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Sam Hitchcock's Archive

Lessons the Bolts Can Learn from Canes

May 5, 2019 - 11:00 AM ET

To win in the playoffs, a mixture of talent and technique is needed. When the Blue Jackets throttled the Lightning in round one, they fused talent and technique nicely, while in hindsight it is obvious that the Lightning thought they could coast to the Cup final on talent alone. But that is not how...

The Three Points

May 10, 2019 - 9:21 AM ET

No one knows what the future holds. As a writer who playfully traffics in reckless speculation, I am consistently in awe of the way the NHL, like life, never loses its ability to surprise. In Paul Auster’s novel 4, 3, 2, 1, the life of the main character, Archibald Ferguson, is developed in four d...

Revamping the Bolts' Power Play

May 17, 2019 - 9:03 AM ET

The Sharks are now angling to play the Bruins in the Cup finals in large part because both teams have been buoyed at key times by their power plays. Any arrogance the Lightning had has hopefully been punctured after getting waxed by the Blue Jackets. No area of their game is beneath tinkering. Every...