The Lightning showed why they are the defending champions in the opening game of the Stanley Cup Final. Showcasing their dominating offensive game and strong defensive one, they soundly beat the Canadiens 5-1.
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The Tampa Bay Lightning and Montreal Canadiens start the final leg of the marathon tonight, hoping to be the last team standing in the 2020-21 NHL Season to earn the right to hoist the Stanley Cup
Vasilevskiy, a favorite to win the Vezina Trophy for the second time in three years, has 13 saves through two periods. He lost a bid for a fifth shutout this postseason when Ben Chiarot scored his first career playoff goal for the Canadiens.
Price is making his Stanley Cup Final debut in his 14th season with the Canadiens. He is the first goaltender in league history to win more than 400 regular-season and playoff games combined before appearing in a Cup Final
Montreal forward JOEL ARMIA was scratched, however, after being cleared from COVID-19 protocol and being flown by private jet to Florida earlier in the day.
Canadiens vs Lightning Game 2 Best Bet
Montreal should be much better in Game 2, but Tampa Bay has depth that the Habs haven’t encountered yet. Not only were the Bolts superstars flying in Game 1, but the Yanni Gourde line and defenseman Erik Cernak also had big performances. It’s very hard to bet against the Tampa powerhouse in their own barn.
Tampa Bay may be with Alex Killorn for a bit. He blocked a shot in the second off the foot and left the game after one shift in the third. Cooper did not have an update postgame. Montreal was without Joel Armia who was released from COVID-19 protocols, skated in warmups but did not play
Overall, the Lightning have now surrendered just 12 total goals in their past nine contests, and have been rewarded at the sportsbooks, where they have vaulted to heavy minus-750 chalk to raise the Stanley Cup for the second year in a row.
Tampa’s power play, meanwhile, is one of the best in the business, scoring on 45.5 per cent of its chances at home and 37.7 percent overall so far in the post-season.
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