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D-men Gonchar, Zidlicky want to play in NHL in '15-16

Monday, 06.01.2015 / 11:05 PM / News

Veteran defensemen Sergei Gonchar and Marek Zidlicky each would like to play in the NHL for at least one more season.

"Had a meeting with Marek Zidlicky over the weekend," agent Allan Walsh tweeted Monday. "He is 100 percent committed to playing in the NHL next season."

Zidlicky, 38, had 27 points in 84 games with the New Jersey Devils and Detroit Red Wings this season. He had three goals and eight assists in 21 games with the Red Wings after he was traded in early March but no points in six Stanley Cup Playoff games.

Gonchar, 41, told TVA Sports he intends to play one more NHL season. He had one goal, 13 assists and a plus-6 rating in 48 games for the Dallas Stars and Montreal Canadiens this season.

Farrish: Lightning's Bowness key against Blackhawks

Monday, 06.01.2015 / 9:00 PM / Lightning vs Blackhawks - 2015 Stanley Cup Final

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

In breaking down the coaching matchup in the Stanley Cup Final, former NHL assistant coach Dave Farrish concluded that the X-factor for the Tampa Bay Lightning could be the guy standing next to coach Jon Cooper behind the bench.

Farrish is talking about associate coach Rick Bowness, who was on Alain Vigneault's staff with the Vancouver Canucks during the heyday of their Stanley Cup Playoff rivalry with the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Canucks and Blackhawks played each other in three straight postseasons (2009-11). Vancouver lost to Chicago in 2009 and 2010 but won their first-round series in seven games in 2011.

"Rick has had a lot of experience in the West with Vancouver, so he's got a pretty good track record," Farrish said. "I'm sure Cooper will be leaning heavily on Rick."

Blackhawks have plan for big goalies like Bishop

Monday, 06.01.2015 / 8:15 PM / Lightning vs Blackhawks - 2015 Stanley Cup Final

Brian Hedger - Correspondent

CHICAGO -- Almost as impressive as advancing to the Stanley Cup Final three times in six seasons is the list of big goalies the Chicago Blackhawks have defeated in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in that span.

The Blackhawks, who will play the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 1 of the Cup Final on Wednesday at Amalie Arena (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports), hope to add a new one to the list: 6-foot-7, 209-pound Ben Bishop.

To do so, Chicago plans to stick to its usual game plan, captain Jonathan Toews said.

"I've definitely watched quite a bit these playoffs, and we know [the Lightning are] fast and skilled, they play a good team game," Toews said Monday before the Blackhawks traveled to Tampa. "[Their defensemen join] the play, great goaltending ... we know they don't have a whole lot of weaknesses. I think we'll have to be prepared for that and do as we normally do: talk about making things difficult on their goaltender, getting to him and making them play in their own end."

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