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 Value close to the throat. Possibly not a foul omen however issues weren’t going based on script.
When the puck drop to open the Stanley Cup Finals, it was abundantly clear that the Lightning had been nicely schooled and ready. Lightning head coach Jon Cooper had finished his homework, getting ready a technique to use the Canadiens vulnerabilities whereas taking away their strengths.
Whereas isolating at house, 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 recreation had 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 probabilities favored the Lightning.
The Lightning did a great job disrupting Canadiens offence at Tampa’s blueline, creating turnovers that 3 times led to objectives for the house aspect. Tampa activated their defence way over they’ve in three earlier collection, taking a web page out of the playbook of the Golden Knights, who had generated offence from their rearguards.
Lightning skaters had been serving to Cooper to examine 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 aim 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 quite straightforward night time for Andrei Vasilevskiy who solely needed to make 18 saves and few from scoring areas.
With final change, coach Cooper successfully controlling the matchups making certain 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 recreation.
Though this recreation obtained out of attain halfway by the third interval, Carey Value was excellent maintaining his workforce nearer than they deserved. Value made two sensational saves on Steven Stamkos and Tyler Johnson.
That is now within the arms of the Canadiens teaching employees to evaluate how the Lightning had been in a position to transfer so simply within the Montreal zone whereas stopping the Habs from producing top quality scoring probabilities in their very own zone. The 2 groups meet once more in Tampa on Wednesday night time.