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Lightning must stick to what's worked vs. Stars in Game 6 of Cup Final

Cookson says forecheck in offensive, neutral zones key to Tampa Bay's series lead

by Rob Cookson / Special to NHL.com

The Coaches Room is a regular feature throughout the 2019-20 season by former NHL coaches and assistants who turn their critical gaze to the game and explain it through the lens of a teacher. Rob Zettler and Rob Cookson will take turns providing insight throughout the Stanley Cup Final.

In this edition, Cookson, a former video coach with the Philadelphia Flyers and former assistant with the Ottawa Senators and Calgary Flames, breaks down Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Dallas Stars on Saturday and looks ahead to Game 6 at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Monday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS).

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Stars defense, discipline must improve in Game 4 of Stanley Cup Final

Zettler says better power play also vital in bid to even series against Lightning

by Rob Zettler / Special to NHL.com

The Coaches Room is a regular feature throughout the 2019-20 season by former NHL coaches and assistants who turn their critical gaze to the game and explain it through the lens of a teacher. Rob Zettler and Rob Cookson will take turns providing insight throughout the Stanley Cup Final.

In this edition, Zettler, former assistant with the San Jose Sharks, breaks down Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final, a 5-2 win by the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday, and looks ahead to Game 4 from the Dallas Stars' perspective.

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Lightning power play could be key in Game 3 of Stanley Cup Final

Cookson says continued effort from Game 2 can spark bid for series lead against Stars

by Rob Cookson / Special to NHL.com

The Coaches Room is a regular feature throughout the 2019-20 season by former NHL coaches and assistants who turn their critical gaze to the game and explain it through the lens of a teacher. Rob Zettler and Rob Cookson will take turns providing insight throughout the Stanley Cup Final.

In this edition, Cookson, a former video coach with the Philadelphia Flyers and former assistant with the Ottawa Senators and Calgary Flames, breaks down Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Dallas Stars and looks ahead to Game 3 at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS). The best-of-7 series is tied 1-1.

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Lightning need better start against Stars in Game 2 of Stanley Cup Final

Zettler says Tampa Bay has plenty to build on from third period of opener vs. Dallas

by Rob Zettler / Special to NHL.com

The Coaches Room is a regular feature throughout the 2019-20 season by former NHL coaches and assistants who turn their critical gaze to the game and explain it through the lens of a teacher. Rob Zettler and Rob Cookson will take turns providing insight throughout the Stanley Cup Final.

In this edition, Zettler, former assistant with the San Jose Sharks, breaks down Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, looking at it from the Tampa Bay Lightning's point of view after a 4-1 loss to the Dallas Stars.

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Bowness' knowledge of Lightning could give Stars edge in Cup Final

Cookson says coach's insight on former team may be key to championship

by Rob Cookson / Special to NHL.com

The Coaches Room is a regular feature throughout the 2019-20 season by former NHL coaches and assistants who turn their critical gaze to the game and explain it through the lens of a teacher. Rob Zettler and Rob Cookson will take turns providing insight throughout the remainder of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

In this edition, Cookson, a former video coach with the Philadelphia Flyers and former assistant with the Ottawa Senators and Calgary Flames, looks ahead to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Dallas Stars at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Saturday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS).
 

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Lightning must stick to system in Game 6 of East Final against Islanders

Tampa Bay had more scoring chances than New York, can't let Varlamov affect them

by Rob Cookson / Special to NHL.com

The Coaches Room is a regular feature throughout the 2019-20 season by former NHL coaches and assistants who turn their critical gaze to the game and explain it through the lens of a teacher. Rob Zettler and Rob Cookson will take turns providing insight throughout the remainder of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

In this edition, Cookson, a former video coach with the Philadelphia Flyers and former assistant with the Ottawa Senators and Calgary Flames, breaks down Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final between the Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Islanders, and suggests adjustments each team might make heading into Game 6 at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Thursday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS).

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Stars used depth to reach Stanley Cup Final by defeating Golden Knights

Zettler says Dallas showed enough grit to do dirty work in Game 5 victory

by Rob Zettler / Special to NHL.com

The Coaches Room is a regular feature throughout the 2019-20 season by former NHL coaches and assistants who turn their critical gaze to the game and explain it through the lens of a teacher. Rob Zettler and Rob Cookson will take turns providing insight throughout the remainder of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

In this edition, Zettler, a former assistant with the San Jose Sharks, breaks down Game 5 of the Western Conference Final, taking a look at how the Dallas Stars came back for a 3-2 overtime victory against the Vegas Golden Knights to win the series and earn a trip to the Stanley Cup Final.

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Islanders need adjustments in Game 5 to extend East Final vs. Lightning

New York has to get more from top players, defend Tampa Bay rush attacks better

by Rob Cookson / Special to NHL.com

The Coaches Room is a regular feature throughout the 2019-20 season by former NHL coaches and assistants who turn their critical gaze to the game and explain it through the lens of a teacher. Rob Zettler and Rob Cookson will take turns providing insight throughout the remainder of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

In this edition, Cookson, a former video coach with the Philadelphia Flyers and former assistant with the Ottawa Senators and Calgary Flames, breaks down Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final between the Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Islanders, and suggests adjustments each team might make heading into Game 5 at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS).

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Golden Knights must make it harder on Stars in Game 5 of West Final

Zettler says Vegas needs more traffic in front of Khudobin to avoid elimination

by Rob Zettler / Special to NHL.com

The Coaches Room is a regular feature throughout the 2019-20 season by former NHL coaches and assistants who turn their critical gaze to the game and explain it through the lens of a teacher. Rob Zettler and Rob Cookson will take turns providing insight throughout the remainder of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

In this edition, Zettler, former assistant with the San Jose Sharks, breaks down Game 4 of the Western Conference Final, taking a look at why the Vegas Golden Knights are struggling to score and a big reason why Dallas Stars goalie Anton Khudobin has been so good in this series heading into Game 5 at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Monday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS).

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Golden Knights likely to stay course in Game 4 of West Final vs. Stars

Zettler says Golden Knights could slow Stars defensemen, shoot higher in bid to even West Final

by Rob Zettler / Special to NHL.com

The Coaches Room is a regular feature throughout the 2019-20 season by former NHL coaches and assistants who turn their critical gaze to the game and explain it through the lens of a teacher. Rob Zettler and Rob Cookson will take turns providing insight throughout the remainder of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

In this edition, Zettler, former assistant with the San Jose Sharks, breaks down Game 3 of the Western Conference Final, including subtle adjustments the Vegas Golden Knights could make heading into Game 4 at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS).

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