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Lightning head coach Jon Cooper said that Braydon Coburn was sick during Sunday's 2-0 win over New York.

Coburn was stuck on the bench for most of the game and now we know why. The 30-year-old played just 5:43 throughout the contest. His absence didn't hurt his team too much, as Tampa Bay was able to pull out a 2-0 win at Madison Square Garden. The Lightning now hold a 3-2 series lead.
May 24 - 11:19 PM

Ben Bishop stopped all 26 shots he faced in Tampa Bay's 2-0 win in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Final.

This was an impressive bounce-back performance by Bishop, after being shelled in back-to-back games. A member of the media even went as far as to ask Lightning coach Jon Cooper if he'd think about making a goaltending change. Bishop was named the game's second star. The 28-year-old has 11-7 record with a 2.08 goals-against-average and a .922 save percentage this postseason. The Lightning are now just one win away from going to the Stanley Cup Final.
May 24 - 11:10 PM

Steve Stamkos scored a goal and an assist during Tampa Bay's 2-0 win in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final.

Stamkos picked up the primary assist on Valtteri Filppula's opening goal, and the sniper scored a goal of his own later on in the second frame. After a very slow start to his postseason, Stamkos has suddenly caught fire. The 25-year-old now has seven points in his last four games and he has seven goals and 17 points in 18 playoff games in 2015. The Lightning are just one win away from going back to the Stanley Cup Final.
May 24 - 11:01 PM

After leaving with an injury to his right hand earlier in the period, Cedric Paquette has returned Tampa Bay's bench.

Paquette missed only about 10 game minutes during his absence. He's played a total of 1:44 with 22 seconds of penalty kill time and the blocked shot thus far.
May 24 - 8:41 PM

Cedric Paquette went to the dressing room after blocking a shot early in the first period of Sunday's Game 5 versus New York.

Paquette played just 1:44 with the one block to his credit, while on the penalty kill for all of 22 seconds no less. He was seen holding his right hand as he went down the hallway. The Lightning will be down to just 10 forwards while Paquette is out.
May 24 - 8:29 PM

Ben Bishop will get the start in Game 5 on Sunday night against the New York Rangers.

The Lightning and Rangers come in tied at two, but Bishop hasn't been good. He's allowed 14 goals on 119 combined shots through the first four games, including 10 goals on 52 shots over the past two games. Bishop has also allowed a pair of power play goals in each of his past three games. Regardless, Bishop is Tampa Bay's man in net. He's 10-7 overall with .918 save percentage and a 2.21 GAA thus far this postseason.
May 24 - 8:01 PM

It shouldn't be any surprise that Tyler Johnson leads Tampa Bay in scoring in games played in New York during their series.

Johnson collected a hat trick in Game 2's victory, plus a picked up an assist in Tampa Bay's only goal in Game 1's loss for a total of four points. Nikita Kucherov leads the team with a trio of assists in games played at Madison Square Garden thus far.
May 24 - 7:19 PM

Mark Barberio is expected to head back to the press box in Game 5 as Matt Carle tags back in on Sunday night against the New York Rangers.

Barberio played just 13 shifts totaling 8:44 with little to show for his efforts in Game 4 as Carle's fill-in. Joining him after his first game of the postseason will be forwards Jonathan Drouin, Jonathan Marchessault, and Vladislav Namestnikov.

Matt Carle is expected to play in Game 5 on Sunday night in Game 5 against the New York Rangers.

All signs point towards Carle playing. "I think he is going to be available," Coach Cooper said after the morning skate. Even Carle himself has given the nod of approval, "I feel good." The veteran defenseman Carle was knocked out of Game 3 after a first period accidental blind-side collision with Rangers forward Derek Stepan, and missed Game 4 as well with an undisclosed injury. Carle has just two points in 16 games this postseason while averaging 16:35 of ice time per game.
May 24 - 6:07 PM

Brenden Morrow is making sure that Tampa Bay's young players don't take their long playoff run for granted.

Morrow explained to his teammates how he went to the Stanley Cup final with Dallas in his rookie year, but he hasn't returned since. "I just laid out how my career went, starting with a trip to the Stanley Cup final in my rookie year and how I’ve never been back since," said Morrow. "Don’t just take it for granted. Have no regrets, play hard, enjoy the opportunity because you never know, especially in a salary-cap world, how often a team like this can be put together." The Lightning have a good chore of young players, but Morrow does have a point. It's extremely difficult to compete year-in and year-out in a salary cap world.
May 24 - 2:24 PM

Lightning head coach Jon Cooper believes that forward Ryan Callahan will score in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final on Sunday.

''Tonight's probably the night he's going to score,'' said Cooper. It's no secret that Callahan hasn't been productive this postseason. The 30-year-old has no points in his last nine games and he has just three assists in 16 postseason games in 2015.
May 24 - 11:54 AM

Matt Carle is taking part in the Lightning's morning skate on Sunday.

The 30-year-old missed most Game 3 and all of Game 4 because of an undisclosed injury, but this is a positive sign for his availability tonight.
May 24 - 11:38 AM

Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat and Nikita Kucherov have had incredible chemistry throughout the regular season and playoffs.

The trio developed such great chemistry this season, that they have taken a lot of the pressure off Steve Stamkos. "They are the same kind of player as me, so the more you play with them, the more you watch them and see where they are going,’’ Kucherov said. "So watching Johnny and Paly make a move, in my head I would do the same thing, so they probably think the same way as me.’’ The Triplets have combined for 25 of Tampa Bay's 48 goals this postseason.
May 24 - 11:31 AM

Through the first four games of the Eastern Conference final between Tampa Bay and New York, it's Tyler Johnson who leads the series in scoring.

Incidentally, he also leads the whole NHL in scoring. But in the series, he has four goals and six points. He recorded a hat trick in Game 2, and was riding a three-game point streak until being held off the score sheet in Game 4. Regardless, Johnson leads the NHL with 12 goals and 18 points in 17 games this postseason.
May 23 - 8:32 PM

Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steve Stamkos is starting to really rev up his play, as his teammates are noticing.

Current linemate Valtteri Filppula said, "I think he looks really confident right now, and it’s huge for us," according to Bryan Burns of the team's website. If Stamkos, Filppula and Alex Killorn can threaten consistently, the Lightning will boast a fearsome one-two punch of scoring lines.
May 23 - 4:22 PM

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