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Garrison: Game 6 can go Lightning's way

Jason Garrison - Special to

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Jason Garrison will be blogging for periodically throughout the Stanley Cup Final. In this edition, he reflects on a 2-1 loss against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 5.

TAMPA -- Well, Game 6 on Monday is a must-win. It's about as simple as that.

It's obviously been close games every game, one-goal games, you can be on either side of it, but this is a tough one to lose tonight and definitely a tough one to put behind you. But we've got to be able to do that, to try to move forward as best as we can, and really just focus on the next one.

The next one is a must-win.

Desjardins: Game 5 was our best effort of Final

Andrew Desjardins - Special to

Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Desjardins will be blogging for periodically throughout the Stanley Cup Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning. In this edition, he provides his thoughts on Chicago's 2-1 victory in Game 5.

TAMPA -- I thought that was our best game of the series.

We played a pretty sound game. After every other game of the series I could think of a bunch of things we needed to improve on, but I can't really think of one after this game.

Still, we know we can be better.

Resilient Blackhawks are one win from another Cup

Sunday, 06.14.2015 / 1:10 AM / Lightning vs Blackhawks - 2015 Stanley Cup Final

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

TAMPA -- The Stanley Cup has long been considered the hardest trophy in all of sports to win. The Chicago Blackhawks are raising the bar on its degree of difficulty.

The fact that the Blackhawks have survived through every piece of adversity they've faced in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs and are in position to win their third Stanley Cup championship in six seasons with a victory in Game 6 of the Final on Monday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports) is a testament not only to their experience, but also to their conditioning, coaching and depth.

Consider what the Blackhawks have done to date in the playoffs. Take in its totality and try not to be impressed, and quite frankly, amazed that their 2-1 victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena on Saturday has them on the brink of what may very well be looked at as a modern-day NHL dynasty.

Lightning's Kucherov leaves Game 5, status unknown

Sunday, 06.14.2015 / 1:01 AM / Lightning vs Blackhawks - 2015 Stanley Cup Final

Corey Masisak - Staff Writer

TAMPA -- Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov did not return to Game 5 of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final on Saturday after he was injured crashing into the Chicago Blackhawks net early in the first period.

Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper did not have an update on Kucherov after the 2-1 loss.

"Actually I thought he was coming back [in the game]," Cooper said. "I just got word he wasn't going to come back. I don't know. He'll be evaluated probably tonight and tomorrow."

Kucherov is second on the Lightning in goals (10), assists (12), points (22), power-play goals (three) and game-winning goals (three) in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Game 6 is at United Center on Monday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports). Tampa Bay trails the best-of-7 series 3-2.

Vermette overcame tough transition to Blackhawks

Sunday, 06.14.2015 / 12:56 AM / Lightning vs Blackhawks - 2015 Stanley Cup Final

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

TAMPA -- Chicago Blackhawks center Antoine Vermette is making up for lost time in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Vermette was acquired from the Arizona Coyotes near the 2015 NHL Trade Deadline to be a difference maker. For 19 regular-season games he was anything but, managing three assists.

But the postseason has been a different story.

Vermette scored his fourth goal of the playoffs Wednesday against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena in Game 5 of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final. Vermette put home the rebound of a Kris Versteeg shot two minutes into the third period to provide the winning margin in a 2-1 game.

It was Vermette's third game-winning goal this postseason and second of this series. He scored the game-winner in a 2-1 victory in Game 1 here on June 3.

Manchester defeats Utica to win Calder Cup

Sunday, 06.14.2015 / 12:08 AM / News

Patrik Bartosak made 31 saves and the Manchester Monarchs won the American Hockey League's Calder Cup with a 2-1 win against the Utica Comets in Game 5 of the 2015 Calder Cup Finals in Utica, N.Y., on Saturday.

Manchester, the AHL affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings, won the best-of-7 series 4-1 in its final AHL season.

Adrian Kempe and Vincent LoVerde scored in the first period for the Monarchs.

Manchester forward Jordan Weal was named most valuable player of the 2015 Calder Cup Playoffs. Weal, the Kings' third-round pick (No. 70) at the 2010 NHL Draft, had 10 goals and 12 assists in 19 playoff games.

“It’s awesome. We’ve been working so hard all year," Weal told LA Kings Insider. "We have such a great group of guys. To be able to win it with a group like this, it’s so much fun. We wanted this so bad; we wanted it real bad. ... We have so many competitors in our dressing room. Every practice, we’re battling against each other to make each other better, and that’s why we were the best."

Canadiens agree to terms with defenseman Beaulieu

Saturday, 06.13.2015 / 8:45 PM / News

MONTREALNathan Beaulieu will be looking to earn a little more action when training camp kicks off in September.

Four years after being nabbed in the first round at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Nathan Beaulieu has earned a permanent spot in the Canadiens dressing room. Having spent parts of the last three seasons trekking back and forth between Montreal and Hamilton, the 22-year-old blue-liner has finally left the AHL in the rearview mirror and is now focused on making his mark with the big club.

“It took a lot of patience. It was a journey. I had to play a little time in the American League and I had to grow aspects of my game. It was a process and I feel like now I’ve grown into an NHL player,” shared Beaulieu via conference call from his home in London, ON, after inking a two-year deal with the Canadiens. “The biggest thing I learned is the focus you have to have, shift in and shift out. Every time you step on the ice, you have to be prepared and you have to be on your game. You can’t get away with having a lackadaisical shift.

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Lightning goalie Bishop starts Game 5; Drouin in

Saturday, 06.13.2015 / 8:25 PM / Lightning vs Blackhawks - 2015 Stanley Cup Final

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

TAMPA -- Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop started Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Chicago Blackhawks at Amalie Arena.

Bishop took part in warmups, and after the morning skate said he was progressing from an undisclosed injury that prevented him from playing in Game 4. Backup Andrei Vasilevskiy, 20, made his first Stanley Cup Playoff start and made 17 saves in a 2-1 loss that tied the best-of-7 series 2-2.

Ducks get permission to speak with MacLean: report

Saturday, 06.13.2015 / 7:37 PM / News

The Anaheim Ducks have been granted permission by the Ottawa Senators to speak with Paul MacLean about their vacant assistant coaching job, ESPN's Pierre LeBrun reported Saturday.

MacLean was fired as Senators coach on Dec. 8 after an 11-11-5 start. He was 114-90-35 from 2011-14 with Ottawa before being replaced by Dave Cameron.

Anaheim, which lost to the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference Final in seven games, fired assistant coach Brad Lauer last Tuesday.

Ducks' Thompson to miss 5-6 months after surgery

Saturday, 06.13.2015 / 9:34 AM / News

Anaheim Ducks forward Nate Thompson had successful surgery to repair two labral tears in his shoulder and will miss the next 5-6 months, the Ducks announced Friday.

Thompson, 30, had five goals and 18 points in 80 regular-season games in his first season with the Ducks. He had two goals and six points in 12 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

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