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Posted On Thursday, 06.11.2015 / 4:11 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - 2015 Stanley Cup Final blog

Lightning goalie Bishop uncertain for Game 5

TAMPA -- It is unknown if Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop can play in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final on Saturday against the Chicago Blackhawks at Amalie Arena (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports).

Bishop did not play in Game 4 on Wednesday after taking part in the morning skate. Andrei Vaslevskiy made 17 saves, and the Lightning lost 2-1 at United Center.

The best-of-7 series is tied at 2-2.

"[Ben will] come in [Friday] and be looked at by our top-shelf, top-notch medical team and decisions will be made, but it's day-to-day," Lightning associate coach Rick Bowness, said Thursday while handling the media duties for coach Jon Cooper.

Cooper in his postgame remarks Wednesday said, "[Bishop] is going to play again in this series, there's no question. I just don't know which game."

Posted On Sunday, 06.07.2015 / 3:01 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - 2015 Stanley Cup Final blog

Blackhawks could play van Riemsdyk, Bickell

CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said Sunday that he is at least contemplating changes to his lineup for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday at United Center (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

Quenneville said defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk and forward Bryan Bickell could play for the first time in the best-of-7 series against the Tampa Bay Lightning, which is tied 1-1. He did not elaborate any further or speculate on who would come out of the lineup if they did play.

Bickell was a surprise scratch in Game 1 on Wednesday after practicing the day before and taking part in the morning skate. Quenneville said after the game that Bickell was dealing with an upper-body injury and he is day-to-day. He was also scratched in Game 2 on Saturday.

"I think he's healthy," Quenneville said.

Posted On Wednesday, 06.03.2015 / 8:07 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - 2015 Stanley Cup Final blog

Blackhawks' Bickell out, Versteeg in for Game 1

TAMPA -- Chicago Blackhawks forward Bryan Bickell will not play in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday at Amalie Arena.

Blackhawks assistant coach Mike Kitchen said on NHL Network that Bickell was out for precautionary reasons and that forward Kris Versteeg would replace him in the lineup.


Posted On Saturday, 05.30.2015 / 1:55 AM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Rangers-Lightning series blog

Stamkos, St. Louis hug after Lightning win Game 7

NEW YORK -- It was a quick moment in the postgame handshake line Friday, but it was a moment that was a long time coming for Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos.

Stamkos found his way side-by-side former teammate and close friend Martin St. Louis following the Lightning's 2-0 win in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

It was special and surreal for them to be standing there in opposite uniforms, the younger player and current Tampa Bay captain moving on to the Stanley Cup Final, the older, former Lightning captain going home, unsure of his future, of the rest of his career.

"It was kind of bittersweet, to be honest," Stamkos said.


Posted On Tuesday, 05.26.2015 / 1:24 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Rangers-Lightning series blog

Lightning's Callahan wants his turn playing Cup Final

TAMPA -- Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Ryan Callahan insists he doesn't need the extra motivation at this time of the season. It's nice to have it anyway.

Callahan has an opportunity Tuesday at Amalie Arena in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports) against the New York Rangers to knock his former teammates out of the Stanley Cup Playoffs so he can get to the Stanley Cup Final. Tampa Bay leads the best-of-7 series 3-2 after its 2-0 win Sunday at Madison Square Garden.

Callahan's not looking at it as retribution, but in a way it is because Callahan watched, admittedly with mixed emotions, as the Rangers advanced to the Stanley Cup Final without him last season.

Contract talks between the Rangers and Callahan broke down to the point he was sent to the Lightning on March 5, 2014, in a trade that involved Martin St. Louis coming to New York and draft picks changing hands.

"By mixed emotions I mean I wanted to be part of it," Callahan said of the Rangers' run to the Cup Final last season. "That's something we'd been working towards. Being a captain of that team and being a part of that organization, that's something you wanted to be part of. By no means did I have anything negative toward them making that run. When I left I knew they were a great team and they had a great shot at it, so it was good to see."

Posted On Saturday, 05.23.2015 / 1:12 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Rangers-Lightning series blog

Rangers' Yandle thriving as play opens up

TAMPA -- Keith Yandle scored his first goal of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs on Friday. It might have been a stress reliever for the New York Rangers defenseman, but he didn't need it to justify how effective he's been in the offensive part of the game in the Eastern Conference Final.

"It's the best I've seen him play so far with the puck," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said Saturday morning.

Yandle is doing the things the Rangers thought he'd be doing from the moment they acquired him from the Arizona Coyotes in a blockbuster trade on March 1 that came at a significant price for New York.

Posted On Wednesday, 05.20.2015 / 1:39 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Rangers-Lightning series blog

Rangers' Brassard tried to steal Stamkos' stick

TAMPA -- Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos thought having an elbow pad thrown at him earlier in the Stanley Cup Playoffs was one of the oddest things to happen to him in a hockey game until New York Rangers center Derick Brassard upped the ante Monday.

By his own admission, Brassard tried to take Stamkos' stick to the Rangers' dressing room following the second period of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final.

Brassard said he saw Stamkos' stick lying on the ice in front of the Rangers' bench after the buzzer signaling the end of the period. He also thought he saw Stamkos heading for the door leading to the Lightning's dressing room, so he figured why not take the stick.

Posted On Tuesday, 05.19.2015 / 8:30 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Rangers-Lightning series blog

St. Louis focused on Rangers, not return to Tampa

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- New York Rangers right wing Martin St. Louis is trying to treat Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final at Amalie Arena on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports) with the same single-minded focus as the rest of his teammates.

Even if it's harder for him to do that considering the ties he has to this area and the Tampa Bay Lightning, St. Louis was all business after arriving here with the Rangers on Tuesday.

"Coming back here [in the] regular season, it was definitely a tough thing, I think, just being here for so long, but I think we're well past that now," St. Louis said. "Tampa's always going to be a special place for me and my family, but I'm coming here as a New York Ranger and trying to get through this conference final and get to the Stanley Cup Final."


Posted On Sunday, 05.17.2015 / 4:24 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Rangers-Lightning series blog

Rangers' Glass takes 'maintenance day' at practice

NEW YORK -- New York Rangers left wing Tanner Glass did not practice Sunday after playing in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday. Glass was the only Rangers' player missing from practice who played in Game 1.

Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said he didn't have any concern about Glass' availability for Game 2 on Monday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

"Another maintenance day," Vigneault said.

Posted On Saturday, 05.16.2015 / 5:48 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Rangers-Lightning series blog

Lightning miss center Brian Boyle in Game 1

NEW YORK -- The Tampa Bay Lightning felt the sting of not having center Brian Boyle in the lineup for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final against the New York Rangers on Saturday.

Boyle is day-to-day with an unspecified injury. The Lightning lost 2-1 and trail the best-of-7 series 1-0.

"He's a big part of our team," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "He kills penalties for us. He's a big body. He can wear on teams. Of course we missed him."


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