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    PARC is a local non-profit organization whose goal is to turn disabilities into capabilities. They provide opportunities for children and adults with developmental disabilities to exercise their independence and experience life to the fullest.  More>>

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    JDRF is walking for a cure. Their goal is to create a world without type 1 diabetes. To help raise awareness and funds, they are holding a 5k walk on April 11th at Amalie Arena. Nicole Johnson and Tim Rivers stopped by to fill us in and to share their stories of living with diabetes. More>>

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    The Morgan Auto Group Charity Polo Classic took place on the 21st. The ladies put on their big hats and the men donned their bowties, and we raised a lot of money for Big Brothers, Big Sisters and Children's Cancer Center. This recap is brought to you by Marco's Pizza, who graciously donated $2,000 during the event. More>>

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    Every year, Morgan Auto Group hosts their annual Charity Polo Classic. It's an event unlike any other in this area.This year, it is taking place on March 21st and benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay and Children's Cancer Center. More>>

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    We are celebrating kids who rock with Music Education Spirit Week! Lorri Naylor, a Lowry Elementary School teacher and a part of the Hillsborough County Elementary Music Educators Council, fills us in on the festivities.
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    Every year, USF holds their Young Innovator Competition, encouraging kids between kindergarten and 8th grade to invent something new or improve upon something that already exists. Meet Alexis Martin, this year's winner. The Anti-Bully Band she invented is her plan to stop bullying. More>>

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    In 2010, James Santella, a firefighter from Spring Hill, started having trouble putting his gear on. Shortly after, he was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
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    Boys and Girls Clubs play a vital role in communities across the country. Here in the Bay Area, the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Suncoast serve as a safe place for local kids to learn and grow. Each year, they select somebody who promotes service to the club and shows strong moral character and academic success as their Youth of the Year. Recently, Kassindjaa Montague was given this honor. She sits down with Jenn to tell us her story. More>>

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    Rest for the weary
    Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - I'm thinking of taking a little vacation.

    Considering how well some rest has worked for some of the NHL's goaltenders, I expect some time off to help spur my productivity through the dead sports period between the Super Bowl and March Madness.

    OK, so the goalies I mentioned didn't just take off because they wanted to; all of them were either injured or ill.

    But the guys who missed time -- Jonathan Quick, Jaroslav Halak, Sergei Bobrovsky, Anton Khudobin, Ben Bishop and Tim Thomas -- are among the hottest goalies in the NHL.

    These six players sat out a combined 87 games before returning at some point in the past couple of weeks.

    Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings

    Missed: 24 games

    Reason: groin strain

    Performance since his return: Quick's backups, Ben Scrivens and Martin Jones, were sensational in his absence, but the former Conn Smythe winner has reaffirmed his hold on the starting job with a 3-1-1 record, a 1.39 GAA, a .942 SV% and a shutout in four starts.

    Jaroslav Halak, St. Louis Blues

    Missed: five games

    Reason: illness

    Performance since his return: Halak struggled in December, going 3-3-1 with a 3.23 GAA and an .885 SV%, and he couldn't shake an illness toward the end of the month, so the St. Louis Blues sent him home. He's returned in top form, shutting out the Calgary Flames in his first start back and then holding the Phoenix Coyotes to one goal in a win Tuesday night.

    Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets

    Missed: 14 games

    Reason: groin strain

    Performance since his return: Bobrovsky, the 2012-13 Vezina Trophy winner from the Columbus Blue Jackets, had a GAA of 2.60 in October and 3.00 in November before his injury. He too rediscovered his "A" game during his sabbatical and has gone 3-0-0 with a 1.62 GAA, a .953 SV% and one shutout since returning.

    Anton Khudobin, Carolina Hurricanes

    Missed: 32 games

    Reason: ankle injury

    Performance since his return: Cam Ward's timely lower-body injury allowed Khudobin, Ward's expected backup, to claim the starting job upon his return. The 27-year-old won his first four starts after getting back in the crease on Jan. 2 and has gone 4-2-0 with a 2.00 GAA and a .938 SV% since that point.

    Tim Thomas, Florida Panthers

    Missed: eight games

    Reason: groin injury

    Performance since his return: Thomas seemingly needed the break more than anymore after going 6-9-1 with a 2.89 GAA and a .904 SV% in the first two months of the season. Of course, the 39-year-old also had all of 2012-13 off. In six starts since he made it back between the pipes, Thomas has gone 3-2-1 with a 1.90 GAA and a .940 SV%.

    Ben Bishop, Tampa Bay Lightning

    Missed: four games

    Reason: sprained wrist

    Performance since his return: Bishop stopped 33 of the 34 shots the New York Rangers sent his way Tuesday and is 23-5-3 with a 1.83 GAA and a .937 SV% this season. He has another long break coming up in February after the USA Olympic team snubbed him in favor of Ryan Miller, Jimmy Howard and Quick.

    Getting a rest didn't work for everyone. Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford is winless in five starts since returning from a four-week absence due to a lower-body injury.

    However, his struggles have more to do with the timing of his comeback than the quality of his play. He posted a strong .925 SV% in his five starts but faced 34.4 SOG per game in that span, so his GAA was only 2.52. Plus, four of his five losses came in overtime or the shootout.

    Jimmy Howard of the Detroit Red Wings sat out three weeks in December due to a sprained MCL and has gone 2-2-1 with a 2.75 GAA in five starts since returning, but he too has posted an excellent SV% (.922). In fact, Howard allowed two goals or less in three of those five starts while making 44 saves in two of them, so it hasn't been all bad.

    The next return from a lengthy absence should come from Minnesota Wild goaltender Josh Harding, who has started just two games since Dec. 17 while dealing with an adjustment to his medication for multiple sclerosis.

    Harding skated with his teammates Tuesday morning and appears to be on the comeback trail.

    As for Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals? He appears to be on a permanent (paid) vacation.

    Lucky him.




    Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Thomas J. Harrigan at tharrigan@sportsnetwork.com.

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    Welcome to Great38 Tampa Bay WTTA-TV/DT - WFLA News Channel 8

    Welcome to Great38 Tampa Bay WTTA-TV/DT - WFLA News Channel 8

      Exclusive look inside newly renovated Al Lang Stadium Video included

      Updated:

      Great 38 News Now got an exclusive look at the newly renovated Al Lang Stadium while it was still under construction. More>>

      • Great Stuff

      PARC prepares for 41st Annual Golf Tournament Video included

      PARC prepares for 41st Annual Golf Tournament PARC prepares for 41st Annual Golf Tournament
      Updated:

      PARC is a local non-profit organization whose goal is to turn disabilities into capabilities. They provide opportunities for children and adults with developmental disabilities to exercise their independence and experience life to the fullest.  More>>

      Trio talks about 900 mile trek across Florida Video included

      Updated:

      You may remember these familiar faces. Mallory Lykes Dimmitt and Joe Guthrie stopped by Great 38 News Now in January before they set off on their 900 mile trek across the state of Florida. More>>

      News Now: JDRF is walking for a cure Video included

      Updated:

      JDRF is walking for a cure. Their goal is to create a world without type 1 diabetes. To help raise awareness and funds, they are holding a 5k walk on April 11th at Amalie Arena. Nicole Johnson and Tim Rivers stopped by to fill us in and to share their stories of living with diabetes. More>>

      News Now: Morgan Auto Group Charity Polo Classic Video included

      Updated:

      The Morgan Auto Group Charity Polo Classic took place on the 21st. The ladies put on their big hats and the men donned their bowties, and we raised a lot of money for Big Brothers, Big Sisters and Children's Cancer Center. This recap is brought to you by Marco's Pizza, who graciously donated $2,000 during the event. More>>

      News Now: Charity Polo Classic Video included

      Updated:

      Every year, Morgan Auto Group hosts their annual Charity Polo Classic. It's an event unlike any other in this area.This year, it is taking place on March 21st and benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay and Children's Cancer Center. More>>

      Celebrating Music Education Spirit Week

      Updated:

      We are celebrating kids who rock with Music Education Spirit Week! Lorri Naylor, a Lowry Elementary School teacher and a part of the Hillsborough County Elementary Music Educators Council, fills us in on the festivities.
      More>>

      USF 'Young Innovator' creates anti-bully band Video included

      Updated:

      Every year, USF holds their Young Innovator Competition, encouraging kids between kindergarten and 8th grade to invent something new or improve upon something that already exists. Meet Alexis Martin, this year's winner. The Anti-Bully Band she invented is her plan to stop bullying. More>>

      Tournament to honor Spring Hill firefighter

      Updated:

      In 2010, James Santella, a firefighter from Spring Hill, started having trouble putting his gear on. Shortly after, he was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
      More>>

      Boys and Girls Clubs of the Suncoast 'Youth of the Year'

      Updated:

      Boys and Girls Clubs play a vital role in communities across the country. Here in the Bay Area, the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Suncoast serve as a safe place for local kids to learn and grow. Each year, they select somebody who promotes service to the club and shows strong moral character and academic success as their Youth of the Year. Recently, Kassindjaa Montague was given this honor. She sits down with Jenn to tell us her story. More>>

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      • Showers and storms this afternoon as front arrives in Tampa Bay

        Showers and storms this afternoon as front arrives in Tampa Bay

        Monday, April 20 2015 2:45 PM EDT2015-04-20 18:45:17 GMT
        As of 2:00 pm, there is a severe t-storm watch for Citrus, Hernando, and Pasco counties. This watch is expected to expire at 6pm, but could be extended or counties could be added. 
        As of 2:00 pm, there is a severe t-storm watch for Citrus, Hernando, and Pasco counties. This watch is expected to expire at 6pm, but could be extended or counties could be added. 
      • Heath Matters: Trinity Spine Center

        Heath Matters: Trinity Spine Center

        Wednesday, March 18 2015 11:05 AM EDT2015-03-18 15:05:08 GMT
        Trinity Spine Center uses Stem Cells for Back Pain.Stem cells are master cells of the body that are available for repairing damaged tissues and organs including spine discs and cartilage cushions in the joints.
        Trinity Spine Center uses Stem Cells for Back Pain.Stem cells are master cells of the body that are available for repairing damaged tissues and organs including spine discs and cartilage cushions in the joints.
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