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2014-15 Stanley Cup final

  1. Six issues at core of Lightning Cup final loss

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    TAMPA — It has been more than a year, but Anton Stralman can't get the painful memories out of his head.

    Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman (6) and Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad (20) get tangled up in the second period of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals in Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla. on June 3. Stralman has been on the losing team of the Finals the past two years. [DIRK SHADD  |  TIMES]
  2. Lightning in no rush to deal its goaltending depth

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    TAMPA — The Lightning is in an enviable position when it comes to goaltending.

    Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) spells goalie Ben Bishop (30) briefly in the third period of Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Chicago Blackhawks in Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla. on Saturday, June 6, 2015.
  3. Yzerman: Re-signing Stamkos summer's 'No. 1 priority'

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    TAMPA

    That Steven Stamkos went without a goal in his first Stanley Cup final likely left a bad taste in the Lightning captain's mouth.

    Steven Stamkos, first row center, and teammates relax for a fun picture with the East championship trophy Wednesday.
  4. Future looks bright for Lightning

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    TAMPA — The traditional post-series handshake line was wrapping up late Monday night at the United Center, with the sellout crowd singing along to the Blues Brothers' Sweet Home Chicago.

    Lightning head coach Jon Cooper talks to reporters at a news conference Sunday at the NHL hockey Stanley Cup final.
  5. Photo gallery: Fans welcome Lightning players home (w/video)

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    TAMPA

    Neal Lewis waited patiently, Lightning trading cards clutched in his hands, to welcome the team back on Tuesday after Tampa Bay's thrilling run in the Stanley Cup final came to a disheartening halt.

     Alli Innes takes a photo with Steven Stamkos. [LUIS SANTANA  |   Times]
  6. Playoffs pushed Lightning's Ben Bishop to play through pain

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    TAMPA — Had it been the regular season, G Ben Bishop said he likely would have missed two weeks with the type of torn groin he suffered in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup final.

    Ben Bishop said he won't require surgery, just rest, to recover this offseason. [DIRK SHADD | Times]
  7. Lightning's Stamkos ends Cup final scoreless (w/video)

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    CHICAGO — A lot of Lightning players are likely to linger on the 2015 Stanley Cup final. None more than captain Steven Stamkos.

    Lightning center Steven Stamkos was goalless in the Cup final.
  8. Lightning shut out as Blackhawks win Stanley Cup (w/video)

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    CHICAGO — Goalie Ben Bishop sat at his locker in a somber Lightning dressing room Monday night, his head buried in his hands.

    Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat (18) and center Tyler Johnson (9) take a moment during a break in the action during the third period of Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals in the United Center in Chicago, Il. on Monday, June 15, 2015.
  9. Lightning's special season ends in Game 6 of Stanley Cup final (w/video)

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    CHICAGO

    One day there will be time for the Lightning to perform the autopsy on the 2015 Stanley Cup final. On that day, the Lightning can dissect what went wrong, how the series was lost, everything it might have done differently.

    But now is not that time.

    Lightning players, including Ben Bishop (30), Cedric Paquette (13), Ryan Callahan (24) and Brian Boyle (11), gather on the ice Monday after Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final in the United Center in Chicago. Monday’s loss was the first time the Lightning had lost three straight games during the playoffs.
  10. Fans nearly fill Amalie Arena for final Lightning watch party

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    TAMPA

    With each Stanley Cup final away game they came, the watch party crowds swelling as the Tampa Bay Lightning advanced. That was until the rain washed out the last one entirely.

     Amalie Arena will opened it's doors to fans tonight (6-15-15)  as the Tampa Bay Lightning take on the Blackhawks in Chicago in do-or-die Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final..[Photo Luis Santana | Times]