We’re officially a week into the 2013/14 NHL playoffs and we’ve already seen our share of overtime dramatics, borderline hits, curious officiating, and Pierre McGuire. While every series has seen at least 3 games played, now is a good time to check in on what we’ve learned through week 1 of the dance and what we should expect over the next week.
Tampa Bay Lightning captain Martin St. Louis has been selected to replace injured teammate Steven Stamkos on Canada's roster for the Winter Olympics in Sochi. St. Louis will cap off an impressive year by playing in his second Olympics, having played for Canada in 2006 in Turin, heading to Russia preparing to play his first international tournament since the 2009 IIHF World Championship.
Following the news from Tampa Bay that Stamkos has not been medically cleared to resume playing following his broken leg, the 23-year-old was forced to withdraw from the Olympic squad with his Lightning team-mate, St. Louis, replacing him on the Canadian roster.
The Islanders continued their 6 game road trip on Thursday night visiting the Tampa Bay Lightning and took a well-earned 2-1 shootout victory over the co-leaders of the Atlantic Division. On the current trip the Islanders have now recorded points in 4 of the 5 games.
With Ryan Strome now a permanent fixture with the Islanders, the main focus of the prospect pool turns to Anders Lee. Lee has been quietly productive for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers and is the team point leader among players currently on the Sound Tigers' roster. So when will Anders Lee get his chance to prove himself in the NHL?
A tremendous 6-0-1 stretch seems so far behind in the rear view mirror after a substandard sojourn in the Sunshine State. The Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 4-2 on Wednesday night.
In the process, former Lightning captain Vincent Lecavalier's homecoming was ruined with the loss, along with former Lightning wingers Steve Downie and Adam Hall.
The Blackhawks continue their Florida road trip on Thursday with a match-up against the Tampa Bay Lightning. It’ll be their second and last game against Steven Stamkos’ team.
The Ligntning (5-3-0) are currently enjoying a 7-game homestand that has been good for them, with 3 wins against 2 losses. The Blackhawks (6-1-2) are coming in with a 2-win streak, and will look to keep it going, for themselves and also for their mothers, who are accompanying players and staff during this road trip.
The first period looked like a good night for Chicago: the Blackhawks held the Lightning to zero shots on goal for twenty minutes, while getting a dozen at Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop.
Holding an opponent without a SOG in a period was something the Blackhawks hadn't accomplished in nearly 67 years - since December 4, 1946, in fact. But such a solid feat would not be enough.
In the second, the Blackhawks leapt out to a 2-0 lead. Patrick Kane scored in the first minute. About eight minutes later, Bishop went to play the puck behind the net, and ended up being caught out to dry instead; Brandon Saad cleaned up a puck on the doorstep and created a power play goal for...
Multiple news outlets have reported that tickets for tonight’s game have already sold out, and with good reason. It appears that the fans on Long Island have finally realized that this Isles team is worth watching.