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TAMPA Seth Griffith Jersey Womens , Fla. — While the Tampa Bay Lightning wait for All-Stars Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov to find an early-season groove, they have others who can carry the load.The Detroit Red Wings, meanwhile, are just trying to find any kind of a spark to get their season moving in the right direction as they enter Thursday’s game in Tampa.Last season, the Lightning bolted to the top of the standings behind the play of Stamkos and Kucherov — Stamkos had 24 points in October while Kucherov had 13 goals. In the opening four games this season, the duo has combined for just one goal and four assists.Article continues below ...But Tampa Bay’s scoring depth runs deep. Tyler Johnson, coming off a hat trick performance in Tuesday’s victory against Carolina, and Brayden Point — both former All-Stars — have provided an offensive boost to give Tampa Bay three victories in four games to start the season.A reunion of Johnson with linemates Ondrej Palat and Kucherov — who set the league on fire in 2014-15 — has helped boost the Lightning offense.“They’re unbelievable players. I love playing with them,” Johnson said of being back with his linemates. “It kind of just makes the game easier, it kind of slows it down, we get some opportunities. I think as everything progresses, we’re going to get a little bit closer and closer and be able to work and kind of progress on a few things and I think we can be better. “Hopefully we can just continue to work on things and work on video and just be on the same page here.”The Lightning are also close to getting back veteran forward and alternate captain Ryan Callahan, who underwent shoulder surgery in May and was expected to be out until mid-November. But Callahan was cleared for contact two weeks ago and is ahead of schedule.Tampa Bay cleared a potential roster spot for Callahan by placing Cory Conacher on waivers — and later signing him to a one-year, one-way contract extension that carries a salary cap hit of $700 Jack Roslovic Jersey Womens ,000.Lightning head coach Jon Cooper said on Wednesday that Callahan could return to the lineup by Nov. 1, though he hinted Callahan may be ready before the team returns from its upcoming five-game road trip that starts Saturday in Minnesota.The Red Wings, meanwhile, are off to their worst start since 1985-86 with an 0-4-2 record. Detroit is coming off a 7-3 loss to Montreal on Monday, and on Wednesday claimed forward Jacob De la Rose off waivers from the Canadiens. He will join the team once his visa situation is cleared up.Detroit is looking for any sign to help inject some life in a proud franchise that is down to start the season.“You can’t let your body language be the first thing that other players notice because they are going to jump all over it,” Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin told the Detroit Free Press. “We have to pick ourselves up. Truly the next shift is the most important after a goal and we need to get the puck back and back in their zone and have a productive shift where we are changing the momentum back in our favor. Don’t get frustrated.” DENVER (AP) — Don’t be fooled: That third-period lead isn’t so safe.Not this season, anyway. There’s been quite a comeback for the comeback.The NHL has seen 110 third-period comeback wins spanning 611 games through New Year’s Eve. That’s third-most in league history and not far off the 114 rallies in 2014-15 and 113 in ’13-14, according to research by the NHL stats and information department.Going into the new year, the only teams without a third-period comeback for a win in regulation were Carolina (0-13-2 when trailing after two) and Los Angeles (0-17-1). And the only team not to lose with a final-period lead remains Toronto, which is 19-0-0.Translation: Don’t leave early, because anything can and often does happen in the final period.“Fans are getting what they want,” joked Montreal forward Tomas Tatar said. “It’s got to be pretty intense for them.”These days and in this speedy version of the game, no lead seems out of reach. Take Tampa Bay on Saturday: Down a goal in the third against Montreal, Adam Erne tied it up and then scored the game-winner with 1:02 remaining.“There’s no more of sitting back and closing and trying to suffocate the other team Scott Mayfield Jersey Womens ,” Montreal coach Claude Julien said when his team was in Denver on Dec. 19. “It’s a skating game now. With the skating game that’s being allowed right now, there’s more offense being showcased.”Try sitting on the puck to protect a lead with the likes of Connor McDavid, Sidney Crosby, Nikita Kucherov or Nathan MacKinnon attempting to swipe it away.Good luck with that.“The league is just getting faster and faster, young guys are coming through the league and they’re really, really good skaters,” Tatar said. “It’s just a fast game. It’s faster than ever.”Not only that, but these youngsters don’t view things as erasing a deficit so much as an opportunity to crank up the intensity.“Everybody is good throughout the lineup,” Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog said. “That makes it that much harder to put teams away. It goes to show how many good players there are in the league and how many game-changers there are, that can turn things around.”And no slashing. Or holding. Or hooking. Defensemen need to be on their best behavior.“Defensively speaking, when you can’t clutch and you can’t grab — it’s been that way for 10 years now — that really opens up the ice and allows guys to score,” Avalanche defenseman Ian Cole said. “The guys are as skilled as they’ve ever been. Every year, they’re more skilled and scoring more and more ridiculous highlight-reel goals. Guys are shooting from the goal-line and it’s going off the side of the goalie’s mask and in. Guys are doing stuff now that they haven’t done before — or doing it more often.“The skill level is as high as it’s ever been in the league.”Hence, the volume of comebacks. This also helps when down: A positive attitude.“You always have to believe. You can’t give up Max Domi Jersey Womens ,” Tatar said. “And you don’t have to. There’s a big chance you score one or two goals and you’re back in the game.”That was
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