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Callahan leads Lightning past Avalanche in shootout posted on 01/22/2015

The Tampa Bay Lightning didn't have much time to dwell on giving up the tying goal late in the third period.

Ryan Callahan scored in regulation and got the decisive goal in the shootout to lift Tampa Bay to a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night, moving the Lightning back into first place in the Eastern Conference.

Ben Bishop made two big stops in the shootout and finished with 40 saves as Tampa Bay moved one point ahead of the Metropolitan Division-leading New York Islanders atop the East.

"You've got to turn the page real quick," Bishop said. "I thought we did a good job in overtime."

Nikita Kucherov put the Lightning ahead in the first round of the shootout and Matt Duchene tied it for Colorado in the second round. Callahan then got the winner in the third round.

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Tampa Bay Lightning Strengths and Weaknesses and Stanley cup Chances posted on 10/16/2014

Tampa Bay Lightning finished 6th last season and made I to the playoffs before being stopped by the Montreal Canadiens. The team made it to this position despite facing certain challenges like the Captain’s injury that kept him off the team. Jon Cooper’s promotion to the team from the AHL, has proven to be a good decision.  His skills are important, given the development of young talent is key.

Pool of Young Players

The team currently has 14 players who are under 25. This has advantages and disadvantages for the team. Managing such young players with little experience is a challenging task for both the coach and the manager. 

Luckily the coach has experience dealing with such a young team. He is probably the bestt coach for the team at the moment. Additionally, the young team has speed, agility and the ability to score. Their ability to continue in the face of challenges, was demonstrated last season. 23 year old Victor Hedman is one of the young talents that the team can boast of. He finished last season with 55 points in 75 games.

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