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Late Lightning strike: News, notes, quotes from Tampa's Game 3 win


Late Lightning strike: News, notes, quotes from Tampa's Game 3 win

News, notes and quotes as the Tampa Bay Lightning enjoy another one-goal playoff victory following Monday night’s 3-2 win over the Blackhawks in Chicago. The Lightning lead the Stanley Cup Final two games to one, with Game 4 set for Wednesday night in United Center [8 p.m., NBCSN]:

Thisclose: For the third time in three games, the winning club rallied from a deficit to pull out a victory. Dating to Game 6 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final – which also featured the Blackhawks – seven of the past nine Stanley Cup Final games have seen the victorious team overcome a deficit at any point in the contest, including five in the third period.

Two for the road: Tampa Bay defenseman Victor Hedman recorded a pair of assists in Game 3, setting a pair of franchise playoff records in the process. His assist on Ryan Callahan's first-period goal was the 20th of his playoff career, passing Dan Boyle [19] for the most ever by a Lightning defenseman. His centering pass to Cedric Paquette on the game-winner with 3:11 remaining in the third period was his 23rd career playoff point (2-21—23 in 45 games), passing Boyle (3-19—22 in 45 GP) for most career playoff points by a Tampa Bay blueliner. Hedman is now a plus-13in the playoffs, second in the NHL to Chicago blue liner Duncan Keith (plus-14). 

Road warriors: The Lightning improved their league-leading road record in the 2015 playoffs to 8-3. Their eight playoff road wins set a franchise record, passing the seven recorded during their run to the 2004 Stanley Cup (7-3). The NHL record for road wins in one playoff year is 10, last achieved by the Kings in 2012 (10-1).

The Bolts have outscored opponents 31-18 overall away from home and have won four straight as visitors dating to Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. The Lightning also improved to 3-0-1 in their past four trips to United Center dating to April 3, 2011.

The Blackhawks, meanwhile, suffered just their second home loss of the playoffs (7-2). Their other home playoff loss came against the Anaheim Ducks in Game 3 of the Western Conference Final.

King me: Tampa Bay goaltender Ben Bishop (36 saves) improved to 8-3 on the road in the playoffs with a 1.50 goals-against average, .947 save percentage and two shutouts.

Quick response: Chicago forward Brandon Saad scored a go-ahead goal at 4:14 of the third period that was quickly followed by Tampa Bay forward Ondrej Palat's game-tying goal at 4:27. The 13 seconds between goals is three off the Stanley Cup Final record for fastest two goals by both teams (10 seconds), set in 1936 and equaled in 1947.

Gotta have Duncan: Chicago's Duncan Keith recorded his 18th assist and 20th point of the playoffs – both tops among defensemen – and logged a game-high 31:37 in ice time. The only defensemen to collect more assists in one playoff year are: Paul Coffey (25 in 1985 with Edmonton, Al MacInnis (24 in 1989 with Calgary), Brian Leetch (23 in 1994 with the Rangers) and Bobby Orr (19 in 1972 with Boston).

Still going strong: Chicago forward Marian Hossa tallied a pair of assists in Game 3, raising his career playoff scoring totals to 49-94--143 in 191 games. Hossa jumped to 27th place on the all-time playoff assists list, passing Sergei Zubov (93A), and moved into a tie with Ron Francis (46-97--143) for 33rd place on the NHL’s all-time playoff points list.

Long time coming: Chicago rookie defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk made his Stanley Cup Playoff debut in Game 3, logging 9:01 of ice time with one shot on goal. The 23-year-old rookie appeared in his first NHL game since Nov. 16. He missed most of the regular season and the start of the playoffs after suffering kneecap and wrist injuries that required surgery. He recorded one assist in 18 regular-season games with the Blackhawks prior to being sidelined. Trevor is the younger brother of Toronto forward James van Riemsdyk, who also appeared in the Stanley Cup Final in his rookie season -- as a member of the Philadelphia Flyers against the Blackhawks in 2010.

By the numbers: The team that has won Game 3 after a split of the opening two contests of the Final has gone on to capture the Stanley Cup 21 of 26 times (80.8 percent) since the series adopted the best-of-seven format in 1939.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, road teams that win Game 3 are 13-0 in best-of-seven Stanley Cup Final series that were tied 1-1.

The Lightning scored the opening goal of the game for the third time in three Stanley Cup Final games and improved to 11-1 when scoring the first goal during the playoffs.

The Lightning have led for 51.3 percent of total playing time in the Stanley Cup Final, the teams have been tied for 45.2 percent and the Blackhawks have led for 3.5 percent. The clubs have been tied or separated by one goal for the entire series.

What the Lightning said:

"I feel like Marshawn Lynch right now.” – goaltender Ben Bishop after declining to answer reporters’ questions about his injury

“I didn't know if I was going to make the team at the beginning.  I was there to make the team, right? I did everything I can to make the team, but it wasn't enough.” --game-winning goal scorer Cedric Paquette on not making the Lightning out of training camp

What the Blackhawks said:

“He looks like he's got some issues.  But I think we still didn't put enough pucks at the net and traffic, obviously.  But certainly later in the game there we made it easier on him.” – Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville

“Usually in every series, Game 4 is really huge. It’s either a tie or go down by two games.” – Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa

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Brian MacLellan got his day with the Stanley Cup over the weekend

Brian MacLellan got his day with the Stanley Cup over the weekend

Washington Capitals GM Brian MacLellan finally got his day. 

Over the weekend, MacLellan played host to the Stanley Cup, taking it home to his offseason house in Minnesota. 

MacLellan brought the Cup to Powderhorn Park, where a youth hockey tournament was being put on by the Herb Brooks Foundation. 

MacLellean talked with local media about the experience:

"It's a fun day, a fun day to see people react to the Cup," MacLellan told FOX 9 TV. "You know, it brings a lot of smiles to people's faces, people that sometimes don't get a chance to get close to it are getting an opportunity and it's fun to watch them enjoy it."


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This Caps Stanley Cup tattoo has everyone's beat


This Caps Stanley Cup tattoo has everyone's beat

Since the Washington Capitals won the Stanley Cup for the first time over one month ago, Caps fans, (and players), have rushed to their local tattoo parlor to get some ink commemorating the win.

We've seen the classic Capitals logo with the Stanley Cup, but nothing that comes close to the masterpiece that is Shane Peacher's tattoo.

Peacher tweeted to Joe B and Courtney Laughlin the finished tat: a work of art featuring Alex Ovechkin kissing the Stanley Cup for the first time as it's hoisted over his head.

Joe B replied making sure Shane had enough room on his other tricep for next year.

Shane replied that he's thinking of Evgeny Kuznetsov's iconic celebration that has since been dubbed the "birdman."

Shane got his Caps tattoo at the Helix Tattoo Lodge in Rising Sun, Maryland, by tattoo artist, Justin Holcombe.