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Desjardins: 'Pretty frustrated' losing goal hit his stick

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 explains what it felt like for the Lightning to win Game 2 on a shot that went in off his stick.

TAMPA -- It's not the outcome that we wanted, but I think there's a few good things that we can take out of it. Then we just have to prepare. It might be a long series, so we can't get too down. It's good to be angry a little bit that we didn't come out with the win, but take some stuff out of there and build for the next game.

We're going back to Chicago, going back home, so we just have to be prepared.

But some of the things I think we can build on is I thought our puck movement was a little bit better in Game 2 than it was in Game 1. I think we had a little bit more speed through the neutral zone. We got one on the power play, which is big. In the offensive zone we had a little bit more movement, kept pucks alive a little bit more, and I thought we got around the net. We got some more dangerous shots around the net, and in the first game I didn't think there was too much around the net; we didn't create very much.

Unfortunately, I played a part on the game-winning goal by Jason Garrison, and it was just so frustrating to watch that puck go in the net. But that's hockey.

Garrison: Good to contribute to a victory

Sunday, 06.07.2015 / 12:55 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, he talks about scoring the winning goal in the Lightning's 4-3 victory against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 2.

TAMPA -- I don't want to make this any bigger than it is, so I'll just say that scoring a game-winning goal in the Stanley Cup Final feels good and leave it at that. What feels better, great in fact, is that I was able to get some production to contribute for a win.

As a defenseman you're trying to not get scored against. But whenever you can help out, those are usually big goals. It takes pressure off the forwards. To add that extra one, it seems to help in a game, especially in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

I was just fortunate enough to get a good screen, a good deflection, and sometimes when you put pucks on net they tend to find a way. Really it's just a lot of puck luck. I'll take it, but mainly because it helped to get us a win so we could even this series.

Crawford, Sharp accept blame for Blackhawks loss

Sunday, 06.07.2015 / 12:42 AM / Lightning vs Blackhawks - 2015 Stanley Cup Final

Corey Masisak - Staff Writer

TAMPA -- Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford and forward Patrick Sharp each wanted to assume some blame Saturday following a 4-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 2 of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena.

Crawford was not happy with either of the two goals he allowed in the second period, and the Lightning scored the game-winning goal on the second of back-to-back penalties by Sharp in the third.

"It's frustrating. I felt good, but it's not good enough," Crawford said. "Especially when we get momentum, we score a big goal on the power play (to go up 2-1), and they come back with those two. We showed character again, we almost came back, we tied it. Tough bounce on their power-play goal, but it was close. We came back, it was close. I can't let that happen again."

Vasilevskiy steps in for Bishop, leads Lightning to win

Sunday, 06.07.2015 / 12:37 AM / Lightning vs Blackhawks - 2015 Stanley Cup Final

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

TAMPA -- Andrei Vasilevskiy has had a few dreams about winning his first game in the Stanley Cup Final, but it is unlikely that even the wildest of those resembled what transpired Saturday at Amalie Arena.

Vasilevskiy, who twice replaced starter Ben Bishop for undisclosed reasons in the third period of Game 2, became the first goalie in 24 years to win a Final game in relief when the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 in Game 2 to even the best-of-7 series at 1-1.

He also became the first goalie to earn his first career playoff win in relief in the Final since Lester Patrick, then the coach of the New York Rangers, did so in 1928.

Blackhawks hope to get Toews, Kane going in Game 3

Sunday, 06.07.2015 / 12:18 AM / Lightning vs Blackhawks - 2015 Stanley Cup Final

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

TAMPA -- Two games almost never feels like an eternity, but it can when you're in the Stanley Cup Final.

Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville, in an attempt to get his top two offensive players going, began the third period of Game 2 of the Final on Saturday with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane split up, the way they were most of the season.

At the time, neither Toews nor Kane had registered a point in the series.

The result of the switch was almost immediately positive. The final overall result, however, was not.

Toews set up Brent Seabrook for a goal at 3:38 of the third period that tied the game 3-3 for his first point of the series, but Jason Garrison put the Tampa Bay Lightning ahead 4-3 five minutes later, and that proved to be the winning goal, tying the series 1-1 heading into Game 3 in Chicago on Monday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

"It is something we saw coming," Toews said of the line change. "I think we had a lot of puck possession, but I don't think we quite got to the inside as much early in the game. [Marian Hossa] jumps on our line, and we finally score. Sometimes a quick change like that will make things click. If you keep working for offense, we know it is going to come."

Lightning answer challenge, as usual, in Game 2

Sunday, 06.07.2015 / 12:06 AM / Lightning vs Blackhawks - 2015 Stanley Cup Final

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

TAMPA -- This is what the Tampa Bay Lightning do.

They fight back. They respond. They answer all the questions after a Game 1 loss about if they're good enough, strong enough, and most important, experienced enough. They do all of it while keeping an air of confidence that suggests cockiness but isn't. It's more swagger than anything else, and it comes from their extremely positive and somewhat brash coach.

They do it all, and then they go out and win Game 2 as if they knew they were going to all along, as if they planned it this way.

It happened in the Eastern Conference First Round. It happened in the conference final. It happened again on the NHL's biggest stage Saturday.

The Lightning beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 at Amalie Arena to improve to 4-0 with 21 goals in Game 2s in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. More important, they tied the Stanley Cup Final at 1-1.

Devils coach Hynes, Stevens to talk next week: report

Saturday, 06.06.2015 / 11:28 PM / News

New Jersey Devils coach John Hynes will meet with Scott Stevens next week, general manager Ray Shero told on Saturday.

Stevens on Wednesday said he would be interested in remaining on the Devils coaching staff as an assistant. He finished this season as co-coach with Adam Oates and Lou Lamoriello.

"It's still in the infancy stages of it," Hynes, in Buffalo for the NHL Scouting Combine, told the website of building his staff, not speaking specifically of Stevens. "We talked a little bit about it, but I think this week we'll really hunker down on it and try to have some more serious discussion on what we want."

Stevens, 51, was captain of the Devils' three Stanley Cup championship teams and served as an assistant coach and special assignment coach prior to becoming co-coach on Dec. 26 after coach Peter DeBoer was fired.

Manchester tops Utica in Game 1 of Calder Cup Finals

Saturday, 06.06.2015 / 9:21 PM / News

Michael Mersch scored his second goal of the game 4:10 into overtime to give the Manchester Monarchs a 3-2 win against the Utica Comets in Game 1 of the 2015 Calder Cup Finals in Manchester, N.H., on Saturday.

Manchester, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings, outshot Utica, the Vancouver Canucks' affiliate, 37-17.

Eichel highlights results from NHL Scouting Combine

Saturday, 06.06.2015 / 8:07 PM / 2015 NHL Draft

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

BUFFALO -- Boston University center Jack Eichel showed he has a fitness level to match his tremendous on-ice skills at the 2015 NHL Scouting Combine in Buffalo on Saturday.

Eichel, NHL Central Scouting's No. 2-ranked North American skater for the 2015 NHL Draft, finished in the top 10 among all prospects at the fitness testing in seven categories.

Among his top accomplishments was lasting 12 minutes and 15 seconds on the VO2 Max bike test, which measures a player's endurance. The only player to match Eichel was Gatineau Olympiques center Iakov Trenin. Seattle Thunderbirds right wing Keegan Kolesar stayed on for 12:01, and Portland Winterhawks left wing Paul Bittner and center Joel Eriksson Ek of Frolunda of the Swedish Hockey League tied for fourth at 12 minutes.

Eichel bests McDavid at 2015 NHL Scouting Combine

Saturday, 06.06.2015 / 3:38 PM / 2015 NHL Draft

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

BUFFALO -- Erie Otters center Connor McDavid and Boston University center Jack Eichel went head-to-head on the ice at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.

On Saturday they had another chance to see who was better during the fitness testing portion of the 2015 NHL Scouting Combine.

Eichel got the best of McDavid in five of the six tests that posted results: Standing long jump, vertical jump, pro-agility test, bench press and pull-ups. Eichel also lasted longer than McDavid on the VO2 Max stationary bike on Friday. That test measures a player's endurance and stamina.

McDavid and Eichel didn't hesitate when asked which of the nine tests Saturday offered the greatest challenge.

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