Patti McDonald

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Forum ice removed; a hockey-less summer nears

The Tampa Bay Times Forum removed its ice Monday and the ice wont return until September when NHL training camps begin.

Fans, please remain seated until history is made

Everyone knows the story by now; the Boston Bruins were trailing the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1 in game 7 of ttheir playoff series on Monday night. Fans gave up, missing a historic comeback, adn inspiring this rant in the process.

St. Louis proves age is just a number

With 60 points in 48 games at age 37, Tampa Bay Lightning wing Martin St. Louis becomes the oldest player to win the Art Ross Trophy.

The Tampa Bay Lightning lose 2-0 despite effort ag

The Tampa Bay Lightning did not lack in the shots department against the Boston Bruins but all 30 of them were saved by Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask in a shutout Thursday night.


A day in the life of an NHL off-ice official staff writer Patti McDonald gives fans the behind the scenes details of a day in the life of an NHL off-ice official.

Tampa Bay Lightning drop fourth straight

The Tampa Bay Lightning mounted a two goal comeback but ultimately did themselves in giving the Montreal Canadiens four power play chances in the third period.

Game 43: Tampa Bay Lightning at Winnipeg Jets

The Tampa Bay Lightning had yet another third period comeback but fell short in a 4-3 shootout loss to he Winnipeg Jets Tuesday night.

Bolts four goal comeback not enough against Caps

The Tampa Bay Lightning mounted a four goal comeback despite losing 6-5 in overtime to the Washington Capitals on Saturday.


Video: Labrie post-game comments

It only took him 26 games, but forward Pierre-Cedric Labrie finally got his first career NHL goal on Tuesday. He remarks about it and the win versus Ottawa here.


Video: Stamkos on playoffs, Ovechkin

The reigning Rocket Richard trophy winner talks about the Lightning's playoff quest and his Rocket Richard trophy battle with Alex Ovechkin.


Ben Bishop post-game remarks

Ben Bishop talked about his top priority with the Lightning, as well as the contest against his former team in the Ottawa Senators.

Lightning at Carolina preview

Roster moves yesterday give way to a new team today as the Lightning take on the Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh.

Socially connect at Social Media Central

The Tampa Bay Lightning launched "Bolts Social Central" earlier this season, a video wall behind section 128 in the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Fans can send their Tweets, Foursquare checkins, and Instagram photos using the hashtag #boltssocial


Video about Xtra-Ice Arena in Tampa

I found out about Tampa's newest ice rink over the weekend. Xtra-ice is not only an ice rink but also a non-profit organization that focuses on growing the game of hockey in the Tampa Bay community by offering affordable clinics.

Gudas on his first NHL fight

The hard hitting Czech dropped the gloves on Friday night against New Jersey's Tom Kostopoulos.

Cooper eyes the playoffs

Despite the Lightning sitting in 13th place in the Eastern Conference, Tampa Bay Coach Jon Cooper believes his new team can make a late season playoff push.

"Crunch Bunch" fitting in with the Lightning

Lightning General Manager Steve Yzerman and Assistant General Manager Julian BriseBois have sought out to strengthen the minor league system since coming on board in 2010.

Secondary scoring boosts Bolts

The usual suspects didn't show up on the scoresheet with goals in Tampa Bay's win over Carolina but some others stepped up. Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat, and Nate Thompson.

Lightning face red hot Carolina Hurricanes

The Tampa Bay Lightning face the Carolina Hurricanes, who have won six of their last eight games. The Lightning hope to get the victory tonight with Mathieu Garon in net

Cory Conacher's disappearing act

The Calder Candidate saw limited ice time against Montreal on Saturday night without a clear explanation.

As seen on TV! Operators are standing by!

The Bolts partner up with TV pitchman Anthony Sullivan with their latest ticket package, with opinions on the package and commercial varying from positive to stereotypical.

Stamkos, Connolly win monthly honors

The Lightning organization has a pair of goal-scorers that can’t stop lighting the lamp and both were named No. 1 star for the month of February in their respective leagues. The first is Steven Stamkos and the other is the Syracuse Crunch’s Brett Con

NHL / NHLPA close on realignment

This new plan appears TV friendly and could boost the ratings locally and nationally.

Sami Salo "day-to-day"; out versus NY Rangers

With Sami Salo's lower body injury, Lightning coach Guy Boucher announced he will be rolling with seven defensemen against the New York Rangers on Thursday, including Brendan Mikkelson.

Panik adjusts to NHL, works to improve his game

The Lightning prospect, called up when LW Ryan Malone was placed on injured reserve, may not have scored his first NHL points yet, but his focus is on improving his game. The rest comes later.

Tampa Bay Lightning Trails Boston Bruins 2-1 After

Tampa Bay Lightning Trails Boston Bruins

Lightning's Benoit Pouliot thrives in front of net

Benoit Pouliot has made a career in front of the net, and it is starting to pay off with 12 points in his last 10 games. Pouliot netted three assists Tuesday against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Lightning a less-costly NHL fan experience

According to Team Marketing Report's annual Fan Cost Index research, the Tampa Bay Lightning increased their ticket prices a mere one percent post-lockout with an average ticket price of $38.1

Bolts Trail Caps 2-1 After Two Periods

The opening minutes of the second period looked much different for the Tampa Bay Lightning than the first period did. Players were shooting at almost every opportunity they had (almost) and they...

Lightning Tied 1-1 With Capitals after first

The Tampa Bay Lightning looked rather sluggish in the opening period against the Washington Capitals, especially in the first few minutes of the period. Tampa Bay continued their struggles...

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