Tyler Toffoli – Nick Suzuki – Cole Caufield
Artturi Lehkonen – Phillip Danault – Brendan Gallagher
Paul Byron – Jesperi Kotkaniemi – Josh Anderson
Jake Evans – Eric Staal – Corey Perry
Ben Chiarot – Shea Weber
Joel Edmundson – Jeff Petry
Erik Gustafsson – Jon Merrill
Carey Worth – Jake Allen
Tomas Tatar, Michael Frolik, Charlie Lindgren, Brett Kulak, Alexander Romanov, Joel Armia
Alex Belzile, Laurent Dauphin, Lukas Vejdemo, Jesse Ylonen, Cale Fleury, Otto Leskinen, Xavier Ouellet, Cayden Primeau, Michael McNiven
Jonathan Drouin (undisclosed)
Was it an omen when Brendan Gallagher fell stepping on to the ice for warmups? Shea Weber stepped on a puck too and took a shot throughout warmups that hit Carey Worth close to the throat. Perhaps not a nasty omen however issues weren’t going in accordance with script.
When the puck drop to open the Stanley Cup Finals, it was abundantly clear that the Lightning have been properly schooled and ready. Lightning head coach Jon Cooper had executed his homework, getting ready a method to take advantage of the Canadiens vulnerabilities whereas taking away their strengths.
Whereas isolating at dwelling, Dominique Ducharme has taken each alternative to remind us that as interim head coach that he’s nonetheless in cost and that features getting ready the sport plan. It seems that Ducharme was much less thorough in his evaluation and preparation.
Whereas the main target of the Canadiens was to be bodily with Tampa, the Lightning didn’t present any indicators of being intimidated, dishing again the punishment. Hits within the sport have been recorded as a whopping 58-57 for the Canadiens.
Cooper put in place the means to deconstruct the Canadiens assault. Montreal didn’t get wherever close to the slot space within the Tampa zone till the dying minutes of the sport. Excessive hazard scoring possibilities favored the Lightning.
The Lightning did an excellent job disrupting Canadiens offence at Tampa’s blueline, creating turnovers that thrice led to targets for the house facet. Tampa activated their defence way over they’ve in three earlier sequence, taking a web page out of the playbook of the Golden Knights, who had generated offence from their rearguards.
Lightning skaters have been serving to Cooper to verify off every merchandise within the listing together with placing an finish to the Canadiens profitable penalty-killing streak stopped at 32 alternatives. Even whereas main 4-1 Cooper despatched out 5 forwards to attain a power-play purpose and get rid of the narrative in regards to the good streak by Montreal penalty-killers.
The Lightning additionally managed to cowl for his or her Vezina-caliber goaltender who didn’t look sharp for the primary half of the sport. It was a relatively straightforward evening for Andrei Vasilevskiy who solely needed to make 18 saves and few from scoring areas.
With final change, coach Cooper successfully controlling the matchups guaranteeing that the Canadiens checking line led by Phillip Danault was matched towards his third line centred by Yanni Gourde. If that head-to-head matchup continues, the Canadiens ought to take benefit if Danault and firm can play a extra offensive sport.
Though this sport bought out of attain halfway by way of the third interval, Carey Worth was excellent conserving his crew nearer than they deserved. Worth made two sensational saves on Steven Stamkos and Tyler Johnson.
That is now within the fingers of the Canadiens teaching workers to evaluate how the Lightning have been in a position to transfer so simply within the Montreal zone whereas stopping the Habs from producing top quality scoring possibilities in their very own zone. The 2 groups meet once more in Tampa on Wednesday evening.
▲ Carey Worth, Shea Weber, Josh Anderson, Corey Perry, Brendan Gallagher
▼ Erik Gustafsson, Jon Merrill, Cole Caufield, Nick Suzuki, Tyler Toffoli, Joel Edmundson, Jeff Petry
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