Final NHL mock draft: How the first round shakes out after Lafreniere

Chris Peters is ESPN’s NHL draft and prospects analyst. The Chicago native previously covered the NHL for CBSSports.com and founded the popular independent blog UnitedStatesofHockey.com where he covered the game at all levels since 2010. You’ve been hearing about the 2020 NHL draft class for more than a year. But now teams will finally get
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NHL draft and free agency collide: What could happen during crazy week

The NHL had a moment to catch its breath after the Tampa Bay Lightning won the Stanley Cup on September 28, but now the offseason will hit overdrive. The draft will start Tuesday night and finish Wednesday and then less than two days later, unrestricted free agency will begin (at noon ET on Friday). The
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Lightning win 2020 Stanley Cup; Tampa sports community reacts on Twitter

The last time the Tampa Bay Lightning lifted Lord Stanley’s Cup, the year was 2004 and smartphones, let alone social media, were definitely not a thing.  But in 2020, it’s all about social media and Monday night, mere seconds after the final buzzer sounded to wrap up the 2019-20 NHL season with a crowned champion,
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Lightning’s Hedman wins postseason MVP award

Emily Kaplan is ESPN’s national NHL reporter. EDMONTON, Alberta — Tampa Bay defenseman Victor Hedman won the Conn Smythe Award as the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs MVP. Hedman, 29, scored 10 goals this summer — Paul Coffey (12) and Brian Leetch (11) are the only defenseman to ever record more. He also led the Lightning
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One year after shocking upset, Tampa Bay Lightning capture Stanley Cup with Game 6 win against Stars

In April 2019, the Tampa Bay Lightning skated off the ice, victims of a stunning first-round sweep by the Columbus Blue Jackets after a 62-win season. Monday, they stayed on the ice after the end of Game 6 to lift the Stanley Cup for the second time in franchise history. A 2-0 victory against the
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Tampa Bay Lightning get goal from Steven Stamkos as they beat Dallas Stars in Game 3

The Tampa Bay Lightning got another big performance from their stars Wednesday night in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final, including one they had not seen in seven months. Captain Steven Stamkos made the most of what amounted to a cameo appearance in his return from March core muscle surgery and a lower-body injury in
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Tampa Bay Lightning star Steven Stamkos scores early in Game 3 return against Dallas Stars

Tampa Bay Lightning star Steven Stamkos, making his first appearance in nearly seven months, didn't need long to make an impact Wednesday night. The Tampa Bay captain scored on his first shot in his first action since Feb. 25 to give the Lightning a 2-0 lead against the Dallas Stars at 6:58 of the first
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NHL Awards 2020: SN’s Jackie Spiegel explains her ballot

While there was a little less glitz and fanfare this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, awards for the 2019-20 NHL regular season were still handed out. Members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association voted on six awards: the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, Frank J. Selke Trophy, Lady Byng Memorial, Calder Memorial Trophy, Hart Memorial
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Edmonton’s Draisaitl takes Hart Trophy as MVP

Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl won the NHL MVP award on Monday after leading the league in scoring. Draisaitl is the first German player to win the Hart Trophy. The league announced its most prominent award winners Tuesday night prior to Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final in Edmonton, Alberta. The 24-year-old Draisaitl had 110
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Khudobin’s play in goal lifts Stars to Game 1 win

EDMONTON, Alberta — The well-rested Dallas Stars took it to the banged-up Tampa Bay Lightning with the play and physicality early and goaltender Anton Khudobin closed it out with 22 third-period saves to win Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final 4-1 on Saturday night. Joel Hanley and Jamie Oleksiak continued the Stars’ postseason trend
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