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Expect 'high dose' of Hedman/Stralman on Kane/Toews

June 3, 2015 - 10:48
Coach Jon Cooper isn't a big matchups guy, often preferring to let his team go "best on best."
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Steven Stamkos: Stanley Cup Final feels just like any other round right now

June 3, 2015 - 10:47
Lightning captain Steven Stamkos said he had no trouble sleeping last night, on the eve of the biggest game of his career - tonight's opening game of the Stanley Cup final.
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Lightning embracing the moment, planning to "enjoy the ride"

June 2, 2015 - 13:18
Associate coach Rick Bowness isn't one to typically give big pre-game speeches.
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Goalie Ben Bishop grateful for rest before Stanley Cup final

June 1, 2015 - 13:42
The path to the Stanley Cup final is a grueling grind, no more so than for Lightning goalie Ben Bishop, who started 20 games in a span of 44 days to help Tampa Bay to their second-ever trip to the final best-of-seven series, which starts Wednesday night against Chicago.
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Lightning hope depth on defense provides an edge

June 1, 2015 - 11:47
TAMPA -- Tampa and Chicago have gotten to the Stanley Cup final with strong defense, but the two teams have done so in different manners, with the Blackhawks leaning heavily on their best defensemen and the Lightning standing by their impressive depth.
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Cup fever early: Fans welcome Lightning home at 3:15 a.m.

May 30, 2015 - 03:21
TAMPA -- Even at 3:15 a.m., hours after the Lightning's Game 7 win over the New York Rangers, Stanley Cup fever was quickly spreading.
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Lightning has 'quiet confidence' heading into Game 7

May 29, 2015 - 12:30
There's no sugar-coating the significance of tonight's Game 7 for the Lightning. Win, and reach its first Stanley Cup Final since it's 2004 championship. Lose, and season is over. There's no sugar-coating the significance of tonight's Game 7 for the Lightning.
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Lightning ready to respond in Game 7

May 28, 2015 - 13:11
Much has been made about the reslience of the battle-tested Rangers, who are 15-3 in elimination games since 2012, and 7-0 in Game 7s at home.
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Stanley Cup Final to begin Wednesday

May 28, 2015 - 11:01
The Stanley Cup Final will begin Wednesday, June 3, the NHL announced today.
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Lightning players dealing with flu bug

May 27, 2015 - 13:51
Lightning coach Jon Cooper said the two days before Game 7 will be a much-welcomed break to get healthy.
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Cedric Paquette questionable, Braydon Coburn healthy for Game 6

May 26, 2015 - 10:47
Center Cedric Paquette is questionable for tonight's Game 6 of the Eastern Conference final, Lightning coach Jon Cooper said after today's morning skate at Amalie Arena.
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Lightning putting focus on defensive end

May 24, 2015 - 12:08
With two of the highest scoring teams in the league meeting up in this Eastern Conference Final, there was expected to be some offensive firepower.
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Lightning needs more secondary scoring

May 24, 2015 - 11:53
Veteran wing Ryan Callahan, who racked up 24 goals in the regular season, hasn't scored a goal in the first 16 games of these playoffs.
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Matt Carle could be available tonight

May 24, 2015 - 11:43
Veteran defenseman Matt Carle was back on the ice Sunday for the morning skate, and there's a chance he returns for tonight's Game 5.
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Jon Cooper: Thought of benching Ben Bishop is 'asinine to me'

May 23, 2015 - 12:57
If Rangers coach Alain Vigneault looked at reporters as if they had three heads Thursday when they asked about benching star goalie Henrik Lundqvist, Lightning coach Jon Cooper went a step farther Saturday when the thought of a goalie change was brought up.
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Steve Yzerman finalist for GM of the Year

May 22, 2015 - 18:50
Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman is one of three finalists for General Manager of the Year, the league announced Friday.
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Lightning, Rangers looking for more defense in Game 4

May 22, 2015 - 11:37
For a team that enters Game 4 with a 2-1 series lead, the Lightning and has put up six goals in back-to-back games, the Lightning spent a lot of time Friday morning talking about one major negative - the five goals it allowed Wednesday.
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With Matt Carle out, Mark Barberio to make playoff debut

May 22, 2015 - 10:43
At the end of Friday's morning skate, associate Rick Bowness approached defenseman Mark Barberio to give him the news: he'll make his playoff debut tonight in Game 4.
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Rangers' Lundqvist: "I have to be better"

May 21, 2015 - 13:10
By the end of the second round, the Lightning had arguably the best goalie in the world, Montreal's MVP finalist Carey Price, taking the blame for a conference semifinal series loss.
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Nikita Kucherov shows resiliency with Game 3 winner against Rangers

May 20, 2015 - 23:10
Before Nikita Kucherov was the hero of Wednesday night's 6-5 overtime win over the Rangers, the 21-year-old wing blamed himself for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference final getting to overtime in the first place.
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