MONTREAL – Tyler Johnson and fast-paced Tampa Bay Light moved away from a successful defense of their victory and beat the Montreal Canadiens 6-3 in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final on Friday night.
Lightning caught the Canadians with a flat foot and scored two goals in the opening minutes of each of the first two rounds to win 3-0. Game 4 in Montreal on Monday night.
Tampa Bay could join Pittsburgh (2016 and 17) to become the second team to win a series since 1999. Since Detroit defeated Washington in 1998, Yildirim has also had a chance to finish first in the final.
“The Stanley Cup is enough motivation for us hockey players,” defender Victor Hedman said of his chances of becoming the second re-champion since 1999.
“Obviously what we did in the bubble last year was great and you want to remember that moment, but at the end of the day we’re not there yet,” he added, noting that lightning beat Dallas at six. last year’s games were in the finals in Edmonton, Alberta. “It won’t satisfy us until it’s done.”
Johnson scored two goals, with Hedman and Nikita Kurcherov each scoring and passing. Ian Rutta and Blake Coleman also scored an empty goal and scored against Lightning, who also won the Cup in 2004. Andrei Vasilevsky stopped 31 shots.
Vasilevsky’s inexplicable Nick Suzuki shot from the right circle kicked him between his legs, reducing Tampa Bay’s lead to 4: 2 in the second half, which remained 1:56. The goalkeeper responded by blocking the first eight shots he faced in the third period, including Joel Army, while Johnson scored his second goal to put the lightning ahead 4-24 with a 5-2 lead.
The game saw the NHL play its first game in July, a year after they played their first game in August.
The Canadians sparked their first Stanley Cup final after a 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings, led by Wayne Gretzky, in Game 5 of the Montreal Forum on June 9, 1993. did not stop. For the Canadians, who won two games in the Gulf of Tampa 8-2, there was no return of interim coach Dominic Dukarma.
One of Dukarme’s first moves was to give Montreal a single break to give them a 3:27 lead after a 1:35 lightning strike. Ducharme spent the last two weeks in Montreal in forced quarantine after a COVID-positive condition. 19.
The Canadians ’respectable defense and Kerry Price’s brilliant goalkeepers took them to a surprising playoffs that didn’t prove any fit for lightning.
“I can definitely play better. that’s not enough for now, ”said Price, who has conceded five goals in 25 shots.
He is not alone.
Montreal, who fell 2-1 after a period, decided to open the second round.
Defender Eric Cernak caught the sleeping Canadians swapping the line to score a goal for Kucherov at 1:40 in the 2-0 break. From the bottom of his zone, Cernak sent a pass to Montreal’s blue line for Ondrey Palat. The chamber chased the bucket in the left circle and fed Kucherov, who opened it to the right.
Johnson then scored in the 1-for-2 break after 1:53, and Price stopped Matthew Joseph’s shot from the left circle after setting up his own barrier. The recovery flew over Joseph’s skate and went straight to Johnson, who passed him to the open right.
Lightning scored the opening goal in all three games and is still not behind in a row.
“We have a game plan, right?” Kucherov said. “Everyone buys and everyone does their job. If everyone does their job, it will be easier and we will all play 60 minutes in the right way. ”
Phillip Dana and Corey Perry also scored for the Montreal team, who felt disrespected as they advanced to the deepest playoffs after winning the 24th trophy. The Canadians joined the following season with the worst performance in the NHL’s 16th qualifying round, 3-1 in the first-round series against Toronto, sweeping Winnipeg in the second round, and then beating Vegas in a six-game semifinal series.
“We have no choice,” Price said. “We’ve overcome challenges all season and it’s clear we’re facing the back wall, so we have to start getting the best out of it.”
In NHL playoff history, only four teams struggled to win back-to-back games after losing the first three games, while Toronto won the trophy in 1942, beating only Detroit in the final. . The Los Angeles Kings overcame a 3-0 series deficit by defeating San Jose in the 2014 first-round series, which was the last team.