The Ben Bishop Save That Brought Some Sanity To The Lightning's Win

So rarely does a four-goal game have such an obviously pivotal moment as did last night’s 6-2 Lightning win to even their series with the Rangers at a game apiece. Rather than the laugher the score suggests, it was, for most of its runtime, a tense, thrilling game: maybe the fastest and most wide-open of these… » 5/19/15 9:30am 5/19/15 9:30am

Lightning Win In Second Overtime On Missed Offside Call

Tampa Bay took a 1-0 lead in their Stanley Cup playoff series against Montreal when the Lightning’s Nikita Kucherov found the net two minutes into the second overtime period at Bell Centre for a 2-1 final score. But Habs fans are rightfully making noise about the fact Tampa Bay was clearly offside when bringing the… » 5/02/15 10:24am 5/02/15 10:24am

Everything Had To Go Right For The Lightning To Win Game 7

And so the Lightning move on, after winning a Game 7 in which they were a distant second-best team on the ice. But so it goes in the playoffs, when an entire series can come down to a goaltender like Ben Bishop playing out of his mind and a single, skillful, painfully lucky scoring play. “That’s how Game 7s are… » 4/30/15 9:29am 4/30/15 9:29am

Niklas Kronwall Finally Kronwalled One Too Many Defenseless Players

Niklas Kronwall’s flattening of Nikita Kucherov late in the second period of Tampa’s Game 6 win was the platonic ideal of a “Kronwalling,” the flying elbow to a head-down player for which the physical Red Wings defenseman has become so well-known. Kronwall has never been suspended before, but that appears likely to… » 4/28/15 11:29am 4/28/15 11:29am

Zdeno Chara Drops Cedric Paquette With One Punch

I went to go look up Cedric Paquette's height and weight, figuring a "Cedric Paquette is tiny. Zdeno Chara is 6'9", 255 pounds. The result when they fought was predictable." lede would be pretty good. Except I learned from Hockey Reference that Cedric Paquette is actually 6'1", 198 pounds: Zdeno Chara is just that… » 1/13/15 9:50pm 1/13/15 9:50pm