Josh Anderson – Nick Suzuki – Cole Caufield
Tyler Toffoli – Phillip Danault – Brendan Gallagher
Paul Byron – Jake Evans – Artturi Lehkonen
Joel Armia – Eric Staal – Corey Perry
Ben Chiarot – Shea Weber
Joel Edmundson – Jeff Petry
Alexander Romanov – Brett Kulak
Carey Value – Jake Allen
Tomas Tatar, Michael Frolik, Charlie Lindgren, Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Erik Gustafsson, Jon Merrill
Alex Belzile, Laurent Dauphin, Lukas Vejdemo, Jesse Ylonen, Cale Fleury, Otto Leskinen, Xavier Ouellet, Cayden Primeau, Michael McNiven
Jonathan Drouin (undisclosed)
The beginning of this recreation seemed very acquainted. It was nearly a repeat of Recreation 4 with the Lightning dominating play in all areas of the ice. With the pictures 13-4 for Tampa, the Canadiens had been very grateful for the excellent efficiency of Carey Value who stored the Lightning off the board on the first intermission.
Scoring the primary objective was all the time important within the Cup Closing — it decided the winner of every recreation — however much more so after a scoreless first interval. The one objective of the sport got here within the second interval the place Joel Edmundson did not tie up Ross Colton. And similar to that the Canadiens hopes dimmed.
Lack of offence
The Lightning closely outplayed the Canadiens all through this recreation. Whereas Tampa executed clean entries establishing store within the Montreal zone for prolonged intervals, Habs puck carriers discovered themselves pressured at each spot on the ice. The Canadiens had problem producing any critical offence at 5-on-5 and on the power-play.
Montreal pictures had been principally one-and-done. After the sport when requested about his function, Tampa head coach Jon Cooper mentioned, “I simply stood there and chewed gum.” Be that what it could, however given the Canadiens lack of offence, goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy had much less to do than that.
Due to Value
The Tampa Bay Lightning had been the higher crew, that was clear. They’d extra expertise and depth than the Habs, and that’s on Marc Bergevin. However this shut knit group of Canadiens had been in a position to make this an entertaining Closing for his or her followers.
Whereas Canadiens gamers might have anticipated to be competing for the Stanley Cup, it was a shock playoff run to most observers. Montreal had a stable mixture of veteran management with contributions from their youth however there isn’t any denying that the success was pushed by Carey Value. As Jon Cooper mentioned postgame, Value is the perfect goaltender of his era and Value was the perfect goalie that Tampa confronted within the playoffs.
Followers could also be happy that their crew acquired this far and that the Cup was not received by Tampa on Bell Centre ice. However as Brendan Gallagher mentioned, there are not any ethical victories in sports activities. The Canadiens had been simply three wins away from profitable a Stanley Cup.
The gamers know the way troublesome ii was to get to the Closing, it had been 28 years for the reason that final Canadiens crew made it. In order that’s why gamers like Brendan Gallagher, Carey Value and Shea Weber had been so dissatisfied.
This loss within the Stanley Cup Closing hurts and it’ll harm for fairly a while. But it surely’s up the the Canadiens at each place within the group to study from it in order that they’ll battle laborious to return. And to be higher ready subsequent time they do.
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▲ Carey Value, Shea Weber, Artturi Lehkonen, Nick Suzuki, Jake Evans, Alexander Romanov
▼ Joel Edmundson, Phillip Danault, Brendan Gallagher, Corey Perry, Tyler Toffoli
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