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MONTREAL, QC - MARCH 10:  David Desharnais #51 of the Montreal Canadiens jumps to grab the falling puck against Braydon Coburn #55 and Victor Hedman #77 of the Tampa Bay Lightning during the NHL game at the Bell Centre on March 10, 2015 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

Series Preview: Lightning VS Canadiens

As the regular season has come to an end, Last Word On Sports analyzes every playoff series heading into this week’s action. In the first installment, we take a look at the matchups in five categories: Offense, defense, goaltending, coaching and special teams. We also run down the players to look out for and give our final assessment on how…




TAMPA, FL - APRIL 29: Anton Stralman #6 of the Tampa Bay Lightning celebrates his empty-net goal with Victor Hedman #77 against the Detroit Red Wings in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena on April 29, 2015 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images)

Series Recap: Red Wings VS Lightning

As the regular season has come to an end, Last Word On Sports analyzes every playoff series. In the first installment, we take a look at the matchups in five categories: Offense, defense, goaltending, coaching and special teams. We also run down the players to look out for and give our final assessment on how the series will pan out….


CALGARY, CANADA - APRIL 25: Bob Hartley (C) of the Calgary Flames celebrates their sixth goal with his players in their game against the Vancouver Canucks in Game Six of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Scotiabank Saddledome on April 25, 2015 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Todd Korol/Getty Images)

Don’t Count the Flames Out Too Soon

This year’s underdog has a vicious bite. Just ask the Boston Bruins, Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks—teams the 2014-2015 Calgary Flames have wounded, defeated and left behind in their unrelenting and unfathomable pursuit of success and victory. First of all, the Flames defied all logic and odds, battling and clawing their way into the Stanley Cup playoffs for the…



CALGARY, CANADA - APRIL 25: Nick Bonino #13, Chris Higgins #20, Radim Vrbata #17, Daniel Sedin #22 and head coach Willie Desjardins react to losing their series against the Calgary Flames in Game Six of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Scotiabank Saddledome on April 25, 2015 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Todd Korol/Getty Images)

Canucks Depth Disappears in Playoffs

All season long, the Canucks had a pretty good thing going. Prior to the start of the season, coach Willie Desjardins and the Canucks executives had said they wanted their club to be a four-line team. Desjardins took it to heart, rolling four lines all season long with aplomb. Matchups? Who cares. No Canucks forward played more than 19 minutes a…


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