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Anthony Cirelli, Blake Coleman and Ondrej Palat scored goals, and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 42 saves as the Lightning beat the Canadiens 3-1 in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup final Wednesday at Amalie Arena.
With the win, a franchise-record fifth straight on home ice, Tampa Bay moved to within two victories of its second straight Stanley Cup championship.
Teams that go ahead 2-0 in a best-of-seven Cup final have won more than 90 percent of the time.
Here’s how it happened:
Barclay Goodrow wrist shot saved by Carey Price
Blake Coleman wrister saved by Price
Tyler Johnson wrist shot saved by Price
Joel Edmundson wrist shot saved Andrei Vasilevskiy
Ondrej Palat wrist shot saved by Price
Price stops Goodrow from the slot
Jesperi Kotkaniemi wrist shot saved by Vasilevskiy
Artturi Lehkonen shot blocked by Victor Hedman
Edmundson wrist shot saved by Vasilevskiy
Wraparound attempt by Yanni Gourde doesn’t get past Price
Vasilevskiy stops Suzuki backhand shot low in the left circle
Vasilevskiy makes a save on Tyler Toffoli
Kucherov misses the net on a partial breakaway
Kucherov redirection goes wide
Sergachev in pain as he leaves the ice after being cross-checked from behind
Danault’s shot from the right circle blocked by Hedman
LIGHTNING GOAL! Joel Edmundson passes off the end boards behind the Canadiens net right to Ondrej Palat, who shoots of Carey Price’s skate into the net. Jeff Petry was calling for a reverse but expected the puck in the corner. Lightning 3, Canadiens 1.
Canadiens pull Price for an extra attacker with less than two minutes remaining
Puck goes off the end boards out to Perry in front of the net, but Vasilevskiy makes the save
Vasilevskiy stops Caufield shot from the left point
(Lightning win 3-1)
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The Canadiens will carry over 1:32 of power-play time from the first period
Nick Suzuki wrist shot saved by Vasilevskiy
Cole Caufield shot blocked by Yanni Gourde
Josh Anderson backhand shot saved by Vasilevskiy
Joel Edmundson shot blocked by Anthony Cirelli
Shea Weber shot blocked by Barclay Goodrow
Gourde shot wide of the net
Erik Cernak shot gloved by Carey Price
LIGHTNING GOAL! Anthony Cirelli scores under Price’s right arm with a shot from the right point, just inside the blue line. It was only Tampa Bay’s second shot in the previous 15-1/2 minutes. Lightning 1, Canadiens 0.
Vasilevskiy makes a right pad on Jeff Petry shot from the right point
Hedman blocks Armia shot
Tyler Johnson blocks Kotkaniemi shot from above the right circle. Johnson in obvious pain on the bench
Jeff Petry shot saved by Vasilevskiy
Eric Staal wrist shot saved by Vasilevskiy
Vasilevskiy gloves Shea Weber shot
Sergachev penalized for interfering with Lehkonen
Johnson, who had gone to the locker room, is back on the Lightning bench
CANADIENS GOAL: Suzuki scores on the power play. Backhand shot from above the circles deflects off McDonagh’s stick and goes through Vasilevskiy’s legs with Perry in front of the net. Lightning 1, Canadiens 1.
Vasilevskiy makes a save on Armia from the slot after a Hedman turnover in his own zone
Kucherov shot from the high slot is blocked
Joseph hit in the nose with a high stick from McDonagh
Vasilevskiy makes a skate save on Gallagher redirect of Petry shot from the right point
Vasilevskiy makes save on Josh Anderson as he makes a power move to the net
Armia penalized for high-sticking Coleman
Price makes save on Price shot from the hashmarks
Stamkos shot saved by Price, and Point can’t get a stick on the rebound with an open net in front of him
Canadiens clear the puck
Stamkos pass deflected, and Suzuki clears the zone
Price tries to clear the puck, and it deflects off Kucherov
Maroon shot deflected by Edmundson and saved by Price
Canadiens kill the penalty
LIGHTNING GOAL! A diving Blake Coleman scores with 0.3 points remaining. Goodrow chips the puck past Chiarot at the blue line, then sends a backhand pass through the slot to Coleman. Lightning 2, Canadiens 1.
(Lightning lead 2-1 after two periods)
Barclay Goodrow backhand shot goes off the side of the net
Carey Price deflects Erik Cernak shot from the top right circle wide of the net
Jan Rutta shot from the right circle hits Shea Weber
Andrei Vasilevskiy makes a poke check to break up a Nick Suzuki breakaway attempt as Suzuki tried to go to his backhand. Joel Edmundson set up the opportunity with a stretch pass from the Montreal zone.
Brayden Point misses the net from in front
Mikhail Sergachev shot from the left point blocked by Brendan Gallagher
Barclay Goodrow shot blocked from low in the left circle by Jesperi Kotkaniemi
Lightning go on the power play early as Jeff Petry trips Brayden Point
Anthony Cirelli takes Alex Killorn’s spot down low
Shea Weber clears the puck out of the zone
Pass eludes Cirelli, and the Canadiens send the puck back down the ice
Another Canadiens clear
Nick Suzuki sends the puck down the boards, and the Canadiens kill the penalty
Vasilevskiy makes a save on Tyler Toffoli from the edge of the crease
Paul Byron penalized for slashing Steven Stamkos low in the slot after a Montreal turnover
Price stops Kucherov shot from the right circle
Point shoots wide from the slot
Hedman shot misses wide
Kucherov shot blocked
Lehkonen sends the puck out of the zone
Kucherov one-timer from the right circle stopped by Price
Lightning now 0-for-2 on the power play. Two shots on their latest chance with the man-advantage
Joel Armia shoots from the sideboards. The puck deflects into the crease and is covered by Vasilevskiy
Erik Gustaffson shot from the left point saved by Vasilevskiy
Tyler Johnson takes a shift on the fourth line with a faceoff in the Lightning zone
Toffoli shot from the right circle off the rush blocked by Vasilevskiy
Suzuki shot from the right circle on a 2-on-1 saved by Vasilevskiy
Weber steers Kucherov redirect high of the net
Price with a blocker save on Sergachev
Weber blocks Jan Rutta shot from the right point
Vasilevskiy sticks aside Byron shot from the left point
Cernak and Byron receive coincidental roughing minors, so we’ll have 4-on-4 play for two minutes
That didn’t last long. Canadiens get a four-minute 4-on-3 power play as McDonagh is penalized for high-sticking Phillip Danault
Toffoli redirect from down low misses the net
Goodrow clears the puck
Hedman blocks a shot from the right circle
Suzuki shot from the right side saved by Vasilevskiy
Goodrow clears the puck
Vasilevskiy stops Kotkaniemi shot
Cirelli shorthanded shot from the left circle blocked out of play
Cernak and Byron are out of the box, so Canadiens now have a 5-on-4 power play
(No score after one period)
Pregame scouting report
The Canadiens entered the Stanley Cup final with a reputation for shutting down opponents’ top players, a distinction they earned while defeating the Maple Leafs, Jets and Golden Knights in the first three rounds.
Goaltender Carey Price had allowed two goals or fewer in eight of his previous nine games, and Montreal’s penalty-killing unit had not given up a power-play goal in an NHL playoff-record 13 consecutive games.
Well, so much for that.
The Lightning’s top line of Brayden Point, Nikita Kucherov and Ondrej Palat combined for seven points in Monday’s 5-1 victory in Game 1. Kucherov had two goals and an assist, Point handed out three assists and Palat assisted on Erik Cernak’s opening goal.
Tampa Bay put more pucks behind Price than the Canadiens goaltender had allowed in any game this postseason, and Steven Stamkos scored on the power play, ending Montreal’s penalty-killing streak at 32.
But while the defending champion Lightning were favored over a Canadiens team that had the fewest regular-season points of any team in the playoff field, not every game in the series can be expected to be that easy.
Montreal, which plays a similar tight-checking, counter-attacking style to the one the Islanders used to extend Tampa Bay to seven games in the semifinals, will be desperate for a win in Game 2 tonight at Amalie Arena to avoid returning home for Games 3-4 in an 0-2 hole.
Lightning second-line wing Alex Killorn, who also plays on the top power-play unit and is part of the Bolts’ penalty kill, is out with an undisclosed injury after blocking a shot in Game 1. Meanwhile, the Canadiens could get fourth-line forward Joel Armia back in the lineup. Armia was removed from the COVID-19 protocol list Monday.
The Lightning will need to match the Canadiens’ intensity while continuing to do the things they did so well in Game 1: controlling the neutral zone, managing the puck, putting pucks on net, getting traffic in front of Price and playing as a five-man unit in all areas of the ice.
Do that, and they’ll move to within two wins of becoming just the second team in the salary-cap era to repeat as Stanley Cup champions.
Follow our live updates, starting at 8 p.m., as Tampa Bay aims to grab a two-game lead in the series in front of a full-capacity crowd at Amalie Arena. Teams that take a 2-0 lead in a best-of-seven Cup final have won more than 90 percent (46 of 51) of the time.
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