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Burns: 3 Things we learned from a loss in Toronto

Bryan Burns on a bad start, flipping the script in the second and the Leafs winning the special teams battle

by Bryan Burns @BBurnsNHL /

If Tampa Bay started its three-game road trip with a potential playoff preview in a physical, hard-fought win over the Boston Bruins Saturday, the Lightning finished the road trip Tuesday with another sneak peak of perhaps more things to come in the postseason in a battle with the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena.

And if Tuesday was a look ahead to a possible opening opponent, the Bolts might not advance out of the first round to get to that anticipated second round series versus Boston.

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Burns: 3 Things we learned from a shootout loss in Detroit

Bryan Burns on a tough turnaround, the third period comeback and the power play heating up

by Bryan Burns @BBurnsNHL /

Tampa Bay entered Detroit for a Sunday evening tilt having won 16-consecutive games in the regular season over the Red Wings, the longest win streak against one team in franchise history and tied for the third longest in NHL history.

The Lightning couldn't overcome a slow start and missed opportunities late in the contest and into overtime to push that run to 17 in a row, however.

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Burns: 3 Things we learned from shutting out Montreal

Bryan Burns on taking the game to Montreal, a defensive improvement and Sergachev's physicality

by Bryan Burns @BBurnsNHL /

Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped all 32 shots sent his way to backstop the Bolts to a 4-0 shutout victory over the Montreal Canadiens Thursday night at AMALIE Arena and close out a season-long five-game homestand.

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Burns: 3 Things we learned from losing to Boston

Bryan Burns on the disallowed goal, creating opportunities but not cashing in and trouble getting shots through traffic

by Bryan Burns @BBurnsNHL /

If Tuesday's Atlantic Division showdown at AMALIE Arena between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Boston Bruins was a possible postseason preview, we're in for a pretty good series come playoff time.

Tampa Bay won the first two matchups between the two teams earlier this season.

Boston got in the win column against the Lightning in the latest battle, scoring twice over the first half and change of the game and holding on for a 2-1 victory Tuesday.

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Burns: 3 Things we learned from ending the losing skid

Bryan Burns on the new-look power play, Gourde's shorty and Killorn's game-winner

by Bryan Burns @BBurnsNHL /

The news Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos would miss the next six to eight weeks as he has surgery Monday to repair a core muscle injury came out right as the puck dropped between the Lightning and the Calgary Flames at AMALIE Arena Saturday afternoon, casting a pall over the sellout crowd in attendance.

Against the Flames, the Lightning discovered the formula they'll have to use to keep winning without Stamkos: win the special teams battle, get scoring contributions throughout the lineup, make timely saves and respond when the opposition swings momentum.

Tampa Bay did all four versus Calgary to pull out of a four-game losing skid and win 4-3, improving to 41-19-5 on the season.

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Burns: 3 Things we learned from a rare loss to Chicago

Bryan Burns on a rough final frame, too many trips to the box and continued defensive problems

by Bryan Burns @BBurnsNHL /

Tampa Bay hadn't lost to Chicago in the regular season since October 24, 2015.

The Lightning collected points in 16-consecutive regular season games over the Blackhawks entering Thursday's second of two meetings this season between the two teams.

The Hawks hadn't earned a regular season win in regulation against the Bolts since December 13, 2009.

Guess you could say the Blackhawks were due.

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Burns: 3 Things we learned from a loss to Toronto

Bryan Burns on losing the special teams battle, a costly second period and the comeback coming up short

by Bryan Burns @BBurnsNHL /

The Tampa Bay Lightning have lost three in a row in regulation for the first time this season after dropping a 4-3 decision to the Toronto Maple Leafs Tuesday night at AMALIE Arena.

A losing streak is never ideal, however, it might not be the worst thing for this Bolts team either, especially at this point in the season.

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Burns: 3 Things we learned from a second-straight loss in Arizona

Bryan Burns on the penalty kill's struggles, injuries continuing to pile up and Arizona's quick response4

by Bryan Burns @BBurnsNHL /

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Pat Maroon had the best comment following his team's second-consecutive loss on the heels of the Bolts' franchise record 11-game win streak.

"Sometimes you get too high, too low, maybe it came to us," he said. "…Maybe it was just bound to happen. This team can't get too down on themselves right now. It's a game where you burn the tape, move on and come ready Tuesday to play a great Toronto team."

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Burns: 3 Things we learned from an end to the win streak

Bryan Burns on Vegas answering quickly, a bad start to the third and encouraging signs from the power play

by Bryan Burns @BBurnsNHL /

The Tampa Bay Lightning saw their franchise-record 11-game win streak come to an end Thursday night, the Bolts dropping a 5-3 decision to the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena.

The Lightning also had a six-game road win streak and an eight-game road point streak fall by the wayside in Las Vegas.

The Bolts lost for the first time this season to a Pacific Division team, dropping to 10-1-0. Tampa Bay's 13-game win streak against Pacific teams dating to last season was also stopped.

Despite the loss, Lightning head coach Jon Cooper took time to reflect on his team's incredible run, the Bolts knocking off eight-straight teams holding a playoff spot entering the matchup in Las Vegas.

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Burns: 3 Things we learned from a record-setting win in Colorado

Bryan Burns on Kucherov's speed on the game-winner, McElhinney dealing with physicality and Gaunce getting on the scoresheet

by Bryan Burns @BBurnsNHL /

After a mediocre start to the 2019-20 campaign, the Tampa Bay Lightning are starting to break records with a voracity only seen last season.

Tampa Bay collected its 11th win in a row, establishing a new franchise mark for most consecutive wins, after outlasting the Colorado Avalanche 4-3 in overtime at Pepsi Center in as intense a regular season game that will be played all season.

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Burns: 3 Things we learned from setting records against Philly

Bryan Burns on a record-setting home winning streak, leaning on Vasy and the Lightning's physicality

by Bryan Burns @BBurnsNHL /

No matter what teams throw at the Tampa Bay Lightning of late, the Bolts have an answer.

Take Saturday's 5-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers for example. The Flyers were thoroughly outplayed for 30 minutes, the Lightning building a 3-0 lead after Carter Verhaeghe netted his eighth goal of the season 2:35 into the second period. Philadelphia decided to take it back to the Broad Street Bullies days and ramp up the physicality in an attempt to get under the Bolts' skin and off their game.

It worked too.

For a while.

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Burns: 3 Things we learned from drilling the Oilers

Bryan Burns on Gourde getting hot, Bolts showing off their depth and another stellar defensive performances

by Bryan Burns @BBurnsNHL /

Tampa Bay tied a franchise record for home wins after collecting its 10th-consecutive win at AMALIE Arena following a 3-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers Thursday night.

The streaks don't end there, however, for the Lightning.

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Burns: 3 Things we learned from a dramatic win in the Steel City

Bryan Burns on Gourde ending his scoring drought, prevailing even as injuries continue to pile up and the PK stepping up

by Bryan Burns @BBurnsNHL /

Midway through the second period with the game tied 1-1, Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy made one of his finest saves of the season, sliding over quickly to deny Bryan Rust's one-timer on a 2-on-1, Vasilevskiy getting just the tiniest fraction of Rust's shot with his blocker to push the puck off the crossbar and down to his skates, where he trapped it between his legs.

Rust thought he'd scored. The Pittsburgh fans behind the Lightning goal thought he'd scored.

He didn't score. The game remaining tied.

And yet, that was probably the sixth-most important thing that happened Tuesday night in Pittsburgh.

Tampa Bay's 2-1 overtime victory over the Penguins had a bit of everything: high-skilled plays, key injuries to major contributors, jaw-dropping saves, bone-jarring hits, gritty performances, two teams that don't like one another and a player going through the longest goal drought of his career ending his slump in the grandest of fashions.

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Burns: 3 Things we learned from a sixth-straight win

Bryan Burns on continued defensive improvement, not letting up in the third and Cirelli denying Barzal's breakaway

by Bryan Burns @BBurnsNHL /

When the Tampa Bay Lightning reeled off 10-straight wins from late December into January, critics could brush off the run because it came against mainly teams out of the playoff picture.

But there's no dismissing the quality of the opponents the Lightning have beaten on their current six-game streak.

Quite simply, the Bolts are playing really good hockey right now, maybe as good as anybody in the NHL.

The Lightning entered a three-game homestand Tuesday with 10-consecutive games against opponents in a playoff position at the time. They're currently 3-0-0 to start that stretch.

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Burns: 3 Things we learned from passing the Penguins

Bryan Burns on the game-saving penalty kill, another defenseman going down and Cirelli's fast answer

by Bryan Burns @BBurnsNHL /

The Tampa Bay Lightning entered Thursday's contest at AMALIE Arena against Pittsburgh tied with the Penguins on points for fourth place in the National Hockey League.

The Lightning continued their methodical climb up the standings with a 4-2 victory over the Pens, the Bolts fifth-straight win and seventh-straight contest earning a point.

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Burns: 3 Things we learned from outlasting Vegas

Bryan Burns on another great start from Vasilevskiy, a case of déjà vu and a strong presence in the crease

by Bryan Burns @BBurnsNHL /

Tampa Bay's 4-2 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights, the first in franchise history at AMALIE Arena over Vegas, won't make the season-ending highlight reel as one of the Lightning's better performances of the season.

But it still counts as a mark in the win column all the same.

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Burns: 3 Things we learned from sweeping the Sharks

Bryan Burns on McElhinney's shutout, a higher shot volume and a strong finish

by Bryan Burns @TBLightning /

Tampa Bay took seven of a possible eight points on its four-game road trip after shutting out the San Jose Sharks 3-0 at SAP Center Saturday.

The Lightning swept the season series from the Sharks, winning both games by a combined 10-1. And they continue to own the Pacific Division, improving to a perfect 8-0-0 against the division this season and winning 11 in a row over the Pacific going back to 2018-19.

Curtis McElhinney was the star of Saturday's performance, the Lightning backup netminder stopping all 30 shots he faced to notch his first shutout with the Bolts and 11th of his career. Tampa Bay blanked an opponent for the third time this season.

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Burns: 3 Things we learned from a rally in Los Angeles

Bryan Burns on Vasilevskiy keeping the Bolts in the game, the strong power play that led to the second goal and Cernak bouncing back

by Bryan Burns @BBurnsNHL /

Tampa Bay's mastery over the Los Angeles Kings and the Pacific Division as a whole continued in L.A. Wednesday night.

The Lightning rallied from a 2-0 deficit - the second time this season they've found themselves down a pair of goals to the Kings - by scoring four unanswered goals to defeat Los Angeles 4-2 and sweep the regular season series for the fourth-consecutive year.

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Burns: 3 Things we learned from an overtime loss in Dallas

Bryan Burns on some defensive breakdowns, the power play lacking and four solid penalty kills

by Bryan Burns @BBurnsNHL /

Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy was thwarted in his bid to tie Louis Domingue's franchise record 11-game consecutive win streak following a 3-2 overtime loss to the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center Monday night.

Vasilevskiy's teammates didn't help him much in his quest to extend his win streak.