- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
Food for thought: If the actual Prince of Wales came out and presented the Prince of Wales trophy to the Eastern Conference champion, would the captain of the team feel more obligated to lay a hand on it?
It’s definitely something the NHL should consider as Steven Stamkos followed superstition and did not touch the trophy. Even more boring was his interview with Pierre Maguire. Drink (responsibly) every time you hear a cliche:
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Still alive? Wonderful!
Sitting through all that nonsense was worth it to see a little bit of emotion from he normally stoic Stamkos. He gets all kinds of (Canadian) Gene Simmons on us as he walks through the hall.
I've seen Stamkos suffer at least two heartbreaking blows in the TD Garden, so I am happy for him tonight pic.twitter.com/QdHXoDC9Er
This, though, wasn't the best celebration of all the Lightning players and staff tonight. That honor goes to head coach Jon Cooper. Something tells me he never laid a smooch on a judge in court when he was an attorney the way he did on assistant coach Rick Bowness.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
NEW YORK – Going by the numbers, sticking to the trends and acknowledging the history, Ben Bishop was not expected to be the goaltender raising his arms in the air in victory at the end of Game 7, having pitched a shutout and propelled his team to the Stanley Cup Final.
Not the guy who gave up five goals on three separate occasions in the series. Not the guy that wasn’t named Henrik Lundqvist, the New York Rangers netminder that had given up five goals in his last six Games 7, all of them wins.
“He's much-maligned,” said Lightning coach Jon Cooper on Bishop, who made 22 saves in the 2-0 Lightning win at MSG, “but the two pivotal games that we've needed to win in this building, he shut the door.”
For a lot of fans, great goaltending means a high number of shots turned aside, or a collection of acrobatic saves one can point to as examples of stellar play. Bishop had neither of those in Game 7 -- outside of a three-save sequence in the third period -- and his team arguably played its most structurally sound game of the postseason in front of him.Fri, May 29Tampa Bay2 - 0NY RangersGame Recap
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
NEW YORK — Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final went as you’d expect. It was a tightly-played contest that was scoreless through two periods and once the Tampa Bay Lightning grabbed the lead 1:54 into the third period thanks to Alex Killorn, the frustration levels of the New York Rangers increased.
In Game 7, as they were so successful at all season, the Lightning won battles in the neutral zone, and didn’t give their opponents time and space to create many scoring chances. Ben Bishop made 21 saves, and was tested the greatest during a flurry of saves in the third period with Tampa holding a 1-0 lead.
The Lightning played out the final 18:06 of the third period with a lead, shutting down opportunity after opportunity and supressing the Rangers’ attack.
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Ben Bishop, Tampa Bay Lightning
In the his last game versus New York, Bishop was pulled after giving up 5 goals against - at home. There was some scepticism as to how he'd do in Game 7 at MSG, even though if he shut-out the Rangers on the road in Game 5. Bishop went and did it again. He stopped all 22 shots on goal and helped to lead the Lighting to the Stanley Cup Final.
No. 2 Star: Alex Killorn, Tampa Bay Lightning
Kilorn delivered the first dagger of the game 1:54 into the third period when he spun away from Dominic Moore along the side boards and sent a backhand shot through the legs of Henrik Lundqvist, dribbling into the back of the net. It would prove to be the game winner.
No. 3 Star: Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers
Lundqvist played one helluva game for his team. Early on, he looked practically unbeatable as he made incredible saves, including this one off the tip of his glove in the first period. Yet even those who seem infalable must fall at times, allowing 2 goals on 25 shots.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
Here is the dream scenario after looking at the above Tyler Johnson photo.
The Lightning plays the Ducks for the Stanley Cup. Tampa wins the Cup in Anaheim and stays an extra day. Johnson goes to Disneyland and an oversized Cup Champions shirt. Maybe takes a photo with Mickey Mouse.
I know players love to rock the cool Conference Champion items, but didn’t someone on Tampa think it was a bad idea to give the 5-foot-8 Johnson an XXXL sized shirt? Also, when Johnson put it on, did he not think it was a little bit too big? Hey, who's thathandsome man with the jacket and tie to Johnson's left?
Then again, when you’re an NHL player listed at 5-foot-8 – and generously so – you can’t really complain if the shirt is too big. They probably don't come in small. Just give it to Brian Boyle.
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- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
It’s time to bring back that “Stanley Needs a Tan” slogan from Tampa’s 2004 Cup run. The Lightning is headed back to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since it won it all that season.
Friday night the Lightning sent New York goaltender Henrik Lundqvist to his first Game 7 loss at home in his career in a 2-0 victory at Madison Square Garden. The victory clinched the NHL's Eastern Conference for Tampa.
The Rangers had also never lost in Game 7 at Madison Square Garden, going 7-0 before Friday. Lundqvist had won his previous six Game 7s.
In a season where the Rangers won the Presidents’ Trophy, New York simply couldn’t figure out one more survivalist trick. New York came back from a 3-1 deficit in the second-round against Washington and was down 3-2 in this series before forcing the decisive Game 7.
"We just were basically one period away from going to the Stanley Cup Final," New York coach Alain Vigneault said. " Our guys competed real hard, battled real hard, and this is very disappointing to us, to our fans."
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
Tickets for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final were the highest selling of the playoffs on the secondary market. So Scott Oake of CBC decided to ask a fan at Friday night’s Tampa Bay Lightning vs. New York Rangers final what his seats cost, considering he was against the glass in prime real estate.
Needless to say, he picked the right fan.
Here’s the surreal conversation between Oake and Will Rouse, the chilliest Ranger fan in the history of chillin’.
WILL: “My man, I paid forty-five hundred dollars.”
OAKE: “Yesterday on the secondary market, they were asking 19,200 bucks for these seats. Did you think about selling them?”
[At this point, Will grabs his gold necklace with both hands and puts it on display.]
WILL: “That would have been cool, but you know what? I gotta see the Rangers win. I could have blown all that money on water. I don’t really drink alcohol. It’s cool.”
OAKE: “Tell me again what you paid for this seat?”
WILL: “Four thousand, five hundred dollars. Hundreds only. Benjamin-Franklin-is-killin’-the-gaaaaame.”
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy8 hrs ago
Henrik Lundqvist has only given up five goals in his last six Games 7, all of them victories.
Why? Because he does things like this:
In the first period of Friday night’s Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final, the New York Rangers goalie faced a defected shot from the point from Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman.
The puck bounced high in the air and Lundqvist made a reflexive lunge with his glove …just nudging the puck over the cross-bar and on top of the net.
Here's a look in GIF form:
Lundqvist save pic.twitter.com/75pzaft0dE
The Rangers are trying to advance to the Stanley Cup Final for the second straight season.
Lundqvist, with a win, will have more Game 7 victories than any other goalie in NHL history with seven.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
It's Game 7 between the New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning from Madison Square Garden, and we're live chatting it tonight!
Will the New York Rangers continue thieir domination of Game 7s? Will the Tampa Bay Lightning find a way to close out this series? Will Canadian writers get a chance to vacation in Florida like every other Canadian not at their cabin?
The fun begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. You bring the funny; we bring the insight, odd football photo on the template and the Hamburger Women.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy12 hrs ago
Sometimes the best types of Jersey Fouls are cross-sport fouls.
We had quite a few of those this week. A Heisman Trophy winner on a Rangers jersey? A Hawks pest on a soccer jersey above? (S/t Andrew Shaw)
They all looked pretty amazing regardless of the strange connection, and seemed to draw a lot of reaction, especially the savior-like New York foul.
Sorry we can’t contain our excitement for what you will see below just because … TIM TEBOW baahahaha
If you want to submit, make sure to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet to the hashtag #jerseyfoul. We’ll pick them up, and try to make sure to give credit where credit is due.
This week’s top fouls!
3. Tyler Hossa
We know there’s a lot of Wings fans pulling for the Lightning and general manager Steve Yzerman. This is a bit of a reach, which makes it a fantastic foul. Also, Tyler Johnson and Marian Hossa really play nothing alike. Love the duct tape. (S/t @marcospolos4)
2. Nikita St. Louis