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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.



Bloodied Brendan Gallagher


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STAMFORD, Conn. – June 28, 2021 – NBC Sports began its exclusive presentation of the 2021 Stanley Cup Final tonight with Game 1 between the Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla., on NBCSN.

Kenny Albert, Eddie Olczyk, and Brian Boucher called the game on-site from Amalie Arena along with Kathryn Tappen and Pierre McGuire providing reports and contributing to pre-game and intermission coverage.

Liam McHugh, Keith Jones, Anson Carter and Patrick Sharp provided studio commentary during pre-game coverage and intermissions from NBC Sports’ headquarters in Stamford, Conn.

Following are notes and quotes from Game 1:


Sharp: “It was a lot more physical than I thought it was going to be for a Game 1. Pretty dominant performance from where I was watching (for the Lightning).”

Jones: “The penalty kill streak is over for the Montreal Canadiens. If you’re Tampa Bay, you want to erase that as quickly as you can…they score on the power play and now they can move onto Game 2 feeling confident in their power play…and it takes some of the confidence away from Montreal’s penalty kill.”


Olczyk on Lightning forward Steven Stamkos’ goal, 5-1 Tampa Bay: “Jon Cooper started that 5-on-3 with five forwards on the ice, with a 4-1 lead – and they made Montreal pay.”

Boucher: “It seemed to me that Nikita Kucherov had one thing in mind on that power play – and that was to get Steven Stamkos a goal.”

Olczyk on the Lightning: “In Game 7 against the Islanders, there was a stretch where the Islanders only had two shots in a 26-minute span. When Tampa wants to shut it down, I don’t think they get enough credit for how good they are defensively. You talk about a complete team – there’s not a lot of room when they don’t have the puck.”

Boucher on Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov’s second goal, 4-1 Tampa Bay: “If there were any concerns about Nikita Kucherov’s health…I don’t think there’s anything wrong there.”

Olczyk on Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov’s first goal, 3-1 Tampa Bay: “You just never know what will happen when you direct a puck at the net. Ben Chiarot swats it up in the air…harmless play, right? Not so fast.”

Boucher: “The idea was to bat that well out of harm’s way. He didn’t get enough on it. Even though he got the goal in the second period, he’s going to wish he had that one back.”


Carter on the Lightning’s neutral zone play: “The Montreal Canadiens are going to have an easier time getting back across the Canadian border – Tampa Bay has been that solid at both blue lines in the first two periods.”

Jones on the Canadiens: “Brendan Gallagher has been noticeable for Montreal, as well as Josh Anderson – the speed game is starting to get going…when Anderson gets it going, he can be a real dangerous player.”


Olczyk on Canadiens defenseman Ben Chiarot’s goal, 2-1 Tampa Bay: “It’s like a pinball machine out in front of the net. Maybe off of Ryan McDonagh – bank, bank, and into the back of the net.”

Boucher on Lightning forward Yanni Gourde’s goal, 2-0 Tampa Bay: “This starts with a turnover by Brendan Gallagher at the offensive blue line, and he knows it. He tries to make a play and turns it over…and because of it, Tampa goes the other way…Gallagher knows that puck has to go deep and you can’t put it in the Tampa forwards’ hands.”


Jones on Cernak goal: “Brayden Point is such a responsible player in all facets of the game…he heads right where he should to the middle of the ice, disrupts the play and sends it to Cernak, who puts on another display of straight line hockey. You go forward, you drive the middle lane and when you do that, you get some goals along the way.”


Olczyk on Canadiens defenseman Ben Chiarot’s penalty: “This is a bad penalty. Ben Chiarot had one thing in mind. He takes his stick and just cross-checks Kucherov.”

Olczyk on the Lightning: “The Tampa forwards are getting to the front of the net. They’re paying the price, getting inside position on the Montreal defense. That’s something that Vegas wasn’t able to do or wasn’t willing to do in the prior round.”

Boucher on Lightning defenseman Erik Cernak’s goal, 1-0 Tampa Bay: “We saw it in Game 7 against the New York Islanders – the Tampa Bay defense was much more active in the end of that series. Cernak joins the rush and gets his first of the Playoffs.”


Jones on the Canadiens: “Montreal caught a break in Round One without John Tavares, Mark Scheifele in Round Two – so some of the top offensive players on the teams they have played against have been absent. No one is absent on this Tampa Bay Lightning team.”

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 06/28/21 at 11:34 PM ET

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Cheering for Gallagher bleeding after his head gets slammed into the ice; *#$%@& you, Tampa Bay, and your shitty, obnoxious fan base.

Bunch of methed-out, sun-poisoned cave people.

Posted by RedMenace from A Tormented Hellscape on 06/29/21 at 12:21 AM ET


I logged back in to say the same, Red.

Had to make sure they weren’t confused or looking at or cheering
something else.

Can’t stand Tampa and the idea of them repeating via two
shortened bizzaro seasons, while hiding a hugely expensive player
until the moment the regular season cap became moot means they’d get
a permanent asterisk. I admittedly can’t stand that team.
They’ve been sneakily dirty for years, too. Cheapshots all over the ice.

Posted by lefty.30 on 06/29/21 at 12:38 AM ET

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Posted by lefty.30 on 06/29/21 at 12:38 AM ET

They’re (and their fans) becoming the late-2000s Penguins. Unacceptable.

I have other, more personal reasons for hating Tampa Bay itself, but the sentiment still stands.

Posted by RedMenace from A Tormented Hellscape on 06/29/21 at 12:59 AM ET

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Cinderella lost her shoe last night.

The stumbling, bumbling Habs of the regular season showed up in Game One of the SCF. The result was predictable. The Big Blue Machine ground them up.

Let’s see who shows up for the Red team on Wednesday.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, sing along The YzerMan Can!...... on 06/29/21 at 09:45 AM ET

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You could tell MTL had some serious nerves before the game and in the first period.  I’d imagine they come out a little more settled down. 

MTL also needs to stop trying to play tough with Tampa because, well, Tampa’s bigger and dirtier and is going to win that game.

Posted by TreKronor on 06/29/21 at 10:35 AM ET


Yep and losing Armia robs them of another bigger player.

One wildcard is Josh Anderson. Maybe also Paul Byron.
Byron can obviously separate and finish. Anderson was arguably that single
most difficult Columbus player for Tampa to match up against two years ago.
Montreal doesn’t play him much. But he’s big and fast and can both bear people wide and go right to the net.

It looked like Tampa went head to head with their top line
facing the much younger Suzuki line, featuring Toffoli who isn’t exactly a Selke candidate and the even greener Caufield. That Point line could keep putting up points on those guys and also keep them off the board. That’s a problem for Montreal’s offense. Montreal is going to their need depth scoring in a big way.

And a much safer game from guys like Chiarot.

Posted by lefty.30 on 06/29/21 at 12:39 PM ET

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Cooper said today Kilorn is considered day to day.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 06/29/21 at 12:41 PM ET

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They’re (and their fans) becoming the late-2000s Penguins. Unacceptable.

Very true. Seems as disgusting as Pittsburgh, which says a lot. confused

Posted by bigfrog on 06/29/21 at 06:44 PM ET

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