Luke Richardson kept the same calm tone after losing 5-1 in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final at Amali Arena.
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Richardson, who took the torch behind the team bench from Dominic Ducharm from Game 3 of the semifinals against the Golden Knights in Vegas, gave a very logical answer when asked by a colleague if he could keep the elements conducive to this deadly defeat.
“We did not play our best game, it was positive, the former defender replied. We know we can play well. Lightning took advantage of our mistakes. If we manage the puck well, create more attack, we can attack more. There is a way to get up.”
CH faltered 4-1 in the first game against the Golden Knights at the T-Mobile Arena. For the second meeting, Ducharm and his players found the right adjustments to get back into the series quickly.
“It’s a seven-series game,” said defenseman Jeff Petrie. We must use the experience in Vegas. We want to find this mindset to bounce back. We are going to watch a video that we can correct. There is our effort, but we can do a little more and we should pay particular attention to turnovers. ”
Richardson, like Ducharm, often said that he believed in his four lines. No matter the conflicts.
For this first game in Tampa, Jon Cooper sent his first line, along with Ondrej Palat and Nikita Kucherov, against Tyler Tofoli and Cole Coffeefield against Brighton Point, Nick Suzuki’s trio.
Kucherov (2 goals, 1 assist) and Point (3 assists) each scored three points, while Paulette had one assist. For Suzuki, Tofoli and Cofield, they each ended with a -3 record.
“You can do no more except avoid denied permissions,” Richardson replied. We can try to change the order. But you are on the road. “
Philip Donald missed the main task of slowing down the point trio. Cooper instead sent a unit of Yanni Gourde, Blake Coleman and Barclay Dodro against Donald, Lehkonen and Gallagher. And the Tampa Bay Forwards have a strong game.
Armia at rest
On the left wing of the fourth line, Richardson explains his choice to go with Jake Evans instead of Joel Armia.
“We made a decision with the company. Joel stayed home for a few days without skating. There are definitely nerves with protocol, tests. We were told that it would be best to put him on ice for a warmup and activate his circulation. And Jake played well, he helped kill the penalty, he framed well with Perry and Stall and helped puck traffic. ”