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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

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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."

Desjardins: Blackhawks must play full 60 in Game 4

Andrew Desjardins - Special to NHL.com

Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Desjardins will be blogging for NHL.com periodically throughout the Stanley Cup Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning. In this edition, he explains what it's like to take the ice after scoring a goal only to allow one quickly afterward, as the Blackhawks did in the third period of Game 3.

CHICAGO -- It started off great.

I thought after they (the Lightning) came out hard at first, we had a really good first period. We did a good job getting pucks to the net with 19 shots on goal, and that was a positive to come out of it.

There were a lot of good things in that game for us. We did a good job on special teams, had a huge 5-on-3 penalty kill, got a big power-play goal. But it's a 60-minute game, and you've got to play for 60 minutes. You can't have those lapses.

One of them came after [Brandon] Saad gave us the lead 2-1 in the third and the building was going nuts.

I was sent out for the next shift, and we gave up the lead 13 seconds later [on Ondrej Palat's goal].

Obviously you don't want that to happen. Those are crucial times.

Garrison: We passed another test with Game 3 win

Tuesday, 06.09.2015 / 1:23 AM / Player's Blog with the Lightning's Jason Garrison

Jason Garrison - Special to NHL.com

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Jason Garrison will be blogging for NHL.com periodically throughout the Stanley Cup Final. In this edition, he talks about the Lightning's 3-2 victory against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 3.

CHICAGO -- Coming to Chicago, you kind of know that it's a tough building to play in; it's super loud, especially during the anthem. So there was some talk in our room about trying to make sure we silence the crowd as soon as possible by getting a good start to the game.

We were able to do that with Ryan Callahan's goal early in the first period. But the Blackhawks had a span in that first period when they were definitely in their rhythm and putting it to us pretty well. We were at least able to maintain it, and after the first period we played more of our game more of the time. We came in waves. We had our chances. They had their chances.

This was a very good test for our team and we did a good job with it, we passed. It's pretty impressive how we do keep passing these tests that are thrown our way.

Lightning goalie Bishop stellar after pregame doubt

Tuesday, 06.09.2015 / 1:17 AM / Lightning vs Blackhawks - 2015 Stanley Cup Final

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

CHICAGO -- One day soon, after this Stanley Cup Final is in the books, Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper will publicly discuss goalie Ben Bishop's mystery injury, which has become the talk of the series against the Chicago Blackhawks.

What Cooper says at that time might make heads turn because this injury, assuming there is one, of course, could very well be severe enough that people will wonder how Bishop could have possibly played through it.

No matter what the reaction will be at that time, it still might pale in comparison to the impression Bishop left on the series in Game 3 on Monday at United Center.

Blackhawks' killer instinct deserts them in Game 3

Tuesday, 06.09.2015 / 1:08 AM / Lightning vs Blackhawks - 2015 Stanley Cup Final

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks have a proven killer instinct. Unfortunately, it deserted them at precisely the wrong time in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final at United Center.

You don't win the Stanley Cup twice since 2010 without knowing how to keep an opponent down upon gaining an advantage. But if the Blackhawks have designs on claiming the Cup for the third time in six years, they can't allow the Tampa Bay Lightning to steal another game, as the visitors did in a 3-2 win Monday.

"This one's frustrating right now," Chicago goalie Corey Crawford said. "We did a lot of good things; got up in the third period …"

Yes, the Hawks did get up in the third period; they scored what appeared to be a backbreaking goal by Brandon Saad at 4:14, giving Chicago its first lead of the game at 2-1 and turning United Center into its famous alter ego, the "Madhouse on Madison."

But 13 seconds later, Tampa Bay's Ondrej Palat shoveled a loose puck past Crawford to tie the game 2-2.

Another quick goal against hurts Blackhawks in loss

Tuesday, 06.09.2015 / 1:05 AM / Lightning vs Blackhawks - 2015 Stanley Cup Final

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks' habit of allowing a goal soon after scoring one has been a problem in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and it was a big reason they lost Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final 3-2 to the Tampa Bay Lightning at United Center on Monday.

Lightning forward Ondrej Palat scored 13 seconds after forward Brandon Saad gave the Blackhawks a 2-1 lead early in the third period, and the Lightning scored with 3:11 left to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-7 series.

"I think for sure, after you grab momentum after a big goal, you want to try and continue with that," Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford said. "To give one right back is obviously not what we want, but stuff happens. We've got to try and get past it."

Howe 'comfortable' after stem-cell treatment: report

Tuesday, 06.09.2015 / 12:59 AM / News

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Gordie Howe is "comfortable and happy" after he received a second stem-cell treatment at a clinic in Mexico on Monday, The Hockey News reported.

Howe, 87, had a series of strokes in 2014, including a major one in October.

"Our dad continues to participate in a clinical trial where stem cells are being used in the treatment of a stroke," son Murray Howe told The Hockey News. "We'd like to wait until the first phase of that clinical trial is complete before providing any more updates. At this time, our dad is comfortable and happy. That remains our goal. We want to thank everyone for their ongoing support for Mr. Hockey."

Maple Leafs open to trading players, maybe Kessel

Monday, 06.08.2015 / 7:35 PM / News

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Toronto Maple Leafs assistant general manager Kyle Dubas said Monday that trade talks were furthered at the NHL Scouting Combine, and reports are that forward Phil Kessel is involved.

"Last week at the Combine, we started to have a lot more conversation with other teams, and chatter starts to pick up; that's just the way it goes," Dubas said. "… I didn't know that until we got there last week, and you start to feel your way around and start to see that other teams are starting to talk now that the [NHL Draft] is coming up, the salary cap is starting to be set."

The combine for draft prospects, held in Buffalo, ended Saturday. Sportsnet reported trade discussions for Kessel picked up over the weekend, and that the Maple Leafs could be seeking draft picks and prospects for the 27-year-old right wing.

Dubas was asked about Kessel twice during a media availability Monday but did not address him specifically.

"In any trade we are talking about -- and I won't get into specific players and rumors -- any trade that were going to be making, we're going to be looking to add as much as we can back to the organization," Dubas said. "That's not to say we won't be looking for good present-day players. We can't just lose year after year. That's not the plan to lose, that just brings up our players in a losing environment and that's not good."

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