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Video- Sights And Sounds, Game 5 Tampa Bay Lightning Against The New York Rangers

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The Salary Cap Issues With The Boston Bruins

from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,

The Bruins have roughly $60.5 million in contracts committed to 15 players for next season, and there’s still a good chance the cap will fall somewhere under $71 based on the NHLPA’s vote on higher escrow and the cap escalator. Last season the players voted against the escalator that chopped $1 million off the salary cap’s upper ceiling, and that same thing could very well happen again this season.

So Sweeney will make phone calls, trade text messages furiously with other GMs and start working toward moving some players around the NHL Draft and opening of free agency on July 1.

A decision on Milan Lucic is at the top of the list for a number of reasons: he can bring the most dynamic assets in return, he carries a $6 million cap hit for this upcoming season before UFA status and much of their offseason strategy would be tailored on whether or not they’ll have No. 17’s intermittently dominant physical presence on the roster.

But other players like Loui Eriksson, Chris Kelly, Dennis Seidenberg and Reilly Smith could, and should, very well be in play for trade talks, and the Bruins would be wise to at least see what’s out there for a 38-year-old Chara. He’s one year removed from being a Norris Trophy finalist and is still a top-pairing defensive stopper, and those players hold value around the NHL as potential game-changing forces . . . even if it’s only for a couple more seasons.

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NHL Short Notes

MONDAY’S RESULT
Home Team in Caps
ANAHEIM 5, Chicago 4 (OT) – ANA leads series 3-2
 
BELESKEY’S OT HEROICS HELP DUCKS SURVIVE BLACKHAWKS’ RALLY
The Blackhawks scored twice in the final two minutes of regulation to force overtime, but Matt Beleskey recorded the winning goal just 45 seconds into the extra period to propel the Ducks to a 3-2 series lead in the Western Conference Final.
 

 
* The Ducks moved within one victory of their third Stanley Cup Final appearance in franchise history (also 2003 and 2007).

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What Will The Dallas Stars Do With Their Goaltending?

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

The Stars’ biggest issue in the summer will probably be sorting out their goaltending _ and there still is plenty of information coming in on that subject.

Kari Lehtonen has three years left on his contract at a cap hit of $5.9 million, but is coming off an uneven season. While he ranked 11th in wins at 34-17-10, he ranked 36th in goals against average at 2.94 and 41st in save percentage at .903. Those are among the worst numbers for No. 1 goalies in the NHL.

So the question of whether or not to change the top of the goalie pyramid is going to be the big issue _ including whether or not the Stars can even move Lehtonen if they so desire.

But there also are decisions to be made at pretty much every single level of goaltending for Dallas. Backup goalie Jhonas Enroth and prospect Jack Campbell both participated in the World Championships, and their performances could also be classified as “uneven.” Meanwhile, prospect Philippe Desrosier has gotten his junior team _ the Rimouski Oceanic _ to the Memorial Cup, but also has had his share of ups and downs this season.

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A Look At Henrik Lundqvist And Ben Bishop Heading Leading Up To Game 6

from Joe McDonald of ESPN,

"It’s a roller coaster of emotions. It goes up and down," Lundqvist said. "You just have to deal with it the best you can, deal with the pressure you put on yourself, expectations you have on you. It just comes down to keeping your focus on what you need to do -- that’s it. Don’t focus on too many other things, especially things you can’t control."

Bishop’s calmness should be bottled and sold over the counter as a sleeping drug.

"You’ve got to treat it like the regular season," he said. "When you play 60-whatever games, you’re going to have some good ones, you’re going to have some bad ones. You’re going to have some unlucky ones, you’re going to have some lucky ones. It’s kind of the same in the playoffs. You can’t put too much emphasis on one game. ... You just can’t look at it in a real short window. You’ve got to look at it big picture, and that’s a big thing. If you treat it like the regular season, where there’s going to be good games and bad games, it’s easier to move on."

What allows two quality goaltenders to remain so calm in a situation such as this?

"It doesn’t get any easier," one NHL goalie coach said. "Certainly, the pressure surrounding the games ramps up as you go through the rounds. In a lot of ways, the game’s almost a little bit easier because everybody is so attentive to blocking shots, picking up your checks, making good, hard plays."

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A One-Year Contract For Ken Hitchcock In St. Louis

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club and Head Coach Ken Hitchcock have agreed on a one-year contract.
  
Hitchcock, 63, was originally named the 24th head coach in Blues history on Nov. 7, 2011.  Since, he has guided the Blues to four straight postseason appearances, three 100-point regular season campaigns and two Central Division championships.  In 2014-15, he captured his second Central Division title with the club, while logging the third-best regular season record in franchise history (51-24-7, 109 pts).

During Hitchcock’s four-year tenure, the Blues have posted the NHL’s best regular season record (175-79-27, .671) and achieved three of the top four regular season records in franchise history.  Hitchcock’s success has landed him second on the club’s all-time wins list and first in terms of points percentage (.671).  Hitchcock has reached several milestones behind the Blues’ bench including Mar. 12, 2015, when he became the fourth coach in NHL history to reach 700 career regular season wins.  In addition, in the Blues’ Central Division-winning 2011-12 campaign, he became just the fourth head coach in franchise history to receive the NHL’s Jack Adams Award as the League’s best coach. 

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A Win Tonight And The Tampa Bay Lightning Are In The Stanley Cup Final

from the CP at TSN,

Steven Stamkos knows what it's like to come close to getting to the Stanley Cup Final and wind up not playing on the NHL's biggest stage.

It happened to the Tampa Bay Lightning four years ago, and the three-time All-Star is determined to not let another opportunity slip away.

After a slow start to the playoffs, the high-scoring team captain helped the speedy Lightning push the New York Rangers to the brink of elimination from the Eastern Conference finals.

Game 6 is Tuesday night at Amalie Arena. A Lightning victory will send Tampa Bay to the Cup finals for the second time in franchise history. And the Rangers are looking to extend the series to a seventh game, which would be played Friday night in New York.

"You kind of have to realize where you are and kind of use that as a little bit of motivation," Stamkos said. "The harsh reality is, some guys in this room may never get the chance to get this far again. Hopefully everybody does, but you never know in this sport."

Stamkos knows first-hand. He and defenseman Victor Hedman are the only players remaining from the Tampa Bay team that came within one victory of playing in the Cup finals in 2011. The Lightning lost Game 7 to Boston 1-0 and didn't win another playoff game until this year.

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Video- Ready For Game 6, Tampa Bay Lightning vs. New York Rangers?

via Sportsnet's YouTube channel,

 

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Coaching Candidates For The New Jersey Devils

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Here's a list of the candidates that I am aware of and where things stand with each of them. There could be others I am not aware of as this is a fluid situation now that Shero has been back in New Jersey for nearly a week following his trip to the Czech Republic for the world championships.

John Hynes: Hynes, 40, just completed his fifth season as head coach of Wilkes Barre-Scranton Penguins in AHL. He directed the team to a 45-24-3-4 record in 2014-15 before it lost to Manchester in five games in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Shero hired Hynes to be the head coach in Wilkes Barre-Scranton when he was the GM in Pittsburgh and has a high opinion of him....

Paul MacLean: The former Ottawa Senators head coach's name came up after Lamoriello fired Pete DeBoer on Dec. 26, but that turned out to be just speculation. Now, Shero does have interest in MacLean, who won the Jack Adams as the NHL's coach of the year in 2012-13. He signed a contract extension the following summer that still has two more seasons left on it, but the Senators soured on him this past season and fired him on Dec. 8. The Senators went on to make the playoffs with Dave Cameron behind their bench....

Dan Bylsma: Shero and Bylsma have a history from working together in Pittsburgh – and both being fired after last season. Although Shero did talk with Bylsma, 44, two weeks ago at the world championships – as he did with Todd McLellan before the former San Jose coach was hired by Edmonton – and the two maintain a solid relationship, it doesn't appear either feels it's a good fit for a reunion in New Jersey at this point....

more on each of the names above plus additional candidates...

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Morning Line- Michale Arace On Mike Babcock

Babcock has the intelligence and fortitude to ignore the copious din that will surround him. He might be the only man in the world who can effect change in Toronto, if he is allowed to do his job. Perhaps, the Leafs will break from their history, and actually let him do it.

-Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch where you can read more on Mike Babcock and the Leafs.

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