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Steven Stamkos Returns, Feels Horrible After Game 7 Loss

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Gulitti of NHL.com,

The emotions were still too raw for Steven Stamkos to ponder what comes next for him.

The Tampa Bay Lightning captain had worked so hard and endured so much to get back in time to play in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final on Thursday, and there was a lot for him to digest after the season-ending 2-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. A question about whether he had considered that this might have been his final game as a member of the Lightning produced a curt reply.

"No," Stamkos said.

Stamkos' future with the Lightning appears murky at best; his contract is set to expire and unrestricted free agency awaits him on July 1. But it was understandable that the future was the furthest thing from his mind Thursday.

Playing in his first game in eight weeks after recovering from surgery to clear a blood clot near his right collarbone, Stamkos had hoped to spark the Lightning past the Penguins and to their second trip in as many years to the Stanley Cup Final.

"All the adversity that we overcame as a group, I couldn't be more proud of the guys with how far we came with the injuries that we had," a teary-eyed Stamkos said. "I feel horrible for the guys that battled every night. I was able to play one game, but those guys had a [heck] of a postseason. It was just an honor to be on the ice with those guys tonight. Too bad the result wasn't better."

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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

RUST LEADS PENGUINS TO GAME 7 VICTORY, STANLEY CUP FINAL
Bryan Rust scored twice, including the decisive goal just 30 seconds after the Lightning tied the contest in the second period, to help the Penguins win Game 7 and advance to the Stanley Cup Final for the fifth time in franchise history (also 1991, 1992, 2008 and 2009).
 

 
* Rust registered his second career multi-goal game in the postseason, both of which have come in series-clinching wins (also Game 5 of FR vs. NYR: 2-1—3). Per Elias, he became the second rookie in NHL history to record multiple goals in two series-clinching wins within a single postseason. The other: Chicago’s Jeremy Roenick in 1990.

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‘Three Things’: A charitable date to note, Adam Lidstrom ‘turning pro’ and prospects

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of brief Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. I know that the Joe Kocur Foundation's annual charity softball game is the high point of late summer for many of you, so:

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The Pittsburgh Penguins Advance To The Stanley Cup Final

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Pittsburgh Penguins earned the right to represent the Eastern Conference by defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 tonight.  Bryan Rust had both goals (which you can watch below) for the Penguins.

Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final against the San Jose Sharks will be on Monday at 8:00pm ET.

Who do you have?

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Video- Coach’s Corner Tonight

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via Sportsnet,

Don Cherry shares his strong feelings about Steven Stamkos playing in Game 7 and why it’s a mistake.

 

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Open Post- Game 7 Eastern Conference Finals Pittsburgh/Tampa Bay

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

STAMFORD, Conn. – May 26, 2016 – NBCSN presents a win-or-go-home Game 7 in the Eastern Conference Final tonight at 8 p.m. ET with a trip to the Stanley Cup Final hanging in the balance, when Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins host Tyler Johnson and the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Three-time Emmy Award-winning play-by-play commentator Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame member and analyst Eddie Olczyk, and Emmy Award-winning ‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst Pierre McGuire will have the call of tonight’s Game 7 from CONSOL Energy Center.

Pre-game coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN with NHL Live, hosted by Liam McHugh, alongside analysts and former players Mike Milbury and Keith Jones.

The winner of tonight’s game will advance to the Stanley Cup Final and face the San Jose Sharks, who won Game 6 of the Western Conference Final last night to advance to the first Cup Final in franchise history. The full telecast schedule of the upcoming Stanley Cup Final will be announced on Friday.

In Canada, the game is on CBC and TVAS.

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Wings’ beat writers weigh in on Dylan Sadowy trade

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings acquired Dylan Sadowy in a trade with the San Jose Sharks today, sending a 3rd round pick in 2017 (not the pick the Wings get for Toronto signing Babcock away) for Sadowy, the Sharks' 3rd round pick in 2014.

Sadowy is a 6'1," 185-pound, left-shooting left winger, and Red Wings assistant GM Ryan Martin gave the Saginaw Spirit and Barrie Colts forward a thumbs-up while speaking with MLive's Ansar Khan...

Sadowy, 20, is a left wing who spent three-plus seasons with the OHL Saginaw Spirit before being dealt to the Barrie Colts midway through this past season. In 64 games combined with Saginaw and Barrie, Sadowy had 45 goals and 70 points. He added two goals and five points in eight playoff games.

"We like his combination of grit and competitiveness and scoring touch," Red Wings assistant general manager Ryan Martin said. "He's got to continue to work on his foot speed and his body strength but we really like his upside."

Martin said the Red Wings were eying Sadowy during his draft year.

"We saw him play quite a bit being in Saginaw, not only because of the proximity but we had (goaltending prospect) Jake Paterson there at the time," Martin said. "We followed him closely over the last few years."

Martin said Sadowy projects as a top-nine forward in the NHL.

"He can kill penalties, block shots, go to the hard areas," Martin said. "He scored 42 and 45 goals in the OHL He gets a lot of his goals in the hard areas in front of the net."

The Windsor Star's Bob Duff...

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Red Wings Make A Minor Trade With San Jose

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

 

added 3:38pm,

added 3:50pm, Bob McKenzie tweet,

Sadowy has agreed to terms on his entry-level contract with DET:

added 3:58pm, Press release is below...

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Why Florida Won The Erik Gudbranson Trade

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Travis Yost of TSN,

To recap: the Panthers acquired 2014 first-round pick Jared McCann and two 2016 draft picks (a second and fourth-rounder) in exchange for Erik Gudbranson and a 2016 fifth-round pick....

Let’s not forget that Florida added a 19-year-old centre and upgraded their fifth-round pick to a second-round pick and fourth-round pick. The incremental value in that pick swap in and of itself is big. Add in a productive young player who has already exhibited himself as a competent bottom-six talent and is locked in on a team-friendly $894,000 deal through 2017-18, and you have a great transaction.

Truthfully, it’s difficult to see what Vancouver sees in this deal. If the prize is Gudbranson, well, the prize is something like a third-pairing defender. And the premium they paid – a legitimate prospect and multiple picks – is, in a word, inexplicable.

Call it like it is: Florida took advantage of a team who egregiously misvalued a defenceman to once again win a trade in striking fashion. 

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Video- Is Steven Stamkos Playing Tonight?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Sportsnet,

Scott Oake reports from Pittsburgh where it has been hard to read the momentum in the series between the Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning and the possibility that maybe Steven Stamkos will play in Game 7.

 

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