Clark J Brooks

  • joined Jun 15, 2010
  • last login Aug 04, 2014
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Originally from Benton Harbor, Michigan but a resident of the Tampa Bay area since 1986, I've gone native and am now solidly behind the Lightning, Rays and Buccaneers. I'm a staff writer for Raw Charge, covering the Tampa Bay Lightning. In addition, I run off at the keyboard on my own web site (link below). I've also helped produce a documentary film ("Ten at the Top in Tampa Bay"...look it up on!) and am an ordained minister who will gladly commit your next wedding for the low, low price of admission to the reception and a seat next to one of the cuter bridesmaids.

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Lightning outlast Islanders in marathon shootout


For the third straight game, the Tampa Bay Lightning needed more than regulation time to resolve the outcome of a game, beating the Islanders 3-2 in a 13 round shootout (their second shootout in a...

Lightning survive sloppy start to salvage point


The Tampa Bay Lightning didn't find their game until halfway through Monday's contest against Ottawa but hung close enough to manage a comeback that forced overtime before falling short in the...

Lightning hold off Canucks for 4-3 win


The Tampa Bay Lightning stretched their win streak to three games with a 4-3 victory over the Vancouver Canucks, thanks in part to a couple of fortunate bounces.

Bolts shut out Devils, Bishop sets new standard


Ben Bishop was a key contributor to an all-around stellar outing by the Tampa Bay Lightning Saturday night, turning away 23 shots in shutting out the New Jersey Devils 3-0 and establishing a new...

Bolts fend off late rally, beat Panthers 5-4


It got interesting in the last minute or so, but the Lightning held on to enough of what had been a three goal lead to beat the Florida Panthers 5-4 and break a five game losing streak Thursday...

Phoenix stretches Lightning losing skid to five


A familiar recipe yields familiar results as the Lightning lose another shootout by the score of 4-3 Thursday night at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, extending their winless streak to five games.

Another solid effort yields Bolts shootout loss


The Lightning give division leading Boston all they can handle for three full periods plus overtime, coming up just short in a 4-3 shootout loss.

Hard work not enough; Bolts fall to Buffalo


The Lightning put forth an effort worthy of victory but Sabres goaltender Jhonas Enroth was outstanding in turning away Tampa Bay 3-1 Thursday night at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

Five things Clark Brooks loves about hockey


In the latest installment from our series about what we all love about hockey, Raw Charge staff writer Clark Brooks shares his thoughts

Lightning come back twice in 4-2 win over Detroit


The Tampa Bay Lightning came back from one-goal deficits twice before putting away the Detroit Red Wings for the fourth time this season. As a result, the Lightning head into the Olympic break...

Lightning lose ground and players in 4-1 loss


The Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-1, trimming the Lightning's lead over division rivals Toronto and Montreal to a single point. Worse, key players Ben Bishop and Valtteri...

Johnson leads Lightning to 5-2 win


Rookie center Tyler Johnson recorded a hat trick, the first of his career, Saturday night as the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Colorado Avalanche 5-2.

Lightning end home loss streak, beat Senators 4-3


It took overtime and a shoot out, but the Lightning's five-game home losing streak is over, thanks to a 4-3 win over the Ottawa Senators at the Tampa Bay Times Forum Thursday night.

Heroic effort by St. Louis wasted in Bolts loss


Martin St. Louis put forth a historic and heroic individual effort but the team behind him wasn't up to the task, blowing a two-goal lead and losing to the San Jose Sharks 5-4 for their fifth...

Lightning fall to Islanders 2-1 in shootout


The Lightning's bizarre losing streak at home hits four games as they come up empty against the New York Islanders in a shootout.

An interview with Vanessa Rodriguez of Opera Tampa


National Anthem singer Vanessa Rodriguez talks about her passion for performing opera and watching Lightning hockey.

Late lapses ruin Lightning comeback


Uncharacteristic defensive miscues in the final minute of play negated a comeback effort by the Tampa Bay Lightning who lost to the Washington Capitals 4-3 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum Thursday night.

Lightning look sloppy in 4-3 loss to Rangers


Poor passing, lots of turnovers and an ineffective penalty kill combine to send the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 4-3 defeat at the hands of the New York Rangers Sunday night.

Canadiens top Lightning 2-1 in shootout


Another battle between outstanding goaltenders at the Tampa Bay Times Forum Saturday night, but this time the Lightning are on the short end, falling 2-1 to the Montreal Canadiens in a shootout loss.

The Lightning should find a job for Pavel Kubina


A hard-working young man with a history of hard work and dedication on behalf of the Lightning organization is currently unemployed. Seems like a natural fit to me.

Lightning outlast Hurricanes, 3-2 in overtime


It took the Lightning all of 50 shots over a full game plus half an overtime to overcome the spectacular goaltending of Justin Peters, beating the Hurricanes 3-2 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

Kubina retires, thanks Lightning and fans


Former Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Pavel Kubina has officially announced his retirement from the NHL after 13 seasons.

Bolts getting healthier, beat Nashville 4-2


The Lightning knock off the visiting Nashville Predators as Victor Hedman is the first of many injured Bolts to return to the lineup and find the team in pretty good shape in spite of their absence.

Bishop the difference in 2-1 shootout win


An evenly contested game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Detroit Red Wings comes down to goalie Ben Bishop pitching a shutout in the shootout.

Frozen Four returning to Tampa in 2016


For the second time in the event's history, and second time in the last four years, the NCAA men's hockey national championship tournament will be held way down south, at the Tampa Bay Times Forum,...

Following a Lightning Community Hero


We take a look behind the scenes at all the work that goes into honoring those recognized by the Tampa Bay Lightning's Community Heroes program.

Lightning lose to Winnipeg 2-1 in overtime


The Lightning got some much-needed help on defense in the return of Radko Gudas and Eric Brewer but are ultimately undone by a lethargic start that generated no offense.

Bolts win game, lose players, beating Ottawa 3-1


The Lightning got two goals from Marty st. Louis and another outstanding effort from goaltender Ben Bishop, but saw another two defensemen fall to injury.

Bolts can't solve Pittsburgh defense, fall 3-0


The Penguins are able to convert the few opportunities they got to score while the Lightning were unable to do the same, falling to Pittsburgh 3-0.

Lightning hold off Flyers 4-2


The Tampa Bay Lightning paid tribute to former captain Vinny Lecavalier before beating him and his new team, the Philadelphia Flyers 4-2 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum Wednesday night.

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