Young Talent Fights in Lightning Vs Panthers to start 2018



TAMPA — Finally, after practice after practice, and interview after interview talking about it, F Mathieu Joseph made his NHL debut Saturday.

It was no surprise that he made the Lightning roster, not after the preseason and camp he put together. Joseph scored four goals in the preseason and finished with eight points. It seemed more likely than not that he would make the opening-day roster the further training camp progressed.

But from the time GM Julien BriseBois told Joseph, 21, he made the team out of camp until Saturday’s season opener against the Panthers at Amalie Arena, he had a full week to think about it.

A week filled with anticipation, nerves, excitement and … waiting.
Sitting in his locker-room stall hours before his debut, Joseph had to pause for several seconds to try to put into words what Saturday meant to him. CLICK PIC FOR ARTICLE

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Tampa Bay Lightning fans can get free Chick-fil-A chicken biscuits Thursday

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 Author: Mark Bergin

TAMPA BAY, Fla. – Tampa Bay Lightning fans wearing team gear will receive free Chick-fil-A chicken biscuits on Thursday morning.

There is a limit of one chicken biscuit per Lightning fan. No other purchase is necessary.

Chick-fil-A is offering the playoff perk until 10:30 a.m. Thursday at participating restaurants in Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota counties.

 

Only catch –   There is a limit of one chicken biscuit per Lightning fan.

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Why Nashville Predators fans throw catfish

The Nashville Predators have one of the best new traditions in sports, chucking catfish on the ice during games, and the story behind this is what makes rivalries so great.

The Predators begin their march toward the Stanley Cup Final for a second straight year where they hope to finish what they started last year. The former expansion team has come a long way in two decades and enter the postseason as the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference and the winners of the President’s Trophy, as owners of the best record in the regular season.

By Patrick Schmidt

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Sharks racing toward Round 2 without those old guys

By Ann Killion – April 16, 2018

Playoff hockey is as familiar a South Bay sight as a corporate bus full of people coding at 80 miles an hour.

But this April, the playoff hockey has a different look.

On Monday, the Sharks roared into SAP Center, with a series lead and a full head of steam, but without two stalwarts.

 

Jan 31, 2017; San Jose, CA, USA; San Jose Sharks left wing Patrick Marleau (12) celebrates with center Joe Thornton (19) after scoring a goal against the Chicago Blackhawks in the second period at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

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Vegas Golden Knights Merch Outselling Rest of NHL!

Updated April 12, 2018 – 12:16 pm

When the Golden Knights unveiled the team’s uniform last year, it got mixed reviews.

“It. Is. Hideous,” The Washington Post wrote, summarizing reactions online.

But the Las Vegas team proved phenomenal on the ice, posting one of the best records in the NHL — and its merchandise sales have led the pack.

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Toronto Stops Late Surge From Boston to Force Game 6

By TYLER HORKA 

April 21, 2018

With a chance to clinch the series and move on to the second round in Game 5, Boston didn’t look like the formidable force it proved to be on home ice in the first two games. The Bruins fell behind 2-0 before many fans inside TD Garden finished their first choice of beverages in what was ultimately a 4-3 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Enjoy these playoffs as it get’s more intense by the game!!

Toronto Maple Leafs celebrate an empty-net goal by Toronto Maple Leafs centre Auston Matthews (34), not shown, during third period NHL hockey action, in Toronto on Saturday, April 8, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

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Wayne Gretzky thankful he played during the NHL’s wide-open scoring days

Portrait of Edmonton Oilers Wayne Gretzky during a photo shoot on the ice.
Edmonton, Canada 1984

Wayne Gretzky doesn’t think he would have been as great of a hockey player in the 1950s.

He’s not being humble. More like fearful.

Yes, the greatest goal scorer who ever played the game would no doubt have had an easier time putting the puck past goalies who didn’t wear masks and rarely left their feet to make a save. But that’s assuming he could make it up the ice in one piece.

“The (Gordie) Howes and (Maurice) Richards typically had to fight for themselves,” Gretzky said in a phone interview. “That was the game back then. When you’re 150 pounds, that would have been more difficult for me. I’m always the first guy to sit here and say I came around at the right time. It was a different game.”

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Top Stories in NHL Hockey 2016 Year In Review

A nice recap with video and some article pieces along with the 2016 review in NHL hockey via Sports Net Canada:

 

It was a wild year in the NHL and as much excitement as there is for the future of the game with plenty of young and exciting talent coming in, 2016 also gave us a few moments to ponder the past.

Through the year, the hockey world lost a legend, celebrated another and witnessed one of the craziest 23 minutes in the history of the NHL, if not all sports.

Undoubtedly when coming up with a year-end top 10, a few noteworthy stories had to be left out that should get a mention:

Recently, the firing of Gerard Gallant as head coach in Florida was probably the most controversial coach dismissal ever and left Don Cherry labeling it the “worst” in NHL history.

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