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Lightning’s Steven Stamkos Driven To Finish Job Against Capitals

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Tampa Bay Lightning superstar Steven Stamkos is a man on a mission to reach the elusive Stanley Cup that has evaded his grasp during his career

“You have to look at it like: ‘Is this the last opportunity?’ Because opportunities like this are so few and far between,” Stamkos said (h/t NHL.com).

“With some of the injuries I’ve had, you have a new perspective on your career as an individual and you have a new perspective of when you get the opportunity to play on a team of this caliber. You just never know. You need so many things to go your way in the playoffs when you go on a run to get where you are now.”

The Lightning are one victory from the Stanley Cup Final and currently lead their best of 7 series against the Washington Capitals 3-2 as the teams head into Game 6 at Capital One Arena in Washington on Monday.

The last time Stamkos as the Lightning reached the Stanley Cup Final was back in 2015 when they lost to the Chicago Blackhawks in 6 games and Stamkos is still haunted by what could have been had he scored on a first-period breakaway instead of seeing his shot clank off the goal post.

“I still remember the sound,” Stankos said. “I don’t forget anything.”

“He’s been through tough times before,” Chris Stamkos, Steven’s dad, said of his son. “He knows what it takes.”

“You see the core, you see the ability that we have and you see how special it can be,” Stamkos said. “You want to be part of that. I saw that here. I knew there was a great window here.

“And now we’re on our way right now.”

Stamkos is only 28, so it’s not crazy to think he will have another shot, or more, during his career, but his teammates also know that it’s not crazy to think this may be his last shot as well.

“Not at all,” Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman said. “He’s absolutely right. Like he said, we’ve been close but we’ve also missed the playoffs. These opportunities don’t come around every year. For us, we have to approach every game like our life depends on it.”

“Mats Sundin. Markus Naslund. The Sedin twins. Just to name a few guys,” Hedman said. “They’ve been close but they haven’t reached all the way.

“We’re so fortunate to be one game away to play for the Stanley Cup again. For us to reach that goal, we have to play our best hockey from here on in.”

“Like I said, you never know if it’s your last opportunity,” Stamkos said. “And if it is, you want to take advantage of it.

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Red Wings’ Anthony Mantha Out Four To Six Weeks

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The Detroit Red Wings will be without bright spot forward Anthony Mantha, who has developed impressively this season, will miss four to six weeks with a hand injury and will undergo surgery today, according to Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press.

Mantha injured his hand while fighting with Patrik Nemeth of the Colorado Avalanche, a game that resulted in the two-game suspension of Tyler Bertuzzi.

Mantha has picked up 14 points in 27 games this season.

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Flyers Hire Chuck Fletcher as General Manager

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The Philadelphia Flyers have announced the hiring of Chuck Fletcher as the team’s new general manager, according to a team announcement on Monday.

Fletcher, who becomes the eighth man to serve as GM in franchise history, will take over for Ron Hextall who was fired back in November.

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Devils’ Steven Santini Sent To AHL On Conditioning Loan

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The New Jersey Devils have sent defenseman Steven Santini to the AHL on a conditioning loan as the 23-year old works his way back from a broken jaw, according to NHL.com’s Tom Gulitti.

Santini has played in only one game for New Jersey this season, struggling to catch on as a full-time player for the Devils, and has only played in 76 NHL games during his short career after the Devils selected him with the 42d pick in the 2013 NHL draft.

 

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