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Sidney Crosby craves the playoff atmosphere again


The last time Sidney Crosby set foot on the ice in the Stanley Cup playoffs, the Penguins were beaten in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals by Montreal. That was the final game played at Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh and for Crosby, it was the last time he appeared on hockey’s grandest stage.

With the Penguins dropping the puck tonight against the Philadelphia Flyers at CONSOL Energy Center for Game 1 of their first round series, Crosby tells Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review he can’t wait to get back at it again.

“I crave that atmosphere,” Crosby said. “The playoffs are why you play this game.”

 Of course, the Penguins were in the playoffs last season without their captain, losing in seven games to the Tampa Bay Lightning, getting stonewalled by Dwayne Roloson. The Lightning made for an ironic opponent given that it was Tampa defenseman Victor Hedman who knocked Crosby out for the season.

Crosby tells Yohe that he wants all the highs and lows that come with competing in the postseason.

“It was so tough not being out there last year,” he said. “When you`re winning, you want to share it with the team. When you`re losing, you want to feel the same things the team is going through. There is nothing like being out there.”

Being out there against the cross-state rival Flyers should help set the stage for an incredible series that has most fans tickled to see the hate pour out on the ice and translate into great hockey. With Crosby this fired up for the postseason, having one of the league’s best playing at his best should make this series one to remember.

Top 10 2011 Playoff Moments: Bruins edge Lightning 1-0 in incredible Game 7

Dwayne Roloson, Tim Thomas

From Apr. 1-10, ProHockeyTalk will be counting down the Top 10 moments from the 2011 postseason.

Here’s No. 3 — Boston and Tampa Bay lock horns in an incredible Eastern Conference finals Game 7 only to see Tim Thomas’ Bruins shut out Dwayne Roloson’s Lightning 1-0 to move on to the Stanley Cup finals in perhaps the best game of the entire playoffs.

Sometimes all it takes to decide a game is one shot. In the case of the Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning, it was one goal that would decide their incredible Game 7 in the Eastern Conference finals.

Unfortunately for Tampa’s Dwayne Roloson, that goal would come off the stick of Bruins forward Nathan Horton with under eight minutes to play in the game. The Bruins were already winners of one Game 7 series in the playoffs (vs. Montreal) and with Tim Thomas in goal playing out of his mind, Horton’s tally is all they would need and it’s one Roloson and the Lightning defense would still like to have back.

One quick pass from David Krejci to a cutting Horton is all it would take to send the Bruins to their first Stanley Cup finals since the 80s and on to their first Stanley Cup championship since the 1970s.

Roloson stopped 37 of 38 shots while Thomas stopped all 24 shots he saw as he also defeated former University of Vermont teammate Martin St. Louis in what was perhaps the best game of the entire 2011 playoffs.


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Stamkos scores goals 57 and 58 as Lightning beat Capitals

TAMPA, FL - APRIL 2: Steven Stamkos #91 of the Tampa Bay Lightning battles for the puck against Jay Beagle #83 of the Washington Capitals during the second period at the St. Pete Times Forum on April 2, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)

There’s still hope for the Buffalo Sabres. At the start of the day, the eighth place Washington Capitals had a two-point lead over them and control of the tiebreaker with three games remaining in each team’s schedule. However, the Capitals squandered a chance to put in a nail in the coffin in their 4-2 loss to Tampa Bay Monday night.

After a scoreless first period, Alexander Semin netted his 20th goal of the season to give the Capitals a 1-0 lead. However, Tampa Bay’s Teddy Purcell and Victor Hedman struck back with goals just 25 seconds apart late in the second frame.

With less than five minutes left in the contest, Jason Chimera backhand a rebound past Lightning goaltender Dwayne Roloson to tie the game. It looked like the match would be decided in overtime and the Washington Capitals would get at least one critical point. Then Steven Stamkos stepped up.

Stamkos scored his 57th goal of the season at 18:57 of the third period and then helped himself to an empty netter with seconds left on the clock.

With three games left in the Lightning’s schedule, it’s entirely possible for Stamkos to become the first 60-goal scorer since Alex Ovechkin in 2007-08.

The Buffalo Sabres now have a chance to tie the Washington Capitals in terms of points with a victory over Toronto on Tuesday, but that won’t be good enough as the Capitals control the tiebreaker. The two teams aren’t scheduled to play against each other in the final days of the regular season, so Buffalo needs more help if they are to make the playoffs. Meanwhile, Washington can still guarantee itself a playoff spot by winning both of its final two games.

Top 10 2011 Playoff Moments: Roloson turns back the clock…and the Penguins

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From Apr. 1-10, ProHockeyTalk will be counting down the Top 10 moments from the 2011 postseason.

Here’s No. 9 — a 41-year-old goalie leads the comeback for the Lightning.

Dwayne Roloson was the unlikely hero in Tampa Bay’s surprise run to the Eastern Conference finals, and in no series was he better than the first-round match-up against Pittsburgh – a series that saw the Lightning fall behind 3-1 before winning the last three games, including a 1-0 victory in Game 7.

Roloson, then 41 years old, stopped all 36 shots in the deciding game at the CONSOL Energy Center. In the Lightning’s four victories, he allowed just five goals on 134 shots, good for a save percentage of .963.

“Obviously he was amazing once again,” teammate Steven Stamkos said of Roloson after Game 7. “He’s just defying the odds. He was our MVP for sure.”

Check back daily for the latest installment of PHT’s Top 10 moments of the 2011 playoffs.


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Video: Steven Stamkos nets NHL record fifth OT goal

Steven Stamkos

After falling a game short of the Stanley Cup finals in 2011, the Tampa Bay Lightning were officially eliminated from the playoffs this weekend. As you probably know, not much has gone well. Their defense fell apart – literally and figuratively. Vincent Lecavalier dealt with another extended injury and Dwayne Roloson showed his age worse than Kathleen Turner this season.

Aside from the clockwork-like productivity of Martin St. Louis, Steven Stamkos has been far and away the bright spot for the Lightning in 2011-12. He already set a new franchise mark for goals in one season and now he broke an NHL record, as Stamkos collected his fifth OT tally of the season on Saturday.

“When you think of how long the NHL has been around, to have a record to call my own, at least for now, is amazing,” Stamkos said.  “Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought about scoring this many goals in a season and setting a record for the most overtime goals. Obviously I’d have loved to do this in a season where we were competing for a Stanley Cup.”

It’s still quite the interesting accomplishment – and evidence that other NHL teams might want to avoid playing against the Lightning in 4-on-4 situations in the future.

Check it out below:

With his special season in mind, I have to ask: is Stamkos the least-discussed superstar in the NHL right now? You just don’t hear his name often in “best in the world” discussions, and aside from his team’s sorry state and non-traditional market, I can see any clear reason why.

(It’s probably because of those two things.)