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Seven new coaches for NHL teams next season

Tuesday, 06.09.2015 / 7:44 PM / NHL Insider

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They have won the Stanley Cup twice and the Calder Cup twice. Two of them are switching teams, two were out of work, two are being promoted from the minor leagues, and one is arriving from college.

They range in age from 40 to 52. One has 1,094 games of NHL experience; one has 602; and three have zero.

There will be seven new coaches in the NHL next season after the Detroit Red Wings filled the final vacancy when they hired Jeff Blashill on Tuesday.

NHL.com recaps the coaches who have been hired since the end of the regular season, in chronological order:

Unorthodox lineup paying dividends for Lightning

Tuesday, 06.09.2015 / 5:21 PM / Lightning vs Blackhawks - 2015 Stanley Cup Final

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

CHICAGO -- Nearly everyone can remember one thing that made them feel safe at some point in their lives.

Children often have a security blanket, adults prone to superstition will convince themselves that an inanimate object brings them luck. The common thread is the comfort that one thing brings them.

In the case of Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper, based on what we’ve seen so far in these Stanley Cup Playoffs, his security blanket is unique.

Nearly every time Cooper has needed to switch momentum in a series, or any time he’s felt somewhat insecure with a situation, he has turned to an unorthodox lineup of 11 forwards and seven defensemen.

He did it again in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday and came away with a 3-2 victory to take a 2-1 series lead into Game 4 at United Center on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

Farrish: Issues on defense wearing down Blackhawks

Tuesday, 06.09.2015 / 4:54 PM / Lightning vs Blackhawks - 2015 Stanley Cup Final

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

For additional insight into the Tampa Bay Lightning and Chicago Blackhawks during the Stanley Cup Final, NHL.com 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 in seven seasons in the NHL.

For the Chicago Blackhawks to even the series before it shifts back to Tampa Bay, ex-NHL assistant coach Dave Farrish thinks they're going to have to get their focus back to attacking for 60 minutes.

When the Blackhawks have attacked against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Stanley Cup Final, particularly in the first period of Game 3 on Monday at United Center, they have been able to control the play and dominate possession. But Farrish thinks mentally the Blackhawks are consumed with helping out their depleted defense corps and over time it's showing.

Lidstrom says Blashill's 'new voice' will help Detroit

Tuesday, 06.09.2015 / 4:47 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Nicklas Lidstrom's final season in the NHL was Jeff Blashill's first.

It was 2011-12, and Blashill started the season as a 37-year-old first-time NHL assistant coach to Mike Babcock tasked with working with the Detroit Red Wings forwards. Blashill finished it as a 38-year-old ready to coach his own team in the American Hockey League.

"He did have some ideas on the power play and looking at different things we can work at, but he came in kind of on the learning curve as well, trying to get familiarized with the team and the NHL, what it's like to be part of the NHL," said Lidstrom, the former Red Wings captain.

"It was a good learning experience for him to get that one year in before being in charge at Grand Rapids."

Blashill on Tuesday became Babcock's successor as coach of the Red Wings.

Blackhawks know they need pucks, bodies at net

Tuesday, 06.09.2015 / 4:40 PM / Lightning vs Blackhawks - 2015 Stanley Cup Final

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks put 38 shots on Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop in Game 3 of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final but know it wasn't enough.

Despite limited mobility because of an undisclosed injury, Bishop made 36 saves and didn't have to face many rapid-fire shot attempts. He made a lot of first saves and got help from the fortress of Lightning players who cleared pucks out of dangerous areas.

The Blackhawks, who trail the best-of-7 series 2-1, need to make that task more difficult in Game 4 at United Center on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

"I wasn't paying attention to it as much," Blackhawks defensemen Brent Seabrook said of Bishop's injury issues. "I don't know if I just didn't see it or what, but I think you want to continue to do the things that we do. Get bodies to the net. Get pucks there. Try and get good looks and get him moving a little bit. It's pretty much just directing pucks and bodies at the net and trying to make him work in there."

Blackhawks capable of comeback down 2-1 in Final

Tuesday, 06.09.2015 / 4:22 PM / Lightning vs Blackhawks - 2015 Stanley Cup Final

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

CHICAGO — The Chicago Blackhawks won Game 1, 2-1, before losing the next two and needing to win Game 4 to avoid a 3-1 series deficit in the 2015 Stanley Cup Final.

This sounds like a familiar script because it is. The Blackhawks trail the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 in the series, similar to when Chicago was down 2-1 to the Boston Bruins in the 2013 Cup Final.

After the Blackhawks lost Game 3 to the Bruins two years ago, they did not lose again. Their chance to author a sequel begins Wednesday at United Center (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports).

"It's not necessarily a situation you want to be in," Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp said. "The fact this group of players and this organization has been down that road a few times, has been able to persevere has been good for us. We're going to try to draw from that experience and play better games going forward."

Each of the first three games of the 2015 Final has been tied in the third period. In 2013, the Blackhawks lost Game 2 in overtime 2-1 before being shut out 2-0 in Game 3.

Lightning D-man Hedman impressing Lidstrom

Tuesday, 06.09.2015 / 2:58 PM / Lightning vs Blackhawks - 2015 Stanley Cup Final

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

CHICAGO -- Nicklas Lidstrom couldn't get over Victor Hedman's size when he met the hulking Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman during a visit by the top prospects for the 2009 NHL Draft at the Stanley Cup Final.

"I heard lots of great things about him before I met him through some of the scouts and people in Sweden, that he had great potential and was really a gifted player that could be a top player, and I knew he was going to be a high draft pick. But my first impression was the size he had," the former Detroit Red Wings defenseman told NHL.com by phone from Sweden on Tuesday. "Being 18 years old and having that size, that's a big advantage. But you've got to be able to handle it too.

"He seems able to do the best with it."

Goalie matchup: Inside Game 3 for Bishop, Crawford

Tuesday, 06.09.2015 / 1:23 PM / Lightning vs Blackhawks - 2015 Stanley Cup Final

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

A huge part of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final has been the battle between 2013 Cup winner Corey Crawford of the Chicago Blackhawks and Ben Bishop of the Tampa Bay Lightning. NHL.com scouted the goalies before the series and will track their performances each game, identifying attack trends and shot quality. Kevin Woodley, managing editor of InGoal Magazine, will use Double Blue Sports Analytics software to chart goals and shots in each game. Here are his findings from Game 3, a 3-2 victory by the Lightning.

Ben Bishop stole the spotlight and the headlines in Game 3 on Monday by overcoming an apparent injury to make 36 saves to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 2-1 series lead in the best-of-7 Stanley Cup Final against the Chicago Blackhawks.

As gutsy as Bishop's effort was while facing the most shots in this series so far, especially during a 19-shot barrage in the first period, the shot metrics tell a different story in terms of quality.

Palat goal example of growth of Lightning's resolve

Tuesday, 06.09.2015 / 10:23 AM / "Obvious Choice" Moments

NHL.com

The relative youth of the Tampa Bay Lightning has been a question throughout their run to the Stanley Cup Final.

But when faced with adversity during Game 3 of the Final against the Chicago Blackhawks, the Lightning showed how much resiliency they've gained.

Blackhawks forward Brandon Saad scored on an open look from above the hash marks to give the Blackhawks a 2-1 lead at 4:14 of the third period.

Lightning's Paquette continues to prove his worth

Tuesday, 06.09.2015 / 1:35 AM / Lightning vs Blackhawks - 2015 Stanley Cup Final

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

CHICAGO -- Brian Boyle had no idea who Cedric Paquette was when the Tampa Bay Lightning opened training camp last September.

Boyle signed with the Lightning as an unrestricted free agent after having helped the New York Rangers reach the Stanley Cup Final three months earlier, and was trying to ease his way into his first camp with his new team.

Paquette wouldn't let him.

The rookie forward's attempt to earn a roster spot was a thorn in Boyle's side throughout camp, and even though Paquette ended up getting cut, he left an impression.

"I was like, 'Who the hell is this kid?' I didn't know him," Boyle said. "Since then, he's been a huge asset for our team. I get to [penalty] kill with him. He's learned so much, he's come so far this year."

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