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Anton Stralman continues to lead by example for the Lightning.

"When the pressure is at its highest and somebody walks out of there as calm as can be, that's Anton Stralman," coach Jon Cooper said. "Our team, you just hear the guys on the bench praise him, the things he's done for us. Having that confidence that we get to throw him over the boards every second shift, it's just a luxury for us." He has earned an assist in each of his past two games to give him seven points in 19 playoff games this year. Stralman has a 6-0 record in Game 7s in his career and he is likely to play a key role for Tampa Bay if the team advances to the Stanley Cup Final following Friday night's meeting against the New York Rangers.
May 27 - 5:36 PM

Ryan Callahan tallied his first goal of the 2015 playoffs on Tuesday night.

He scored a power-play goal late in the first period after he was sprung on a breakaway by defenseman Anton Stralman. The former Rangers will try to send Tampa Bay into the Stanley Cup Final on Friday when they play in Game 7. Callahan's goal snapped a 24-game playoff drought that dates back to his days with the Blueshirts. He has four points in 18 postseason contests this year.
May 27 - 10:59 AM

Tyler Johnson picked up two assists in Tampa Bay's 7-3 loss to the New York Rangers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final.

He had the primary helper on both of Nikita Kucherov's third-period markers. Kucherov got his first goal of the match after the Rangers had built a 5-1 lead and his second came after Rick Nash made the score 6-2. Johnson currently leads the playoffs in scoring with 20 points in 19 games and the Lightning will need more of that to advance to the Stanley Cup Final. Tampa Bay will play the Rangers at Madison Square Garden in Game 7 on Friday night.
May 27 - 10:52 AM

Ben Bishop struggled through a difficult outing Tuesday as he allowed five goals on 26 shots in just over two periods of work as the Lightning were handed a 7-3 defeat by the Rangers.

Bishop has mixed a couple of strong performances in amongst a few less-than-stellar ones so far in this series so it's anyone's guess which version of the netminder will show up for Friday's Game 7. Backup Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed one goal on seven shots in relief of Tampa Bay's starter.
May 26 - 11:13 PM

Nikita Kucherov registered a pair of goals Tuesday night, but it wasn't nearly enough as the Lightning were dumped by the Rangers by a score of 7-3.

Kucherov has now tallied nine times in the postseason, placing him in a tie for second in the NHL with Patrick Kane and Corey Perry. All of the aforementioned players are chasing league leader Tyler Johnson and his 12 playoff markers. Ryan Callahan also found the back of the net for Tampa Bay in the loss.
May 26 - 11:08 PM

Cedric Paquette is officially scratched for Game 6 on Tuesday night against the New York Rangers.

Paquette has been a solid forward for the Lightning this postseason in 17 games, but he has just a single point and not worth a spot on your playoff roster. Vladislav Namestnikov will take his place.
May 26 - 8:09 PM

After taking the warm-up skate, Jonathan Marchessault will be scratched for Tuesday's Game 6 against the New York Rangers.

Even if he was in, it wouldn't be worth your while to pick up the rookie Marchessault. He has no points in two playoff games this postseason.
May 26 - 8:07 PM

Vladislav Namestnikov will indeed play in place of Cedric Paquette on Tuesday against the New York Rangers in Game 6.

Don't go rushing to pick up the rookie Namestnikov, though. He has just a single point in 11 games this postseason.
May 26 - 8:04 PM

Jonathan Drouin, Cedric Paquette, and Mark Barberio will each be scratched from Tuesday's Game 6 versus the Rangers.

Tough break for Paquette, who is likely dealing with a right hand injury. However nothing has been disclosed. As is, Drouin and Barberio wait in the wings should their services be needed.
Source: Bryan Burns
May 26 - 7:43 PM

Cedric Paquette is not on the ice for warm-ups for Game 6 on Tuesday night against the New York Rangers.

While it isn't absolutely guaranteed Paquette will not play in the game, it's about as close as it gets. It would be difficult for any player to play after missing warm-ups, especially since being injured in Game 5.
May 26 - 7:40 PM

Ben Bishop will get the start in Game 6 against the New York Rangers on Tuesday night.

The Lightning come in leading the Eastern Conference Final series 3-2, just one win away from the franchise's first Stanley Cup Final appearance since winning it in 2004. Aside from a pair of five-goal efforts in Games 3 and 4, Bishop has allowed just four goals, including Game 5's shutout, in the rest of the series combined. He's 11-7 with a .922 save percentage, a 2.08 GAA, and 12 Quality Starts in 18 games this postseason.
Source: Corey Long
May 26 - 6:02 PM

Coach Jon Cooper liked the way Steve Stamkos was playing before he broke through offensively. benefiting

"Well, now he's getting recognized for his well-rounded game and now the goals are coming and everybody is saying, 'OK, Stammer's back,'" Cooper said. "Well, Stammer's always been there. Our captain's been leading us, just in different ways. I'm fired up that he's scoring. He deserves it. He's put himself in this position to be rewarded. And I believe in the hockey karma. You keep working at it, you'll get paid off and he's getting paid off." Stamkos has scored a goal in four straight games and he has 14 points in his last 10 contests.
May 26 - 3:42 PM

Vladislav Namestnikov could be in the lineup for Game 6 versus New York on Tuesday night.

He has not played since Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final, but may draw back in if Cedric Paquette, who is listed as questionable, is unable to dress. Namestnikov and Jonathan Marchessault will likely take part in the pregame warmup.
May 26 - 3:06 PM

Braydon Coburn is ready to get back into the lineup in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final.

He took part fully in Tuesday's morning skate and feels much better after he was limited to 5:43 of ice time on Sunday because of a stomach bug. Coburn stayed on the bench despite the illness in Game 5 just in case he was needed.
May 26 - 2:09 PM

Cedric Paquette is listed as questionable for Tuesday night's Game 6 match-up against the New York Rangers.

He suffered a right hand/arm injury in the first period on Sunday after he blocked a shot, but he was able to return. However, he logged just 5:43 in Game 5 and skated in just part of Tuesday's optional practice. If he can't play then Vladislav Namestnikov will probably play in his place.
May 26 - 1:51 PM

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