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The Tampa Bay Lightning Are Still In The Series

from John Romano of the Tampa Bay Times,

Frustrated? For sure. The Lightning fought from two goals behind and nearly pulled off a stunning comeback before losing to Colorado 4-3 in overtime in the opener of the Stanley Cup final.

Angry? I suppose. A team with this much talent and experience should not commit the number of penalties and needless mistakes that led to such a big hole.

Bewildered? Yeah, probably. This makes three Game 1 losses in four tries. The Lightning have been outscored a combined 16-9 in the opening games of a series this postseason and have then gone on to pound teams 46-29 in every other game.

Discouraged? No, absolutely not. And here’s why:

For two periods, you could see a path to victory. You could see a roadmap to a third consecutive Stanley Cup championship. You could see Andrei Vasilevskiy looking like the best player on the ice.

That doesn’t guarantee anything. Colorado is an explosive team and is entirely capable of winning this series in a rout. And, to be honest, Vasilevskiy contributed heavily to Tampa Bay’s first-period deficit. So there is a scenario where, a year after winning the Conn Smythe, he comes up short in 2022.

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Video- Colorado Avalanche Take Game 1 Of The Stanley Cup 4-3 In OT

A great game to watch.

added 11:45pm, HNIC version is below.


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Before The Puck Drops Tonight

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

The Tampa Bay Lightning and Colorado Avalanche have much in common. Belief. Patience. Perseverance.

Each suffered heartbreak for years. Each could have made major changes. Yet each stuck with the coach, the core and the process, reshaping the supporting cast and learning how to win.

Now here they are in the 2022 Stanley Cup Final, the Lightning trying to win a third straight championship, the Avalanche trying to follow in their footsteps. Game 1 is at Ball Arena on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; ESPN+, ABC, CBC, SN, TVAS).

"It's growth, is what it is," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "This didn't happen overnight."

In their first six full seasons under Cooper, the Lightning lost in the Eastern Conference First Round, lost in the Stanley Cup Final, lost in the Eastern Conference Final, missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs, lost in the conference final again and lost in the first round again.


added 10:52am, from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,

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Video- One More Sleep Before The Puck Drops On The Stanley Cup Final



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NHL Coaches And Executives Make Their SCF Picks

from Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic,

I reached out to rival NHL team executives and coaches to get their take and predictions for this Cup final. Enjoy!

Head coach No. 5 via text message:

What a matchup. Goaltending matchup goes to Tampa. I think Vas will face a lot more quality chances vs Col. He has proven before on the last two cup runs that it may not matter what he faces. Rangers did not generate at five-on-five. Can Colorado goaltending hold up?

I like both teams D. Hedman is a beast. Makar, the same. Forward group goes to Avs. Deeper lines and more speed. Tampa has top guys that could carry them.

Point going to play? Tampa has a little more grind in their bottom 6 forwards.

It may come down to special teams. Can COL PP remain that dangerous? And can COL PK (78%) hold off Tampa’s PP? I’m going to go with Colorado but goalie matchup scares me.

Head coach No. 6 via text message:

Will be the best final in years. It’s hard to bet against Tampa as their will to win is amazing but Colorado is so good. Will be a great contrast in offence vs defence but Tampa shut down Florida’s offence. They can do it again. Tampa in 6.

Team executive No. 2 via text message:

I like Avs in a long series if they keep somewhat healthy. Tampa has the experience, edge in net and most likely getting Point back. But I think they have played a ton of hockey lately and in the past couple of seasons. Will be a long series and I believe the Avs will ultimately wear them down once the rust is off. Avs are deep, fast and they will get it going. It will be important for Avs to get Kadri back at some point. If any games get into a shootout, Avs can outscore TB, I believe.

much more (paid)

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This May Be The Best Tampa Bay Lightning Team

from John Romano of the Tampa Bay Times,

The coming days will be filled with glory or disappointment. A third consecutive Stanley Cup or the heartbreak of falling just short.

So let today be about the present. Before the frenzy of the Stanley Cup final against Colorado, take a moment to appreciate a majestic run from a special group of players.

Because, honestly, we’ve never seen anything like this Lightning team in Tampa Bay. They have filled three calendars with memories of hits, blocks and shots. Of discipline, resolve and courage.

The 2-1 victory against the Rangers in the Eastern Conference final on Saturday night was the 11th consecutive opponent vanquished by the Lightning in a playoff series. You would have to go back nearly 40 years to find a longer stretch of success in the NHL.

And, though the journey is not complete, this might be their most impressive trek yet. It’s not just the way they retooled in the offseason, or the way they’ve persevered without Brayden Point, or how they came from behind against both Toronto and New York.


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The Tampa Bay Lightning Advance To The Stanley Cup Final

The Tampa Bay Lightning will have a chance to win their third consecutive Stanley Cup beginning on Wednesday when they face the Colorado Avalanche beginning on Wednesday.

The Lightning beat the New York Rangers 2-1 tonight to win the series 4-2.

Tampa played shutdown defense the last four games and the Rangers just could not find any offensive consistency. 

Below find the game winning goal from Stamos and more coming.

added 11:28pm, below find the highlights and handshakes.

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Open Post- Game 6 Of The Eastern Conference Final

A win tonight by the Tampa Bay Lightning would mean the Bolts drive for three continues in Colorado on Wednesday.

A win by the New York Rangers would force a game 7 in NYC on Monday.

The first game of the Stanley Cup Final would then start in Colorado a week from tonight.

Discuss and enjoy.


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Start Date Scenarios For The Stanley Cup Final

NEW YORK (June 10, 2022) – The National Hockey League today announced the schedule scenarios for the 2022 Stanley Cup Final, which will match the Colorado Avalanche against the winner of the Eastern Conference Final series between the Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Rangers.

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Videos- From Both Sides - Tampa Bay Lightning/New York Rangers

from Joe Smith of The Athletic,

These guys just refuse to die.

You can try to bury the Tampa Bay Lightning, sure. The Rangers had a chance with a two-goal lead in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference final, but it didn’t matter. The Lightning pulled out the win in the final minute. The Maple Leafs were 20 minutes away from eliminating the Cup champs in Game 6 of the first round. There was no panic. The Lightning just found a way in OT. With Brayden Point on the verge of missing his second straight series, Tampa Bay has given up just seven total goals in their last seven wins.

Want to beat this team? Good luck. Because when the season gets deeper and the stakes get higher, they don’t know how to lose.

“They just ooze gamesmanship,” coach Jon Cooper said.

continued ($)

Below find Larry Brooks of the New York Post plus the game highlghts.and the battles at the end of the game.

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