Lightning show concern after blowing lead vs. Stars

Winning the Atlantic Division may not matter all that much to the Tampa Bay Lightning. But after fumbling a lead in the third period Thursday in Dallas - and dropping four points back of the Florida Panthers - the Bolts couldn't hide their prevailing distress.

"We're playing like a fragile team that's scared to lose and not hungry to close out a game," Steven Stamkos said, according Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times. "We can't let that fear of losing creep in at this time of year."

Lightning coach Jon Cooper relayed a similar sentiment.

"Got to start winning or we won't play much longer."

Less than two weeks ago, Tampa Bay surged to top ranking in the division after a ninth consecutive win.

The team has one win and three points in six games since.

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Subban, Price go through on-ice workouts before Canadiens practice

Injured Montreal Canadiens superstars P.K. Subban and Carey Price were on the ice - and in full gear - Friday ahead of the team's official practice.

Subban, who suffered a non-serious neck injury and had to be stretchered off the ice eight days ago, performed the more strenuous drills, and looked quite sharp.

Having finished his workout before his teammates came out for practice, he likely won't be in the lineup versus the Ottawa Senators on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Price was cautious with his movements, but displayed encouraging signs, dropping down and performing lateral movements to field pucks.

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Report: NHL, NHLPA met on expansion Thursday

The NHL and NHLPA reportedly held an initial meeting in New York on Thursday to discuss the league's ongoing expansion process, according to TSN's Darren Dreger.

A framework for the expansion draft, including the rules existing teams would have to abide by in protecting their current rosters, was presented to league executives at the GM meetings in Boca Raton, Fla., on Wednesday.

Dreger notes that the rules governing the ostensibly impending expansion draft won't be negotiated until the NHL confirms whether it will add either one or two new outfits for the 2017-18 season.

Teams are currently expected to be allowed to protect either seven forwards, three defensemen, and a goaltender, or eight skaters of any kind plus a goaltender.

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NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 18, 2016

Game recaps, Brenden Morrow retires, Leafs raising ticket prices & more in today’s collection of NHL headlines.  Notable Game Recaps. LOS ANGELES TIMES: Anze Kopitar scored twice, the second in overtime, as the Los Angeles Kings overcame a 3-1 deficit to edge the New York Rangers 4-3. TRIBLIVE.COM: Sidney Crosby scored twice as the Pittsburgh Penguins […]

Kopitar plays hero as Kings rally to stun Rangers

LOS ANGELES - Anze Kopitar scored the tying goal with 4:10 to play and tipped home the winner at 1:34 of overtime, propelling the Los Angeles Kings to a 4-3 victory over the New York Rangers on Thursday night.

Kopitar deflected a slap shot by Jake Muzzin to end it in dramatic fashion for the Pacific Division-leading Kings, who rallied from a two-goal deficit for their third straight win over a certain playoff team. Los Angeles won after trailing to start the third period for the NHL-best eighth time this season.

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After tipping home a shot by Milan Lucic to force OT, Kopitar got his first multi-goal game since his hat trick against the Rangers last month.

J.T. Miller had a goal and an assist for the Rangers, who haven't won back-to-back games in March.

-with files from theScore

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