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Burns: Three things we learned from the Lightning's win in the Motor City

Lightning beat writer Bryan Burns recaps Tampa Bay's 5-2 win over the Red Wings

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

Recap: TBL 5, DET 2

Gourde, Domingue lead Lightning to 5-2 road win

Yanni Gourde scored twice and added an assist while Nikita Kucherov netted his 27th goal and Louis Domingue earned a win in his Lightning debut

  • 04:14 •

The Tampa Bay Lightning have shown a resiliency this season not seen since the 2014-15 team that advanced all the way to the Stanley Cup Final.

That squad never lost three games (or more) in a row until the Chicago Blackhawks reeled off three straight to defeat the Lightning 4-2 in the Cup Final.

The 2017-18 version of the Bolts has shown, at least through the first half of the season, a similar refusal to let multiple losses pile up.

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Burns: 3 things from the goaltender duel in Montreal

Lightning beat writer Bryan Burns recaps the Bolts 2-1 shootout loss in Montreal

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

Lightning fall to Canadiens in SO

TBL Recap: Vasilevskiy makes 37 saves in 2-1 SO loss

Nikita Kucherov lit the lamp in the 2nd and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 37 saves, but it was not enough as the Lightning fell, 2-1, in a shootout

  • 04:19 •

Two of the National Hockey League's best goaltenders made strong cases to be included in the 2018 All-Star Game with their performances in Thursday's divisional matchup between Tampa Bay and Montreal.

Andrei Vasilevskiy has been undisputedly the top goalie through the first half of the season, posting a League-best 26 wins and six shutouts.

Montreal's Carey Price, however, wasn't quite ready to be overshadowed by his Atlantic Division counterpart.

Vasilevskiy made 37 saves through regulation and overtime against Montreal to help the Lightning pull out a point..

Price put up 44, including several unreal stops in a 3-on-3 shootout, to spearhead the Canadiens 2-1 shootout victory over the Lightning.

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Burns: Three things we learned from the Lightning's shutout in Toronto

Lightning beat writer Bryan Burns recaps Tampa Bay's 2-0 win over Toronto

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

Recap: TBL 2, TOR 0

Vasilevskiy, Lightning blank Maple Leafs, 2-0

Andrei Vasilevskiy made 29 saves for his second consecutive shutout, while Cedric Paquette and Alex Killorn scored in a 2-0 win against Toronto

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The Tampa Bay Lightning started 2018 the same way they ended 2017:

With a road shutout victory on the back of goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy

Tampa Bay's showdown on Tuesday with the Maple Leafs in Toronto had all the makings of a playoff preview. The Lightning have been the best team in the Atlantic Division, nay the entire NHL, for the length of the season. Toronto was nipping at the Bolts' heels for a good part of the season and entered Tuesday's tilt tied for second place in the Atlantic with Boston.

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Burns: 3 Things we learned from shutting out the Blue Jackets

Lightning beat writer Bryan Burns recaps the Bolts 5-0 win in Columbus

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

The Tampa Bay Lightning closed out 2017 in style, shutting out the Columbus Blue Jackets for the second time this season at Nationwide Arena in a dominating 5-0 performance.

The Lightning continue to show resiliency after losses. Following a disappointing 5-3 defeat at the hands of the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday to end the Bolts' eight-game home win streak, Tampa Bay responded with one of its most commanding performances of the season. The Lightning outshot Columbus 35-21, including a 23-6 advantage in a second period in which the Bolts took complete control.

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Burns: Three things we learned from a loss to Philly

Lightning beat writer Bryan Burns recaps Tampa Bay's 5-3 loss to the Flyers

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

The Tampa Bay Lightning were on the verge of setting a new franchise record for consecutive wins at home entering Friday's game against the Philadelphia Flyers, the second half of a back-to-back set for both teams.

The Bolts had won eight in a row at AMALIE Arena, tied for the third-longest home win streak in team history. The franchise record of 10 was within sight.

Unfortunately, the Lightning weren't able to overcome sloppy, uninspired play in a 5-3 loss to the Flyers.

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Burns: Three things we learned from shutting out the Wild

Lightning beat writer Bryan Burns recaps Tampa Bay's 3-0 win over Minnesota

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

The final score shows the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Minnesota Wild 3-0 to close out the pre-Christmas portion of the 2017-18 schedule.

But despite the lopsided score, for 57 minutes on Saturday, it seemed like neither team would be able to find the back of the net.

Although the Lightning and the Wild both had plenty of nice passing sequences and promising setups, the final execution was lacking through two-plus periods.

But in a span of 1:49 late in the game, the Lightning turned a game destined for overtime and probably a shootout into a runaway victory.

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Burns: 3 Things from a shootout win against Ottawa

Lightning beat writer Bryan Burns recaps the Bolts 4-3 shootout win vs. Ottawa

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

Tampa Bay's 4-3 shootout win over Ottawa at AMALIE Arena on Thursday won't win any awards for beautiful-constructed goals or stand-on-your-head goaltending.

Resilience, however, the Lightning had that covered.

Tampa Bay rallied three separate times from a one-goal deficit to defeat the Senators and win its eighth game out of its last nine. The Lightning never led Ottawa until the very end when Steven Stamkos' Third Round shootout attempt beat Senators goaltender Craig Anderson.

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Burns: 3 Things from a last-second loss to Vegas

Lightning beat writer Bryan Burns recaps the Bolts 4-3 loss to Vegas

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

Recap | VGK 4, TBL 3

Recap | Golden Knights 4, Lightning 3

Caley Chelios recaps the Lightning's 4-3 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights

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The Tampa Bay Lightning were attempting something Tuesday they'd only achieved once before in franchise history:

Winning every game on a road trip of four or more games

The Bolts bulldozed the St. Louis Blues to start the trip, winning in a building they hadn't tasted victory since the 2009-10 season. The Lightning followed with a 4-1 victory over Arizona and then held on to defeat Colorado 6-5 on Saturday.

Tampa Bay needed only to defeat expansion Vegas in the first-ever meeting between the two teams to complete the road sweep.

Unfortunately, the Lightning penalty kill was victimized by four goals, the final one coming with 2.3 seconds remaining, in a heartbreaking 4-3 loss to the Golden Knights.

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Burns: 3 Things we learned from the Lightning overwhelming the Coyotes

Lightning beat writer Bryan Burns recaps the Bolts 4-1 win in Arizona

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

Recap: TBL 4, ARI 1

Lightning beat Coyotes for sixth consecutive win

The Lightning jumped out to a three-goal lead and cruised to their sixth straight win, a 4-1 road victory against the Coyotes

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The Tampa Bay Lightning are reaching uncharted territory as they continue to pile up wins in 2017-18.

Following a 4-1 victory over the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on Thursday, the Lightning are off to their best start in franchise history with 48 points through 31 games, seven more than the previous record of 41 points through 31 games set during the 2014-15 Stanley Cup Final season.

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Burns: 3 things we learned from shutting out the Blues

Lightning beat writer Bryan Burns recaps the Bolts 3-0 win in St. Louis

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

Tampa Bay's game in St. Louis, billed as the best in the East versus the best in the West, lost a bit of its luster when Blues' second-leading scorer Jaden Schwartz and top defenseman Alex Pietrangelo were placed on injured reserve prior to the game.

Still, the Lightning hadn't won in St. Louis since the 2009-10 season, going 0-4-1 since. And the Bolts and the Blues were the top teams in the NHL entering Tuesday's matchup.

The Lightning took care of business, leaning on Andrei Vasilevskiy, rapidly emerging as perhaps the best goalie in the NHL, for a 3-0 victory to establish supremacy atop the League standings.

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Burns: 3 things from the Bolts downing the Jets

Lightning beat writer Bryan Burns recaps the Bolts 4-3 win in overtime vs Winnipeg

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

Recap: WPG 3, TBL 4 - F/OT

Point buries game-winner in Bolts' 4-3 win

Nikita Kucherov tied the game in the 3rd, and Brayden Point's game-winner in overtime lifted the Lightning to a 4-3 win against the Jets

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For the first time since the 2015-16 season, the Tampa Bay Lightning have swept a home stand of four or more games.

The Winnipeg Jets were the Bolts' latest victim. On Saturday at AMALIE Arena, the Lightning rallied from deficits of 1-0 and 3-2 to defeat the Jets 4-3 in overtime, Brayden Point netting the game-winner 36 seconds into the extra session.

The Lightning have won four in a row for the third time this season and are one more win from tying their season-long win streak of five set November 11-16.

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Burns: Three things we learned from a third-straight win

Lightning beat writer Bryan Burns recaps Tampa Bay's 5-2 win over Colorado

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

Tampa Bay was reeling after falling in Boston on November 29, the Lightning losing their third game in four contests.

A week later, that bump in the road seems like a distant memory.

On Thursday, the Bolts defeated the Colorado Avalanche 5-2 at AMALIE Arena to win their third-consecutive game. Tampa Bay has outscored opponents 16-6 combined over the three victories and has won each contest by at least three goals. The Lightning continue to own the best record in the NHL and have a League-best 42 points. The Bolts own a five-point lead in the Eastern Conference over second place Toronto.

The Bolts have a chance to go a perfect 4-for-4 on their current home stand on Saturday when they host the Winnipeg Jets, one of the top teams in the Western Conference.

Before looking ahead to that heavyweight matchup, however, let's recap how the Bolts continue to pile up the wins in Three Things we learned from a third-consecutive victory.

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Burns: 3 Things we learned from revenge against the Islanders

Lightning beat writer Bryan Burns recaps the Bolts 6-2 win over the Islanders

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

A little over two weeks ago, the New York Islanders handed the Tampa Bay Lightning one of their worst (and only) defeats of the season, outplaying the Bolts for two-plus periods and holding off a furious late rally in a 5-3 victory.

The Lightning got their revenge and then some in a 6-2 pasting of the Islanders on Tuesday night.

Yanni Gourde scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner, to give him four goals in two games this season against the Isles.

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Burns: Three things we learned from sweeping the Sharks

Lightning beat writer Bryan Burns recaps Tampa Bay's 5-2 win over San Jose

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

The Tampa Bay Lightning hadn't swept a multi-game season series from the San Jose Sharks since the 2002-03 season.

The Bolts had lost four straight at home to the Sharks.

Both of those dubious streaks came to an end on Saturday in Tampa Bay's 5-2 victory over San Jose at AMALIE Arena.

The Bolts exploded for four goals in the third period, turning a 1-1 nailbiter into a runaway win. The hard-fought victory came at an important time for the Lightning too, coming off their worst stretch of the season after dropping three of four during a post-Thanksgiving road trip.

The Lightning "played much better (Saturday night) than any time on the road," according to head coach Jon Cooper.

What went right for the Bolts against San Jose?

We'll recap the main takeaways in Three Things we learned from sweeping San Jose.

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Burns: 3 Things from another loss in Boston

Lightning beat writer Bryan Burns recaps the Bolts 3-2 loss to the Boston Bruins

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

The Tampa Bay Lightning will welcome the return to home ice when they take on the San Jose Sharks at AMALIE Arena on Saturday.

Their recently-completed four-game road trip was not a pleasant one for the Bolts.

Wednesday's 3-2 loss to the Bruins in Boston punctuated a subpar set of performances away from home

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Burns: 3 Things from back-to-back losses on the road

Lightning beat writer Bryan Burns recaps the Bolts 5-2 loss to the Penguins

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

Tampa Bay began a four-game road trip in two rinks it's had little regular season success of late, whatever the name of the building.

The Lightning's futility in Washington, D.C. and Pittsburgh continued in back-to-back losses Friday and Saturday night.

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Burns: Three things we learned from an overtime win over Chicago

Lightning beat writer Bryan Burns recaps the Bolts' 3-2 win over Chicago

by Bryan Burns / tampabaylightning.com

The Tampa Bay-Chicago matchup has been one of the more exciting games on the Lightning schedule over the last couple of years.

Wednesday's thriller at AMALIE Arena was no exception.

The Lightning spotted the Blackhawks two goals in the first period, then began the long journey of rallying from the deficit, Ondrej Palat scoring shorthanded in the second period and Chris Kunitz netting the game-tying goal 31 seconds into the third period.

Brayden Point's overtime game-winner, his second OT goal of the season, completed the comeback for the Bolts.

The Lightning enter Thanksgiving with the best record in the NHL at 16-3-2 and the best record in franchise history.

What made win No. 16 possible?

We'll look at Three Things that allowed the Lightning to come away with both points against the Blackhawks.

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Burns: 3 Things from a Lightning loss to the Islanders

Lightning beat writer Bryan Burns recaps the Bolts 5-3 loss to the New York Islanders

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

Lightning fall to Islanders, 5-3

TBL Recap: Lightning comeback bid falls just short

Yanni Gourde netted two goals in the 3rd to help bring the Lightning within a goal, but their rally fell short in a 5-3 loss to the Islanders

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In jumping out to a 15-2-2 record through the first 19 games of the season, the Tampa Bay Lightning have gotten off to fast starts in games, been opportunistic with the puck around the opponent's net and have played a sound, structured defensive game.

The Lightning accomplished none of those things in a 5-3 loss to the New York Islanders on Saturday at AMALIE Arena.

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Burns: Three things we learned from dominating Dallas

Lightning beat writer Bryan Burns recaps Tampa Bay's 6-1 win over the Dallas Stars

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

Steven Stamkos said Thursday morning it's "a myth" that teams returning from a long road trip usually struggle in their first game back home.

Then Stamkos went out later that night to prove the fallacy of that thinking.

The Lightning, paced by Stamkos' two goals, pulled away from Dallas in the second and third periods, scoring five unanswered goals in a 6-1 demolition of the Stars.

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Burns: 3 Things we learned from a California sweep

Lightning beat writer Bryan Burns recaps the Bolts 2-1 win in Anaheim

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

Recap: TBL 2, ANA 1

Lightning edge Ducks for sixth straight road win

J.T. Brown scored the go-ahead goal in the 3rd period to lead the Lightning past the Ducks, 2-1, for their sixth straight road win

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The California road swing is one of the most difficult in hockey for an East Coast team.

The trip is typically over a week long. The teams are big and strong and usually near the top of the Western Conference standings. And the venues are some of the toughest places to play in the League.

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Burns: 3 Things from back-to-back road trip wins

Lightning beat writer Bryan Burns examines the key trends from the Bolts two wins in California

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

Recap | Postgame TBL 5, LAK 2

4 goal 1st period leads Bolts over the Kings

Caley Chelios recaps the Lightning's 5-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings.

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Before embarking on a three-games-in-five-days road trip through California, Lightning head coach Jon Cooper said his team was about to face its strongest test yet playing three physical, powerful Western Conference squads.

So far, Cooper's troops have risen to the challenge.

Tampa Bay opened the West Coast swing on Wednesday with a commanding 5-1 victory over a San Jose Sharks team riding a four-game winning streak. A day later, the Bolts were even more impressive in shutting down the second-best team in the Western Conference points-wise, the Los Angeles Kings, 5-2 while playing the second half of a back-to-back.

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Burns: Three things from a shootout win over Columbus

The Bolts couldn't hold onto a third period lead but rallied to knock off Columbus in a shootout

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

The Tampa Bay Lightning let a two-goal third period lead slip away at AMALIE Arena Saturday night, but the Bolts recovered to defeat the Columbus Blue Jackets in a shootout 5-4, Steven Stamkos converting the only shootout attempt to net the game-winner.

At times, the Bolts looked capable of pulling away for a comfortable victory over the Blue Jackets. But Columbus was resilient, outplaying the Lightning over the final 20 minutes of regulation to earn a point and force overtime.

Tampa Bay collected three of four points on its two-game homestand and now heads to California next week for three games against the Sharks, Kings and Ducks.

The Lightning improve to a NHL-best 11-2-2, and, with 24 points, are off to their best start through 15 games in franchise history.

How did they collect win No. 11?

We'll take a closer look in Three Things we learned from outlasting the Blue Jackets.

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Burns: 3 Things from an overtime loss to the Rangers

Lightning beat writer Bryan Burns recaps the Bolts 2-1 overtime loss

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

The Tampa Bay Lightning fell 2-1 in overtime to the New York Rangers at AMALIE Arena Thursday night.

The Lightning were able to salvage a point from defeat.

Truth be told, they probably didn't deserve two.

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