Tyler Toffoli – Nick Suzuki – Cole Caufield
Arturi Leconen – Philip Danault – Brendan Gallagher
Paul Byron – Gisbury Kotaniemi – Josh Anderson
Joel Jeremiah – Eric Stahl – Corey Perry
Ben Shearoot – Shea Weber
Joel Edmondson – Jeff Petrie
Eric Gustafson – John Merrill
Carrie Price – Jake Allen
Thomas Tatar, Michael Frolik, Charlie Lindgren, Brett Colak, Alexander Romanoff, Jake Evans
Alex Pelzel, Laurent Dauphin, Lucas Videmo, Jesse Yelonen, Cal Fleury, Otto Liskinen, Xavier Owlette, Kayden Primo, Michael McNavin
Jonathan Drouin (unknown)
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Here’s the short version of the game summary you might see on social media: The Canadians were given a “price” by the Tampa goalkeeper after they dominated play throughout Game Two. This is too simplified to be a reasonable description of tonight’s game. As always, we will dig deeper to discover the true story.
Looking at the numbers, the Canadians had an unbalanced advantage in shots on goal, taking 20 more shots than lightning. But what about the quality of opportunities available in Montreal? In this regard, the high-risk scoring chances were equal between the two teams, scoring 7-6 for Montreal.
This type of game was reminiscent of Claude Julien’s days, where he would shoot from anywhere and everywhere just hoping one would sneak up on him. And that’s exactly what happened to Nick Suzuki, who rolled backwards from the balloon that somehow eluded Andrei Vasilevsky. But this is where Canadians’ luck will end.
The stark fact is that Canadians should do a much better job of getting top-tier opportunities over Vasilevskiy. He certainly wouldn’t be bothered by the sheer volume of low-quality shots in this series. Canadian skaters only have two goals during six stints in this series and that simply wouldn’t cut it if they were going to make this series.
Tampa coach John Cooper said the Lightning played an unremarkable team game, but had some great solo performances. It’s fair to complete the Montreal game but wonder where the visitors’ solo performances in white were? Canadians will need individuals, other than the goalkeeper, to step up and deliver a productive performance.
As much as those brilliant solo performances by Lightning? They made the Canadians wrong. “I think these guys are very pushy, very offensive if you make mistakes in certain areas, and they obviously showed that again tonight,” said assistant coach Luke Richardson.
A difficult turn by John Merrill as he made a gauntlet full of errors gave one of those chances to Anthony Cirelli and scored the first goal. An unintentional error by Ben Chiaroot and a gift from Philip Danault gave Blake Coleman the opportunity to score with a special ball just 0.3 seconds into the second half. and misunderstanding it Jeff Petri And Joel Edmundson Galva as a gift insurance target for Tampa.
The physical burden on the top 4 Canadian defensemen was enormous and tonight showed that three of them made costly psychological mistakes. It’s simply unrealistic to expect only four NHL-caliber defensemen to freeze against the Tampa Bay Lightning and not pay for it.
The Canadians played a good hockey game tonight. But in the words of Corey Berry, “it wasn’t enough.” They’ll have to be better at home and hope to create some bounce, too.
Thursday is Canadian travel day. They will host the Tampa Bay Lightning for their third game Friday night at the Bell Center with 3,500 fans in attendance.
▲ Carrie Price, Shea Weber, Nick Suzuki, Jesperry Kotkanemi, Arturi Likonen
▼ Eric Gustafson, John Merrill, Tyler Toffoli, Joel Edmondson, Jeff Petrie, Ben Shearoot, Philip Danault, Eric Stahl, Paul Byron
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