Tampa Bay Lightning rookie Cedric Paquette had only scored two NHL playoff goals prior to Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final Monday night in Chicago. But he’ll remember his third career post-season goal at hockey’s highest level – it was the game-winner late in the third period to give the Bolts a 3-2 win and a 2-1 series lead.
The game appeared headed to overtime late in the final frame, but after another brilliant rush and pass from Tampa defenseman Victor Hedman – rapidly becoming the Bolts’ top Conn Smythe Trophy candidate as playoff MVP – Paquette was left all alone with the puck in front of Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford, and promptly scored the final goal of the night with 3:11 left in regulation: Read more
In an era where chaos goals are the norm, the Tampa Bay Lightning and Chicago Blackhawks both got on the scoreboard for the first time Monday in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final via a less-frequent scoring method: a good, old-fashioned slap shot.
The Bolts got on the scoreboard first when star defenseman Victor Hedman made a brilliant stretch pass from behind Tampa’s net to winger Ryan Callahan, who received the puck at Chicago’s blueline and ripped it past Hawks goalie Corey Crawford at 5:09 of the first: Read more
If the Utica Comets can claw their way back into the Calder Cup final series against the Manchester Monarchs, it has all the makings of a classic.
In reality, were it not for a few unfriendly bounces for the Comets, that sentence could be the other way around. Yet, after two games, the Monarchs lead the best-of-seven series 2-0, winning both games in overtime. In Game 2, it was Nic Dowd – he of four goals and eight points in 15 games heading into Sunday’s contest – who made the difference in the extra frame on a net front scramble: Read more
Whether you’re a fan of the Montreal Canadiens and P.K. Subban or not, it’s near impossible not to enjoy his infectious attitude.
Subban added another example to the long list of great, fun-loving things he has done over his short career this past weekend when, randomly, he joined a group of kids playing street hockey. Subban, a Norris Trophy winner and perennial all-star, took a bit off of his shot when testing the young netminder’s mettle, but the Canadiens’ star blueliner didn’t hold back when it came time to celebrate his goals. Take a look: Read more
Fans hoping to catch the Calder Cup final, and those simply looking to get their hockey fix on days the Stanley Cup final isn’t being broadcast, will be able to watch AHL action for free thanks to the league and broadcast partner NeuLion, Inc.
The AHL announced Wednesday that every game of the best-of-seven Calder Cup final pitting the Utica Comets against the Manchester Monarchs will be broadcast online through AHL Live, the minor league’s digital streaming service. Using the service will also be absolutely free, requiring those wishing to catch the action to merely sign up for an account and log-in to the service. Read more
Throughout the post-season, NBC’s Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon has had a running gag where he takes aim at the mug shots of players competing in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Thus far, he’s called Alex Ovechkin a villain from the James Bond movie franchise, said Lightning backup goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy asks his barber to “ruin” his haircut and stopped just short of calling Predators center Matt Cullen creepy.
Following Game 1 of the final, Fallon was back with another round of his ‘Tonight Show Superlatives,’ and, again, not a single ridiculous photo was spared. We feel especially bad for Tampa Bay blueliner Andrej Sustr. You’ll understand why when you watch: Read more
For the first 43 minutes or so of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final Wednesday in Tampa Bay, the Lightning had held the powerful and accomplished Chicago Blackhawks off the scoreboard completely. Then, in just under two minutes, the Hawks demonstrated why they’re so powerful and accomplished, scoring twice to give them all the offense they’d need to claim a 2-1 victory and a 1-0 series lead.
Blackhawks rookie Teuvo Teravainen pulled his team even at 13:28 of the third period with his third goal of the playoffs – a no-look shot that somehow made its way through traffic and past Bolts goalie Ben Bishop: Read more
Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final Wednesday saw the host Tampa Bay Lightning come out of the gate strongly – and they were rewarded for their energy when center Alex Killorn scored the first goal of the series on a brilliant deflection.
Killorn began the scoring play from behind his own net, quickly moving the puck up before the Bolts pushed into Chicago’s zone some four-and-a-half minutes into the opening frame. Then, after teammate Anton Stralman sent a light shot in the general direction of Corey Crawford – the puck was a good foot-and-a-half wide – Killorn managed to get his stick on it and drastically change its direction to beat the Hawks goaltender: Read more