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Lightning Round: Julien BriseBois finished second in GM of the year race

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Happy Game 4 day!

New York Islanders v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game One Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images

During the media availability on Saturday, Jon Cooper didn’t offer any update on Brayden Point’s status; the Tampa Bay Lightning didn’t have practice yesterday, so we will likely need to wait before the start of tonight’s game to see if Point’s ready to play. On the other hand, Alex Killorn is back to the line-up after serving one-game suspension for boarding the New York Islanders forward Brock Nelson in Game 2. You can read a more detailed preview preview of Game 4 later today.

In his availability Cooper also explained why Luke Schenn has seen so many starts in recent game. The Lightning defenceman has been criticized lately by his performance, but Cooper noted that the presence of a veteran player having a positive impact on a team both on and off ice.

Meanwhile the Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Julien BriseBois finished second in the Jim Gregory General Manager of the Year Award voting. BriseBois received eight first-place votes and was named on 23 of 40 ballots. The winner of the Award is Lou Lamoriello, the general manager of the New York Islanders, the Eastern Conference Final opponent of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

If you missed the recent Lightning signing, Justin brings a profile of Alex Green and also takes a look at the Syracuse Crunch blueline [Raw Charge]

Like most players making the transition from college hockey to professional he’ll have to deal with the increased speed of the game as well as the more physical nature of the game. Unlike players coming out of junior hockey, the transition shouldn’t be as dramatic. It’s not like he’s a 19-year-old kid going up against 30-year-olds. In fact, he’s older than Foote and the same age as Day who has over 100 games of professional experience. Getting used to the grind of a long season will most likely be his biggest adjustment.

Yesterday’s Game

Vegas Golden Knights 1-2 Dallas Stars – Stars lead series 3-1

Once again the Golden Knights had a slight advantage over the opponent in shot attempts and expected goal share but eventually lost and found themselves just one loss away from elimination. After a scoreless first period, the Golden Knights opened the score in the second period after a long-distance shot by Alec Martinez on power play. Although their lead didn’t last long, as Joe Pavelski tied the score after an unfortunate turnover by Nate Schmidt in his own defensive zone. Jamie Benn scored the second goal for his team during the power play, one minute before the end of the second period and that goal ended up being a game-winning goal. Anton Khudobin played another stunning game, making 31 stops and keeping their lead even during the last minutes of the game, when the Golden Knights played on a 5-on-3 power play. The Stars may become the first Stanley Cup finalist on Monday.

Other News and Notes

A 17-year-old Yanic Duplessis of the Drummondville Voltigeurs from the QMJHL came out as a gay this week

The Montreal Canadiens acquired Joel Edmundson from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange of the 5th round pick in this year’s Entry Draft.