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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).

Senators coach Cameron agrees to two-year contract

Thursday, 06.04.2015 / 2:56 PM / News

Chris Stevenson - Correspondent

OTTAWA -- Dave Cameron has agreed to terms on a two-year contract as coach of the Ottawa Senators, general manager Bryan Murray said Thursday.

The contract will be signed once a technical point is resolved.

"It's agreed to and we're waiting on some language," Murray said. "One paragraph to make it firm."

Cameron, 56, took over when Paul MacLean was fired Dec. 8. Cameron was an assistant on MacLean's staff since 2011-12.

The Senators were 32-15-8 under Cameron, including a 23-4-4 finish to overcome a 14-point deficit and earn a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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.

TSN's McKenzie, Kings' Nickson honored by Hall

Thursday, 06.04.2015 / 12:14 PM / News Staff

TSN hockey insider Bob McKenzie was named the 2015 winner of the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award for excellence in hockey journalism, and Los Angeles Kings radio voice Nick Nickson the winner of the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for outstanding contributions to broadcasting, the Hockey Hall of Fame announced Thursday.

McKenzie, 58, began contributing to TSN in 1987 while he was editor-in-chief of The Hockey News. He also was a longtime columnist for The Toronto Star.

"There's a reason life-long hockey writer, broadcaster and author Bob McKenzie has a million Twitter followers. There's a reason he is known affectionately by his colleagues in the industry as 'The Godfather.' And that reason is simple: There is no more authoritative voice in the game of hockey than McKenzie's voice," Scott Burnside, president of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association, said in a statement.

U.S. names Ron Wilson coach for 2016 World Juniors

Thursday, 06.04.2015 / 11:40 AM / News

Evan Sporer - Staff Writer

Ron Wilson was named coach of the 2016 United States National Junior Team on Thursday.

The 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship will take place Dec. 26-Jan. 5 in Helsinki, Finland. The United States has won a medal at the World Juniors in four of the past seven years, including gold in 2010 and 2013.

"There's been a few opportunities for me to jump in, but I never thought I was really ready," Wilson said. "After this year's World Championships, I started to think, 'Jeez, why wouldn't I want to be the coach of the U.S. World Junior National Team?' I think it would be a great experience, the only experience I haven't had in hockey."

Capitals forward Eric Fehr has elbow surgery

Thursday, 06.04.2015 / 10:54 AM / News

Forward Eric Fehr had successful elbow surgery Wednesday, the Washington Capitals said.

"According to the doctors who performed the surgery, if rehabilitation goes well, Eric will be healthy for the start of the 2015-16 regular season," the Capitals said in a statement.

Fehr can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

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.

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