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A Few Tips For The Montreal Canadiens

from John Romano of the Tampa Bay Times

You know, not every market can be as proficient in the game as Tampa Bay. The way I understand it, the Canadiens have not won a Stanley Cup, or had even made it to the finals, since the year the Lightning were born. Tampa Bay, of course, has won two Cups and is on the verge of hogging it for yet another year.

So perhaps the Lightning could take it a little easier on the Canadiens in this Stanley Cup final. Maybe not punk them in front of their tiny little crowd. After beating the Canadiens 6-3 in Montreal in Game 3 on Friday night, the Lightning moved to within one victory of the first Stanley Cup final sweep in 23 years.

Meanwhile, the Canadiens are down to their last chance to win a game in the final since Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was a college student in Montreal just about a mile down the road from the Bell Centre.

“We have a gameplan, right? And everybody is buying in and everybody is doing their job,” said wing Nikita Kucherov, who had a goal and an assist in Game 3. “When everybody is doing their job, it makes it easier. We play a full 60 minutes the right way.”

Honestly, it wouldn’t be that difficult for the Lightning to give these guys a few tips. Nothing too fancy, just some pointers for hockey novices.

For instance, it’s totally okay for defensemen to score. No, seriously, this is true. The Lightning were up 2-0 in Game 3 because the Canadiens didn’t bother to cover either Jan Rutta or Victor Hedman, and both defensemen blasted in shots from more than 50 feet away.

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Video- Quick Recap Of Game 2 Of The Stanley Cup Final

Less than 3 minutes to watch.

 

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The Tampa Bay Lightning Are Up 2-0 In The Stanley Cup Final

The Lightning beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-1 tonight, just too many costly turnovers by the Habs.

Next game is Friday in Montreal.

Here's the game-winning goal.

added 11:13pm, game highlights are below.

 

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Video- HNIC Opening Game 2 Of The Stanley Cup Final

Great.

 

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Open Post- Game 2 Of The Stanley Cup Final Lightning/Canadiens

The question of the night is can Montreal match-up with Tampa tonight?

If not, this could be a very short series, the Habs have to bring their 'A' game tonight.

TV schedule and pre-game reading is below.

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Video- Quick Review Of Game 1 Of The Stanley Cup Final

1:45 to watch.

 

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Too Many Mistakes Cost The Montreal Canadiens

from Tom Gulitti of NHL.com,

The Montreal Canadiens will review their 5-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena in Tampa on Monday, but they already know which area needs the most work.

"It's going to be the puck management," Canadiens assistant coach Luke Richardson said.

Montreal committed turnovers that led directly to Tampa Bay's first three goals. The first two turnovers came on lateral passes high in the offensive zone that were picked off and quickly transitioned into counterattack rushes. The third turnover that led to a Lightning goal resulted from an errant pass through the neutral zone.

Canadiens goalie Carey Price has covered up for many of their mistakes in the Stanley Cup Playoffs to help them reach this point, but they'll need to play smarter in front of him in Game 2 of the best-of-7 series at Tampa Bay on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS). The five goals Monday were the most Price has allowed in a game this postseason.

"That's a team that thrives on turnovers," said defenseman Ben Chiarot, who scored Montreal's lone goal in the second period. "They're pretty quick coming back the other way every time there's a turnover at their blue line, so (it's) definitely something we have to be aware of and make sure we're a little smarter with the puck."

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Videos- The Tampa Bay Lightning Go Up 1-0 In The Stanley Cup Final

The Montreal Canadiens lost 5-1 to the Lightning tonight.  When Tampa plays like they did tonight, they will be tough to beat.

Game 2 is Wednesday and the game highlights are below along with a bloodied Brendan Gallagher.

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Video- HNIC Opening Game 1 Of The Stanley Cup Final

"Nothing Else Matters"vi

via Sportsnet,

 

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The Stanley Cup Final Matchup

from Ken Campbell of Hockey Unfiltered,

Since the playoffs began, prognosticators have done a far better job of eliminating the Montreal Canadiens than their opponents have. Now that the Habs have reached the Stanley Cup final, their challenge will be to take it over the finish line. And that task will be enormous, far greater than any they have faced in the playoffs. NHL history is well-populated by underdogs and overachievers who have captured playoff magic and made it to the final, but history tells us those teams almost never actually win the Stanley Cup. Whether or not the Canadiens get slapped with a dose of reality in the final remains to be seen, but it would not be a surprise if this were a short and decisive win for the defending Stanley Cup champions.

It would also not be a surprise if the Canadiens made a real series of this. It’s clear the team that stumbled and bumbled its way through the regular season is not the one that’s been on display in the playoffs. The Tampa Bay Lightning, meanwhile, have come exactly as advertised before the season. They have methodically and meticulously picked apart their opponents and been dominant in doing so, regardless of the terms on which the games have been played.

Here’s how each team stacks up going into an intriguing 2021 Stanley Cup final:

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