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.
Oilers, Maple Leafs could learn from how current Lightning roster is built
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
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.
Stars savouring rare opportunity to live out long-awaited dream
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.