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Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy, left, congratulates his Columbus counterpart, Sergei Bobrovsky, after the Blue Jackets completed a four game sweep Tuesday night, 7-3.
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Sullen and speechless, the Tampa Bay Lightning had little explanation for how they followed up a glorious regular season by getting bounced from the playoffs with record-setting haste.

Tampa Bay Lightning

The Columbus Blue Jackets extended their postseason mastery of the Tampa Bay Lightning, beating the NHL's best team 3-1 on Sunday night and moving to within a game of sweeping the playoff series.

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Fans from around the world descended on Tampa this past weekend for the National Hockey League All-Star Weekend, a swirl of events that included a fan festival, live concerts, and a red-carpet extravaganza to welcome the players.

Oh, and a hockey game or three broke out as well.

Tampa Hits The Ice With NHL All-Star Game

Jan 24, 2018
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This weekend, the Tampa Bay Lighting and the Bay Area play host to the best players on ice for the National Hockey League All-Star Game

Tampa is going to be a rather busy city on the weekend of Jan. 27-28. The city will host the 2018 National Hockey League All-Star Game during one of Tampa's biggest annual events, Gasparilla Pirate Festival.


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A potential tsunami of tourists could be in store for Tampa when the National Hockey League's All-Star Game is held on the same weekend in January as the Gasparilla parade. But NHL and city officials are saying they'll be prepared.

Tampa has hosted one hockey All-Star Game, back in 1999. And it's hosted Gasparilla parades since 1904 - including the last time the Super Bowl was here, in 2001.

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn said it could present challenges in terms of traffic and security, but this "balancing act" will work out just fine.

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

After a hot start to the shortened NHL season turned cold, the Tampa Bay Lightning now sit just three points from the bottom of the league's standings. As a result, general manager Steve Yzerman decided to make a move, firing coach Guy Boucher shortly after Saturday's 5-3 loss at Ottawa.