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Video- Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman Met With The Media Today

Steve Yzerman on the season and playoffs.


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Video- Plays Of The Week

Take 5 minutes of your time and watch the great plays from the past week in the Stanley Cup Playoffs,


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NHL Network Broadcast Coverage Of The Stanley Cup Final

May 24, 2018 – Following a commanding Game 7 win by the Eastern Conference champion Washington Capitals, NHL Network today announced its 2018 Stanley Cup Final coverage plans, featuring more than 70 hours of live programming from Las Vegas, NV and Washington, DC. NHL Network’s comprehensive on-site coverage begins with Media Day this Sunday, May 27.

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Your Stanley Cup Final Picks

How did you do with your Conference Final picks? I don't even want to discuss mine!

Who are you picking to win the Stanley Cup?

The Vegas Golden Knights have home ice advantage (6-1 at home thru the first three rounds) but remember the Washington Capitals have an 8-2 road record during the post-season.

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Evander Kane Re-Signing Is Official

SAN JOSE, CA - San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) General Manager Doug Wilsonannounced today that the club has re-signed Forward Evander Kane (@evanderkane_9) to a seven-year contract extension. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"At only 26 years old, Evander has established himself as one of hockey's true power forwards and an impact player," said Wilson. "We think his abilities mesh perfectly with our group of skilled, young players and veteran leaders. It's extremely heartening to have Evander join a trend of elite players who have chosen to remain in San Jose. It speaks volumes as to how players view this organization and further illustrates the continued commitment to our fans by our owner Hasso Plattner."

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Video- Top 10 Plays From The NHL Conference Finals

Just south of 6 minutes long.


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About The San Jose Sharks Signing Evander Kane

from Paul Gackle of the Mercury News,

According to multiple reports, the team is close to finalizing a contract with free-agent-to-be Evander Kane. The deal, expected to pay $49 million over seven years, is another step in the passing of the torch from Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau to a new generation of players.

While the longterm commitment to Kane is raising eyebrows because of the forward’s checkered past, it’s a deal the Sharks absolutely need to make.

The Sharks are attempting to pull off an extaordinarily difficult trick in the NHL’s salary-cap era: transition from one core to another while maintaining status as perennial Stanley Cup contender. It’s difficult to replace all-star players such as Thornton and Marleau without falling down.

But the Sharks managed to capitalize on a market inefficiency related to Kane. His questionable reputation enabled them to get him for a bargain price at the trade deadline — a first round pick, a fourth-round pick, and Danny O’Regan. With this contract, they’ve essentially replaced Marleau with a player 12 years younger and not much more expensive (less than $350,000) than Marleau was in the final year of his contract with the Sharks.


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Destiny Denied

from Tom Jones of the Tampa Bay Times,

This one stings. And it will ache for a long time. Maybe forever in these parts.

Another chance for a Stanley Cup. Another disappointment. As the Lightning skated off the ice after losing Wednesday night's Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final, it was hard to recall a more somber ending in Lightning history.

The ending was so gloomy only because everything that happened before it looked so promising.

This felt like a season of destiny, a season that would end with captain Steven Stamkos lifting the Stanley Cup over his head. Almost as soon as it began, back in October, the Lightning quickly showed all the signs of a team that could win it all. Scoring and defense. Veteran leadership and energetic youth. An elite goalie, a smart head coach and a thrifty general manager.

The Lightning had it all.


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Videos- The Post-Game Talk From The Washington Capitals

Braden Holtby and Alex Ovechkin post-game media session.



Below, watch head coach Barry Trotz with the media Q & A and Nicklas Backstrom and Andre Burakovsky too.

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Postgame Talk From The Tampa Side

from Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times,

Here are some postgame reactions:

Lightning captain Steven Stamkos on the season-ending loss:

"It really sinks in (Thursday), that feeling when you wake up and you think you are just going to keep playing. We've been in that mentality, working extremely hard here for these three rounds and now it's over. It's just a very disappointing, gut-wrenching feeling knowing how special this group was and not ending the way we wanted it to."

Stamkos on the back-to-back shutouts:

"You can't expect to win at this time of the year if you can't score. We have to give them some credit. That's a very good team over there. Their goaltender (Braden Holtby) played extremely well the last two games, and we probably felt how they felt for a couple of those games when (Andrei Vasilevskiy) stole some from them. We have to find a way, our line included, to score 5-on-5. This whole series, the team that won the series probably had the more consistent play 5-on-5 and they played well."

Defenseman Victor Hedman on if he thought this was the Lightning's year to win it all:

"You hope every year it's going to be the year, but we have a special group in here, there's no question about that. We've battled through adversity and tough losses, down in big holes, especially in this series, and we were able to come back and win three straight with two chances to win the series. It's tough when you don't score goals. I think today was the game we generated more scoring chances and it's just tough not to see any of those go in."

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added 7:58am, Watch postgame reaction from the Tampa side below.

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