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Niklas Kronwall 'extremely disappointed' in NHL suspension for Game 7

April 29, 2015 - 12:15
                   
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Final Lightning thoughts before Game 7 against the Detroit Red Wings

April 29, 2015 - 10:43

TAMPA – The Lightning went through its typical morning skate and media availability today before Game 7. A few notes:

Lightning coach Jon Cooper said the absence of Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall won’t affect his team’s preparation or game plan.

“For us, it changes nothing,” Cooper said. “Detroit’s going to dress 20 players. My job is to beat the Detroit Red Wings.”

The league announced Kronwall’s suspension for Game 7 on Tuesday night. Kronwall delivered a high hit to wing Nikita Kucherov, with the “significant head contact” coming from Kronwall launching himself into Kucherov.

Kucherov said he feels fine but didn’t say much else about the hit, calling it a league decision.

Cooper said the Lightning will consider using 11 forwards and seven defensemen again. The team is 2-0 when it’s done so this series.

“I think it gives you a different look,” Cooper said. “It gives you different options. I like having the extra defenseman there. I could go down the list of reasons why. It’s not just one.”

Cooper said the Lightning will have 21 players skate during the pre-game warmup and will make a decision on the lineup after that.

One key thing Cooper wants the Lightning to improve upon: Taking fewer penalties.

“We have to be more disciplined,” Cooper said. “We took seven penalties the other day. We’re playing with fire if we do that again.”

Goalie Ben Bishop has consistently said he treats every game the same, and this one is no different. He said he slept fine last night and will try to take his normal pre-game nap. Even though it’s a Game 7, it’s not the exact situation most players always dream about.

“You think about maybe Stanley Cup (finals) Game 7,” Bishop said. “You don’t think about first-round Game 7. It should be a lot of fun.”

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Kronwall suspended for Game 7 for hit on Kucherov

April 28, 2015 - 10:55
Update: Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall has been suspended for Game 7 against the Lightning for charging wing Nikita Kucherov in Monday's game.
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Cooper on Red Wings' interference: "Fight through it, boys"

April 27, 2015 - 13:45
The subject of the Red Wings' penchant for interference was a hot topic for the second straight day, but coach Jon Cooper insisted it wasn't a plea for more penalty calls.

"You trying to get out, 'The coach is whining for penalties,' that's not it at all," Cooper said. "I'm sure what's going on in our series is going on in the rest …
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Cooper on Red Wings' interference: "Fight through it, boys"

April 27, 2015 - 13:07
The subject of the Red Wings' penchant for inteference was a hot topic for the second straight day, but coach Jon Cooper insisted it wasn't a plea for more penalty calls.
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Steven Stamkos: I'm not injured

April 27, 2015 - 12:39
Lightning star Steven Stamkos put all the speculation to rest Monday, saying he's not playing hurt.
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Lightning prepares for Game 5 against Detroit Red Wings

April 25, 2015 - 10:33
                   
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Cooper indicated there could be lineup changes for Game 4

April 23, 2015 - 12:27
With the Lightning needing a win tonight in Game 4 against Detroit, trailing 2-1 in the best-of-seven series, coach Jon Cooper left the door open for potential tweaks to his lineup. "Could there be changes? Sure," he said.
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Charles Barkley gives Cooper/Lightning a shout-out

April 23, 2015 - 12:18
With the Lightning heading into a must-win Game 4 tonight in Detroit, trailing 2-1 in the best-of-seven series, it got a shout-out from an unexpected fan: Charles Barkley.
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Lightning confident heading into Game 4: 'It's far from over'

April 22, 2015 - 16:18
There’s no question the Red Wings played their best game of the series in Tuesday’s 3-0 win over the Lightning.
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Cooper: Drouin will play in playoffs

April 21, 2015 - 13:15
Lightning rookie Jonathan Drouin will be a healthy scratch for tonight's Game 3, the third straight game he's sat out.
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Red Wings' Quincey: Stamkos didn't bite me

April 20, 2015 - 13:01
Red Wings defenseman Kyle Quincey laughed off the suggestion that Lightning captain Steven Stamkos bit him during Saturday's first-period scrum, putting the ridiculous internet rumor to rest.
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Garrison doubtful for Game 3, but getting closer

April 20, 2015 - 12:46
Lightning defenseman Jason Garrison isn't likely to return to the lineup by Tuesday's Game 3 in Detroit. "Doubtful," coach Jon Cooper said. "He's probably out." Lightning defenseman Jason Garrison isn't likely to return to the lineup by Tuesday's Game 3 in Detroit.
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Drouin disappointed to be scratched; Garrison not ready

April 17, 2015 - 16:06
Lightning rookie wing Jonathan Drouin was playing some of his best hockey down the stretch, his confidence rising.
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Lightning playoff opener is sold out

April 16, 2015 - 14:47

The Lightning announced Thursday afternoon that Game 1 of its first round playoff series with the Red Wings is sold out. There are still limited number of tickets available for Game 2 Saturday.

Tonight's game starts at 7:30 pm and is televised locally on Fox Sports Florida.

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Coburn, Sustr, Killorn in; Drouin and Barberio out for Game 1

April 16, 2015 - 10:59
The Lightning will get defensemen Braydon Coburn and Andrej Sustr, along with forward Alex Killorn back in the lineup for tonight's Game 1 against the Red Wings.
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Lightning will be close to full strength for Game 1

April 15, 2015 - 13:44
The Lightning will almost be at full strength by Thursday's Game 1 of its first-round playoff series with the Red Wings.
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Lightning GM Yzerman will have an 'affinity' with Red Wings 'forever'

April 15, 2015 - 13:21
Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman said he saw this coming for weeks.
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Witkowski reassigned to AHL Syracuse

April 14, 2015 - 14:36
With the Lightning blueline getting closer to full strength, rookie defenseman Luke Witkowski became the odd man out Tuesday, reassigned to AHL Syracuse.
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Mark Reeds' death hits home for Lightning's Jon Cooper

April 14, 2015 - 12:43
Lightning coach Jon Cooper joined many in the hockey fraternity Tuesday in mourning the loss of Senators assistant Mark Reeds, who died at age 55 of cancer.
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