Stanley Cup Final blog: Nicholas Paul

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nicholas Paul will be keeping his own blog throughout the 2022 Stanley Cup Final against the Colorado Avalanche. He will check in regularly with behind-the-scenes access. In the third entry, Paul talks about the Lightning’s 7-0 loss to the Avalanche in Game 2 on Saturday, how the team let down goalie … Read more

Manson eyes Stanley Cup with Avalanche in Final after father came close

“Oh, I didn’t even think about [Father’s Day], “Josh, a Colorado Avalanche defenseman, said last week.” The focus has been on everything else. I’m sure we’ll be spending some good time together soon and we’ll want to make it special. “ Josh and the Avalanche defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 7-0 in Game 2 of … Read more

Stanley Cup Final blog: Alex Newhook

Colorado Avalanche forward Alex Newhook will be keeping his own blog throughout the 2022 Stanley Cup Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning. He will check in regularly with behind-the-scenes access. In the first entry, Newhook talks about the run-up to the Cup Final, which begins with Game 1 of the best-of-7 series at Ball Arena … Read more

Rangers aim to compete at higher level against Lightning in Game 4

TAMPA – The New York Rangers didn’t come into the Eastern Conference Final naively underestimating the challenge of knocking out the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions. They knew it would be hard. Now they know just how tall of a task this is going to be. The Rangers won Games 1 and 2 against the … Read more

Shesterkin, Rangers top Lightning in Game 2, extend Eastern Final lead

New York leads the best-of-7 series. Game 3 is at Tampa Bay on Sunday. “I think we did a great job limiting them, especially in the first two periods,” Rangers defenseman Adam Fox said. “We didn’t make too many mistakes. We were able to feel them. We did a good job playing from the middle … Read more

Stanley Cup Playoffs Buzz: Rangers can extend lead in Eastern Final

Welcome to the Stanley Cup Playoffs Buzz, a daily in-depth look at the 2022 NHL postseason. There is one playoff game scheduled for Friday, the 33rd day of the postseason. On Tap Tampa Bay Lightning at New York Rangers (8 pm ET; ESPN, ESPN+, CBC, SN, TVAS) The Rangers are in the unusual position of … Read more

Esposito’s loyalties with Lightning against Rangers in conference final

The Lightning, a team Esposito co-founded in 1990, was hours from beginning the Eastern Conference Final with a 6-2 loss to the New York Rangers in Game 1. Esposito was the Rangers general manager from July 1986 through May 1989, after having played for New York from 1975-81. The 1984 Hockey Hall of Famer’s loyalties … Read more

AHL notebook: NHL prospects to watch in Calder Cup conference finals

The Calder Cup Playoffs in the American Hockey League are down to four teams. The Western Conference final, which starts Friday, has Chicago (Carolina Hurricanes), the regular-season champion, facing Stockton (Calgary Flames). The Eastern Conference Final, which begins Saturday, will feature Laval (Montreal Canadiens) facing Springfield (St. Louis Blues). Each series is a best-of-7. Here … Read more

Hagel expected to play for Lightning in Game 1 of Eastern Final

TAMPA – Brandon Hagel missed his third straight practice Sunday, but Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper said he believes the forward will be available for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final on Wednesday. The Lightning have not played since May 23, when they completed a four-game sweep of the Florida Panthers in the … Read more

Rangers’ effort in Game 5 loss leaves Gallant ‘disappointed’

RALEIGH, NC – Gerard Gallant wasn’t buying any of it. “I think it was a lot for us tonight to be honest with you,” the New York Rangers coach said after a 3-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Second Round at PNC Arena. Did the Rangers, who are … Read more