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6:13 PM ET ESPN News Services Severely outplayed in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final in losing 4-1 to the Dallas Stars Saturday, the Tampa Bay Lightning appeared optimistic Sunday about seeing their captain, Steven Stamkos, return to game action. Coach Jon Cooper said Stamkos “is inching his way closer,” but declined to specify
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6:53 PM ET Associated Press Jim Montgomery was hired by the St. Louis Blues as an assistant Wednesday, less than a year after he was fired by the Dallas Stars for unprofessional conduct. Montgomery is getting a second chance 10 months after Stars general manager Jim Nill said the coach acted inconsistently with “core values
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3:57 PM ET In announcing Peter Laviolette as his new head coach, Washington Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan used an unusual phrase, saying they were fortunate to “have him available at a time of need for our organization.” One often hears buzzy managerial language in situations like this — “taking us to the next level”
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12:24 PM ET Geoff Ward has been named the Calgary Flames‘ head coach after leading the team to a 25-15-3 record and a trip to the playoffs as interim coach. The contract is for two years, sources said. The Flames eliminated the Winnipeg Jets in four games in the qualifying round before falling to the
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