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Raw Charge May 16, 2016

Penguins' team meeting puts neutralizing Victor Hedman first

Tampa's 1D continues to dominate, making Hedman the focus of Penguins' strategy for game 2. According to Chris Johnston, the Pitsburgh Penguins held a team meeting on Sunday, May 15, with a focus on ways to contain Victor Hedman. Tampa's 1D has been an increasingly dominant force in the Bolts' 2016 playoff run. In the 2015 playoffs, Jon Cooper was often criticized for his light deployment of Hedman, who had relatively low ice time in comparison to most of the elite defensemen in the league. This season, due to Anton Stralman's injury, Cooper has no choice. Hedman has seen his icetime grow...
Beaver County Times May 15, 2016
Mueller: Victor Hedman, Lightning a serious roadblock for Pens

Mueller: Victor Hedman, Lightning a serious roadblock for Pens

Until recently, you may have known him and identified him more as the guy who delivered a hit that helped put Sidney Crosby on the shelf for what amounted to an entire season.

“I don’t think they saw our best today.”

Penguins coach Mike Sullivan tried not to say too much about Tampa Bay’s speed and transition abilities ahead of the Eastern Conference Final’s opener. He called them a good team with a comparable style of play and described defenseman Victor Hedman …

Game 1 Tampa pregame

We’ve covered a lot of angles in a short period of time leading up to Game 1 of the conference finals tonight. The Crosby vs. Hedman matchup. The speed of the Penguins forwards vs. the size of the Tampa Bay …
The Ledger May 11, 2016

Anton Stralman, other injured Lightning work toward return

There were moments Wednesday when defenseman Anton Stralman skated alongside usual partner Victor Hedman in drills.
Raw Charge May 10, 2016

Quick Strikes for Tuesday, May 10

postmortem for the Isles, ticket sales schedule for the Eastern Conference Finals, Guy Boucher speaks! Plus other news and reads for Tuesday.... New York Islanders wing Matt Martin had a frustration to deal with out on the ice during the series with the Bolts: Victor Hedman. The wing talks about the challenge of dealing with #77. [Lighthouse Hockey] Five reasons why the Tampa Bay Lightning are back in the Eastern Conference Finals. [USA Today] If you're planning to attend games 3, 4 and (if necessary) game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals at Amalie Arena, ticket sales get underway on...
Lighthouse Hockey May 9, 2016

Matt Martin Describes why Victor Hedman is a Pain to Play Against

"He’s a guy who’s going to turn you trying to be physical into him being up the ice." Victor Hedman has grown into a beast of an NHL player over the last few seasons, and the Tampa Bay Lightning's five-game second round series win over the New York Islanders was just the latest reflection of that. He has become the classic, all-zone, minute-munching, two-way #1 defenseman every team dreams of having. In the series with the Islanders, not only was Hedman a major reason Islanders franchise star John Tavares was held in check, but he also provided critical offense (four goals, four...
The Ledger May 8, 2016

Hedman, Bishop lead Lightning back to East final

Victor Hedman and Ben Bishop lifted the Tampa Bay Lightning into the Eastern Conference final for the second straight year.
Newsday May 8, 2016

Islanders have no answer for Lightning's Hedman

TAMPA, Fla. -- Victor Hedman was second to John Tavares in the 2009 NHL draft but the big Tampa defenseman was second to no one in this Eastern Conference semifinal.
Newsday May 8, 2016

Islanders eliminated by Lightning in five games

Victor Hedman scored twice and Ben Bishop stopped 28 shots Sunday, helping the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Islanders, 4-0, and reach the Eastern Conference Final for the second straight year.
Raw Charge May 8, 2016

2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs Round 2, Game 5: Bolts shut out Isles 4-0, move on to Eastern Conference Finals

The Tampa Bay Lightning are returning to the Eastern Conference Finals for the second year in a row after shutting out the New York Islanders 4-0, winning the series four games to one, The Tampa Bay Lightning beat the New York Islanders 4-0 to close out their playoff series four games to one and advance to the Eastern Conference Finals for the second consecutive season. The Lightning came out strong, obviously determined to finish off the Islanders without returning to Barclays Center in Brooklyn. That's exactly what they did, getting two goals from Victor Hedman and 28 saves from Ben...

Blues’ defense stifles Dallas, St. Louis takes series lead

Vladimir Tarasenko had a goal and two assists, Troy Brouwer had a goal and assist and Brian Elliott was strong when he needed to be for the Blues in their first lopsided win of the postseason. Steen capped the period with a power-play goal, matching his postseason career high for goals in a game. Sceviour tapped in his own rebound for the Stars’ lone goal at 4:44 of the first. Nikita Kucherov tied it in the final minute of regulation, and Ryan Callahan, Victor Hedman and Vladislav Namestnikov also scored for the Lightning. On the winning goal, the Lightning were on an odd-man rush and...
Newsday May 2, 2016

Lightning's imposing Hedman is hard to miss on the ice

For Victor Hedman, the Lightning's elite defenseman, it's all about control:
Nucks Misconduct May 1, 2016


The Lightning and Penguins both found ways to battle back, while St Louis and Nashville try to do the same tonight. LAST NIGHT'S GAMES: - Tyler Johnson scored twice, and Jonathan Drouin scored the eventual winner as the Tampa Bay Lightning cruised to a 4-1 win and tied their series with the New York Islanders at one game a piece. Victor Hedman also scored for the Bolts, while Nikolay Kulemin scored for the Isles. The Islanders had an opportunity early in the game with 2 power plays, but were unable to capitalize, and it came back to haunt them in the end. Game 3 goes Tuesday in Brooklyn. -...
Raw Charge Apr 27, 2016

WATCH: Nikita Kucherov narrows Islanders lead to 4-2

Forward Nikita Kucherov brought the Tampa Bay Lightning within two goals at 7:41 of the third period. Defenseman Matt Carle made a beautiful cross-ice pass to Kucherov, who put a fairly easy shot past a red-hot Thomas Greiss. The secondary assist went to Victor Hedman. The goal was important in giving the Bolts some much-needed momentum on a night in which not much has gone their way.

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