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ECF Preview and Live Thread - May 24

Tampa Bay Lightning at New York Rangers, Game 5 Series Tied 2-2 8:00 PM EST, NBCSN Talk about opening up a series eh? After two and a half rounds of low scoring, 1-goal affairs, the New York Rangers have suddenly opened up the floodgates offensively. With back-to-back 5-goal performances, the Blueshirts have regained their home ice advantage as they head back to New York for a pivotal Game 5. Steven Stamkos' quiet start to the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs was nothing compared to Rick Nash's annual playoff no-show for the Rangers.  The All-Star winger finally found the scoresheet in Game 4,...
Pension Plan Puppets May 23, 2015

[Saturday's FTB]: Blowout

Things! Are happening! Now! Happy Saturday. How is everyone on this fine morning? (or afternoon, if you're anything like me and won't get out of bed before 12). Last night's score wasn't pretty. The only Lightning goal scorer was Future Toronto Maple Leafs Captain Steven Stamkos. Congrats Steven! See you at the ACC in two years! Anyway, here are the links, there are lots of them: Leafs Links: Mike Babcock's job interview: The top secret transcript | Down Goes Brown In case you missed it, featuring a homicidal Lou Lamoriello. Report: Jim Hiller to join Mike Babcock on Leafs new coaching...

Rangers top Lightning, even East finals

Henrik Lundqvist stopped 38 shots to rebound from two subpar performances and help the New York Rangers shut down the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-1 on Friday night in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals. Rick Nash had two goals and an assist, and former Lightning captain Martin St. Louis ended a playoff scoring drought with a third-period goal for New York, which evened the best-of-seven series 2-2. Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos scored for the third straight game, briefly making it 1-1 before New York’s Chris Kreider and Keith Yandle struck in a two-minute span for a 3-1 Rangers lead. The...
Raw Charge May 22, 2015

Quick Strikes for Friday, May 22

Lots of updates on Mike Babcock to the Toronto Maple Leafs + news and notes from around the NHL for your Friday links. More publicity for this guy, and less for the astronaut, okay? [NHL.com] The Chicago Blackhawks lost the home ice advantage they'd stolen from the Anaheim Ducks by falling in Game 3. [Second City Hockey] Are Tampa Bay Lightning fans being too accommodating? [Enlightning] Steven Stamkos is "determined" to win a Stanley Cup with the Lightning, and the 2011 run to the Eastern Conference Finals taught him a lot. [Sportsnet] New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault laughs...
Newsday May 21, 2015

Steven Stamkos has been a hit for the Lightning

Former Rangers captain Ryan Callahan, who knows a bit about leading by physical example, was asked about Steven Stamkos' Game 3-leading seven hits.
Tampa Bay Times May 20, 2015

Steven Stamkos feeling comfortable at wing

Lightning captain Steven Stamkos has played center his entire life, and is one of the best in the league.
Raw Charge May 19, 2015

Quick Strikes for Tuesday, May 19 -- "Everybody write a Tyler Johnson feature" edition

He's good at the hockey, you might have heard. Following the 6-2 shellacking of the New York Rangers on Monday night (and a hat trick from Tyler Johnson), pretty much everybody who covers the NHL decided now was a good time to unload that big, narrative-y feature they've been sitting on centered on Tampa Bay's (and the NHL's) playoff points leader. Here they all are, collected for your enjoyment, and try to find one without the words "diminutive" or "undrafted": Steven Stamkos, who has been on a number of very productive lines himself in his NHL career, had very high praise for Johnson and...
New York Post May 18, 2015

Rangers not sorry for treating Steven Stamkos like afterthought

The Lightning have one of the best players in the world in Steven Stamkos, and he’s on their second line. That’s because coach Jon Cooper has himself a line he...
Mile High Hockey May 16, 2015

Playoff Live Thread - Round Three Begins!!!

I don't know where everybody is today, but I'm at work... Here's your obligatory live thread to discuss all the happenings in today's Preakness Stanley Cup playoff game. In the East we have Tampa Bay traveling to the Big Apple to take on the New York Rangers.  Tampa is the better rested team, but I think the Rangers are the better tested team in this one.  Hulking, lucky behemoth Ben Bishop backstops the Lighting while Steven Stamkos hopes his goal-scoring woes are behind him.  Ryan Callahan is making his return to the ice for the Lightning as well but Bryan Boyle is out with injury....
Raw Charge May 16, 2015

(Just like) Starting over; Tampa Bay Lightning at New York Rangers game 1 preview

The first two rounds mean squat... well, mostly. And what is the status of that Ryan Callahan guy? Where:  Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York When:  1 PM EDT | Tickets: Check availability Media: NBC (local) | 970 AM WFLA (radio) | Twitter Live Stream Opponent Coverage: Blueshirt Banter, Doinow.com We're back at 0 again; while we'll cite stats acquired since the playoffs have started, it doesn't amount to spit right now. Both clubs are oh-fer the series against each other. That time of crisis when Steven Stamkos hadn't scored or hadn't even shot? Never happened, too far in...
Pension Plan Puppets May 10, 2015

[Sunday's FTB]: Stayin' alive

Good morning everyone. Tampa Bay decided to do their best Leafs impression yesterday, so Montreal stays alive to play another day. Future Leafs Captain Steven Stamkos showed true Heart and Grit last night, getting tangled up with childhood friend and known Hab PK Subban. Toronto media is going to love him. Two games tonight with both the Flames and the Rangers on the brink of elimination. dont quote me on this, but I think this is the root of the madness after the game ended. Subban/Stamkos going at it https://t.co/ofZnuDf2TL— Stephanie Vail (@myregularface) May 10, 2015 friendship OVER...
Tampa Bay Times May 9, 2015

Stamkos: "We have to be better"

Throughout this season, the Lightning would rarely play poorly multiple games in a row. Tampa Bay is the only team in the NHL this year to not lose three straight. Throughout this season, the Lightning would rarely play poorly multiple games in a row.

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Good morning! Last night, Tampa scored the game winner with 2 seconds left and it ruled. Montreal is down 0-3, and suddenly the second round of the playoffs doesn't look so bad. The caps are also up 3-1 on New York after their own 2-1 win, and I wouldn't mind a Tampa / Washington ECF one bit. Ovechkin v Stamkos, Holtby v Bishop, I'm into it. It would be a lot more interesting than Anaheim v Chicago. Or maybe I just don't hate the Eastern teams as much. Anyways, it's Thursday. What's on tap?

Canadiens vs Lightning Game Three Top Six Minutes: Heartbreaker

Last second heroics from Tyler Johnson gives the Tampa Bay Lightning a 3-0 stranglehold on the series. Game 4 goes tomorrow. It may be the last. Well folks, your Montreal Canadiens may be facing elimination at this time tomorrow. Unless they find some way to score... 1st Period David Desharnais is back! I'm not sure why that's exciting. If you look up stoic in the dictionary, there's a photo of Carey Price during national anthems. Tampa and their fans are nervous. That's a good sign, right? Stamkos and Callahan double up on Petry along the boards. Petry didn't blink an eye. Oh my F......
Tampa Bay Times May 6, 2015

Morning notes as Lightning prepares for Game 3 against Habs

TAMPA – A few quick notes from today’s morning skate at Amalie Arena: * Although the Lightning is up 2-0 on the Canadiens and has won all seven meetings this season, Tampa Bay doesn’t sound overconfident. “We’ve got a good chance to take another step,” defenseman Anton Stralman said. “Don’t let it slip away.” The Lightning expects Montreal to be desperate tonight, just as the Lightning was desperate when it faced an 0-2 deficit to the Canadiens in last year’s first round. “We’ve been in that situation before,” center Steven Stamkos said. “You want to give your...

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