MLHS Morning Mashup: Tampa Strikes Back

MLHS Morning Mashup: Tampa Strikes Back

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After watching the playoffs from the sidelines for the past few seasons, the Lightning have made the most of their first post season appearance since 2007. Tampa Bay looked shaky in the first two games of the series, but has settled into the series and have given the Penguins all they can handle.

Head coach Guy Boucher, one of the most promising young coaches in recent memory, has had a calming influence on his team. He has prepared his team to overcome back-to-back elimination games and fought back to tie the series at three games apiece. Led by Steve Downie’s game winner and a series of terrific saves from veteran backstopper Dwayne Rolson, the Lighting earned a 4-2 win to force game 7.

With all of their momentum of their side, Tampa looks to secure a spot in the second round when they visit the Pens in a do-or die situation on Wednesday.

Leafs Links:

Where Will The Leafs Pick At The Draft?

JP Nikota at PPP looks at where the Leafs two first round picks will likely be slotted in the upcoming draft.

HNIC’s Intriguing Foray into Social Media: This ain’t no Leafspace

HNIC reverts from it’s traditional ways and adopts an interactive source for news and instant reaction.

Playoff Links:

Roloson outplays Fleury, Lightning beat Penguins 4-3 to force Game 7

Roloson stopped 27 shots and Steve Downie scored the game winner to lift the Lightning to a Game 6 win.

Thornton scores in OT to give Sharks 4-3 win and series victory over Kings

Big Joe steps up when the Sharks needed him most. Antti Niemi made 26 saves to lead his team to victory.

Monday’s Three Stars: Downie time for Tampa; Sharks advance

Last night’s three stars courtesy of Puck Daddy.

Luongo to start Game 7 for Canucks; Bickell out for Blackhawks

No goaltending controversy heading into Game 7; Canucks make it clear that Luongo is starting.

For Roberto Luongo, Game 7 success is all in his head

Paul Hunter previews Game 7 between the Canucks and Blackhawks.

Video: Chris Conner’s penalty shot gaffe for Penguins in Game 6

Pens get lucky break, but still couldn’t manage to defeat the Lightning.

Eulogy: Remembering the 2010-11 Anaheim Ducks

A review on the Ducks season from Rudy Kelly at Puck Daddy.

Chara, Lidstrom, Weber up for top defenseman

The NHL unveiled the Norris Trophy nominations yesterday.

Majors, Attack take commanding series leads

Mississauga and Owen Sound both have 3-1 leads in their respective series’ and can advance to the OHL championship with wins on Wednesday.

Last Night in Leafs Prospects:

Owen Sound took a commanding 3-1 series lead over Windsor after defeating the Spitfires 3-2 last night. Jesse Blacker, who has been instrumental to the Attack’s success, has 12 points in 14 playoff games. Owen Sound can wrap up the series on Wednesday at home and secure a berth in the OHL finals. If recent history is any indication, the Spitfires cannot be taken lightly. They came back from a 3-0 series deficit and beat out the Kitchener Rangers en route to their Memorial Cup championship.

Your Say:

Can the Lightning continue their success into game 7 and close out the Penguins? Will Boston close out it’s series against Montreal tonight or do the Canadiens still have hope? What are your predictions for game 7 of the Vancouver/Chicago and Philly/Buffalo series?