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Goalie Matchup: Inside Game 1 for Bishop, Crawford

Thursday, 06.04.2015 / 2:40 PM / Lightning vs Blackhawks - 2015 Stanley Cup Final

Kevin Woodley - Correspondent

A huge part of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final will be the battle between 2013 Cup winner Corey Crawford of the Chicago Blackhawks and the Tampa Bay Lightning's Ben Bishop, who is making his Final debut. scouted the goalies before the series and will track their performance each game, identifying attack trends and shot quality. Kevin Woodley, managing editor of InGoal Magazine, uses Double Blue Sports Analytics software to chart goals and shots in each game. Here are his findings from Game 1, a 2-1 victory by the Blackhawks on Wednesday at Amalie Arena.

Despite a lot of focus on the high-octane offenses of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Chicago Blackhawks heading into the Stanley Cup Final, each goaltender benefitted from tight defensive structure during Chicago's 2-1 victory in Game 1.

There were 41 saves by the two goalies in Game 1 and 31 of those would be deemed "clean" shots, attempts that allowed the goalie time to get set and square up to the shooter without worrying about a screen or deflection.

Crawford's save helped give Blackhawks momentum

Thursday, 06.04.2015 / 10:34 AM / "Obvious Choice" Moments

Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford gave up a first-period goal Wednesday to Tampa Bay Lightning forward Alex Killorn, but nothing else as Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final moved past the midway point of the third period.

The problem was his counterpart, Ben Bishop of the Lightning, was working on a second consecutive shutout after blanking the New York Rangers in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final.

As the Lightning continued to carry their 1-0 lead deeper into the game, it became obvious that another goal against Crawford would all but seal the Blackhawks fate.

Lightning forward Ryan Callahan had the chance to double their lead on a breakaway with 8:24 remaining, but Crawford held strong. The Blackhawks then scored twice in 1:58, rookie forward Teuvo Teravainen scoring the first goal and setting up the game-winner by veteran forward Antoine Vermette, and pulled out a 2-1 win and an early lead in the best-of-7 series.

Oilers' latest No. 1 pick viewed as rebuild accelerator

Thursday, 06.04.2015 / 9:08 AM / 2015 NHL Draft

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

BUFFALO -- The Edmonton Oilers, who have missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs nine straight seasons, will be picking first at the NHL Draft for the fourth time since 2010 on June 26 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla.

They will do so with a new general manager in Peter Chiarelli and coach in Todd McLellan. Bob Nicholson, the new chief executive officer and vice chairman of Oilers Entertainment Group, hopes the changes at the top will help steer the organization in a promising direction.

If there was ever a year to own a pick at the very top of the draft, this was it, with Erie Otters center Connor McDavid and Boston University center Jack Eichel in the mix. Each is projected to be a generational talent, an instant difference-maker for any organization in need of one.

Lightning burned by conservative approach in Game 1

Thursday, 06.04.2015 / 1:43 AM / Lightning vs Blackhawks - 2015 Stanley Cup Final

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

TAMPA -- It happened to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday. We all probably should have seen it coming too.

Here were the Lightning, the brash, confident newcomers to the NHL's biggest stage, controlling the puck, controlling the pace, and leading by a goal in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Chicago Blackhawks, a team that will never panic because it just knows how to win at this time of the year.

Tampa Bay was riding Alex Killorn's goal, the one he scored 4:31 into the first period, deep into the third period. This wasn't out of character. The Lightning wanted to be defensive. They wanted to be conservative. Their past two wins, against the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Final, were shutouts.

Garrison: Game 1 loss showed we can't sit back

Thursday, 06.04.2015 / 1:38 AM / Player's Blog with the Lightning's Jason Garrison

Jason Garrison - Special to

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Jason Garrison will be blogging for periodically throughout the Stanley Cup Final. In this edition, Garrison discusses a heartbreaking 2-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

TAMPA -- It really felt like a pretty normal game day on Wednesday. I know that might sound strange, but it's true.

We had an optional skate, and a lot of guys took the option to save their energy. We had a good meeting too. Having these later games, after 8 o'clock for puck drop, means we have a lot of time in the afternoon, a lot of time to kill. I took a nap, watched a little TV, and that was about it. Really, I tried to go over in my mind some things from the game, things we saw in the morning and even Tuesday.

Desjardins: Sticking to game plan led to Game 1 win

Andrew Desjardins - Special to

Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Desjardins will be blogging for periodically throughout the Stanley Cup Final. In this edition, he discusses Chicago's win in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. a 2-1 victory Wednesday night in which Chicago scored two goals in a two-minute span late in the third period at Amalie Arena.

We wanted to come out with a good start.

We expected them to come out hard, and they really did. I think we stayed patient, we kept to the game plan. We did a good job doing that. We were on our heels at the beginning a bit but we stuck to that game plan, and I think that's what got us the win. We stuck to it, and we got our breaks.

Big stage doesn't rattle Blackhawks rookie Teravainen

Thursday, 06.04.2015 / 1:13 AM / Lightning vs Blackhawks - 2015 Stanley Cup Final

Brian Hedger - Correspondent

TAMPA -- Rookie right wing Teuvo Teravainen administered a knockout punch for the Chicago Blackhawks with a goal and assist in the third period of a 2-1 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 1 of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday at Amalie Arena.

He did it in the coolest possible way too.

"He doesn't seem to have a heartbeat," teammate Marian Hossa said of the 20-year-old. "He's so calm. He's Finnish cold."

Teravainen, usually shy and reserved, delivered a great punchline while speaking with reporters about his performance.

Blackhawks rely on past lessons to win Game 1

Thursday, 06.04.2015 / 1:06 AM / Lightning vs Blackhawks - 2015 Stanley Cup Final

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

TAMPA -- It's sometimes difficult to quantify the impact of experience, and it can often be a concept that gets overblown.

That appeared to be the case in the run-up to this Stanley Cup Final.

The Chicago Blackhawks, playing in their third Final in six seasons, had a clear advantage in that department when compared to the Tampa Bay Lightning, playing in their second Final, period.

But as the Lightning, fueled by a frenetic home crowd, got off to an excellent start in Game 1 on Wednesday and opened the scoring at 4:31 of the first period on a skilled deflection by Alex Killorn, the Blackhawks knew they weren't out of it.

In fact, they not only knew they weren't out of it, the Blackhawks knew they would come back if they stuck to the system and played the type of game that has brought them so much success over the years.

They believed it.

If there is one tangible benefit to experience, perhaps that is it. Belief.

"I think we always have that feeling," Chicago forward Patrick Sharp said. "It doesn't matter how the game is going, doesn't matter what the score is. I think there's a belief in our room that things are going to happen when we stick to the game plan and trust the process."

Paquette shines in surprise shutdown role vs. Toews

Thursday, 06.04.2015 / 1:00 AM / Lightning vs Blackhawks - 2015 Stanley Cup Final

Corey Long - Correspondent

TAMPA -- Tampa Bay Lightning center Cedric Paquette wasn't expecting to draw the assignment of trying to shut down Chicago Blackhawks star center Jonathan Toews in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Wednesday. However, he proved to be up for the task.

The 21-year-old spent most of his 10:51 on ice doing his best to pester and frustrate Chicago's captain and the linchpin of the Blackhawks' top line. Tampa Bay general manager Steve Yzerman, a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, said Tuesday that Toews was a "bigger, stronger, better" version of himself.

"I think I played well against him," said Paquette, who went 3-5 on faceoffs against Toews, with all eight draws coming in Tampa Bay's defensive zone or the neutral zone. "I think our line played well defensively. His line didn't get a lot of opportunities when we were on the ice. He's smart, he's knows where the puck is going to go, he knows where his teammates are going to go. We stayed on the defensive side of the puck, we kept it in, the little details."

Blackhawks owner says GM Bowman core of success

Wednesday, 06.03.2015 / 9:30 PM / Lightning vs Blackhawks - 2015 Stanley Cup Final

Brian Hedger - Correspondent

TAMPA -- Don't call the Chicago Blackhawks a dynasty.

Owner Rocky Wirtz has another term for what his organization has become by making its third appearance in the Stanley Cup Final in the past six seasons.

"What I would really like to say is I'm so proud of [general manager Stan Bowman] to keep re-inventing," Wirtz said prior to Game 1 of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena on Wednesday. "He invented the 2010 [championship] team. He invented the 2013 [championship] team, and I think this team is a re-invention too. So, it's more of a re-invention and being able to have a process in place to be successful."

The 'D' word is starting to get used more often when referring to the Blackhawks because of their extensive success since Wirtz took control of the team after his father's death in 2007. In eight years, a team that was regularly near the bottom is now a perennial contender looking to hoist the Cup for the third time since 2010.

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