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2014 NHL playoffs injury update: Steven Stamkos to play; Wings’ Alfredsson out

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Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning

Only the loss of a limb would likely keep Tampa Bay captain Steven Stamkos out of Game 4 against Montreal. (Icon SMI)

By Allan Muir

A couple of quick notes from today’s morning skates:

In Montreal, where the Lightning are in a 3-0 series hole, Tampa Bay’s playoff survival rests squarely in the hands of backup goalie Anders Lindback:

Coach Jon Cooper sounded encouraged about the progress that goalie Ben Bishop is making, but it sounds as though the series would have to be extended to a sixth or seventh game before there is any chance of seeing Bishop back in net.

Lightning-Canadiens Game 4 preview

While the Bolts will miss their big goalie, they will have their big gun in the lineup on Tuesday.

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  • Published On Apr 22, 2014
  • 2014 NHL playoffs: Canadiens dominate Lightning, 4-1, to take 2-0 series lead

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    Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban (76) had two assists in the win over the Lightning. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

    Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban (76) had two assists in Montreal’s victory over the Lightning. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

    By Sarah Kwak

    The Lightning knew that the bum wrist sidelining goalie Ben Bishop would be an issue at some point in their first-round series against the Canadiens. Well, the moment came on Friday night in Tampa Bay. Backup Anders Lindback had been serviceable in Wednesday’s Game 1, making 39 saves in a 5-4 overtime loss, but in Game 2, he wasn’t nearly as good. Lindback surrendered three goals on 23 shots before Lightning coach Jon Cooper yanked him in favor of Kristers Gudlevskis, a Latvian minor leaguer who gained fame in Sochi for nearly defeating Team Canada. Against Montreal, he didn’t fare so well, allowing a goal on just three shots as the Canadiens cruised to a 4-1 victory.

    By taking both of the first two games in Tampa Bay, Montreal put itself in position to make this series a short one. After all, beating Canadiens goalie Carey Price in four out of the next five games seems like a particularly tall order. Price has followed up his career season and a gold medal in Sochi with strong play in the first two postseason games. He made 26 saves on Friday night, including a spectacular one on Lightning center Cedric Paquette in the second period. But hey, if Montreal’s offense gets into the habit of scoring four-plus goals a night, Price may not have to play the hero too often.

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  • Published On Apr 18, 2014
  • 2014 NHL playoffs: Bruins don’t scare Red Wings; more on tonight’s games

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    Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings

    The return of Pavel Datsyuk (13) makes the Red Wings a much more formidable foe. (Michael Tureski/Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

    While the rest of the hockey world rushes to anoint the Bruins as “Most Likely To Hoist The Cup,” many of Boston’s die-hard fans are more inclined to curb their enthusiasm … at least until after the opening round.

    At play here is more than just the legendary fatalism of New England sports fans, the caution born of heartbreaks caused by Bucky Dent and Bill Buckner, Eli Manning and David Tyree/Mario Manningham and –for Bruins fans in particular — “Too many men on the ice.” Indeed, the first round has become almost an annual tripwire for the Bruins, with lower seeds extending them to overtime of Game 7 in each of the past three springs. They survived the scares in 2011 and ’13. But in 2012, one round is as far as their playoffs went.

    So a spike in the collective anxiety of New England is understandable as the Presidents’ Trophy winners take on the Red Wings on Friday night in the opener of a series that could be treacherous for the Stanley Cup favorites.

    It’s not just that Detroit was the only team to beat Boston three times in regulation this season, or even that the Red Wings’ puck possession game is the Kryptonite to the Bruins’ physically punishing style. It’s that these Wings might be better than they were at any time during the regular season. They’re still missing some key players — word now is that Henrik Zetterberg has almost no chance of skating in this series — but Detroit is deeper and healthier than it has been almost all year.

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  • Published On Apr 18, 2014
  • Ben Bishop contract just the first step for Lightning GM Steve Yzerman

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    New Lightning goalie Ben Bishop has sometimes been hung out to dry by Tampa Bay’s lackluster defending. (Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    It was a nice bit of work by Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman to outbid the competition and add Ben Bishop from Ottawa at the trade deadline. And it was an even neater trick to extend the netminder yesterday with a two-year, $4.6 million deal. That’s a reasonable cap hit for an emerging No. 1 (right around what Corey Crawford and Jimmy Howard currently make), and the short term gives Bishop time to prove himself in the role while allowing Yzerman to beat a fairly hasty retreat if he doesn’t.

    Now that he’s committed to two promising but inexperienced goaltenders in Bishop and last summer’s prize acquisition, Anders Lindback, it’s time to get serious about the real problem in Tampa.

    Remember Bishop’s flashy debut for the Lightning? The key takeaway from that scintillating performance wasn’t that he recorded a shutout in a 5-0 thrashing of the Carolina Hurricanes. It’s that he faced down a career-high 45 shots in the process.

    And that tells you exactly where Yzerman’s full attention should be focused this summer.

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  • Published On Apr 16, 2013
  • Steve Yzerman, not Guy Boucher, at fault in Tampa

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    Guy Boucher couldn't survive the lockout-shortened season as Tampa Bay's head coach. [Chris O'Meara/AP]

    Guy Boucher couldn’t survive the lockout-shortened season as Tampa Bay’s head coach. [Chris O'Meara/AP]

    By Allan Muir

    With 17 games to go and his team five points out of an Eastern Conference playoff berth, Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman had seen enough. He made the decision early this morning to fire coach Guy Boucher, hoping that a different voice would somehow motivate his Lightning into a miraculous stretch run.

    You can’t blame him. Something had to be done, especially after dispiriting losses to Toronto and Ottawa this week, and cashiering the coach is the easiest option.

    But here’s hoping he took a good long look in the mirror before he pushed him overboard, because it was Yzerman’s own failings that led Boucher out onto the plank.

    Remember when Boucher was regarded as a genius after guiding the Lightning to a 23-point improvement back in 2010-11? He had Dwayne Roloson, doing his best Johnny Bower impression, between the pipes.

    But there isn’t a coach in the world who looks good when his goaltending stinks. Considering the pair of Johnny Rottens he was dealt this season by Yzerman, it’s amazing Boucher was able to stay in the mix as long as he did.

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  • Published On Mar 24, 2013


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