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.
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Roloson stopped 27 shots and Steve Downie scored the game winner to lift the Lightning to a Game 6 win.
Big Joe steps up when the Sharks needed him most. Antti Niemi made 26 saves to lead his team to victory.
Last night’s three stars courtesy of Puck Daddy.
No goaltending controversy heading into Game 7; Canucks make it clear that Luongo is starting.
Paul Hunter previews Game 7 between the Canucks and Blackhawks.
Pens get lucky break, but stillÂ couldn’t manage to defeat the Lightning.
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The NHL unveiled the Norris Trophy nominations yesterday.
Mississauga and Owen Sound both have 3-1 leads in their respective series’ and can advance to the OHL championship with wins on Wednesday.
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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.
Can the Lightning continue theirÂ success into game 7 andÂ close outÂ 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?