Alex Tanguay, Robyn Regehr

Calgary finally deals Robyn Regehr to Buffalo and signs Alex Tanguay to five year extension

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With day two of the NHL Draft under way, the Calgary Flames got busy wheeling and dealing. The long rumored deal with Buffalo involving Robyn Regehr was finalized sending Regehr and one-time Sabres forward Ales Kotalik to the Sabres in exchange for defenseman Chris Butler and young forward Paul Byron. Buffalo also gets Calgary’s second round pick in 2012.

For Calgary the main thing they get is salary relief. Regehr has two years left on his contract with a cap hit of $4.02 million per season. Kotalik has one year left on his deal worth $3 million. In getting Chris Butler, the Flames get a young depth defenseman who proved to be serviceable in Buffalo the last two seasons. Byron should prove to be a nice addition to their AHL team in Abbotsford.

Buffalo gets their man in Regehr, giving them a physical force on the blue line they’ve lacked for a long time. Regehr teamed up with Tyler Myers gives Buffalo a “thunder and lightning” top pairing. Regehr will provide a physical snarl to the Sarbes blue line and ensure that teams won’t be able to push them around near the net. Ryan Miller will be more than thankful for his presence.

Welcoming back Ales Kotalik is a bit odd, but he had great success in his years with the Sabres. He’s useful on the power play and has 20-goal ability. If he can recapture his old form to a degree with Buffalo, they’ll be happy to have him.

Calgary wasn’t done doing business however as they also signed forward Alex Tanguay to a five-year extension worth $17.5 million. The length of the deal is stunning considering Tanguay had a bounce back season after one terrible year in Tampa Bay. His production last season alongside Jarome Iginla made him an invaluable part of that top line. The money isn’t too terrible, but if Tanguay slips back into the form he had in Tampa Bay, it’ll be an awful contract to keep around. Tanguay’s been consistent throughout his career as a point producer and as long as he’s with Iginla he should do all right.

Pens coach praises Murray: ‘He doesn’t get rattled’

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Hot take: the Pittsburgh Penguins probably won’t deal with a goalie controversy going into Game 7.

(Ugh, that’s a failed hot take … you can’t use “probably” in those things, right?)

Matt Murray was fantastic at times during Game 6, much like his counterpart in the Tampa Bay Lightning’s net in a 5-2 win. Granted, there were some tense moments during the Bolts’ late-game push:

Much has been made about experience, especially from those calling for Marc-Andre Fleury earlier in this series. It’s telling that the praise Murray draws sure sounds like what you’d expect from a “veteran.”

“He has a calming influence,” Sullivan said. “He doesn’t get rattled. If he lets a goal in, he just continues to compete. That’s usually an attribute that usually takes years to acquire that, and to have it at such a young age is impressive.”

Thanks in part to Murray’s efforts in Game 6, he’ll get a chance to prove his resolve in something new: a Game 7 in the Eastern Conference Final.

Once again, his teammates seem pretty confident in this elimination situation.

Lightning lament Game 6 effort, Cooper doesn’t blame disallowed goal

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The Tampa Bay Lightning seemed to sleepwalk through the first two periods of Game 6, and waking up in the final frame wasn’t enough to edge the Pittsburgh Penguins.

On the bright side, at least the Lightning aren’t in denial about that weak first 40 minutes.

It seemed like everyone on the team more or less admitted as much in unison.

Brian Boyle added that he felt like the Lightning tiptoed around this game. Jon Cooper often provides great quips, yet he was pretty matter-of-fact in this case.

Many will linger on this disallowed goal for Jonathan Drouin, which would have provided a 1-0 lead for Tampa Bay in the first period.

Let’s face it; that moment came pretty early in the game. To Tampa Bay’s credit, they’re not pinning the loss on that setback.

Now they must set their sights on competing throughout Game 7 … and maybe earning some bounces of their own in the process.

Read more about Game 6 here.

Penguins force Game 7 after holding off Lightning rally

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The Pittsburgh Penguins played with fire late in Game 6, but they also showed plenty of fire in beating the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-2.

With that, this thrilling Eastern Conference Final will go the distance with Game 7 on Thursday.

There are at least a few “What if?” scenarios to consider, especially for the Lightning.

What if that offside goal counted?

Jonathan Drouin played some fantastic hockey on Tuesday, yet his most memorable moment came via something that ultimately “didn’t happen.” An offside call on a goal review kept a 1-0 lead from happening for Tampa Bay:

Instead, the Penguins poured it on during the first period and eventually went up 1-0. They then carried that momentum over through the second period, adding two more goals to go up 3-0 heading into the final frame.

What if Tampa Bay played more like they did in the third period?

The difference between the level of play in the first 40 minutes and the final frame were night-and-day.

Now, you can make a chicken-and-the-egg argument here. Did the Penguins take their feet off the gas with that lead? Maybe Jon Cooper finally unleashed the hounds when the Lightning were facing a big deficit?

Maybe it’s a combination of those factors; either way, the Bolts couldn’t come all the way back even after making it interesting. At one point the game was 3-2 before a Bryan Rust breakaway goal and an empty-netter put things out of reach.

Both Matt Murray and Andrei Vasilevskiy faced plenty of tough chances and came through more often than not. We’ll see if there are any goal controversy rumblings, but each netminder came through at times tonight.

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Now the series shifts back to Pittsburgh for Game 7 with a Stanley Cup Final on the line. Excited and/or nervous yet?

More: Great goals by Sidney Crosby and Phil Kessel.

Sidney Crosby scores a superstar goal

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With the Pittsburgh Penguins’ season on the line in Game 6, plenty of eyes are on big guns Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang and Phil Kessel.

Those marquee names are really coming through so far as they’ve now built a 3-0 lead through two periods against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

You likely already saw Kessel’s display of high-end hand-eye coordination (if not, check it here). Kris Letang scored his first goal of the series to make it 2-0 on a very tricky, well-placed shot.

The highlight really might be Crosby’s tally, though. He left multiple Lightning players baffled and beat a very-much-game Andrei Vasilevskiy to beef that lead up 3-0.