The Montreal Canadiens made their way through three rounds of the Stanley Cup playoffs, but that wasn’t the case in defeating the 2020 Stanley Cup champions.
The Canadians beat Tampa Bay Lightning 43-23 in Game Two Wednesday night in Tampa. They dominated most parts of the game, until Blake Coleman scored with a single arm and whistled with a second to go in the middle frame. The mood in Amalie Arena suddenly changed.
Goalkeeper Andrei Vasilevskiy made the highest level of his career saving 42 balls. You can hear cheers from the audience regularly; “Va-sy Va-sy Va-sy” throughout the match. Montreal made a concerted effort to try to kick Vasilevskiy out of his game but was unsuccessful. They shot the disc from every possible direction.
The lightning was missing Alex KillornOne of the leading scorers who got injured in the first match. Mikhail Sergechev and forwards Tyler Johnson and Ross Colton were visibly in pain, so Tampa found a way to beat Bryce three times with goals from Anthony Cirelli, Blake Coleman and Ondrej Balat.
“We were tired, we lost, and we lost the fight in the second half,” defender Ryan McDonagh said.
Lightning will look for some mistakes they made at the start of the first period. This win puts them two games to nothing in the final with a 3-1 win on Wednesday night.
Montreal will come home in games 3 and 4, and you need to win at least one to avoid sweeping the opponent who can win in different ways.
It was announced Wednesday evening that Quebec public health authorities would not allow them to have any more fans at the Bell Center. There will be 3,500 for Game 3.