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(Thu, 28 May 2015 16:10:17 PDT)
The San Jose Sharks announced Peter DeBoer as their new coach on Thursday. The Sharks had been searching for Todd McLellan's replacement since April when it was decided that he would not return for an eighth season in 2015-16. McLellan, who had success in San Jose but could never lead the team to a title, has since been hired as Edmonton Oilers coach.

Bryan Murray announces next season is last as Ottawa GM (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 28 May 2015 06:35:28 PDT)
Every time I see Bryan Murray talking into a reporter’s microphone, I’m thankful. Thankful that he’s battled through 21 chemotherapy treatments for Stage 4 colon cancer and is able to do the thing that’s defined him for nearly five decades. Thankful that his class and his wisdom remain a part of the Ottawa Senators and, in turn, the hockey world.  But I also knew it couldn’t last, and it’s no surprise that Murray, 72, said his time as a National Hockey League general manager will end after the 2015-16 season, as revealed to CBC’s Allie Cotnam on Wednesday night. "I'm not as energized as I once was, but age has a little to do with that as well as the sickness," he said. Murray coached 1,239 games in the NHL with the Washington Capitals, Detroit Red Wings, Florida Panthers, Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and the Ottawa Senators, winning 620. He won the Jack Adams in 1984 and was behind the bench for the Sens’ run to the Cup Final in 2007. He was also the general manager for the Wings, Panthers, Ducks and Senators. According to the Ottawa Sun, Murray has some time left on his deal act as an "advisor" to the Senators. Pierre Dorion is the current director of player personnel for the Sens, while Randy Lee is the director of player development. From the CBC, some heartfelt comments from Murray: As Murray fights for his life, his desire to continue working and travelling has raised some eyebrows. But he maintains as long as doctors and more importantly his family are on board, he will continue to do exactly what he's done for the past 36 years. "That's where I've really been treated with great respect. Geri, we have been together a long time," he said, remembering back to the late 1970s when he left his job as a schoolteacher in eastern Ontario to coach junior hockey in Regina, Sask. "She wants me to slow down. She certainly wants more time to do things and I'm being a little bit selfish. I like the idea of being active, being somewhat important in what you do. [I like the idea] of sharing some knowledge to the young people that will eventually take over here and help as much as I can rebuild this hockey team to a contending hockey team." Hockey isn’t unique in this, but many people that have suffered through personal tragedy or trauma and used the sport as an all-consuming distraction? How many guys like Bryan Murray have needed this game as the calm in their storm? What Murray acknowledges is what we’ve all known about him since the 1970s: He’s a hockey man. And even in what he admits is the twilight of his life, he’s remained one, and will remain one for another year.  MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY

Playoff hero Brassard shines as Rangers force game seven
(Tue, 26 May 2015 22:32:20 PDT)
Derick Brassard finished with five points as New York kept their perfect record alive when facing elimination with a 7-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning to force game seven in the Eastern Conference finals. Brassard scored a hat-trick and added two assists for the Rangers who faced their fourth elimination game this postseason and once again conquered the challenge to even the series at 3-3. New York seized control with a three-goal surge early in the third period of Tuesday's contest in front of a crowd of 19,200 at Amalie Arena.

Oshawa Generals outlast Kelowna, move to Memorial Cup final (Buzzing The Net)
(Tue, 26 May 2015 18:43:23 PDT)

Roy hopes for NHL in Quebec City during hometown celebration (Buzzing The Net)
(Tue, 26 May 2015 16:44:37 PDT)

Oshawa Generals-Kelowna Rockets Memorial Cup chatravaganza, Tuesday 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT! (Buzzing The Net)
(Tue, 26 May 2015 15:55:27 PDT)

More charges for Graham James; Hedman is Tampa's engine; Ducks-Blackhawks fallout (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 26 May 2015 12:22:25 PDT)
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What We Learned: Blackhawks playing dangerous game on defense (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 25 May 2015 07:54:44 PDT)
(Hello, this is a feature that will run through the entire season and aims to recap the weekend’s events and boils those events down to one admittedly superficial fact or stupid opinion about each team. Feel free to complain about it.) Prior to Sunday night's game, very few players were in the same stratosphere in terms of minutes played as the Chicago defense. In terms of minutes per game, Chicago's top-four ranked second, eighth, 11th, and 14th among playoff players in terms of minutes per game at 5-on-5, which is crazy. . And granted, that comes with the caveat that Chicago is obviously playing a ton of overtime this postseason — 151:38 to be exact, a little more than two-and-a-half extra games — but nonetheless, there's a lot of work being given to what are, essentially, just four guys. Right now, Chicago has four defensemen averaging at least 25:52 per night, while the other three they've used (Kyle Cumiskey, David Rundblad, and Kimmo Timonen) are basically getting the minutes you'd give to a guy you don't trust to do little more than fight in a game against Arizona in December: 13:37 or less. This is, of course, often commented upon this postseason. Joel Quenneville doesn't trust his bottom-two defensemen, whomever they may be, to play more than the most sheltered, minimal minutes available. And when you watch Timonen play, you start to get why. But there are two questions that should nag at anyone watching this happen, including Quenneville: 1) How wise is it to deploy defensemen like that? 2) Could the other guys actually handle a little more than, say, 10 minutes a night in most cases? In theory, this is really putting a lot of miles on Duncan Keith (32:23 per night), Seabrook (26:52), Niklas Hjalmarsson (26:37), and Johnny Oduya (25:52). Only two defensemen from 1994 to present have played more minutes in fewer games than Keith's 453 — Al MacInnis and Chris Pronger both played more than 35 minutes a night in 13 games for St. Louis in 1999 — in the postseason. If we expand that out to cover Oduya's 362, we find that this has only happened 14 times in that span, meaning just 10 times in the last 21 playoffs has any defenseman played many minutes in so few games. We are, effectively, in uncharted territory. No team in modern hockey has ever used its defensemen like this. Based on that data from Hockey Reference, we know that just 235 defensemen in the past two decades have ever broken 360 minutes of play in the postseason. That's not a very deep pool from which to draw, and as you might expect, the vast majority of those guys played on different teams. Of course, there may have been many teams in that time that were so top-heavy on defense that this kind of usage was a necessity for the coach, but it destabilized the entire team to the point that they got bounced in the first two rounds of the playoffs. Those teams are of little interest here, because it does not examine the wear and tear that logging so many minutes will eventually rack upon those teams' top-four defenders. So when examining the teams of defenders that logged at least 360 minutes in the playoffs, the number is whittled down considerably. Only 88 players were on teams for which three other defenders played at least 20 minutes a night. That means it's only happened 22 times since 1994. Here are those teams, with the average minutes played by the top-four, drop-off in minutes between the Nos. 4 and 5 defensemen on those teams, and where they finished the postseason.

Oshawa Generals win Memorial Cup overtime thriller (Buzzing The Net)
(Sun, 24 May 2015 15:27:51 PDT)

Rimouski Oceanic-Oshawa Generals Memorial Cup chatravaganza, Saturday 4:30 p.m. ET/1:30 p.m. PT! (Buzzing The Net)
(Sat, 23 May 2015 09:31:45 PDT)

Penguins GM: Dan Bylsma free to pursue any coaching job (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 21 May 2015 16:37:44 PDT)
Former Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma is free to take any job opening, including the Buffalo Sabres' vacancy. reported Thursday the Sabres received the Penguins' permission to speak to Bylsma.

Senators owner, donor doing well after liver transplant (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 21 May 2015 14:48:02 PDT)
Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk is recovering well after his liver transplant. The University Health Network hospital in Toronto said Thursday the 55-year-old Melnyk remains in the intensive care unit after Tuesday's transplant, but he's been awake, smiling and answering questions. ''However, the donor has asked me to tell you the motivation to do this is to help Mr. Melnyk return to good health, to enjoy his family and friends - and most importantly, to bring the Stanley Cup home to the Ottawa Senators,'' said Dr. David Grant, who led the surgical transplant team.

Senators owner recovering well after liver transplant
(Thu, 21 May 2015 13:58:35 PDT)
Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk is awake, talking and recovering well at a Toronto hospital following a liver transplant earlier this week, doctors said Thursday. The 55-year-old National Hockey League club owner's surgery was made possible by a donation from an anonymous fan, according to physician David Grant, who led the transplant team. Melnyk's family made a public appeal for a donor last week and 500 people responded.

Potential liver donors for Senators owner decide to continue process for others (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 21 May 2015 10:22:47 PDT)
Eugene Melnyk underwent a successful liver transplant on Tuesday, and the Ottawa Senators owner and the anonymous donor are resting comfortably as they recover. “He is stable and he is not talking, but he is responsive, so when people talk to him he understands,” said team president Cyril Leeder, via the Ottawa Citizen . “His colour is improving, so it looks like the liver is functioning the way it should.”  Melnyk released a statement via the Senators on Thursday: We are delighted and relieved that Eugene’s post-transplantation recovery is progressing very well. In the past 36 hours, we have already witnessed a dramatic improvement in Eugene’s overall condition. We wish to take this opportunity to express our deepest gratitude to the “miracle workers” who are part of the University Health Network’s Multi-Organ Transplant Program: from the transplant surgeons, to the medical directors, to the surgical and medical team including the nurse practitioners, fellows, medical residents and the many, many nurses -- all of whom have worked seamlessly and tirelessly to save Eugene’s life. You have had a profoundly positive impact on our family, and for this we are forever grateful. And to the anonymous donor, you are an incredible person and we truly admire your unselfish act of kindness and courage to be a living liver donor. We are so grateful to you and to your support system of family and close friends who have helped you take this brave journey to save Eugene’s life. You remain in our thoughts and prayers as we wish you a speedy and full recovery. In due time, Eugene will want to personally express his thanks to all the wonderful staff that are part of the University Health Network’s world-class liver transplant program. In the interim and on behalf of the Melnyk family, thank you for allowing us to publicly express our heartfelt gratitude to these remarkable people who have touched our lives in a way we will never forget. Sincerely, The Melnyk Family According to doctors, Melnyk will be released within the next two weeks and will be fully recovered in six months time. More than 500 people applied to be a donor for Melnyk, and while one was found quickly, the great news out of all this is that, according to the Senators, more than 20 of them have chosen to be donors for someone else. One motivation for the donor to come forward and help? "[B]ring the Stanley Cup home to the Ottawa Senators," according to a member of Melnyk's medical team. - - - - - - - Sean Leahy is the associate editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Sean_Leahy MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY:

Blue Jackets tap Nick Foligno as first captain in 3 years (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 20 May 2015 10:00:18 PDT)
Like father, like son: Nick Foligno now is an NHL captain just like his dad was. Foligno, who served as a captain for the NHL All-Star Game in Columbus in January, was introduced Wednesday as the first Blue Jackets player in three years to wear the ''C'' on his jersey. ''Obviously, my dad and brother are really happy for me,'' Nick said.

Memorial Cup preview: Top 10 Oshawa Generals observations (Buzzing The Net)
(Wed, 20 May 2015 09:20:36 PDT)

Senators sign Andrew Hammond to $4 million, 3-year deal (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 20 May 2015 07:51:53 PDT)
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) -- The Ottawa Senators have signed goaltender Andrew Hammond to a $4.05-million, three-year contract.

Andrew 'Hamburglar' Hammond gets triple decker contract extension from Sens (Puck Daddy)
(Wed, 20 May 2015 07:48:37 PDT)
We don’t know how much longer the magic of Andrew Hammond will continue, but the "Hamburglar” just received a bit of security. On Wednesday, the Ottawa Senators announced they’ve extended Hammond for three years. He was pretty excited about it: Fire up the grills! Excited to be coming back to @Senators for 3 more years! ?????? — Andrew Hammond (@andrewhammond30) May 20, 2015 A new contract and free MacDonald's for life ? Pretty great 2015 for Hammond. According to the Senators, the deal is worth $4.05 million, with Hammond receiving $1.2 million in 2015-16, $1.35 million in 2016-17 and $1.5 million in the final year of his deal in 2017-18. Hammond was one of the biggest stories of the second of half of the 2014-15 NHL season. At age 27, he won 13 of his first 14 starts, taking over the No. 1 job in Ottawa as the Senators rallied to make the postseason. But “The Hamburglar” came back down to earth toward the end of the regular season and into the playoffs where he was replaced by Craig Anderson during the team’s first-round exit at the hands of the Montreal Canadiens.  This now brings up the question of what GM Bryan Murray’s next move is regarding his goaltending. As of right now, the Senators have three goaltenders signed for next season with Robin Lehner having two years left on his deal before he becomes an RFA in 2017 and Craig Anderson looking at three years remaining on his contract, according to . Not to mention they just signed college free agent Matt O'Connor to a two-year deal, but he'll start with Binghamton in the AHL. After Hammond's extension, Ottawa’s cap situation is even tighter, with Murray needing to decide on the futures of UFA Erik Condra and RFAs Mika Zibanejad, Alex Chiasson, Mike Hoffman, J.P. Pageau and Calder Trophy finalist Mark Stone. Someone will be leaving Ottawa this summer between Lehner and Anderson, and you can imagine Murray picking up the phone to dial Peter Chiarelli in Edmonton as one of his first calls. That and maybe someone would be interested in a slightly-used Jared Cowen at two more years and $8.2 million owed to him? - - - - - - - Sean Leahy is the associate editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Sean_Leahy MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY:

Senators owner undergoes successful liver transplant (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 19 May 2015 22:39:30 PDT)
TORONTO (AP) -- Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk underwent a successful liver transplant, the team announced Tuesday night.

Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk undergoes successful liver transplant (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 19 May 2015 18:30:37 PDT)
Days after announcing he was in need of a new liver , Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk underwent a successful transplant Tuesday night. According to the Senators , the anonymous donor and Melnyk are doing fine and resting comfortably. The University Health Network’s Multi-Organ Transplant Program will release an update on the progress of both later this week.  From the Senators: Mr. Melnyk and his family would like to thank everyone for their continued support and wish to extend their immense gratitude to the anonymous donor and the donor’s family. For more information on organ donation or to register as an organ and tissue donor in Ontario, visit . After a year in which GM Bryan Murray was diagnosed with cancer and the organization lost assistant coach Mark Reeds to his own battle with the disease, it's great to hear some positive health news coming from the Senators. - - - - - - - Sean Leahy is the associate editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Sean_Leahy MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY:

Senators owner, hopeful of liver transplant, thanks public (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 18 May 2015 13:34:55 PDT)
Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk thanked the public for its support Monday in what he calls the ''biggest battle'' of his life - his urgent appeal for a liver transplant. ''Words cannot even begin to express how thankful my family and I are for your expressions of support, your prayers, and your unconditional desire to help me in the biggest battle of my life.'' Melnyk also stressed the importance of organ donation, and the Senators said Saturday his health was stable and he was in good spirits.

Cooper's path; Reilly to go UFA; Crosby enters Triple Gold Club (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 18 May 2015 09:36:23 PDT)
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What We Learned: Why is Rick Nash so bad in the playoffs? (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 18 May 2015 08:05:40 PDT)
(Hello, this is a feature that will run through the entire season and aims to recap the weekend’s events and boils those events down to one admittedly superficial fact or stupid opinion about each team. Feel free to complain about it.)   Each year, the New York Rangers make the playoffs. Each year, Rick Nash is criticized for not producing. This kind of thing is common in hockey, of course. Sidney Crosby has faced it. Alex Ovechkin has faced it. If you put up a lot of points in the regular season and then not-a-lot in the playoffs, especially if your team is unceremoniously bounced, then you get called out. No one would ever mistake Nash for a player of Crosby’s or Ovechkin’s level; he’s long been an All-Star but never has he been in the conversation for “best in the world."  But as far as Rangers go, he’s certainly the best they’ve got up front. He averages 0.47 goals per game over his career on Broadway, and he’s pushing 400 in the regular season since he broke into the league in 2002. Not world-beating, but always respectable, and when he’s got actual talent around him —which he does to some extent with the Rangers —he can produce. He has eight 30-goal performances out of his 11 full seasons. The playoffs have been a different story, as everyone has learned time and again when watching pregame, between-periods, and postgame chats on the Rangers’difficulties putting the puck into the net in each of the last three postseasons (during which time they’ve always advanced at least to the second round). Nash has 50 playoff games in New York. He also has just six goals, or 0.12 per game. It’s a major problem. But the question, then, is whether this is just another Ovechkin/Crosby/Stamkos run of bad luck; that is to say: Those players basically play at the same level and have suffered playoff difficulties because of hot goalies, bad luck, and maybe a few undisclosed injuries, so does Nash fall into the same boat? And if you look at his even-strength performances in both the regular- and postseason in his career —Nash has only made it four times due to having languished in Columbus so long —you see the drop-off at 5-on-5 is about as stark as can be. (These numbers include only the first two rounds this year, and worse performances are indicated in red, better in green.)

Senators: Good response by liver donors for owner Melnyk (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 15 May 2015 14:57:32 PDT)
More than 400 people had offered Friday to give part of their liver to Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk, a day after his family and the team made a public appeal. The 55-year-old Melnyk was admitted to a hospital three weeks ago because of liver-related complications. Dr. Gary Levy, director of the living donor liver transplant program at Toronto's University Health Network, said the response has been so overwhelming the transplant team hopes to have a donor match for Melnyk within 72 to 96 hours.

Mike Fisher grateful for Eugene Melnyk, trade to Nashville (Puck Daddy)
(Fri, 15 May 2015 09:21:48 PDT)
During the 2010-11 season there was one logical destination for former Senators center Mike Fisher. The veteran Ottawa forward was one of the team’s most tradeable assets during a rebuild year. He knew it. The Senators knew it. There were a group of suitors for Fisher, but only one place really made sense for him. Nashville and the Predators. And partially through the collective wits of owner Eugene Melnyk and general manager Bryan Murray did Fisher go there. With both battling health issues, and Melnyk having disclosed he needs a live liver donor, Fisher brought perspective to Ottawa’s decision to deal him to a team closer to his wife, country music star Carrie Underwood, and the importance of Melnyk in that choice.  Via the Ottawa Sun “When Eugene took over, the first thing I noticed was just his passion for hockey and how he treated the guys,” Fisher said late Thursday night from Nashville. “Obviously, he wanted to win, but man, he treated me so well. “He talked to Bryan. He told him to trade me to Nashville, so I could be with Carrie. Not too many owners would have done that. “He could have traded me anywhere, but he cares about his guys. He does care about his players and his team. I’m forever grateful to him.” The Senators needed a willing trade partner and fortunately for Fisher, the Predators provided this. The team at the time was good but lacked depth at center and needed more veteran poise to muscle up for a playoff run. Fisher provided this, at the cost of a first-round draft pick. Personally, Fisher has been able to spend more time with Underwood. The two welcomed their first child in the middle of the past hockey season. With Fisher hockey is valued, but family always comes first. Balance is important in his life, and he has that in Nashville. Fisher is an unrestricted free agent this summer, but there have been no signs that he and the Predators want to part ways. It was partially because of Melnyk that this other marriage in Fisher’s life, happened. As for Melnyk, Fisher hopes the Senators owner, who gave him a chance to be closer to his wife, can have a second chance at life. “I’ve always liked Eugene. He’s done so much for the that team, that city," Fisher said, via the Sun. "He’s done so much for the people in that city. "I’m definitely hoping he pulls through and everything works out.” - - - - - - - Josh Cooper is an editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @joshuacooper MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY

Senators owner Eugene Melnyk needs liver transplant (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 14 May 2015 14:35:40 PDT)
Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk urgently needs a liver transplant, and the team put out a call Thursday for potential donors. The team says Melnyk was admitted to a hospital three weeks ago due to ''liver-related complications.'' His family has reached out to close friends and relatives with the hope of finding a suitable donor candidate, but with no success. The team says the 55-year-old Melnyk has been sick since mid-January. He's been absent from the Senators' surprising playoff run.

Senators owner Eugene Melnyk in 'urgent need' of liver transplant (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 14 May 2015 12:19:48 PDT)
Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk has been an outspoken and sometimes controversial voice in the NHL. At times he seems larger than life. Yet, on Thursday, we were reminded that he is a human being just like us. Melnyk had been absent from the public eye throughout much of the Senators' historic second half run and into the playoffs. On Thursday, the team released a statement as to why : Today, the club wishes to share with the hockey community and our fans that Mr. Melnyk has been sick and battling major health issues since mid-January. Since then, his medical care and treatment have been the sole focus for him and his family. Mr. Melnyk was admitted to hospital three weeks ago as a result of the onset of liver-related complications. He has undergone a comprehensive medical assessment and it has been determined that Mr. Melnyk is in urgent need of a liver transplant. Finding a donor for an organ isn't as simple as finding a blood donor. The criteria for a match has to be as near perfect as possible in order to reduce possible future complications, such as organ rejection. More from the Senators statement: Mr. Melnyk’s family has actively reached out to his close friends and broader family with the hope of identifying someone who could be a “live liver donor”. This process involves the removal of a portion of the living donor’s liver so it can be transplanted into the recipient patient. The Melnyk family’s efforts have yielded a number of potential donor candidates who have been extensively tested. These efforts continue in earnest but have so far not yielded a suitable donor. The Senators organization and the Melnyk family are looking for any members of the public who may be interested in being a live liver donor. (For those interested, more information can be found an the end of the Senators release.) We don't know the gravity of Melnyk's illness; however, it's difficult not to infer that if he needs a liver transplant quickly, he is very sick. From the Mayo Clinic : The number of people waiting for new livers is much larger than the number of available livers, so liver transplant is reserved for people who are critically ill. Some people receive a liver transplant right away, while others spend many months waiting for a liver transplant. For the Senators franchise, they have been struck with serious illnesses to personnel throughout the last  year.  In addition to Melnyk, Senators GM Bryan Murray has  been battling cancer since last June . One day before starting the team's playoff series against the Montreal Canadiens, they  learned of the passing of assistant coach Mark Reeds , also to cancer. There is nothing quite like the hockey community coming together to back one of their own. It's likely the outpouring of support for Melnyk and his family during this time to be no different. We send our thoughts and prayers out to Eugene Melnyk. Keep on fighting. - - - - - - - Jen Neale  is an editor for  Puck Daddy  on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email her at  or follow her on Twitter!  Follow  @MsJenNeale_PD . MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY:

Caps/Rangers aftermath; wooing the Babchelor; Worlds update (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 14 May 2015 11:23:30 PDT)
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Kelowna Rockets poised to sweep: the coast-to-coast (Buzzing The Net)
(Wed, 13 May 2015 08:00:34 PDT)

Canadiens confident they can force Game 7 against Lightning (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 12 May 2015 00:34:20 PDT)
Hold the pep talks, motivational ploys and all the statistics that support Tampa Bay feeling good about its chances of closing out Montreal in the second round of the NHL playoffs. The resilient Canadiens have won two straight to trim a 3-0 deficit to 3-2 in the best-of-7 series. Game 6 is tonight at Amalie Arena, where Tampa Bay compiled the league's best home record during the regular season. Game 7, if necessary, would be played in Montreal on Thursday.

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