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The Tampa Bay Lightning took Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final with a 4-3 win at Amalie Arena on Saturday night + news and notes from around the NHL for Sunday's links.

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  • The big story is still Ben Bishop and his status, and, sadly, all we can say is "we just don't know". Injury? Illness? Something else? The team isn't saying. [ESPN]
  • For folks wondering about Bishop's back up, Andrei Vasilevskiy, check our write-ups on him from the past two years of our summer Top 25 Under 25 series. He was ranked #12 in 2013 and #8 in 2014. [Raw Charge 12]
  • The Tampa Bay Lightning built another 1-0 lead, then lost it to go down 2-1 again. They got the outcome they wanted this time, however, and the series is split heading back to United Center. Here's the recap from our friends at SB Nation's Chicago Blackhawks blog. [Second City Hockey]
  • Jon Cooper's decision to use Cedric Paquette to try and shutdown Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane is ... working? (So far.) [Bleacher Report]
  • A bizarre, quirky, historical win is a win nonetheless. [Fox Sports Florida]
  • Michael Stuart's recap, with notes on some secondary scoring (finally!) and the Bolts managing a 1-goal lead better than in Game 1. [Hockey Buzz]
  • Game notes and observations from the Bolt Prospects crew. [Bolt Prospects]
  • Patrick Sharp took the blame for the Game 2 loss on himself for lack of discipline in putting his team down a man in a critical situation. [Puck Daddy]
  • Former Tampa Bay Lightning forward Brett Connolly keeps an eye on his former teammates in the Final. [Boston Globe]
  • On Manon Rheaume. [Sportsnet]
  • The Tampa Bay Lightning social media team got Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon pretty good with this zinger. [theScore]
  • This ... this is just not a good look for the Tampa Bay Lightning and their ticket policy. [Tampa Bay Times]