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Brenden Morrow is back in the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 2000.

At the time he was a rookie with the Dallas Stars. "I do remember thinking that we’ll get it next year or the next," Morrow said. "I mean, we had one of the highest payrolls in the league and we just won the Cup in 1999, so I kind of figured it was a matter of time. It's a great lesson in how you never know how things are going to work out." At the age of 36, Morrow isn't playing in nearly as big a role this time around. He's searching for his first point of the postseason and has been limited to 8:57 minutes per game.
Jun 3 - 10:49 AM

Tampa Bay defender Matt Carle has already spilled the beans on the Lightning's big plan to beat the Chicago Blackhawks - tire out two-time Norris Trophy winner Duncan Keith out.

Keith leads all skaters with an average 31:35 of ice time per game in the playoffs, plus total ice time logged with 537:04. Keith also ranks eighth overall with 18 points, and second with 16 assists, which leads all defensemen in both categories. Considering Keith also won the Cup in 2010 after winning gold with Team Canada at the Olympics, perhaps counting on fatigue to (finally) set into him is an unwise bet.
Source: Joe Smith
Jun 2 - 6:59 PM

Steve Stamkos hopes to make the most of this rare opportunity to compete in the Stanley Cup Final.

"You never know when you're going get this chance again," Stamkos said. "There are guys who have had tremendous careers and played a long time in this league, and sometimes never get a chance to play for the Stanley Cup. So, it's a dream come true. It's almost there. You can taste it, but there's still a lot of hard work left." The Lightning aren't short on offensive weapons, but even with that in mind, all eyes will be on Stamkos. He has the potential on any given night to be the game's hero. He got off to a sluggish start in the playoffs, but has shaken that off to record seven goals and 17 points in 20 games.
Jun 2 - 11:10 AM

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."
Jun 1 - 10:24 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

Ben Bishop faced Chicago twice during the regular season and he stopped 65 of 67 shots.

He posted a 28-save shutout on Feb. 27 at home and lost 3-2 in a shootout at Chicago on Nov. 11. Just food for thought if you were wondering how he did versus the Blackhawks this year. Bishop has recorded a .920 save percentage and a 2.15 goals-against in 20 2015 playoff matches.
Jun 1 - 10:47 AM

The line of Steve Stamkos, Valtteri Filppula and Alex Killorn had an excellent round in the Eastern Conference Final.

The trio combined to score nine goals and 19 points against the New York Rangers to give them 17 goals and 44 points in the postseason. They have narrowed the gap if you are comparing their production to the other top-six combination on the Lightning, which features Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat and Nikita Kucherov. The line known as the Triplets has generated 28 goals and 55 points in the playoffs.
Jun 1 - 10:30 AM

J.T. Brown has posted one goal in 18 playoff games, but his ice time has increased substantially from the opening round.

Brown played over 10 minutes just once in his first six 2015 postseason appearances, but his playing time has nearly doubled since then. He had plenty of chances against the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Finals, but couldn't contribute more offense. "The one thing we always have in our back pocket is J.T.," coach Jon Cooper said. "That's why I'm just hoping that one of these pucks finally goes in for him, because if there's one guy that deserves it, it's J.T."
Jun 1 - 10:20 AM

Tyler Johnson leads all players in goals and points heading into the Stanley Cup final.

Johnson has had a real coming out party in 2014-15, and that continued this postseason. The Lightning center has 12 goals and 21 points in 20 games in the postseason and he's been one of the main offensive catalysts for Tampa Bay. The line of Johnson, Ondrej Palat and Nikita Kucherov has been dominant for Tampa Bay. They will probably see a steady dose of Jonathan Toews' line in the Stanley Cup final.
May 31 - 7:43 PM

Tyler Johnson and his triplet linemates will have their work cut out for them as they will no doubt see a lot of Duncan Keith in the Stanley Cup Finals.

With all due respect to the Rangers' Ryan McDonagh, Johnson, Ondrej Palet and Nikita Kucherov did not face a defenseman of the caliber of Keith in their series win against New York. It will be a major challenge for these young stars to have the same success they experienced in the playoffs thus far when the Bolts travel to Chicago where Hawks' coach Joel Quenneville will have the last line change and can match Keith up against them.
May 31 - 10:24 AM

The Lightning will be the first team in NHL history to play against four Original Six NHL teams in one playoffs.

They knocked off the Red Wings, Canadiens and Rangers and will now face off against the Blackhawks. We suspect it may be a long time before a team is again in such a position.
May 31 - 10:10 AM

Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop managed to do something only Patrick Roy and Tim Thomas did before.

By nabbing shutouts in two Game 7 situations, Bishop became the third goalie to do so in NHL history, matching Roy (2002) and Thomas (2011). Both of those netminders have at least one Stanley Cup ring, so Bishop would like to match them in that regard most of all.
May 30 - 3:37 PM

Tampa Bay Lightning winger Brenden Morrow could join the "Triple Gold Club" if he wins a Stanley Cup.

His nice NHL career included an Olympic gold medal back in 2010. At the moment, he has 575 points in 991 career regular season games and 46 points in 112 career playoff contests. Morrow isn't a significant contributor any longer, but he's had a good run that could include a rare accomplishment.
May 30 - 1:14 PM

You won't see many postseason runs as mixed (at least over multiple rounds) as what Ben Bishop has experienced in 2015.

Expanding on an earlier point, he has two Game 7 shutouts, and helped shut down the Montreal Canadiens as well to eliminate them. Along with generating some assists, he's had some down moments too, especially against the New York Rangers. In the past five games, Bishop has two shutouts but allowed five goals in each of the other three contests (winning three games overall). You won't see that mix very often.
May 30 - 12:52 PM

Cedric Paquette got through Game 7 without any problems with his apparent right wrist/arm injury.

He allegedly sustained the injury in Game 5 and missed Game 6. Paquette seems good to go for Game 1 of the Cup finals scheduled for Wednesday.
May 30 - 10:44 AM

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