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Reading leading into Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final...

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  • Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Jason Garrison is going to try his hand at this blogger thing to chronicle his Stanley Cup Final experience. []
  • It's been 11 years since the Lightning made their first Stanley Cup run. The member of that team playing in this series is playing for the Chicago Blackhawks. Make no mistake, though, Brad Richards savors his experience from a decade ago. [Tampa Bay Times]
  • Too young. Too inexperienced. Too youthful. Such a short resume. Such an electric bunch. [Lightning Shout]
  • Some thoughts on Tuesday's team practice as well as head coach Jon Cooper's thoughts on Tampa Bay being compared to the 2010 Chicago Blackhawks team. [Tampa Tribune]
  • Our friends who cover the other Florida hockey team get involved in a little discussion about the Stanley Cup Final. [Litter Box Cats]
  • Michael Stuart over at Hockey Buzz gives his three reasons why Stanley Cup champions. [Hockey Buzz]
  • How about a numerical preview of the series? Numeric algorithms and projections expect the finals to be a tight affair. [Number Fire]
  • Raw Charge generally has an edict against politics because it's divisive... Leave your opinions of The Mayors of Tampa and Chicago have put forth that friendly little token wager they do for PR sake when sports-teams do battle in championships. [Tampa Tribune]
  • Oh, and the city of Tampa will be dying the Garrison Channel in support of the Lightning. [Tampa Bay Times]
  • Lightning center Brian Boyle was part of the Danny Picard Show on Tuesday. You can find his segment on the podcast at about 18 minutes in. [Danny Picard Show]
  • While the eyes of the NHL and the hockey world are on Tampa Bay at the moment for the start of the Finals, life goes on elsewhere. Defenseman Jeff Petry, obtained by the Montreal Canadiens at the 2015 NHL Trade Deadline, will be retained by the club instead of going to free agency on July 1st. [All Habs]
  • In AHL news, a past link to Tampacuse is once again vying for the Calder Cup; Cory Conacher is a member of the Utica Comets, who defeated the Grand Rapids Griffins to advance to the AHL's championship. []
  • "Mic'd up" videos don't show you the intensity of the game of hockey with thanks to censors and editing out profane sequences. What happens when you get a Mic'd Up session in the raw? [SB Nation]