Mark Spector
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Senior columnist Mark Spector is one of Canada’s leading sources for breaking NHL news. Regularly contributing to sportsnet.ca and Sportsnet magazine, Spector gives Canadian hockey fans exclusive insight to the goings-on in NHL franchises. He also acts as the sideline reporter for Sportsnet’s regional Edmonton Oilers broadcasts.
Why 'playoff hockey' is uniquely special for NHL players
Mark Spector
Nineteen teammates watch a player take a hit to make a play and thus the bar is set, only to be raised on the next shift by a similar but perhaps greater sacrifice. That's playoff hockey.
Stars lose defensive identity in Game 3 shellacking by Lightning
Mark Spector
Oilers, Maple Leafs could learn from how current Lightning roster is built
Mark Spector
The Tampa Bay Lighting have learned through experience that you can’t simply surf along on top of the water. You have dive in and swim with the sharks eventually. It’s a movie the Toronto Maple Leafs and Edmonton Oilers should watch.
Stars surrender control to Lightning in Game 2 as tug-of-war for Cup begins
Mark Spector
By taking three minor penalties in the opening period of Game 2, the Stars surrendered control. What resulted was a 3-2 Lightning win, a series tied at one game apiece, and the beginning of that annual tug-of-war over which team is going to impose its style on this Stanley Cup Final.
Amid night of prestigious honours, Draisaitl's gaze stays fixed on the Cup
Mark Spector
Lightning must learn from mistakes to avoid repeat loss to Stars in Game 2
Mark Spector
If the Tampa Bay Lightning are going to bounce back from their Game 1 loss to the Dallas Stars in the Stanley Cup Final, they'll have to learn from their mistakes and adjust.
Stars check all the boxes in Game 1 win over Lightning
Mark Spector
They check every box, these Dallas Stars, as a team with a very real chance to become Stanley Cup champions. Their odds are looking even better after their Game 1 victory.
Gary Bettman short on specifics ahead of 2020-21 NHL season
Mark Spector
Stars savouring rare opportunity to live out long-awaited dream
Mark Spector
Rick Bowness is just another of the many tales that are authored whenever two teams of 40-some players, coaches, managers and organizational hockey folk get this close to The Dream. For half of them, The Dream will be realized. For the other half, having spent two-plus months in the bubble only to lose the Cup Final, they will reel from the cruelest of blows.