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LeBrun: Clash of the competitive captains

None other than Wayne Gretzky is a big fan of the leadership styles of Stanley Cup finalist captains Jonathan Toews and Steven Stamkos.

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Custance: Polling players at media day

TAMPA, Fla. -- Chicago Blackhawks backup goalie Scott Darling was sitting right in the middle of the media day circus. He didn’t have to deal with the crush of cameras and questions that Jonathan Toews did behind him or Patrick Kane did to his right, but somewhere near him was a guy doing interviews with a GoPro camera and selfie stick and some other guy trying to get a Conn Smythe vote.

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W2W4: Lightning vs. Blackhawks, Game 1

The Lightning will try to reverse their home-ice woes and the Blackhawks will be looking for a fast start when the Stanley Cup finals get underway.

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5hSean McIndoe

McIndoe: Ultimate Cup final preview

Breaking down all the biggest factors as the Hawks and Bolts get ready to face off, including which team wins the ever-important Old Guy Without A Cup category.

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Stanley Cup finals betting guide

ESPN Chalk's Jeff Gold and Ben Arledge offer up a series bet on the 2015 Stanley Cup finals, along with the best values for the Conn Smythe award.

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McIndoe: A Playoff Requiem

What doomed the 14 playoff teams not in the Cup final? Some had crippling injuries, goaltending issues or a dearth of scoring. One simply ran into an old nemesis.


Stanley Cup Finals: Lightning-Blackhawks

It’s been a long journey for the Lightning organization to get back to the pinnacle (or at least very near the pinnacle) and they won’t have an easy time of it with the Blackhawks, who are looking for their third championship since 2010. W2W4

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Lightning Video: John Tortorella says strong play from C Steven Stamkos would give Blackhawks two lines "to worry about"