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Farrish: Lightning got 'great education' in Game 1

Thursday, 06.04.2015 / 11:22 PM / Lightning vs Blackhawks - 2015 Stanley Cup Final

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

For additional insight into the Tampa Bay Lightning and Chicago Blackhawks during the Stanley Cup Final, has enlisted the help of Dave Farrish to break down the action. Farrish will be checking in throughout the series.

Farrish was an assistant coach for the Anaheim Ducks and Toronto Maple Leafs from 2005-14. He won the Stanley Cup with the Ducks in 2007. He also coached 1,027 games in the minor leagues, including the American Hockey League. In addition, Farrish, a former defenseman, played 430 games over seven seasons in the NHL.

The fact that the Tampa Bay Lightning learned in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final that they have nothing to fear as long as they play their game is a good thing, former NHL assistant coach Dave Farrish said. It should benefit them come Saturday, when they play Game 2 against the Chicago Blackhawks at Amalie Arena (7:15 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports).

Farrish called the Lightning's 2-1 loss on Wednesday "a great education for them." He also said it's great for their confidence to know that they can make the Blackhawks vulnerable.

Lightning strategy may force split of Toews-Kane line

Thursday, 06.04.2015 / 4:26 PM / Lightning vs Blackhawks - 2015 Stanley Cup Final

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

TAMPA -- Entering the Stanley Cup Final, Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane were playing so well together, he saw no reason to split them up.

The Tampa Bay Lightning may have given him one.

The Blackhawks won Game 1 of the series on Wednesday 2-1, but the way the line of Toews, Kane and Brandon Saad was neutralized by the Lightning's top defensive pairing of Victor Hedman and Anton Stralman, as well as the surprise use of Cedric Paquette as a checking center with Ryan Callahan on his wing, might give Quenneville something to think about heading into Game 2 on Saturday (7:15 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports).

Quenneville has used Toews and Kane on separate lines most of the season, with Marian Hossa playing with Toews and Kane lining up next to center Brad Richards. When that's the case, opposing teams are forced to pick their poison when deploying their best defensive players, particularly on the back end. When Toews and Kane are together, as they were in Game 1, that decision becomes much easier.

Lightning must find more offense in Game 2 of Final

Thursday, 06.04.2015 / 4:24 PM / Lightning vs Blackhawks - 2015 Stanley Cup Final

Corey Masisak - Staff Writer

TAMPA -- The Tampa Bay Lightning tried to win a 1-0 game against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 1 of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final. It didn't work.

Although the Lightning were happy with their defensive work for much of the 2-1 loss on Wednesday, they are going to need more offense as the best-of-7 series progresses. Game 2 is Saturday (7:15 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports).

"I think we had the chance to take that game in the first couple periods," coach Jon Cooper said Thursday. "We get that second one, we had chances. … We just couldn't get that second one. I felt if we got that second one, it would have put them away. We didn't. We let them hang around. It burned us."

After a strong start for the Lightning, which included Alex Killorn's highlight-reel goal and 10 of the first 13 shots on net, Tampa Bay struggled to find quality chances against Chicago and goaltender Corey Crawford.

Garrison: Playoff beard constant topic of conversation

Thursday, 06.04.2015 / 4:04 PM / 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, he talks about his beard, which has become a storyline during his team's long postseason run.

TAMPA -- My beard has gotten a lot of attention during our run in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, so I figured today for my blog I'm just going to lay it all out there to explain to you the evolution of the beard and what it means, and has done to me and for me.

The reason I'm doing this is I'm getting so many compliments on my beard, and even people who want to touch it. I've walked outside signing autographs for fans and I've had teenage guys who want to grab it. That's, well, interesting.

Lightning coach Cooper finds 2nd-year success again

Thursday, 06.04.2015 / 3:52 PM / Lightning vs Blackhawks - 2015 Stanley Cup Final

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

TAMPA -- There are two rules that must be followed by any team coached by Jon Cooper.

Rule 76: No excuses, play like a champion.

Rule 113: Don't look for opportunities, make them.

These should sound familiar if you're fans of Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson.

"They're from the movie 'Wedding Crashers,'" Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Mark Barberio told, "which is hilarious."

They are among the 115 rules that serve as Vaughn's character's code of conduct in the comedy, released in 2005.

"They have symbolism for us," Cooper said.

Lightning's Boyle laments missed chance in Game 1

Thursday, 06.04.2015 / 3:16 PM / Lightning vs Blackhawks - 2015 Stanley Cup Final

Corey Long - Correspondent

TAMPA -- Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final must have felt like deja vu for Tampa Bay Lightning center Brian Boyle.

The Lightning took an early 1-0 lead against the Chicago Blackhawks on a goal by Alex Killorn, only to lose the lead and the game 2-1 on goals by Teuvo Teravainen and Antoine Vermette during a flurry in the latter stages of the third period.

Chicago leads the best-of-seven series 1-0 with Game 2 to be played at Amalie Arena on Saturday (7:15 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC, TVA Sports).

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.

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