Five Quick Thoughts on the Tampa Bay Lightning

By Sean Fitzgerald
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May 29, 2015; New York, NY, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop (30) celebrates with right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) , center Tyler Johnson (9) and center Steven Stamkos (91) after defeating the New York Rangers in game seven of the Eastern Conference Final of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Blackhawks have advanced to the Stanley Cup final for the third time in the last six seasons. This is their first appearance since 2012-13 season. Their opponent will be the Tampa Bay lightning. This will be the second appearance in the Stanley Cup Final in Franchise history. The Lightning’s last appearance in the Cup was 2003-04. The Lightning won the cup over the Calgary Flames in Seven Games. A lifetime ago Brad Richards was the Conn Smythe winner for the Lightning. This incarnation of the Lightning will give the Blackhawks trouble in the Stanley Cup Final.