Blake Coleman and the Tampa Bay Lightning are going to have to focus on having faster starts to games if they’re going to count on enjoying better finishes against the Dallas Stars in the Stanley Cup Final. A Lightning team that led the NHL in scoring for a third straight season is suddenly having difficulty generating an early spark. “You don’t want to put yourself behind the 8-ball that frequently,” Coleman said Sunday, a day after the Lightning sleep-walked through two periods of a series-opening 4-1 loss.
When I realized it’s not easy to get there, it’s not easy to get even to the finals, I start thinking it would be a great accomplishment at some point to get there and win the Cup,” Khudobin said. He and the Dallas Stars are three victories away thanks in large part to Khudobin's play in his first postseason as a starting goaltender at age 34.
Gary Bettman will take his first sigh of relief in months when he presents the Stanley Cup. Maybe I’ll get a full night sleep,” the NHL Commissioner said. Maybe one, and then the work begins on next season.