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* The Stars aim to take a 2-0 series lead in a Stanley Cup Final for the first time in franchise history and are on the hunt for their fifth straight win.

* The Lightning, who trail 0-1 in a series for the second time in 2020 (also R2 vs. BOS), enter Game 2 with a 5-0 record this postseason following a loss, outscoring their opponent 16-9 in those games.

* Twenty-one-year-old Miro Heiskanen (5-18—23 in 22 GP) looks to continue to climb the NHL all-time list for most points by a defenseman in a single playoff year.

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The Tampa Bay Lightning Will Be Better On Monday

from Bryan Burns of TampaBayLightning.com,

Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper has stressed throughout his team's postseason run the importance of having a short memory, not dwelling on mistakes from previous games and moving on to the challenge in front instead of fretting over missed opportunities in the past.

"Turn the page and move on," Cooper said following Tampa Bay's 4-1 loss to Dallas in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final Saturday night, an oft-repeated motto for him in the 2020 Playoffs.

But it's important to learn from mistakes too so they aren't repeated.


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Role Players Lead The Dallas Stars In Game 1 Of The SCF

from Matthew DeFranks of the Dallas Morning News,

The sport’s biggest stage — with the world’s most famous trophy hovering behind the benches as an untouchable temptation and the ultimate motivation — has the unique ability to make heroes out of anyone, to enshrine them into hockey and franchise lore for contributions on the elusive platform the Stanley Cup Final provides.

For decades before the Stars' 4-1 victory over Tampa Bay in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Saturday night, timely goals led to fabled status. Enter the unlikely trio of heroes on Saturday night: Joel Hanley, Jamie Oleksiak and Joel Kiviranta.

Each of them scored goals in Game 1, puncturing Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy thrice for just the second time in his last 10 games. Their goals made sure Anton Khudobin’s 35-save effort stood up, and gave the Stars a 1-0 lead in the Stanley Cup Final. Jason Dickinson added an empty-net goal in the waning minutes of the third period.

Stars interim coach Rick Bowness said “that’s what you need to win in the playoffs.”


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NHL Short Notes


Anton Khudobin made 35 saves to backstop the Stars to victory in Game 1 of the 2020 Stanley Cup Final, 353 days after the regular season began.

* Dallas defenseman Joel Hanley became the first blueliner to score his first career NHL goal in the Stanley Cup Final since 1991, when Jim Paek did so against the North Stars.

The Stars franchise owns a 1-0 lead in the Stanley Cup Final for the second time in their five all-time trips to the championship series (also 1991). Teams up 1-0 since the Final went to a best-of-seven format in 1939 own an all-time series record of 61-19 (.763).

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The Dallas Stars Take Game One Of The Stanley Cup Final

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Too many Joels, and not enough juice from the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Lightning looked like a team still tired from closing out their conference final just two days earlier, and the Dallas Stars took advantage with a 4-1 victory to take Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

It was two Stars named Joel — Kiviranta and Hanley — who did the damage, sandwiching goals around one by Jamie Oleksiak in the win. Yanni Gourde had the only tally for Tampa.

While Kiviranta continued his playoff emergence with his fifth goal, it was the little-known fill-in Hanley with not just his first playoff goal to open the scoring, but his first NHL goal — period.


Game highlights are below.

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Videos- Saturday Headlines & Brian Burke On Tax Advantages For Players In Some U.S. Cities

Topics of discussion include- Alex Pietrangelo contract status, when will next season start and expanding the playoffs and no delay for the Seattle Kraken start up.

via Sportsnet,


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Open Post- Game 1 Of The Stanley Cup Final Between The Tampa Bay Lightning And Dallas Stars

Hopefully we are in for a competitive series. Give us a show boys, that's all we ask for.

via NBC Sports release, Eight-time Emmy Award-winner Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick will handle play-by-play duties alongside U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame member Eddie Olczyk (analyst) and Brian Boucher (‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst). Emmy Award winner Pierre McGuire will provide commentary throughout the game and contribute to intermission reports.

via Sportsnet,

From the Booth: Hockey Hall of Fame media honouree Jim Hughson and veteran analyst Craig Simpson have the call for the Stanley Cup Final.

From the Hockey Central Studio: Hosts Ron MacLean and David Amber are joined by Sportsnet’s NHL Insiders and analysts Elliotte Friedman, Kelly Hrudey, Brian Burke, Cassie Campbell-Pascall, Kevin Bieksa and Anthony Stewart.

From Rinkside: Reporters Kyle Bukauskas and Scott Oake deliver the latest updates from Edmonton.


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The Latest On Alex Pietrangelo’s Contract Status

from Sportsnet,

No defenceman will demand quite as much attention when NHL free agency opens on Oct. 9 as Alex Pietrangelo, the St. Louis Blues captain who has spent his entire career with the franchise and helped lead it to its first-ever Stanley Cup last season.

Pietrangelo’s seven-year contract, that carried a cap hit of $6.5 million per year, is set to expire this off-season and — valuable to St. Louis as he may be — securing him to a new deal has proven challenging.

“There was a discussion today, and I guess the best way to sum it up, we haven’t really made much progress,” Pietrangelo told Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic.“We just think right now, with where things are at, that maybe it’s best for both sides to see what’s going on in free agency, what the team can explore, what I can explore and if there are better fits for each side.

“We’re a little disappointed that we’re in this situation. We weren’t able to hammer out the details what we wanted in a deal. There was some work that we tried to get done that we couldn’t get done, so both sides agreed that maybe it’s in the best interest. We’re two weeks away. Not saying anything can’t change, but as of right now, that’s kind of our plan, and we’ll see where things go.”


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Gary Bettman Today

via Pierre LeBrun tweets,

Gary Bettman, at his traditional Cup final media conference, says he wouldn't be surprised if next season's Dec. 1 start ``slips'' into later December, maybe into January. But no definitive decisions and/or plans yet.

Bettman reiterates what Daly told me and @OvertimeScottB last week: that the NHL still intends to try and play 82 games next season whenever they start...

Some rare Bettman speculation: it's ``conceivable'' that next season starts without fans in the building but then transitions to some fans in the rinks as the season goes on... he stressed that was speculation.

Bettman says emphatically that Seattle's entry into the league will NOT be delayed under any circumstance. They will begin play in 2021-22.

added 5:31pm, Chris Johnston at the same media conference, via tweets...

added 8:27pm, watch the full media conference below...

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Before The Puck Drops Tonight

via the NHL PR department,

Series Scenarios 
* Since the Final went to the best-of-seven format in 1939, the team that has won Game 1 has gone on to capture the Stanley Cup 76.3% of the time (61 of 80 series). Each of the last two champions have rebounded from a Game 1 loss before winning the Cup – Washington in 2018 and St. Louis in 2019.

* Teams that take a 1-0 lead in any best-of-seven series have an all-time series record of 490-221 (.689), including a 12-2 mark in 2020.

* Tampa Bay is 11-16 (.407) in Game 1 of best-of-seven series all time; Dallas is 31-25 (.554).

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