News – NHL: Tampa leaves little hope for Montreal

NHL, Play-offs, Stanley Cup Final, Act II, « Best-of-seven« , (02.07.2021) :

Montreal – Tampa bay : 3 – 6 (1-2 1-2 1-2)
Tampa Bay leads 3-0 in the final series

Notes :

Despite the return of his coach behind his bench, Montreal must have seriously disillusioned in this act III. Because from the outset, Tampa Bay set the bar very high since the Florida franchise got the break after only 3’52  » of play, time for two defenders, Jan Rutta and Victor hedman, to score. The Stamkos & Cie team will never be threatened again, even if Philipp danault and Montreal emerged in the second half of the 1st period, reducing the score in the 12th minute.

Because again, two quick goals from Tampa obtained between the 22nd and the 24th minute of Nikita Kucherov and Tyler johnson dug a 4-1 hole on the scoreboard. Nick suzuki brought hope back to the Bell Center by scoring his 7th goal of the playoffs at the end of the 2nd period for the 4-2, with a wrist shot that slipped under the right leg ofAndrei Vasilevskiy, author of 32 judgments.

So it was up to coach Jon Cooper’s team to control the rest of the match and they had the arguments to do so. And even better, since in the 56th, Johnson dealt a hard blow to the local team by scoring his 2nd goal of the match on the 5 to 1. The rest was only there for the statistics …

Losing 13 goals for the Lightning after three games, Montreal should now win four straight games to lift the Stanley Cup. A task that appears titanic, even if nothing is ever finished in hockey. The final could therefore conclude on Monday, at the Bell Center, where game number 4 will be played.

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