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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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Final(ly)

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.

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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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Open Post- Game 7 Eastern Conference Final

Puck drop is just after 8:00pm ET in Tampa and is on NBCSN, CBC, SN1 and TVAS.

Either the Washington Capitals or Tampa Bay Lightning will be in possession of the Prince of Wales Trophy after tonight's game.

The Stanley Cup Final will begin on Monday, May 28th at 8:00pm.  If Tama Bay wins tonight the series will start in Tampa, if Washington wins game 7 the series will start in Las Vegas.

Comment on the game if so desired.

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Who Will Step Up In Tonight’s Game 7?

from Tom Jones of the Tampa Bay Times,

He's the Lightning's best player. He's its most important player.

Well, other than goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy. That's a given. Every team relies most heavily on its goalie.

But if the Lightning is going win a nerve-racking, heart-stopping, nail-biting Game 7 against the Capitals, the cool, calm and collected Victor Hedman will need to be the Lightning's next-best player.

Put it like this: if Hedman has a great Game 7, there's a good chance the Lightning will win. If he has a bad Game 7, the Lightning likely will lose.

That's how important he is to the Lightning.

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from Thom Loverro of the Washington Times,

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Eastern Conference Final Game 7 Notes

NEW YORK (May 22, 2018) -- The Tampa Bay Lightning and Washington Capitals will decide the Eastern Conference Final in Game 7 Wednesday night at AMALIE Arena in Tampa (8 p.m., ET, NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS). This marks the fourth consecutive year that the Eastern Conference Final has required a seventh and deciding game.

The winner will advance to the Stanley Cup Final and face the Western Conference champion Vegas Golden Knights in a best-of-seven series beginning Monday, May 28.

If the Lightning advance, they will host Game 1 against the Golden Knights at AMALIE Arena in Tampa. If the Capitals advance, they will play Game 1 on the road against the Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

While the Lightning and Capitals never have met in a winner-take-all contest, and have not played one in the 2018 postseason, Game 7 is familiar territory for both.

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