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The Tampa Lightning, who open the 2015 Stanley Cup Wednesday night against the Chicago Blackhawks, are 7-1 following losses in this year's postseason.

That's a trend that has carried over from the regular season, when the Lightning were the only team in the NHL not to drop three games in a row. The only time Tampa Bay lost two consecutive games in the playoffs this season was after jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the Second Round against Montreal. After the Canadiens rallied with a pair of wins, the Lightning ended the series with a 4-1 victory to advance to the Eastern Conference Final. "You look at the last couple of years, and we take a lot of pride in trying not to lose two in a row, especially not three in a row," Lightning goalie Ben Bishop said. "I don’t think we’ve really had too many streaks where we were on the wrong side of things, and I think it just didn’t happen in the playoffs. It’s kind of been the last couple of years where we’ve really tried hard not to get on the wrong side of things."
Source: NHL.com
Jun 1 - 10:24 PM

Despite being benched for most of Game 7 in the Western Conference Final in Anaheim Saturday, Bryan Bickell will be in the Chicago Blackhawks' lineup when they meet the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final Wednesday night.

That's the word from Chicago coach Joel Quenneville. Bickell didn't play Saturday after leaving the ice with 3:36 left in the first period of the Hawks' series-clinching 5-3 victory over the Ducks. He did not have a shot on goal or a hit in 4:22 over seven shifts. Bickell has not scored a goal in the 2015 playoffs. He's the Blackhawks' biggest forward and leads the postseason with 99 hits. That, however, is not the only area Quenneville would like to see Bickell use his size. "I thought he had a real good Game 6, a good response in a tough game," Quenneville said. "Physically he has to bring it. He adds that element to our team that helps us. Obviously some scoring [is needed], but going to the net, being hard to play against, bring some pace."
Source: NHL.com
Jun 1 - 10:12 PM

Tampa Bay has acquired Daniel Walcott from the New York Rangers for a seventh-round draft pick.

The 2015 pick originally belonged to the Rangers, but it became property of the Lightning in the Martin St. Louis/Ryan Callahan trade. Walcott registered seven goals and 41 points in 54 games with Blainville-Boisbriand Armada of the QMJHL this past season.
Jun 1 - 6:40 PM

Robby Fabbri could get a long look at training camp.

There may be changes coming to the roster of St. Louis after another disappointing playoff exit. That would open up greater opportunities for some of the organization's younger players and Fabbri possesses the skill to take advantage. "We're going to have young players playing early," GM Doug Armstrong said. "Will the players willingly allow young players to grow or will there be a push and a pull? I'm not saying we're asking Steen and Backes and Oshie to come back here and just caddy — they have to hit some shots too — but these younger players are getting better and they're going to get an opportunity. It's just the way the game goes." Ty Rattie, Petteri Lindbohm, Fabbri and others may be worth watching at camp in the fall.
Jun 1 - 6:23 PM

Shea Weber doesn't believe his regular off-season training will be impacted by his rehab from knee surgery.

"I spend a lot of time in the gym every day during the week," Weber said. "I'll go in there and work out and obviously try to improve on weaknesses and also improve on some of my strengths. ... I can't do as much lower-body right now, but I'm still doing cardiovascular stuff, like I still ride the bike, use the rowing machine and stair stepper and all that stuff." He is progressing well from a dislocated kneecap and expects to be ready for training camp.
Jun 1 - 5:58 PM

Dean Kukan has signed a two-year, entry-level deal with Columbus.

He is coming off two full seasons with Lulea of the Swedish Hockey League. Kukan picked up three goals and 13 points in 52 games last year. The big Swiss defenseman has potential as a two-way player.
Jun 1 - 5:26 PM

Columbus has inked Blake Siebenaler to a three-year, entry-level contract.

He notched 12 goals and 35 assists in 66 games with Niagara of the OHL in 2014-15. Siebenaler was a third-round pick in 2014 by the Blue Jackets.
Jun 1 - 5:14 PM

Morgan Ellis has agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with the Montreal Canadiens.

He suited up in 27 games with Montreal's AHL affiliate in 2014-15 and he posted nine points. Ellis also played 39 matches for the Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL, where he had 26 points. He hasn't played in any NHL games since being drafted 117th overall (fourth round) in 2010.
Jun 1 - 5:07 PM

Gabriel Dumont has signed a one-year, two-way contract with Montreal.

He had eight hits and four shots in three appearances with the Canadiens in 2014-15. Dumont also tallied 20 goals and 45 points in 66 games as the captain of the AHL's Hamilton Bulldogs. He has just 18 contests of NHL experience in his career and isn't likely to see much time with the big club in 2015-16.
Jun 1 - 5:01 PM

Duncan Keith has averaged 31:35 of ice time per game in the playoffs.

That's more than any player who is still skating in the postseason and his total time on ice of 537:04 is the most of any skater. Keith also leads all defensemen in scoring during the 2015 playoffs with 18 points (two assists, 16 assists) in 17 games. He has a plus-13 rating to rank first as well. Keith will enter the Stanley Cup as one of the favorites for the Conn Smythe Trophy.
Jun 1 - 4:37 PM

Matt Irwin may test the market as an unrestricted free agent.

He played better in the second half and could probably get more money in free agency than if he stayed with San Jose. Irwin recorded 19 points, 55 hits and 65 blocks in 53 games in 2014-15.
Jun 1 - 4:25 PM

Scott Hannan would like to continue his NHL career, but it might not come with San Jose.

The Sharks probably won't bring him back for another season. There's also a chance that Hannan could change his mind and retire if he doesn't get much interest as a free agent. In 58 games this past campaign, the 36-year-old defender posted seven points and 69 blocks, while averaging 16:18 of ice time.
Jun 1 - 4:12 PM

Antti Niemi will probably be allowed to walk as an unrestricted free agent next month.

He played five seasons with the Sharks and his worst came in 2014-15. Niemi posted a 31-23-7 record to go with a .914 save percentage and a 2.59 goals-against average. San Jose is expected to look elsewhere for crease options and Niemi will probably be able to find a job on another team.
Jun 1 - 4:07 PM

Wild GM Chuck Fletcher and agent Mike Liut will talk about a new contract for Devan Dubnyk at the NHL Draft Combine.

The two sides will begin their contract discussions. Dubnyk can become an unrestricted free agent in July, but the Wild would obviously prefer to keep him in the fold. He turned Minnesota's season around after he was acquired from Arizona.
Jun 1 - 3:49 PM

The Penguins made it official on Monday when they announced that Kris Letang (concussion) has been cleared to resume workouts.

The team will keep an eye on his progress over the summer. Letang suffered a concussion on Mar. 28 against Arizona, but before that he racked up 11 goals and 54 points in 69 games.
Jun 1 - 3:19 PM



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