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Power Play Podcast: The original captain

Host Matt Sammon talks with Paul Ysebaert about his career and his life back in Tampa Bay

by Matt Sammon / TampaBayLightning.com

Host Matt Sammon catches up with the first captain in Lightning history, Paul Ysebaert, who had a tough climb before and after his NHL career. But Ysebaert is giving the love of the game back to local children, after moving to Tampa Bay three years ago.

The Power Play Podcast streams Thursdays on @TBLPowerPlay.

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Mercury Insurance teams up with Bolts to challenge teens to drive safe

by Press Release / Mercury Insurance

Today, the Tampa Bay Lightning and Mercury Insurance joined forces at AMALIE Arena for the "Mercury Insurance Drive Safe Challenge," a one-day driving school immersion course designed to equip young drivers with the knowledge and skills they need to be safe on the road. The program was developed by Mercury Insurance to help reduce the leading cause of teen fatalities - car collisions - and make roads safer for everyone.

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Burns: Handing out midseason awards for the Bolts

Lightning beat writer Bryan Burns hands out awards as the Lightning enjoy their bye week

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

We've reached the midpoint of the Tampa Bay Lightning season.

Okay, so technically, the midpoint came after the Ottawa game, but with the team in the middle of a week-long break, now seems like as good a place as any to catch our breath and reflect.

Although the injury to All-Star defenseman Victor Hedman Thursday night versus Calgary puts a damper on an otherwise spectacular start to the season, the Lightning have plenty to be proud of. They own the best record in the NHL and are 10 points clear of Boston atop the Atlantic Division standings.

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Lightning reassign goaltender Louis Domingue to Syracuse

Domingue made his Lightning debut on January 7 against the Detroit Red Wings, recording 34 saves in the Bolts' 5-2 victory.

by Press Release / TampaBayLightning.com

TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning have reassigned goaltender Louis Domingue (doh-MING, LOO-ee) to the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.

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Victor Hedman leaves game versus Flames with lower-body injury

Lightning defenseman will miss 3-6 weeks with lower-body injury

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

Tampa Bay Lightning All-Star defenseman Victor Hedman had to leave the Bolts' game at AMALIE Arena against Calgary midway through the second period on Thursday after taking a knee-to-knee hit from the Flames' Garnet Hathaway.

The team announced on Friday afternoon that the defenseman will miss 3-6 weeks with the injury. 

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Burns: 3 Things from a loss to Calgary

Lightning beat writer Bryan Burns recaps the Bolts 5-1 loss to Calgary

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

Over the course of an 82-game season, not all contests are going to go according to plan.

Such was the case for the Tampa Bay Lightning Thursday night in their final game before a week-long break.

The Lightning were overrun by the Calgary Flames 5-1, the Flames scoring four-consecutive goals after Brayden Point leveled the score 1-1 just 31 seconds into the second period.

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Mishkin's Extra Shift: Flames 5, Lightning 1

Lightning broadcaster Dave Mishkin recaps the Bolts 5-1 loss to Calgary

by Dave Mishkin / TampaBayLightning.com

Obviously, the biggest storyline from this game was the injury to Victor Hedman, who left the contest early in the second period. The Lightning will know more about his status after Hedman undergoes tests on Friday.

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Carol LoCicero honored as Lightning Community Hero

The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Carol LoCicero as the 22nd Lightning Community Hero this season

by Press Release / TampaBayLightning.com

TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Carol LoCicero as the 22nd Lightning Community Hero this season during the first period of tonight's game versus the Calgary Flames. LoCicero, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the funds to the nonprofit End 68 Hours of Hunger.

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Potential for an all-Lightning lineup at the All-Star Game

With four players named to the Atlantic Division roster, Bolts will be all over the ice at the 2018 NHL All-Star Game

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

When the puck drops for the 2018 NHL All-Star Game at Tampa's AMALIE Arena on Sunday, January 28, the Tampa Bay Lightning will have the opportunity to do something no other team in the league can boast:

Fielding a starting lineup comprised entirely of Lightning players.

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Lightning well-represented at 2018 NHL All-Star Game

The Bolts will send a League-high four players to the game set to be held in Tampa

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

On January 3, Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos was named Atlantic Division captain and earned the Atlantic's first roster spot for the 2018 NHL All-Star Game, being played at Tampa's AMALIE Arena, following a fan vote to determine the top play this season in each division.

Four days later, Lightning head coach Jon Cooper was announced head coach of the Atlantic Division squad after guiding the Bolts to a NHL-best .744 points percentage through the first half of the season.

Turns out, Stamkos and Cooper will have plenty of familiar faces to keep them company during the League showcase in their hometown.

Nikita Kucherov, Andrei Vasilevskiy and Victor Hedman were named All-Stars on Wednesday, bringing the Lightning's All-Star player count to four and representatives to five. 

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