An Old NHL Aggravation Reminder on Tampa Bay’s Anniversary

30 years of NHL exception does not mean the Lightning played 30 seasons.


A song for Tampa and Games 3 and 4 of the 2022 Stanley Ci[ Final

“A Night in Taj0a” is a 2007 acoustic number by Tampa Bay’s Gypsy Star.


The Foley of Late-Season, Cross-Conference Play in the NHL

What?? A hockey related post by Jo9hn?! May wonders never cease!!


A noteworthy atmosphere for the Stanley Cup Finals

Preceding game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals is an interesting aspect,


An Open Letter Request to the Tampa Bay Lightning

This has nothing to do with the team and gameplay. It has everything to do with the genetic menace few know of.


Amalie Arena To Serve As An Early-Voting Locale

Amalie Arena, the Ice Palace of Tampa, Florida.

Hillsborough County’s Supervisor of elections has announced Amalie Arena will be open as a voting location.


Regarding my absence ftom 2020 NHL playoff blogging and my social withdrawal online

Regarding my absence ftom 2020 NHL playoff blogging and my social withdrawal online

As the Tampa Bay Lightning’s original blogger, I haven’t said much of anything about these belated playoffs. I’m not interacting much online either. Why?


NHL History: Vinny Lecavalier’s “Rough Translation” to Life With The White Bear

Lecavalier in Kazan, 2005

A pie e of NHL history was the 2004-05 lockout. A story within it was Vincent Lecavalier plaung for AK Baez Kazan during that lost season, and Tom Jones feature article on it.


The Flukish Sgreak or Tampa Bay Lightning Hockey Since the 2019 Holiday Season

Awesome success, but don’t settle. Don’t be stupid in disappointment either. Push forward — the Tampa Bay Lightning are doing just that.


Jon Cooper’s done better as a Lightning head coach than the Tampa Bay Buccaneers all-time

Jon Cooper’s done better as a Lightning head coach than the Tampa Bay Buccaneers all-time

Minus a championship, but still… In seven seasons, one mans feats puts the other local franchise to shame.


Vaulted production levels from Alex Killorn are elite for his career

He’s just shy of matching his season-best goal-scoring total in only 41-games played.


In brief, a response to the Tampa Bay Lightning’s current success

A simple response to the Lightning winning 8 straight after blowing out Vancouver 9-2.


Andrei Vasilevskiy can hecome the Tampa Bay Lightning’s winningest goalie with a victory vs Winnipeg

Vasy’s next win seals the deal — and it could come tonight against Winnipeg.


The season after regular-season domination and the Tampa Bay Lightning (with poll)

Just how have NHL teams followed-up 60+ win seasons? Just how will Tampa Bay?


Did you know…? Tampa Bay Lightning stars once were extras in a comic book movie?

Stanley Cup Championship by the Tampa Bay Lightning was a John Travolta jinx?


Fox Sports Sun to live-stream Lightning 2019 preseason games

Three of the Bolts preseason games will be available for to watch with thanks to online options.


Only one player stands out from Steve Yzerman’s 1st round draft history with the Lightning

This is the Albatross of the Steve Yzerman tenure as General Manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning.


There isn’t much of a Tampa Bay Lightning blogosphere

The Tampa Bay Lightning blogosphere isn’t much of a blogosphere at all.


Some quick remarks about the Lightning’s summer

Just some rambling remarks about the Tampa Bay Lightning’s transactions this summer.


Reflecting on the history and the Ice Palace that is Amalie Arena

Amalie Arena, the Ice Palace of Tampa, Florida.

I wish I knew the stories more behind the Bolts immaculate Ice Palace.


An image from Tampa BayLightning history and the 1996 NHL Playoffs

Tampa Bay Lightning playoff preview April 1996

A photograph from 2010 of a newspaper playolff preview from 1996 — the first playoffs appearence in Tampa Bay Lightning franchise history.


The brink of NHL free agency 2019

Just a quick word regarding the Tampa Bay Lightnin, 2019 NHL free agency and the NHL draft.


A feat in failure, the Bolts beat the Blues

Just a stat, just a fact, just a feat, and a victorious failure inf finality.


Three months away; Lightning announce 2019 preseason schedule

In 90-odd days, you’ll have he starting fire of the next Tampa Bay Lightning season.


Will the start of Steve Yzerman’s tenure in Detroit bring transactions with Tampa Bay?

The former Lightning GM needs to transform the winged-wheel into his baby. That may lead to him seeking Bolts.


The simple truth; 2019 Tampa Bay Lightning playoffs post-mortem summary

The NHL’s Second Season once again earns its title.


Disappointed by Lightning play and fan reaction

I’m going to go with a simple take going into Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals:


Another Lightning record: Drawing viewers to their historic regular-season performance

Historic feats on-ice help set a broadcast popularity record for the Tampa Bay Lightning during the 2018-19 NHL regular season.


The Great Outdoors and the first Eastern Conference Quarterfinals watch party for Lightning fans

It’ll be a rockin’ Game One — both in play and at the Curtis Hixon Park watch party. Details are within this post.


The gamble and the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

A fan asks who to bet on in the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs: The Bolts or elsewhere in the field?


Another benchmark change is looming for the Lightning in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs

The 2018-19 Lightning are bre3aking records, the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs brings two new record holders.


Lightning’s success generates all too much silence in the Tampa Bay sports media

The hype, the hope, the proudness of what the Lightning are doing? It’s not there in traditional media in Tampa Bay at current like it was in 1996.


Record-breaking vies against playoff contention in the Lightning’s remaining schedule

Tampa Bay played oh-so-well through 66 games. They’re on the verge of breaking an NHL record, but their final opponents will not make it a gimmie.


The storm continues with Tampa Bay Lightning hockey

Entering the last game of Feruary, the BGotls are 12-02 for the month.


A tweet of note regarding the Tampa Bay Lightning and the 2019 NHL trade deadline

Via Joe Smith of The Athletic, a quick remark about things at this coming deadline (and deadlines in general):


Lightning strikes blaze the NHL standings and Tampa Bay sports

They’re winning… oh, are they winning…!


Via Reddit: To put the Tampa Bay Lightning’s success in perspective at this point (Feb 16, 2015)

This article will redirect you to a post on Reddit.com/r/hockey that puts the Tampa Bay Lightning’s success in perspective.


My thoughts on the Bolts and the new alternate threds

Just a few words on the 2019 Tampa Bay Lightning alternate jerseys. #DisrupttheNight doesn’t do it for me.


Attendance in Tampa Bay sports sides with the might of the Lightning

The Tampa Bay Lightning are among NHL attendance leaders. Their attendance numbers top the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.


The Lightning storm of the 2018-19 NHL first-half

The halfway point of the 2018-19 NHL season hasn’t arrived, but the Bolts are on a OMGWTF pace.


Louis Domingue has served the Lightning well in a time of backstop need

Some have talked down the effort of Louis Domingue serving as Bolts netminder . Dommer’s done the job and done it well.


The Tampa Bay Lightning thrives while the Tampa Bay media look elsewhere in sports

Late this summer, before the NFL season was underway, the Tampa Bay Times did the Tampa Bay-media thing and played up the Tampa Bay Buccaneers season ahead. “Most talented offense ever?” discussion before a regular season game had been played seemed like… well, an attempt to raise expectations. I’m not here to judge the Buccaneer […]


The bitterness of politics meets the cold of ice hockey

2018 election year campaign contest… Nikita Kucherov vs. Jack Eichel. Seeing I’m a Kucherov supporter, I’m sharing his ad here.


Just where did Rusty Fedotenko go? I’m glad you asked!!

Anyone ever wonder what happened to Ruslan Fedotenko? Real estate. He's involved in townhomes on Treasure Island. Read about it here https://t.co/b4CUMNcFmc #TBLightning #TBLightningAlumni — John Fontana (@Johnny_Fonts) October 15, 2018


A visit from the 2018-19 NHL season

Twas the night before hockey In old Tampa Bay With Lightning comes thunder…And sometimes, even rain!   The fans were all curious; what on Earth is the plan? Could success still be found, without the jolly Yzerman? On the verge was the end of 2018 — A loss to the Caps brought fans agony   […]


When events lead to self-realization and rolling along while lost at sea

I don’t know what was worse: How the news of Tuesday and the stepping-down of Steve Yzerman laid out one hell of a road bump for the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2018-19 and the general road ahead… or the realization through that event that I’m not a hockey blogger any more. No, no, it’s not […]


A word to summarize the Tampa Bay Lightning before the 2018-19 NHL season

It’s a foreign word in the history of sports in Tampa Bay, really. Oh, there are numerous athletes that the Bay area has produced who met and had relations with the word. There are plenty of high school athletic organizations who have known the word but single teams don’t represent the region. Heck, this applies […]


Florida’s Fox Sports Net stations are up for grabs

I could kvetch here about conglomerates and how mega companies merging – even entertainment companies – is not ideal in many ways, but I just shared my opinion of that and should move on to the point of this post… Disney has acquired 21st Century Fox. No, not all holdings but tons of them in […]


Instead of thoughts and speculation, Erik Karlsson trade rumors bring thundering silence to the Tampa Bay Lightning blogosphere

Rumors, innuendo, speculation… It’s loomed since before the 2018 NHL trade deadline and now it’s on the forefront during the NHL offseason. Days after the start of the free agency season, Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson’s name started making headlines again. Karlsson is available on a revamping Senators franchise that is also a marred object […]


The pressure of novelty and the 2018 Stanley Cup Finals

With game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals tonight at Capital One Arena, there are two words on my mind, linked together but entirely unlinked. They have nothing to do with each other and yet one causes another. The first word is pressure. Not in the way you think it’s applicable.  This is coming from […]