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The Tampa Bay Lightning lost another 2-1 game in the Stanley Cup Final to the Chicago Blackhawks and now face elimination on Monday night + news from around the league.

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  • With the Game 5 outcome, much of the attention for the Chicago Blackhawks shifts to the hope that they can win a Stanley Cup on home ice on Monday night. [Second City Hockey]
  • Bad luck turned worse, and the Hawks played good defense in front of Crawford. That's why Tampa Bay is now on the brink. [The Globe and Mail]
  • Steven Stamkos goal scoring drought continues, but he didn't get much help from Jon Cooper in Game 5's waning moments. []
  • Ben Bishop's first period gaffe was a turning point in Game 5, but losing Nikita Kucherov to an apparent shoulder/neck injury could be even worse for the Bolts. [ESPN]
  • Tampa Bay's depth forwards -- praised all season long, and deservedly so -- got outplayed again in Game 5. [Sportsnet]
  • A game of breaks and a game of bounces sees Chicago with the 3-2 series lead. Moments before Bishop's big error Corey Crawford nearly gave one away himself. [Buffalo News]
  • Notes on Game 5 and on fighting another day and doing whatever it takes to force a Game 7. [Bolt Prospects]
  • The pressure doesn't get any higher than this: elimination games in the Stanley Cup Final. [The Star]
  • Lyle Richardson ranks the last 25 Stanley Cup champions. [Bleacher Report]
  • Glendale's mayor was tazed by a Yotes fan. Can't make this stuff up. [12 News Arizona]
  • A guide for Utica Comets fans to handle the pain of losing in the Calder Cup Final (to the Machester Monarchs). [Chairman How's Glorious Army]