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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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Video- Game 7 Recap Of Lightning/Islanders

1:41 to watch.

 

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Everyone Contributes For The Tampa Bay Lightning

from Joe Smith of The Athletic,

When you look back on this Lightning team years from now, you’ll remember the stars.

There are likely at least five future Hall of Famers on this roster, from Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman to Nikita Kucherov, Andrei Vasilevskiy and Brayden Point.

You’ll remember the personalities, from the “Florida Man” Pat Maroon to Alex Killorn’s “Dock Talk” jetski videos.

But don’t forget about the guts. The relentless determination. And the stunning evolution this core group has made, putting the Cup champions back to the Stanley Cup Final to face the Canadiens.

Consider this: The lasting image from Tampa Bay’s dominant 1-0 victory over the Islanders in Game 7 at an electric Amalie Arena was forward Barclay Goodrow, a big deadline addition from a year ago, fighting off four New York players behind their net. It was a six-on-five situation for the Islanders, who were desperate to tie the score, but the Lightning spent the final minute attacking, including Goodrow and Killorn playing keep-away. They weren’t going to give up the puck.

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Videos- Recapping The Lightning/Islanders Game From Last Night

Another video is below.

 

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The Hit On Nikita Kucherov

from John Romano of the Tampa Bay Times,

...this is neither condemnation nor complaint. It is simply a question.

Is this what the NHL wants?

By that, I mean superstars sprawled on the ice. Referees acting as if they see nothing. And league officials promoting the narrative of the Stanley Cup being the most difficult trophy to win by turning the entire postseason into a war of attrition.

It is impossible to tell the story of New York’s 3-2 overtime win in Game 6 on Wednesday night without exploring the play that knocked Nikita Kucherov out of the game on his first shift.

The puck was elsewhere on the ice when New York defenseman Scott Mayfield cross-checked Kucherov with a referee facing them from just a few feet away. There was no penalty called on the play, and seconds later Kucherov skated off the ice and into the night. Lightning coach Jon Cooper said after the game he had no update on Kucherov’s injury.

“They said they didn’t think it was malicious or anything. So it is what it is,” Lightning captain Steven Stamkos said. “They don’t have the chance to look at it on replay like we do. We’re not going to complain about the officiating. Nothing we can do about it now.”

If that was the explanation, it has a whiff of truth to it. While the play clearly injured Kucherov, it was not the type of violent hit that immediately makes you wince. But that doesn’t change the reality that it was a penalty. A clear, blatant penalty that ultimately sent the best player on the ice into the locker room for the remainder of one of the most important games of the year.

So, again, is this what the NHL wants?

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