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Welcome to, the official site of the National Hockey LeagueBienvenue à , le site officiel de la Ligue nationale de hockeyДобро пожаловать на, официальный сайт Национальной хоккейной лигиTervetuloa NHL:n viralliselle nettisivustolle NHL.comiinVälkommen till, NHL:s officiella web-sidaVítejte na, oficiálních stránkách National Hockey LeagueVitajte na, oficiálnych stránkach National Hockey LeagueWillkommen auf, der offiziellen Seite der National Hockey LeagueBienvenido a, el sitio oficial de la National Hockey LeagueThe Tampa Bay Lightning have zero goals from defensemen in the Stanley Cup Playoffs after averaging nearly one every two games in the regular season.That's a statistic that doesn't seem to matter until a team trails in a best-of-7 series, which the Lightning do for the first time in the playoffs after a 2-1 loss to the New York Islanders in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals on Sunday."We won two series without them scoring," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said Monday. "At the end of the day we're looking to win games, it doesn't matter who is scoring goals, but we for sure have to be more aggressive up ice."Hedman, who led Tampa Bay defensemen with nine goals during the regular season, has 11 assists in the playoffs.Lightning defensemen have 96 shots on goal and 23 assists in the playoffs. They combined for seven shots on goal and 12 shot attempts at even strength in Game 1, which wasn't enough against the Islanders, who are among the best in the NHL at keeping the opposition on the outside and the netfront clean.Video: Varlamov, Islanders hold off Lightning for Game 1 winNew York is also strong at preventing transition opportunities because its forwards are aggressive on the forecheck and its defensemen sag, allowing entry into the zone but usually not with speed.

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