(Tampa, Florida) After a poor showing in the first game, the Canadian bounced back wonderfully on Wednesday night. He may have dominated his opponents, who took a 2-0 lead before moving on to the series Montreal.
An attempt at water
One of the phrases we often hear after a tough loss is that no matter the score, it is still a loss. Whether 2-1 or 8-1, the consequences are the same in the standings or in the series. There is no “double count loss” box like in Scrabble.
But are all the risks really the same? The question arises after the Canadians lost 3-1 in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final. The result was a 2-0 lead for Tampa Bay Lightning in the series.
Following the curtain-raiser loss of the series, Luke Richardson said the positive aspect of the match was that the Canadian “played well” was a euphemism, which means in less sensitive language, it should not be. The worst.
This time, positive? Everyone found out.
“We played a very solid game. We did some suffering against a team that pays you. But we deserve a better fate,” said Canadians captain Shea Weber.
His aide Paul Byron agreed. “Sometimes the result does not indicate the look of the game. ”
We played the hell of the game, but it didn’t fit.
Collectively, the Hubs dominated 43-23 on penalties. If there was anyone other than the best goalie in the NHL, Andrei Vasilevsky, before him, CH would have matched the series. But the 6’3 ”, 225 pounds Russian block all the holes. He has conceded just five goals in his last five games.
And personally, the Montreallers were treated to an evening inspired by their most stunning trio, surrounded by Nick Suzuki, Tyler Topoli and Cole Cofield. Unfortunately in the final game, the three right-hangers made countless descents at full speed towards the opposing zone. They had a total of 14 shots, only 9 for Suzuki. According to the natural stat trick, they have a 4-0 advantage in quality scoring opportunities.
“I’m not worried at all for Nick and Cole,” Luke Richardson assured, adding that he will return in principle to his position as defender coach in the next game with the return of Dominic Ducharm. “People are wondering if this’s the moment for them.
Knowing this, one can imagine how it would end up with a 3-1 difference, after such a performance against such a powerful club, the team could see through the legs. “If everyone could give a little more, it would give us a better chance. But can they really give more against such a hockey machine?
Mistakes of veterans
We can understand the players who showed their heads relatively on the podium after the match. But in fact, the conditions of defeat hurt.
In the previous game, some of the problems came from the mistakes of the youngsters, especially Suzuki and Cofield. If a team then has a good game, it’s the next task, these players will bounce back. They did wonderfully.
Except for this time, the defects, in very small numbers, were expensive and, above all, came from veterans.
A turn from the zone to Perry launched an attack of lightning on the first base. Second, it was a memorial error of Ben Chiarot, a second before the interruption. “Puck management error,” Richardson said. And third, Joel Edmundsson’s turn, due to his great consistency in being called “Steady Eddie”, he made an extraordinary mistake. Richardson hit home with the importance of puck management after Monday’s game.
They are very dangerous if you make mistakes in some places
Luke Richardson, Canadians coach
As the team fell 1-3 to Toronto in the first round, Perry and the veterans can now expect the Canadians to have good speeches to deliver.
Perry gave a preview on the microphone. “The message is not to do what makes us successful. When we lost 1-3 in the first round, we did not change the game plan, we moved on.
“I said in the locker room: It’s hockey, it’s fun, enjoy the moment. It’s decided on small details. We get a leap in our favor and who knows what will happen?”
It didn’t break our legs. We still have opportunities in the third period. This is a good goal for those of us at a bad time.
Paul Byron on Tampa’s second goal
He is an incredible player. He will face the best in the league. Having more difficult games happens to him. He is incredible. We know it’s good for us.
Paul Byron, on Nick Suzuki
Playing at the Bell Center is so much fun that we know the 3,500 spectators there will appreciate us and others will cheer us on as well.
Nick Suzuki has rejected a request from Canadian Public Health to increase the capacity of the audience to enter the Bell Center on Friday and Monday.
We must continue to send people to the net. If he sees the puck, he saves. He was fat. You have to force him to fight by getting an extra chance.
Corey Perry, against goalkeeper Andrei Vasilevsky
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A trio of observations on the second game of the series between the Canadians and the Lightning
Although Luke Richardson tried to make the suspense last in training in the morning, Joel Armia was finally in his position, but Jake Evans was tired of extra workouts with reservations. Where did the Army go before its presence on the COVID-19 list. Finn in particular displayed his great talent in the middle of the second period, possessing puck control and a mystery. It remains to be seen now whether Evans will take the sidelines. Arthuri Lehkonen fell heavily in the second half and spent many minutes in the locker room, before returning to the start of the third period, without winning. If Lehkonen is not present, it means Philip Donald’s left winger position will be vacant. The two top strikers (Evans and Thomas Tatar) are already occupied.
Not only in Montreal, but most liberal mediation since the start of the playoffs has angered many of them. In fact, Lightning fans appeased the authorities on many occasions, especially at the end of the second season. On some evenings, it is thought that only “automatic” fines will be imposed. The Canadian also struggled to provoke it with just 10 power-play benefits in his 6 games before this meeting.O 2. In the final though, we saw that aggression can work wonders in chasing puck and pressure. Philip Donald first awarded Ryan McDonagh a four-minute penalty for a serious run at CH’s blue line. In the second half, it is Arthuri Lehkonen’s turn to use his speed to harass Mikhail Sergachev and force him to face him in a dangerous place near the board.
What are the opportunities?
Nick Suzuki’s goal is categorized into events that are unlikely for hockey. It started with the officer who drove Suzuki off the offensive zone faceoff, so Tyler Tofoli took the faceoff and Suzuki took the lead in his place. Anthony Cirelli eventually won the face-off, but Puck returned to Suzuki, who, instead of trying to pass to Cole Cofield, put the shot well into the receiving end and tried a soft backhand shot, which bounced off. A way to the goal. Like Ben Chiarrot’s goal on Monday, Puck had to deflect twice to beat goalkeeper Andrei Vasilevsky.
He was one of the subscribers who did not attend on Monday. On Wednesday, he responded with a more motivated performance.
An unacceptable error at the end of the second period, which broke the Canadian back. He had clearly forgotten that the last seconds of this period were passing. Lack of concentration?
Number of shots allowed by Lightning in their previous two games. This time it is more open, but with “Magic Eraser” in front of the net, problems will be solved!