Stanley Cup Final
Thomas Vanek
NUMBER: 26 BIRTHDATE: January 19, 1984  (AGE 31)
HEIGHT: 6' 2" BIRTHPLACE: Vienna, Austria
WEIGHT: 218 DRAFTED: BUF / 2003 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Right ROUND: 1st   (5th overall)
PLAYOFF HIGHLIGHTS *Sixth trip to Stanley Cup Playoffs *T-2nd on team in shots *Tallied playoff career-high two assists in Game 1 at CHI (5/1) *Ranked second on Montreal in PPG and T-2nd in goals in 2014 *Led Buffalo with five goals in seven playoff games in 2011 *Recorded GWG in Game 1 vs. NYR (4/25/07) and Game 2 vs. NYR (4/27/07) - Eastern Conference Semifinal 2014-15 HIGHLIGHTS *T-4th in NHL with eight goals since 3/8 *13 points (8-5=13) in last 16 games...20 points (11-9=20) in last 27 games *Third on team in scoring and assists, T-3rd in goals, fourth in shots *Tallied goal vs. CGY (3/27) to reach 20-goal plateau for 10th straight season *Sixth European to score 20 or more goals in first 10 seasons: Jagr, Sundin, Ovechkin, Kovalchuk, Selanne *Recorded 10 points (6-4=10) during team-best 8-game point streak (3/8-3/23) *Notched goal for 600th career point at STL (3/14) *Recorded 300th career assist on GWG at CGY (1/29) *Skated season-high 21:15 vs. NSH (1/10)
USHL First All-Star Team (2002) USHL MVP (2002) WCHA All-Rookie Team (2003) WCHA Second All-Star Team (2003, 2004) WCHA Rookie of the Year (2003) NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team (2003) NCAA Championship Tournament MVP (2003) NCAA West Second All-American Team (2004) AHL All-Rookie Team (2005) NHL Second All-Star Team (2007) Played in NHL All-Star Game (2009) Signed as a free agent by Graz (Austria), October 1, 2012. Traded to NY Islanders by Buffalo for Matt Moulson and NY Islanders' 1st and 2nd round choices in 2015 Entry Draft, October 27, 2013. Traded to Montreal by NY Islanders with NY Islanders' 5th round choice (Nikolas Koberstein) in 2014 Entry Draft for Sebastian Collberg and Montreal's 2nd round choice (later traded to Tampa Bay Tampa Bay selected Johnathan MacLeod) in 2014 Entry Draft, March 5, 2014. Signed as a free agent by Minnesota, July 1, 2014.
Quote of the Day

For our team, as a group, we've never been this far before, and so it's just more lessons learned, and sometimes you have to go to the school of hard knocks to find out what works and what doesn't. We've got a young group. They've played some unreal hockey here to get us this far, and we showed if we're not going to play the proper way, a really, really good hockey team is going to beat you, and that's what they did. It's a lesson learned.

— Lightning coach Jon Cooper after Rangers win in Game 6 forced a Game 7 that will be played at Madison Square Garden on Friday