(via Tampa Bay Lightning Communications) - The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled defenseman Matt Taormina from the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.
Taormina, 27, has skated in 13 games this season with the Crunch, posting two goals and 10 points to go along with eight penalty minutes. The Warren, Michigan native ranks first on the Crunch defense for points and ranks tied for first for goals and assists. He’s played in 187 career AHL games with the Binghamton Senators, Lowell Devils, Albany Devils and Crunch, collecting 24 goals and 105 points, including a career-high 10 goals and 50 points in 2009-10.
The 5-foot-10, 182-pound defenseman has appeared in 49 career NHL games, with the New Jersey Devils and Lightning, recording four goals and 12 points with a plus-three rating. He made his Lightning debut on April 6 last season against the New York Islanders.
Taormina was undrafted and signed as a free agent by the Lightning on July 6, 2012.
By: Emmett Stevenson
The Tampa Bay Lightning were handed their second shutout loss 1-0 to the Columbus Bluejackets Tuesday night in
Ben Bishop was solid in goal for
Nick Foligno scored the lone goal of the game at of the second period. Sergei Bobrovsky and Craig McElhinney combined for a 26-save shutout. McElhinney replaced Bobrovsky early in the third period after a breakaway save on J.T. Brown that kept the lead at 1-0. The Bolts out shot
The Lightning return home Thursday night to face the
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By Dory LeBlanc
Last Wednesday, the Lightning announced forward Ryan Malone was placed on injured reserve due to a "lower body injury" sustained on the road in Anaheim. WDAE confirmed with the Lightning staff that the injury was to his foot, but the extent was unknown at the time.
Today in Columbus, General Manager Steve Yzerman told Tampa Bay reporters how extensive the injury actually is.
Got a bit more clarity on Malone from Yzerman, who said the left wing is expected out 3-4 weeks with a non-displaced ankle fracture.— Damian Cristodero (@LightningTimes) December 3, 2013
Malone was drafted in the fourth round of the 1999 Entry Draft by his hometown Pittsburgh Penguins, where he played in 2003-04, (lockout 2005-06) and from 2006-08. The defensive-conscience power forward was traded to Tampa Bay following the 2008 season, and has played in 308 out of a possible 451 games for the Lightning, scoring 90 goals and recording 105 assists.