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Don’t Take The Dallas Stars Lightly

from Justin Bourne of Sportnset,

In theory, the Tampa Bay Lightning are head and shoulders above the Dallas Stars. In theory.

Some other theories that I, and many other analysts, have had:

• The Colorado Avalanche are head and shoulders above the Dallas Stars.

• The Vegas Golden Knights are head and shoulders above the Dallas Stars.

And let’s be real, a number of people thought the Flames would get the better of the Stars, too. I wasn’t among them there, but I’m guilty of the first two. So, I’ll try to keep that in mind when going through just how lopsided this series looks, because it seems most of us are missing something about that group there under Rick Bowness. They certainly compete at a high level....

In the end, the Stars are a team that makes you beat them. They defend hard, and make you go through them. If you’re not at your best, the Stars just find ways to persevere. They seem motivated, with a number of veteran players who are just dying to break through and win the big one here. They aren’t the more talented team, but they are 18 skaters deep with a goalie playing well, so nothing comes easy against them. That’s a dangerous combination in hockey.

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NHL Awards Show Will Be Televised On Monday, September 21st

EDMONTON (Sept. 18, 2020) – The National Hockey League announced today that it will reveal the winners of its five remaining regular-season trophies during “2020 NHL Awards presented by Las Vegas,” a 30-minute show that will air at 6:30 p.m. ET on Monday, Sept. 21, on NBCSN in the U.S. as well as Sportsnet and TVA Sports in Canada.

Co-hosted by NBC Sports’ Kenny Albert and Sportsnet’s Scott Oake from inside the site of the 2020 Stanley Cup Final, Edmonton’s Rogers Place, the program will announce the winners of the 2019-20 Calder Memorial Trophy, Hart Memorial Trophy, James Norris Memorial Trophy, Ted Lindsay Award and Vezina Trophy.

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Afternoon Line- Rick Westhead

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Your Stanley Cup Final Pick

Tampa Bay Lightning against the Dallas Stars, who do you have and how many games?

If interested, howyou did in the conference finals.

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Video- Top Goals From The Conference Finals

5 1/2 minutes to watch.

 

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Minnesota Wild Statement On Mikko Koivu

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Will The New York Islanders Continue Their Rise?

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Now the Islanders exit the bubble. Now the Islanders, two years in a row in the playoffs under the direction of Lou Lamoriello and Barry Trotz — the conference semis last year, the conference finals this year — go into the offseason seeking to bridge the widest gap in pro sports:

That from contender to champion.

“There’s very few teams in any sport that have sort of put a group together and they’ve won a championship right away without, maybe, a little bit of failure along the way,” Trotz said before the contest. “I mean, you look at some of the great dynasties, you like at the dynasties of the Islanders when they won four straight. There was a lot of hardship on the front end before they ran four in a row. The same with the Edmonton dynasty, I look at Detroit of years past, there was a lot of hardship.

“And I just came from my former club [in Washington] that had a lot of heartbreak before we broke through. So there are a lot of lessons on the way and in understanding those lessons and being able to deal with them. Those are invaluable for organizations and individuals within your organization.”

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One More Step For The Tampa Bay Lightning

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

What I’ll remember most was the pure guttural scream.

It echoed up through Rogers Place when the Tampa Bay Lightning gathered 48 of the 52 members of their travelling party on the ice with the Prince of Wales Trophy to take a photo here Thursday night.

You’d never know that a celebration could be so emotional in an empty building because, until three days ago with the Dallas Stars, this was completely unprecedented.

The Lightning left their hearts out there. This was a moment six years in the making, or more, for so many members of this organization. And it was clear that booking a trip to the Stanley Cup Final was no less rewarding under these circumstances than it would have been before any of us had ever heard of COVID-19.

“It is so hard to explain, because regardless if there’s fans in the building or not, the exuberance and relief, it’s unparalleled how you feel inside,” said Lightning coach Jon Cooper. “When you look back at this — and it’s not over — but we’ve been in a hotel for 54 straight days. And when people said this might be one of the hardest Cups to win, it might be one of the hardest Cups ever to win. There’s two of us left standing, they’re going through the exact same thing we are.

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NHL Short Notes




THREE HARD LAPS

The 2020 Stanley Cup Final will begin on Saturday after Anthony Cirelli scored his first career playoff overtime goal to send the Lightning to the championship series where they will face the Stars – both franchises are in search of their second Stanley Cup.

Tampa Bay improved to 6-1 in games that required overtime in the 2020 postseason. No team has played more overtime minutes in a single playoff year than the Lightning (185:17).

The Lightning are the first of the 10 NHL franchises to debut in the 90s or later to reach the Stanley Cup Final three times (2004, 2015 and 2020).

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Videos- ECF Game 6 Highlights, Handshakes And Trophy Presentation

Game highlights.

 

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