament on Wednesday

by TampaBayLightning.com

The three Lightning Russian players were back in action on Wednesday after having the day-off on Tuesday. It took only 31 seconds for Nikita Kucherov to extend his point streak to four games with an assist on the first goal of the game. Kucherov finished the game with four points (one goal, three assists) in Russia's 10-0 rout of Team Italy. The Hart Trophy Finalist now leads the tournament for points with 10 (three goals, seven assists).

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