It took about six hours of sleep before I woke up and realized that the Lightning actually advanced to the Stanley Cup Final. I realized that it wasn't a dream when I watched the coach presser on my phone: Jon Cooper was, for once, at a loss for words. His expression was one of consternation as he tried to address questions -- mouth open, hands flailing, eyes wide.
"They were probably sick of listening to me," he admitted. "they won it for each other." However you did it, Coop, you actually did it. Tampa has achieved hockey in June! Welcome to 40C weather, SCF!
Here's a little more news about Toronto native Steven Stamkos before I dive into Leafs links this morning.
Steven Stamkos accepts the Prince of Wales Trophy | Raw Charge
Season Comes to a Close As Rangers Fall Short in Game 7 | Blueshirt Banter
New York Rangers Analysis: Reflections on the Machine that Failed | Blueshirt Banter
Lightning advance to Stanley Cup Final | Sportsnet
Now the wait to see if it'll be the Palm Series or the Socks with Sandals series.
Oh, and haters gonna hate:
Everyone Should Want A Rangers Versus Ducks Stanley Cup Final | The Hockey Writers (warning)
Maple Leafs’ Horton: I’m healthy and I’m happy | Sportsnet
Legal reps want deposition from Maple Leafs boss Shanahan | Toronto Sun (warning)
Babcock Reaches Out to Red Wings Assistant Coaches | Tip of the Tower
Maple Leafs Should Bring Back Cody Franson | Today's Slapshot
Rockets blast into finals with 9-3 win | Memorial Cup website