Some of the NHL's best, young players are available.
Mitch Marner, Brayden Point and Jacob Trouba are just a few of the restricted free agents in a bumper crop.
It was so improbable that a fake social media post beat the real news by hours.
No NHL team had signed a restricted free agent to an offer sheet in more than six years. Then the Montreal...
The Latest: J.T. Miller traded to Vancouver
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The Latest on the NHL draft (all times local):
The Vancouver Canucks have acquired center J.T. Miller in a trade with the Tampa Bay...
DETROIT (AP) — Steven Stamkos tied Vincent Lecavalier for Tampa Bay's career lead in goals, Nikita Kucherov scored twice in the third period and the Lightning rallied from a three-goal deficit to...
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Nikita Kucherov tied the Lightning's single-season points record with a pair of assists to lead Tampa Bay to a 5-2 victory against the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday...
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Nikita Kucherov's daily work is netting record-tying results.
Kucherov tied the Tampa Bay single-season points record with a pair of assists to lead the Lightning to a 5-2...
Miller leads Lightning past Flyers for seventh straight win
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning showed off their depth to continue their roll.
Tampa Bay was without top goal scorer Brayden Point and top defenseman Victor Hedman, and it rested...
Kucherov has 5 points as Lightning beat Blue Jackets 5-1
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Nikita Kucherov had two goals and three assists, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-1 Monday night for their sixth straight win.
Brayden Point scored twice and Steven Stamkos also had a goal for the Lightning, who are 8-1-2 in their last 11 games. Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 40 shots and got his 26th win. Kucherov now has 99 points to lead the league, with seven goals in the last five games.
Kucherov has 5 points, Lightning beat Blue Jackets 5-1
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — When Nikita Kucherov is at his best, there is little opposing teams can do to stop the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Kucherov had two goals and three assists, and the Lightning beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-1 Monday night for their sixth straight win.
Kucherov now has 99 points to lead the league, with seven goals in the last five games.
Kucherov, Point pace Lightning to 6-3 win over Flames
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The high-powered Tampa Bay Lightning just keep on rolling.
NHL points leader Nikita Kucherov had a goal and three assists, Brayden Point added a goal and two assists, and the Lightning beat the Calgary Flames 6-3 on Tuesday night.
Kucherov has 88 points, including seven over his last two games after going a pair of games without getting on the scoresheet.
"He has that ability to find guys even when I don't think guys know they're open," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said.
Kucherov scores twice to lift Lightning over Panthers
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Nikita Kucherov got back on the board, and the Tampa Bay Lightning continued their roll toward the top seed in the NHL playoffs.
Kucherov had two goals and an assist to lift Tampa Bay over the Florida Panthers 5-2 on Sunday night. Kucherov's first-period goal ended an 11-game span without a goal. It was his first since Jan. 12 against Buffalo.
"We knew it was a matter of time, but it was a big one for us," coach Jon Cooper said.
Tuch scores in shootout, Golden Knights edge Lightning 3-2
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Down two goals and mired in a losing streak, the Vegas Golden Knights didn't fold.
Instead, they rallied to beat the NHL-leading Tampa Bay Lightning.
Alex Tuch scored the only goal in a shootout and the Golden Knights halted a four-game skid with a 3-2 victory Tuesday night.
Vegas got goals from Cody Eakin and Valentin Zykov in regulation. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 24 shots.
Maple Leafs beat NHL-leading Lightning 4-2
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Although they trail Tampa Bay by 14 points in the standings, the Toronto Maple Leafs are having some head-to-head success against the top team in the NHL.
Mitch Marner scored a go-ahead goal late in the second period, Nazem Kadri and Patrick Marleau each had a goal and an assist, and the Maple Leafs beat the Lightning 4-2 on Thursday night.
Stamkos breaks late tie, Lightning beat Sabres 5-3
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Steven Stamkos broke a tie with 5:16 remaining in the NHL-leading Tampa Bay Lightning's 5-3 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night.
Nikita Kucherov, Brayden Point, Ondrej Palat and Ryan Callahan also scored, and Louis Domingue stopped 30 shots. The Lightning have won 18 of their last 20.
Sam Reinhart, Tage Thompson and Marco Scandella scored for Buffalo.
Stamkos scores go-ahead goal late, Lightning beat Sabres 5-3
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — For the second game in a row, the Tampa Bay Lightning started off slow. And once again, they rallied for a win.
Steven Stamkos scored the tiebreaking goal with 5:16 remaining to lead the Lightning to a 5-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night. It followed a similar performance in the team's 3-1 win over Carolina on Thursday.
Point has 2 late goals, Lightning beat Hurricanes 3-1
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Brayden Point's prettiest goal didn't count.
The two that did helped the red-hot Tampa Bay Lightning win, again.
Point had a tiebreaking power-play goal in the third period and added a late empty-netter in the NHL-leading Lightning's 3-1 comeback victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night.
"We have confidence if we keep sticking with it," Point said.
Vasilevskiy, Point help Lightning beat Blue Jackets 4-0
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Andrei Vasilevskiy made 31 saves, Brayden Point had two goals and an assist, and the NHL-leading Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-0 on Tuesday night.
NHL points leader Nikita Kucherov had a goal and an assist, and Mathieu Joseph also scored.
Vasilevskiy, Point help Lightning beat Blue Jackets 4-0
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Andrei Vasilevskiy played like an All-Star after becoming one.
Vasilevskiy made 31 saves, Brayden Point had two goals and an assist, and the NHL-leading Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-0 on Tuesday night.
The Vezina Trophy finalist last season was named before the game to replace Montreal's Carey Price in the All-Star Game.
Blackwood earns 2nd shutout, Devils top Canucks 4-0
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Rookie goalie Mackenzie Blackwood stopped 25 shots to earn his second straight shutout and the New Jersey Devils defeated the Vancouver Canucks 4-0 on Monday.
Blackwood is 3-1 since joining the Devils on Dec. 18. He blanked the Carolina Hurricanes 2-0 on Saturday, becoming the first rookie goalie in franchise history to post back-to-back shutouts
Brian Boyle, Miles Wood, Sami Vatanen and Pavel Zacha scored for the Devils. It was Zacha's second goal in two games.
Killorn scores in OT, Lightning beat Flyers 6-5
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The NHL-leading Tampa Bay Lightning rebounded again following another dismal third period against the Philadelphia Flyers.
Alex Killorn scored 18 seconds into overtime and the Lightning, after blowing a three-goal lead in the third, extended their point streak to 13 games Thursday night with a 6-5 win over the Flyers.
Kucherov, Point lead Lightning past struggling Devils 5-1
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Nikita Kucherov had a goal and three assists for his first four-point game, leading the Tampa Bay Lightning to an easy 5-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Monday night.
Brayden Point had a goal and two assists, Steven Stamkos added a goal and an assist, and Tyler Johnson and Yanni Gourde also scored to help the Lightning become the first team in the league to reach 20 wins this season.
Kucherov has goal, 3 assists as Lightning beat Devils 5-1
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Nikita Kucherov and Brayden Point like playing on the same line, and it's a combination that's working out well for the Tampa Bay Lightnint, too.
Kucherov had a goal and three assists for his first four-point game, Point added a goal and two assists, and the Lightning beat the struggling New Jersey Devils 5-1 Monday night.
"He's a speedy player who is fun to play with," Kucherov said of Point.
Brayden Point scores in OT, Lightning edge Panthers 5-4
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning believe in themselves.
Brayden Point scored a power-play goal 3:12 into overtime and the Lightning overcame a 4-1 deficit to beat the Florida Panthers 5-4 on Saturday night.
"It's hole to climb out of for sure, but we didn't panic and kept playing our game," Point said. "We have a belief in our group that if we're down we're not out of it."
The Lightning got the power play when Florida's Frank Vatrano was called for interference at 2:13 of overtime.
Point scores twice, Lightning stop Devils 5-2
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning's quick-strike attack knocked off another opponent.
The Lightning scored three times in the opening 10 minutes and rolled to a 5-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Sunday.
Brayden Point had two goals and an assist for Tampa Bay, while Nikita Kucherov had a pair of assists. Alex Killorn, Cedric Paquette and Tyler Johnson also scored for the Lightning, who have won three straight games and five of six.
Johnson powers Lightning past Blackhawks 4-2
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tyler Johnson, Nikita Kucherov and Brayden Point were terrific for Tampa Bay.
The top line for the Lightning was much better than the leading trio for Chicago.
Johnson scored twice, Kucherov had three assists and the Lightning beat the Blackhawks 4-2 on Friday night.
Point and Ryan Callahan also scored for Tampa Bay, which improved to 13-0-2 in the past 15 regular-season meetings with Chicago. Louis Domingue stopped 30 shots.
Johansen’s goal, assist help Predators beat Lightning 3-2
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Pekka Rinne continued his dominance over Tampa Bay and tied a record with one of his boyhood heroes in the process.
Ryan Johansen had a goal and an assist, Rinne stopped 29 shots, and the Nashville Predators beat the Lightning 3-2 on Monday night.
It was Rinne's 319th victory, tying him with Miikka Kiprusoff for most NHL wins by a Finnish-born goaltender.
Cirelli lifts Lightning to wild win over Flyers
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Anthony Cirelli scored 1:47 into overtime, and the Tampa Bay Lightning topped the Philadelphia Flyers 6-5 on Saturday after blowing a big lead in the third period.
Cirelli outmuscled Wayne Simmonds and beat Calvin Pickard with a top-shelf wrist shot. It was his fourth goal of the season.
Point scores 3 PP goals in 1:31, Lightning beat Penguins 4-3
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins filled the penalty box in a hurry. Brayden Point loaded up the net with pucks at a rapid pace, too.
Point scored three straight power-play goals in 1:31 — the sixth-fastest three goals in NHL history — and the Lightning beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 on Thursday night.
"That's a first for me," Point said. "They told me after the game, so it's pretty cool. Guys made good plays and I was able to score."
Kucherov, Vasilevskiy lead NHL-best Lightning past Oilers
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Nikita Kucherov had two goals and an assist, Andrei Vasilevskiy made 33 saves and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Edmonton Oilers 5-2 on Tuesday night.
Steven Stamkos had a goal and two assists, and Brayden Point and Yanni Gourde also scored for the Lightning, who have the best record in the NHL at 11-3-1.
Kucherov, Vasilevskiy help Lightning beat Oilers 5-2
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Edmonton Oilers coach Todd McLellan had high praise for the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Nikita Kucherov had two goals and an assist, Andrei Vasilevskiy made 33 saves and the Lightning beat the Oilers 5-2 on Tuesday night.
"They've got a fun team to watch," McLellan said. "We're all chasing them right now, but I think we can get there."
Gourde caps comeback in OT as Lightning beat Senators 4-3
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Tampa Bay kept its focus after falling behind in the first period and pulled even early in the third. When it trailed again with less than five minutes remaining, the Lightning were resilient again.
Brayden Point tied the score on a power play with 27 seconds remaining in regulation and assisted on Yanni Gourde's winner 14 seconds into overtime to lift Tampa Bay to a 4-3 win over the Ottawa Senators on Sunday night.
Point has 5 points, Lightning beat Devils 8-3
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Brayden Point and the Tampa Bay Lightning had a big-time response after a lopsided loss at Arizona over the weekend.
Point had a career-high five points with a goal and four assists, defenseman Braydon Coburn scored twice, and the Lightning rallied from an early two-goal deficit to beat the New Jersey Devils 8-3 on Tuesday night.
"We controlled the majority of the play," Lightning star Steven Stamkos said.
Point has seven goals and seven assists in 11 games this season.
Lightning beat Blackhawks 6-3, take 33 shots in 2nd
CHICAGO (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning sure lived up to their name — and reputation as one of the NHL's quickest teams.
Brayden Point had a goal and two assists and the Lightning peppered the Chicago Blackhawks with 33 shots in a three-goal second period in a 6-3 victory Sunday night.
The 33 shots are the most in the NHL in a period since 1997-98, when shots by period became an official statistic.
Stamkos gets 1st goal, Lightning beat winless Red Wings 3-1
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning completed a successful opening stretch at home.
Stamkos scored his first goal of the season, Andrei Vasilevskiy made 29 saves and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-1 on Thursday night.
Stamkos ended a 16-game regular-season goal drought dating to last season from the slot with 4:41 left in the second. The goal gave the Lightning a 2-1 lead.
Lightning stop scoring drought, beat Blue Jackets 8-2
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning found their offense, and in a big way.
Victor Hedman, Cedric Paquette and Yanni Gourde had first-period goals, and the Lightning beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 8-2 Saturday night.
Brayden Point scored in both the second and third periods, and Andrei Vasilevskiy had 30 saves for Tampa Bay. Alex Killorn, Nikita Kucherov and J.T. Miller had the other Lightning goals.
Canucks score 4 goals in 3rd, beat Lightning 4-1
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Anders Nilsson had a busy and productive first start of the season for the Vancouver Canucks.
Nilsson stopped 16 of 17 shots in the first period and finished with 33 in the Canucks' 4-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night.
"I had to get going right away," Nilsson said. "I felt confident going in the game. I've been feeling good the last couple weeks so I've been eager to get into a game eventually. I was excited to get the start and get to play."
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — William Karlsson scored 8:17 into overtime and the Vegas Golden Knights bounced back from a blown lead late in the third period to beat the San Jose Sharks 4-3 on Monday night to take a 2-1 series lead.
After Tomas Hertl tied the game with 1:57 left in regulation, the expansion Golden Knights rebounded and won in overtime despite failing to convert on two early power-play chances.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning have been just as resilient in the Stanley Cup playoffs as they've been all season.
Challenged by coach Jon Cooper to compete harder and raise their level of play after dropping the opener of their second-round series against the Boston Bruins, the top seed in the Eastern Conference responded with a 4-2 victory in Game 2 of the best-of-seven matchup Monday night.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Nikita Kucherov reached a personal milestone and helped the Tampa Bay Lightning move closer to clinching the top spot in the Eastern Conference.
Kucherov became the second player in the NHL to reach 100 points this season, and the Lightning took a two-point lead in the Atlantic Division by beating the Buffalo Sabres 7-5 Friday night.
Kucherov scored in the first period and got his 100th point assisting on Dan Girardi's goal 1:04 into the second that gave Tampa Bay a 4-2 lead.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Boston Bruins missed a chance to edge even closer to a division title.
Andrei Vasilevskiy made 33 saves, Braydon Coburn and Ryan Callahan both had two assists during a three-goal second period, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat Boston 4-0 Tuesday night to move into a tie for the Atlantic Division lead with the Bruins.
Lightning stops 3-game slide with 7-3 win over Rangers
NEW YORK (AP) — Brayden Point and Cedric Paquette each scored two goals, and the Tampa Bay Lightning stopped a three-game slide with a 7-3 victory over the New York Rangers on Friday night.
J.T. Miller added a power-play goal in the third period as Tampa Bay regained first place in the Atlantic Division and the Eastern Conference with 108 points. Dan Girardi also scored against his former team, Alex Killorn had a goal and an assist, and backup goalie Louis Domingue made 28 saves.
Lightning surge past Rangers 7-3 to end 3-game slide
NEW YORK (AP) — Coming off an emotional loss that knocked them out of first place, the Tampa Bay Lightning took a little while to get going against the New York Rangers.
They eventually found their stride.
Brayden Point and Cedric Paquette each scored two goals, and Tampa Bay stopped a three-game slide with a 7-3 victory Friday night.
Miller, Point help Lightning hold off Islanders, 7-6
NEW YORK (AP) — Although the Tampa Bay Lightning didn't like the way they almost gave up a four-goal lead in the third period, they were happy to get the win and move on.
J.T. Miller scored twice, Brayden Point had a goal and two assists, and the high-scoring Lightning held off the New York Islanders 7-6 on Thursday night, setting a franchise record with their 51st victory
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman were too much for the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.
Stamkos and Hedman combined for four goals and five assists to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 7-6 shootout victory against the Flyers.
Stamkos scored twice and added three assists to set a career high with five points while Hedman had two goals and tied a career high with four points.
League-leading scorer Nikita Kucherov returned from a two-game absence and had three assists.