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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).

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.

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