Tyler Toffoli – Nick Suzuki – Cole Caufield
Artturi Lehkonen – Phillip Danault – Brendan Gallagher
Paul Byron – Jesperi Kotkaniemi – Josh Anderson
Joel Armia – 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, Jake Evans
Alex Belzile, Laurent Dauphin, Lukas Vejdemo, Jesse Ylonen, Cale Fleury, Otto Leskinen, Xavier Ouellet, Cayden Primeau, Michael McNiven
Jonathan Drouin (undisclosed)
Right here’s the shorthand model of the sport abstract that you just would possibly see on social media: The Canadiens acquired ‘Priced’ by the Tampa goalie after dominating play all through sport two. That’s far too simplistic to function a plausible description for tonight’s sport. As at all times, we are going to delve so much deeper to unearth the true story.
Wanting on the numbers the Canadiens held a lopsided benefit in photographs on aim, taking 20 extra photographs than the Lightning. However what in regards to the high quality of Montreal’s alternatives? In that regard, high-danger scoring probabilities had been relatively even between the 2 groups, recorded as 7-6 for Montreal.
Such a sport was paying homage to the times of Claude Julien, taking pictures from anyplace and all over the place simply hoping one would sneak in. And that’s simply what occurred for Nick Suzuki who rolled a backhander from the blueline that one way or the other eluded Andrei Vasilevskiy. However that’s the place the Canadiens luck would finish.
The stark fact is that the Canadiens must do a significantly better job getting Grade-A probabilities on Vasilevskiy. He actually isn’t going to be bothered by a excessive quantity of low high quality photographs on this collection. Canadiens skaters have simply two targets over six durations on this collection and that’s merely not going to chop it in the event that they intend to make this a collection.
Tampa coach Jon Cooper stated that the Lightning performed an unremarkable group sport however acquired some outstanding particular person performances. It’s honest to go with Montreal’s group sport however surprise the place the outstanding particular person performances had been for the guests in white? The Canadiens will want people, past their goaltender, to step up and ship a productive efficiency.
So far as these outstanding particular person performances by the Lightning? They had been triggered by Canadiens errors. “I believe these guys are very opportunistic,” stated assistant coach Luke Richardson, “and really deadly offensively for those who do make errors in sure areas, and clearly they confirmed that once more tonight.”
A tricky shift by Jon Merrill the place he made a mitt stuffed with errors handed a type of alternatives for Anthony Cirelli scoring the opening aim. An unforced error by Ben Chiarot and a giveaway by Phillip Danault supplied Blake Coleman the prospect to attain a spotlight reel aim with simply 0.3 seconds remaining within the second interval. And miscommunication by Jeff Petry and Joel Edmundson gift-wrapped the insurance coverage aim for Tampa.
The bodily burden on the Canadiens top-4 defencemen has been monumental and tonight it confirmed with three of them committing expensive psychological errors. It’s merely unrealistic to count on to ice simply 4 NHL-caliber defencemen towards the Tampa Bay Lightning and never pay for it.
The Canadiens performed a very good hockey sport tonight. However within the phrases of Corey Perry, “It wasn’t sufficient.” They should be even higher at house and hope to create a number of bounces too.
Thursday is a journey day for the Canadiens. They’ll host the Tampa Bay Lightning for sport 3 on Friday evening on the Bell Centre with 3,500 followers in attendance.
▲ Carey Worth, Shea Weber, Nick Suzuki, Jesperi Kotkaneimi, Artturi Lehkonen
▼ Erik Gustafsson, Jon Merrill, Tyler Toffoli, Joel Edmundson, Jeff Petry, Ben Chiarot, Phillip Danault, Eric Staal, Paul Byron
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