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The NHL Stanley Cup Final begins tonight in Tampa Bay!‏

The NHL Stanley Cup Final begins tonight in Tampa Bay!‏

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

 

 

 

Game 1 of the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Finals takes place tonight in Tampa Bay, Florida.

This year’s finals will showcase the Tampa Bay Lightning taking on the Chicago Blackhawks with puck drop scheduled for 8pm EST.

Tampa Bay finished the season with a record of 50-24-8 and 108 total points, while the Chicago Blackhawks finished with a record of 48-28-6 and 102 points.

Tampa Bay advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals by defeating the New York Rangers in game seven of the Eastern Conference Final.

Meanwhile, the Chicago Blackhawks returned to the Stanley Cup finals for the third time in the past six seasons by defeating the Anaheim Ducks in game seven of the Western Conference Final.

Chicago has been led by the strong play of Captain Jonathan Toews, as well as contributions from All-Stars Duncan Keith and Patrick Kane.

Tampa Bay on the other hand, has reached the Stanley Cup Finals due to their roster depth and overall team speed.

The Lightning will need sniper Steven Stamkos to play at his very best this series, this if they hope to stop the Blackhawks from becoming a modern day dynasty.

Tampa Bay’s goalie, Ben Bishop, has played very well during this year’s playoff run and will need to continue his hot streak against Chicago’s high-powered offense.

Meanwhile, Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford has also rebounded, this after being benched in the opening round of this year’s playoffs.

Who do you have winning this year’s NHL Stanley Cup Final?

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Lightning knock out Canadiens in six games‏

Lightning knock out Canadiens in six games‏

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

 

 

 

The Tampa Bay Lightning have advanced to this year’s NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference Final, this after defeating the Montreal Canadiens by a final score of 4-1 on Tuesday night.

The Bolts played their most complete game of the series in game six, frustrating the Habs with a stellar defensive performance.

Tampa Bay sniper Steven Stamkos scored his third goal of the playoffs, which turned out to be the game winner, just minutes in to yesterday’s second period.

The Lightning will now face the winner of the New York Rangers vs. Washington Capitals series, which is currently knotted up at three games apiece.

Game 7 between the Caps and Rangers takes place tonight at Madison Square Garden at 7:30pm EST.

With the win, Tampa Bay will advance to the NHL’s Eastern Conference Final for the first time since 2011.

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Ducks oust Flames, advance to Western Conference Finals‏

Ducks oust Flames, advance to Western Conference Finals‏

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

 

 

 

The Anaheim Ducks defeated the Calgary Flames by a final score of 3-2 on Sunday night, thus advancing to play the Chicago Blackhawks in this year’s NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Western Conference Final.

Ducks sniper Corey Perry scored the series winning goal just 2:26 in to the game’s first overtime period. The goal marked Perry’s seventh tally of the playoffs.

The victory marks the first time that the Ducks have advanced to the Western Conference Finals since 2007, the last year the team won the Stanley Cup.

Anaheim will now face a Chicago Blackhawks team who has played in five of the past seven Western Conference Finals.

Chicago is coming off a 4-0 series sweep of the Minnesota Wild.

The Ducks will need forwards Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Ryan Kesler to continue their hot play if they hope to defeat the high-powered Blackhawks squad.

As for the Flames, Sunday served as a disappointing end to a fantastic season for the young Calgary squad.

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Blackhawks sweep wild, advance to Western Conference Finals!‏

Blackhawks sweep wild, advance to Western Conference Finals!‏

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

 

 

 

For the third time in as many years, the Chicago Blackhawks have knocked the Minnesota Wild out of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Blackhawks defeated the Wild by a final score of 4-3 on Thursday night, thus earning a spot in this year’s Western Conference Final.

Chicago will now face the winner of the Anaheim Ducks vs. Calgary Flames series, which Anaheim currently leads 2-1.

Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford made 37 saves in game 4, and was instrumental in the Blackhawks four-game sweep of the Wild.

The victory marks the fifth time in seven years that Chicago has made it to the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Western Conference Final.

Chicago was led by the play of captain Jonathon Toews and sniper Patrick Kane throughout the series.

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