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Stanley Cup Final

Fleury, pursuing Cup with Golden Knights, impressed as teenager

Junior coach not surprised 'aggressive goalie' going for fourth title

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

It's a story that Pascal Vincent says tells a great deal about Marc-Andre Fleury, from the 2000-01 season when Vincent was coaching Cape Breton of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and Fleury, now the starting goaltender for the Vegas Golden Knights, was his 16-year-old rookie.

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Stanley Cup drought for Canada reaches 25 years

With Jets eliminated in Western Final, no Canadian team has won title since Montreal in 1993

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

MONTREAL -- Famously, at one point during the Montreal Canadiens' run of four consecutive Stanley Cup championships from 1976-79, the city's mayor issued a press release that today sounds cocky, but at the time was simply a matter of fact.

"The Canadiens' Stanley Cup parade," Mayor Jean Drapeau announced, "will follow the usual route."

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Jets have super fan in Canadian rock star

The Guess Who frontman Cummings pulling for hometown team in Game 7 against Predators

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

Burton Cummings was on the phone from Los Angeles on Wednesday, walking his Jack Russell terrier. "It's very hot, about 97 degrees," the Canadian music legend said. 

It will likely be hotter, at least on the fan thermometer, in Cummings' hometown of Winnipeg on Thursday, and in Nashville, where Game 7 of the Western Conference Second Round will be played at Bridgestone Arena (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS).

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Round 2

Bruins stunned to see promising season end in Game 5 against Lightning

Eliminated in second round after finishing one point out of first in Eastern Conference

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

TAMPA -- The Boston Bruins' season was piled bag after bag onto a cart in the hallway outside their Amalie Arena dressing room, soon to be loaded into a truck for a trip to the airport and a flight home.

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Round 2

Lightning coach, facing Bruins in playoffs, has sentimental ties to them

Cooper, one win from eliminating Boston, was big fan of Orr, Bourque as kid

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

TAMPA -- Jon Cooper cherishes his battered 1974 Bobby Orr hockey card, collected when he was a boy, later signed in ballpoint pen in the mid-1980s by the legendary Boston Bruins defenseman in Vancouver and preserved by the Tampa Bay Lightning coach since that day in a small gold frame.

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Stanley Cup beer-can 'replica' shows Lightning fans' thirst for trophy

Brothers display creation at Tampa festival during Game 4 victory against Bruins

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

TAMPA -- Brothers Brian, William and Patrick Watters say it took them a few months to collect the raw material required for their homemade Stanley Cup.

Given that these are three thirsty young men who have thirsty friends, that might be a highly inflated figure.

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NHL Insider

Esposito pulling for Lightning against Bruins in second round

Hall of Fame center 'gave birth to' Tampa Bay after winning Cup twice with Boston

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

From 1967-68 into the early days of 1975-76, Phil Esposito enjoyed his greatest NHL seasons with the Boston Bruins in a city he loved with every fiber of his being.

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Jets in good spirits after loss to Predators in Game 2

Young group splits first two of Western series, upbeat heading home

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

NASHVILLE -- The Winnipeg Jets return home a single shot from having a hammerlock on their Western Conference Second Round series against the Nashville Predators, but they'll gladly take a split back to Winnipeg after a thrilling 5-4 double-overtime loss to the Predators in Game 2 at Bridgestone Arena on Sunday.

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Poile hopes next step for Predators is winning Cup

NHL's longest-tenured GM eyeing first championship after Nashville made Final last season

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

NASHVILLE -- With tenure, experience, and a shrewd eye for the NHL Draft and trade market, Nashville Predators general manager David Poile has built a team that has marched inexorably the past few seasons toward the NHL summit. Now, Poile hopes the Predators will take the next step and win their first Stanley Cup.

Nashville won the Presidents' Trophy as the League's best regular-season team in 2017-18. That came on the heels of advancing to the 2017 Stanley Cup Final, which they lost in six games to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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Predators not worried about Game 1 loss to Jets

Outshot Winnipeg 48-19, felt they played 'one of our best' games of season

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

NASHVILLE -- There was no worry in the Nashville Predators dressing room Friday, no matter the 4-1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets in Game 1 of the Western Conference Second Round.

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