Vasilevskiy and the Lightning manufacture a 2-0 series lead.
Tampa Bay Leads the Series 2-0
Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed one goal on 43 shots for the victory. He didn’t run away from the media trying to cast this series as a showdown between him and future HOF’er Carey Price, and tonight he got the better of his elder. He was absolutely the margin of victory tonight.
6:40 TB Cirelli (5), (Johnson, Rutta)
10:36 MTL Suzuki (6), (unassisted)(PP)
19:58 TB Coleman (2), (Goodrow, McDonagh)
15:42 TB Palat (5), (unassisted)
Vasilevskiy, Blake Coleman, and Anthony Cirelli were the game’s three stars.
Just a really awkwardly bad and disjointed effort from the Lightning tonight and they still found a way to win tonight thanks largely to Vasilevskiy. Montreal made some adjustments that made it easier for them to get out of their own zone on breakouts, but I think the bigger problem tonight was that there was so much special teams in the First Period and an injury to Colton and I think it just scrambled the team’s rhythm completely. Passing wasn’t sharp, ergo puck management wasn’t good, and the Lightning ended up getting outshot 43-23 in the game. But, they got a howler of a goal on the Cirelli point shot, a late turnover in the Second Period that yielded a 2-on-1 that Coleman dove to finish off, and then a Third Period insurance goal gift on a miscommunication behind Montreal’s net by their defense. Really, I think the third line was the only line that had any kind of decent night, but it was enough.
Montreal really falls behind the eight ball now. They squandered a very good shot at getting a split tonight and now they need to win four of the next five if they want to win the Stanley Cup. I do not expect a flat effort from the Lightning in Game Three now as they have to know they got away with Vasilarceny tonight. Two wins away from completing the mission.
Ross Colton had 1 shot and 3 hits in 6:51. Got nicked up, and I think that and Killorn being out and all the early special teams play really scrambled up the Lightning’s rhythm.