Point progressing for Lightning, could return during playoffs

TAMPA – Brayden Point could return for the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, though coach Jon Cooper said he doesn’t know when that could. “It’s hard for me to say right now because I don’t even know when this next round is going to start,” Cooper said Friday before it was announced … Read more

Perry enjoys postseason playing for Lightning instead of against them

TAMPA, Fla. – Corey Perry is having fun being on the Tampa Bay Lightning’s side in the Stanley Cup Playoffs this season. After losing to the Lightning in the Stanley Cup Final with the Dallas Stars in 2020 and with the Montreal Canadiens last season, Perry signed with them as an unrestricted free agent last … Read more

Panthers sweep at hands of Lightning ‘tough pill to swallow’

“I think we’re closer than ever,” Panthers coach Andrew Brunette said. “But we got swept, and there’s another level we’ve got to climb still. We’re still climbing, and I thought hoping – not hoping, but I believe – we were ready for that next step, and unfortunately, we fell short. “ The Panthers won the … Read more

Kadri scores hat trick, Avalanche defeat Blues in Game 4

ST. LOUIS – Nazem Kadri scored his first Stanley Cup Playoff hat trick, and the Colorado Avalanche defeated the St. Louis Blues 6-3 in Game 4 of the Western Conference Second Round at Enterprise Center on Monday. The Avalanche lead the best-of-7 series, 3-1. Game 5 will be at Colorado on Wednesday. “I wanted to … Read more

Flames leave Markstrom ‘out to dry’ in Game 3 of Western Second Round

EDMONTON – Leaving Jacob Markstrom “out to dry” is becoming a familiar refrain for the Calgary Flames in the Western Conference Second Round against the Edmonton Oilers. Markstrom made 21 saves in the first period but allowed four goals in the second period and did not finish the game in a 4-1 loss at Rogers … Read more

McDonagh’s daughter is ‘good-luck charm’ for Lightning in Game 3

TAMPA – Ryan McDonagh said he tried to take it all in during the pregame events with his 5-year-old daughter, Falan, the honorary “Thunderkid” for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Second Round, skating around the rink and then standing next to him for the national anthem. “We’ve been practicing at home for this,” the … Read more

Kane continues to pay huge dividends for Oilers in Game 3

Evander Kane stuffed the puck into the net, the hats rained onto the ice at Rogers Place on Sunday, and what looked like a risky acquisition not long ago kept paying off, big time. Who would have imagined this when the Edmonton Oilers signed the forward Jan. 27? Kane scored his second hat trick of … Read more

Lightning defeat Panthers in Game 3, on the verge of second-round sweep

TAMPA – The Tampa Bay Lightning moved within one win of a sweep of the Florida Panthers in the Eastern Conference Second Round with a 5-1 victory in Game 3 at Amalie Arena on Sunday. Tampa Bay leads the best-of-7 series 3-0. Game 4 is here Monday. Teams that take a 3-0 lead in a … Read more

Keith’s playoff experience boosts Oilers entering Game 3 against Flames

EDMONTON – Duncan Keith showed why the Edmonton Oilers traded for him in the offseason and helped them even their Western Conference Second Round series. The veteran defenseman had a goal and two assists in a 5-3 win against the Calgary Flames in Game 2 on Friday, when the Oilers came back from trailing 2-0 … Read more