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Past articles by Joe:

Cedric Paquette making case for playoff lineup spot

NEW YORK – The Lightning's first goal Friday was vintage Cedric Paquette.The 2014-15 version.Paquette, a pest when he's at his best, darted into the corner to keep a puck alive in the Rangers' → Read More

Joe Smith takeaway’s from Lightning win over Rangers

1. Kudos to Steven Stamkos for his first-period fight. Stamkos, the unlikely Lightning leader in penalty minutes, came to the defense of Nikita Kucherov, who took a knee-area hit from the Rangers' Pa → Read More

Stamkos fight sparks Lightning win

NEW YORK — Captain Steven Stamkos said his ongoing joke with teammates is that it's → Read More

A ‘weird’ Rangers reunion tonight for Lightning

NEW YORK — Lightning defensemen Ryan McDonagh and Dan Girardi popped into a Starbucks on their way into Madison Square Garden on Friday afternoon. And the former Rangers, who were set to face t → Read More

Lightning’s scoring touches return

NEW YORK — With the Lightning entering Friday in a scoring slump — by its standards, at least — coach Jon Cooper wasn't pushing the panic button. → Read More

Joe Smith’s takeaways from the Lightning’s loss to the Bruins

No idea how the Bruins got a power play out of the Tuukka Rask melee. Cory Conacher got shoved into the crease and defended himself when Rask hit him in the back of the head. Conacher got interferenc → Read More

Lightning falls out of first in division

BOSTON — If the Lightning ends up going on a deep playoff run this summer, the image of goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy charging the length of the ice Thursday to challenge Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask → Read More

Steven Stamkos, Victor Hedman in Lightning lineup to face Bruins

BOSTON — The Lightning played arguably its biggest regular-season game of the year Thursday against the Bruins.And it felt fortunate to have two of its biggest stars, F Steven Stamkos and D Vic → Read More

Why the division title matters to the Lightning

BOSTON — Worried about the Lightning?Freaking out, maybe?The fans' sense of panic hasn't quite hit the Tampa Bay dressing room. It is still a first-place team, a playoff team, an experienced te → Read More

Louis Domingue: No revenge factor against Coyotes

TAMPA – You wouldn't blame Louis Domingue for circling Monday's Lightning game on his calendar.The goalie, 26, gets to face the Coyotes, the team that drafted him in 2010 but also sent him pack → Read More

Lightning players not worried about going helmetless in warmups

NEWARK, N.J. — Steven Stamkos is one of a handful of Lightning players who don't wear a helmet during warmups.It's a cool, old-school look.It doesn't come without risk, however, as Stamkos foun → Read More

Lightning falls to Devils for third time this season

NEWARK, N.J. — If the playoffs began today, the Lightning would face the Devils.Judging from Saturday — and the teams' regular-season series — Tampa Bay would be wise not to take th → Read More

Time for everyone to appreciate the Lightning’s special season?

TAMPA — No Lightning team has won more games in the regular season than this season's with 51 heading into Saturday night's game against the Devils.Tampa Bay is two points shy of tying the fran → Read More

Jon Cooper and John Tortorella: A tale of Lightning contrasts

Lightning coach Jon Cooper said he has met John Tortorella only a few times.But Cooper has learned plenty about Tortorella from players on the latter's 2004 Stanley Cup-winning Lightning team, includ → Read More

Lightning holds off Islanders in familiar scenario

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — When the buzzer mercifully sounded at Barclays Center on Thursday, the Islanders' 41st shot whizzing wide in the final seconds, the crowd groaned a collective → Read More

Mikhail Sergachev ‘hasn’t missed a beat’ on right side

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Rookie D Mikhail Sergachev is enjoying life on the right side.Sergachev, a left shot, has played on the right the past three games, including Thursday's 7-6 win against the Isl → Read More

Ryan Callahan out indefinitely with upper-body injury

Lightning wing Ryan Callahan is out indefinitely with an upper-body injury suffered Tuesday against the Maple Leafs, the but injury isn't believed to be season-ending, general manager Steve Yzerman s → Read More

Steven Stamkos fined $5,000 for tripping Maple Leafs’ Morgan Rielly

For the first nine seasons of his career, Lightning captain Steven Stamkos never received a fine from the league.Not that Stamkos won any Lady Byng Trophies, given to the player with the best sportsm → Read More

Andrei Vasilevskiy sets Lightning single-season wins record

Andrei Vasilevskiy always considered former Lightning goalie Ben Bishop a mentor.A teacher. A big brother.And now Vasilevskiy, 23, has some bragging rights over his buddy Bishop after breaking his Li → Read More

Lightning rallies past Maple Leafs with four straight goals

TAMPA — When coach Jon Cooper walked into the Lightning dressing room after the second period Tuesday night, he sensed a surprisingly upbeat vibe.Tampa Bay trailed Toronto 3-1, with a Victor He → Read More