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Victor Hedman Wins The Norris Trophy

via the NHL PR department,

Victor Hedman of the Tampa Bay Lightning has won his first career James Norris Memorial Trophy, awarded to the defenseman demonstrating “the greatest all-around ability in the position,” as selected by the Professional Hockey Writers Association.

Hedman was named on 163 of 164 ballots, including 94 first-place votes, in accumulating 1,385 voting points to edge second-place Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings. The 2015-16 Norris Trophy winner found support on 160 ballots, including 52 first-place tallies, for 1,164 points. Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban, the 2012-13 Norris winner, finished third with 565 points.

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Los Angeles Kings Acquire Peter Budaj From The Tampa Bay Lightning

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have acquired goaltender Peter Budaj from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for forward Andy Andreoff, Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake announced today.

The 35-year-old Budaj (born September 18, 1982) is a 6-1, 196-pound native of Banska Bystrika, Slovakia who played in eight games last season with the Lightning, posting a 3-3-1 record, .876 save percentage and a 3.77 goals-against average.

Budaj was with the Kings for two seasons from 2015-2017, appearing in 54 games with a 28-20-3 record, a .916 save percentage, 2.15 goals-against average and seven shutouts.

Drafted in the second-round (63rd overall) by Colorado during the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, Budaj has appeared in 365 games over 12 seasons in the NHL with the Kings, Tampa Bay, Montreal and Colorado, posting a 158-131-40 record, .904 save percentage, 2.69 goals-against average and 18 shutouts.

Andreoff has appeared in 159 games over four seasons with the Kings, posting 24 points (13-11=24) and 214 penalty minutes.

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Tampa Bay Lightning Announce Rick Bowness Relieved Of His Duties And Brad Lauer Moving On

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning today announced that associate coach Rick Bowness has been relieved of his duties and the team has mutually agreed to part ways with assistant coach Brad Lauer, according to vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman.

“Jon Cooper and I, along with the entire organization, would like to thank Rick and Brad for their service to the Lightning,” Yzerman said. “Rick has served a significant role on our coaching staff since 2013, while Brad has been a part of two teams that reached the Eastern Conference Final.  We appreciate all their knowledge and effort.”

Bowness joined the Lightning as associate coach on June 3, 2013.  He oversaw the defensive unit, as well as the penalty kill. Bowness coached in his 2,000th NHL game on February 7, 2015.  Prior to joining the Lightning, he spent seven seasons with the Vancouver Canucks, serving as associate coach.

Lauer has served as an assistant coach with the Lightning since August of 2015, focusing on all facets of the game.  Before joining Tampa Bay he spent four seasons with the Anaheim Ducks. 

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Morning Line- Dave Feschuk On Steven Stamkos

Maybe it’s fitting his nickname is “Stammer.” Synonyms include “Falter,” “Wobble” and “Repeat.” This is the same player who emerged from his only trip to the Stanley Cup final with zero goals and one assist in six games.

As much as the hockey world has accused Ovechkin of being unfit to lead in big moments, it’s Stamkos who is building the more compelling resume for post-season underperformance.

-Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star where you can read more on Stamkos.

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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- Top 10 Plays From The NHL Conference Finals

Just south of 6 minutes long.


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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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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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from Kristina Rutherford of Sportsnet,

Alex Ovechkin is talking, but he’s basically speechless, sitting here with an Eastern Conference champions t-shirt on his back and an Eastern Conference champions hat on his head, a gap-toothed smile plastered on his bearded face.

“Just ask Holts,” Ovechkin says, calling on the guy who just recorded a shutout in the biggest game of either of their lives to try to capture this moment, because he really can’t.

“This kind of emotion,” Ovechkin says, still trying, “it’s hard to explain what I’m feeling.”

Well, no kidding. Ovechkin, Braden Holtby and the Washington Capitals have finally done it. They have earned a berth in the Stanley Cup Final, accomplished Wednesday on a quiet night in Tampa, a 4-0 resounding Game 7 victory that saw them lead for all but 62 seconds of a 60-minute Eastern Conference Final finale.


Watch the game highlights below.

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Videos- The Washington Capitals Advance To The Stanley Cup Final

Final score Washington Capitals 4 Tampa Bay Lightning 0

Bottom line, the Lightning lack of scoring cost them and the Captials made their chances count.

Game 1 & 2 of the Stanley Cup Final will be next Monday and Wednesday.  All SCF games with an 8:00pm ET start.

Watch the goals and other game action below.

added 11:08pm, Below, handshakes and Prince of Wales Trophy presentation.

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