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Playoff Open Thread: June 14

After two intense and entertaining rounds of playoff hockey, the first game of the NHL semifinals got underway last night as the defending champions from Tampa Bay kicked things off against JG Pageau and the New York Islanders. Last Night’s Game. New York Islanders 2, Tampa Bay Lightning 1 -...
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Kraken: 4 High-Profile UFAs to Target

Fom July 18 to July 21, the Seattle Kraken will be able to speak with and potentially sign any unrestricted or restricted free agents around the league. Any signed players will count as the selection from their former team, but the key advantage here is the ability to court players before any other team.
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Twitter map shows most of U.S. rooting for Islanders in semifinals

NHL fans across the United States are apparently jumping on the New York Islanders bandwagon for the Stanley Cup semifinals. Geotagged Twitter data that Betonline.ag gathered in the last week - including over 100,000 tweets containing official fan hashtags - found the Islanders are the most popular team in the semifinals, with 32 states rooting for them.
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Monday’s Dump & Chase: Semifinals Still Sounds Weird

Analyzing how the coronavirus halted a positive fan attendance trend for the Arizona Coyotes. I mean...it’s got to be Carey Price right now, right?. Good news that Evans is doing alright. The New York Rangers took game 1 from the Tampa Bay Lightning yesterday by a score of 2-1. A...
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Nelson and the Islanders visit Tampa Bay with 1-0 series lead

LINE: Lightning -180, Islanders +151; over/under is 5.5. NHL PLAYOFFS THIRD ROUND: Islanders lead series 1-0 BOTTOM LINE: The New York Islanders visit the Tampa Bay Lightning in the third round of the NHL Playoffs with a 1-0 lead in the series. The teams meet Tuesday for the second time this season. The Islanders won the previous meeting 2-1.
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Notebook: Lightning's resiliency to be tested again after Game 1 loss

Bolts will lean on past playoff experiences to help rebound from Sunday's series-opening loss to New York. For the first time in these playoffs, the Tampa Bay Lightning lost the opening game of a series when they fell 2-1 to the New York Islanders in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals.
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Nuts & Bolts: Bounce back performance needed from Tampa Bay in Game 2

The Lightning face their first series deficit of the 2021 postseason after dropping the series opener to the Isles. The Bolts will look to even up their semifinal series against the Islanders in Game 2 on Tuesday night at Amalie Arena. When: Tuesday, June 15 - 8:00 p.m. ET. Where:...
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Islanders: Andrei Vasilevskiy weakness is home ice

TAMPA, FLORIDA - JUNE 13: Andrei Vasilevskiy #88 of the Tampa Bay Lightning skates in warm-ups prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game One of the Stanley Cup Semifinals during the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Amalie Arena on June 13, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. The Islanders defeated the Lightning 2-1. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Barzal keeps rolling as Islanders take Game 1 from Lightning

Another round, and another highly skilled opponent for the New York Islanders to frustrate. The Islanders were 2-1 winners in Game 1 of their semifinal series against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday afternoon, taking a 1-0 series lead and getting one step closer to their first Stanley Cup Final appearance in more than 35 years.
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Hurricanes defenseman Dougie Hamilton given permission to speak with other teams

Of those players set to reach unrestricted free agency this summer, Dougie Hamilton stands as one of the best. The Carolina Hurricanes defenseman is one of the league’s best offensive weapons from the back end, while also posting some of the NHL’s best possession numbers year in, year out. For some, he could be considered the top free agent available in 2021 and now he’ll get an early start on the market.
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Monday Caterwaul: Florida Panthers Offseason Open Forum

Mathew Barzal and Ryan Pulock scored the goals, and Semyon Varlamov made 30 saves to backstop the New York Islanders to a 2-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 1 of the NHL Stanley Cup Semifinals at Amalie Arena. Barzal, who has four goals in the last five...
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Tampa Bay Lightning lament mental mistakes in Game 1 loss to New York Islanders

TAMPA, Fla. -- The New York Islanders were mentally prepared for Game 1 of their Stanley Cup semifinal series. The Tampa Bay Lightning were not. "Our work ethic was there. Our compete [level] was there. Our minds weren't there," said Lightning coach Jon Cooper, whose team lost 2-1 on Sunday afternoon. "Some of our decisions were poor. That's what happens when you get this deep into the playoffs. You have to have everything working in unison and we just weren't there tonight."
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DBTB Open Thread - Week of 6/13 | Then there were four

Here’s an open thread for discussing all matters Buffalo Sabres and NHL related for this week. Of course, you can talk about anything else you like too. We’re down to four teams left now in the NHL Playoffs, and it’s definitely not what we were expecting when the postseason started.