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2015 Memorial Cup - Championship

Sens sign Memorial Cup winner Tobias Lindberg

The Ottawa Senators announced that they signed Tobias Lindberg to a three-year, entry-level contract on Tuesday.

Lindberg, 19 was a fourth-round pick (102nd overall) by the Senators in the 2013 NHL Draft. He helped the Oshawa Generals win the Memorial Cup and had a nice OHL season in 2014-15, scoring 32 goals and 78 points in 67 games. (The Generals also won an OHL championship during that run.)

The team notes that he’ll participate in the Senators’ development camp, which begins on June 30.

Want to know a little more than that about the prospect? Check out this video from the Senators:

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    Cooper: ‘This is going to leave a scar, no doubt’

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    CHICAGO — And then, there’s the losing side.

    In the wake of their loss to Chicago in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday night, the Lightning were forced to do what the losing team does: watch someone else celebrate, listen to the cheers from the dressing room, and wait to field the questions.

    Not just any questions, but those questions. The ones nobody likes to ask and even fewer like to answer.

    How does it feel? What do you say? How much does it hurt? Can you describe your emotions?

    Jon Cooper, credit to him, tried his best to respond.

    “We’ve got a group of young men in there, but they’re kids at heart, and they’re crushed,” he said. “It was really hard to look at them and see how crushed they truly are. I’m crushed for two other people. I’m crushed for [assistant coach] Rick Bowness. I envisioned handing him the Stanley Cup. And I’m crushed for [other assistant] Steve Thomas because I envisioned doing the same thing. Guys have been in this league for a long time and you just want to see other people succeed and be a part of the success.

    “Maybe we’ll look back weeks from now and somewhat treasure what we accomplished. But we’ve got unfinished business to do. The Montreal series last year stung, but that pales in comparison to what this feels like.”

    The Lightning were visibly gutted following tonight’s 2-0 loss — the first time they’d been shut out in 19 playoff games. That lack of offense was a recurring theme over the final three games of this series, all Chicago wins; the Bolts only put two pucks past Corey Crawford through Games 4-6, with captain and former 60-goal man Steve Stamkos failing to find the back of the net all series.

    “Ultimately, we didn’t score enough,” Cooper admitted. “If you would have told me at the beginning of the playoffs that we were going to be the team that scored one goal in the last two games, that wasn’t our MO.

    “We were only giving up two goals a game. When this team only gives up two, we win a majority of those games. The pucks just didn’t go in for us. It was a tough time for us to go cold, have the well go dry, especially since we carried this on the whole year.”

    Ultimately, this will serve as a learning experience for the Bolts. The team is young, talented and thanks to GM Steve Yzerman’s managerial savvy, well-positioned to remain a title contender in a salary cap world.

    But that’s of little condolence on a night when their Stanley Cup dreams were dashed away.

    “This is going to leave a scar,” Cooper said. “No doubt.”

    Injuries revealed: Johnson’s wrist was broken, Bishop played through groin tear

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    We finally know the specific injury Ben Bishop was dealing with through the 2015 Stanley Cup Final. Unfortunately for the Tampa Bay Lightning, word came not that long after the Chicago Blackhawks won it all.

    Bishop revealed that he played through a groin tear, which he suffered in the second period of Game 2, according to Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times.

    The 28-year-old really impressed with strong play against a great scoring attack, but getting the specifics of the issue only makes it more impressive.

    Still, the big goalie isn’t puffing out his chest, as he’s instead digesting that tough loss. Bishop lamented that “it easily could have been us on the ice celebrating” but instead they must move on despite “such a close series.”

    It’s hard to argue with that argument, either. Patrick Kane’s third-period 2-0 tally was the only time in this entire series where either team had more than a one-goal edge.

    Bishop’s courageous play made a big difference in keeping things so close, yet he must heal up and move on to next season with a heavy heart nonetheless.

    Update: We also know what was ailing Tyler Johnson, as he apparently broke his wrist early in the Stanley Cup Final.

    No need for excuses, but perhaps the Lightning can say “we’ll be even better if we can stay healthy and get another shot.”

    Video: Timonen finally gets to raise the Stanley Cup

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    After more than 1,000 regular season games and over 100 playoff contests, Kimmo Timonen finally raised the Stanley Cup.

    It wasn’t the prettiest ride as he was a depth defenseman (and sometimes a healthy scratch) for the Chicago Blackhawks, but let’s go ahead and assume that the 40-year-old doesn’t really care about that after Chicago won it all in Game 6.

    Witness the emotional moment when Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews handed the greatest trophy in sports to Timonen:

    Check out Timonen’s interview with Pierre McGuire:

    Here’s a great piece on Timonen’s long run of being on the wrong end of big games like these.

    One way this moment was unique for fans: Chicago got to celebrate the Cup win on home ice. Watch fans count down the final seconds and the initial reaction below:

    Finally, here’s footage of the handshake line:

    Video: Kane’s long-awaited goal might be the dagger

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    Much has been made about Patrick Kane and Steven Stamkos struggling to score goals in the 2015 Stanley Cup Final. As of this writing, only one of those players ended his frustrations in Game 6.

    (Again, there’s some time though.)

    For the first time in this remarkably tight series, a team managed more than a one-goal lead after Kane scored an emphatic 2-0 tally:

    Kane had a great assist on Duncan Keith’s 1-0 goal, too, so it’s been a great game for No. 88. Again, we’ll see if the lead holds.