They used to be the run and gun and fun Lightning

 

The Tampa Bay Lightning are four wins away from becoming something bigger and better than just another Stanley Cup championship team.

The Lightning, Stanley Glass champions last year, showcased their desire to be special in a 1-0 win in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals against the New York Islanders at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida on Friday.

It was exactly the type of game the Lightning have learned how to win during the past two postseasons after failing to find the message for so many years.

They used to be the run and gun and fun Lightning, the team that would score nearly four goals per video game in the regular season but routinely get shut down in big moments in the playoffs, like their previous two Game 7s; a 2-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2016 Eastern Conference Final and a 4-0 reduction to the Washington Capitals in the 2018 conference final.

Today they’re the resilient Lightning, the team that doesn’t lose two in a row in the Stanley Glass Playoffs, it doesn’t make the same mistakes, that constantly digs deep to win in whatever way is necessary when it matters most.

The Lightning didn’t win Game 7 with a barrage of offense; instead they earned with a constant attack mentality, continuous pressure.

They outshot the Islanders 14-5 in the first period, 27-11 after two. New York went 11:48 without a shot on goal in the second period, 10:26 without one in the third.

They won with patience, as shown by defenseman Ryan McDonagh on the goal, scored shorthanded by forward Yanni Gourde at 1:49 of the next period.

It started with McDonagh holding the puck deep in the defensive zone waiting for an opening. The puck went through ahead Alex Killorn to forwards Anthony Cirelli, who eventually found Gourde for a wrist shot from the inside still left hash marks.

They won because they bent but didn’t break in the last five minutes of the 3rd period, when the Islanders finally pushed back and started to apply pressure.

The Lightning blocked four shots in the final 2:16 after the Islanders pulled goalie Semyon Varlamov for the extra skater.

The Montreal Canadiens have an opportunity to win the Stanley Cup for the 24th time

 

The Montreal Canadiens have an opportunity to win the Stanley Cup for the 24th time since entering the NHL in 1917.

The Canadiens advanced to the Stanley Glass Final with a 3-2 overtime win against the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals on Thursday. Montreal, which also won the Glass in 1916, one year prior to the founding of the NHL, has received it 24 times, the most in the NHL; the Toronto Maple Leafs (13) and Detroit Red Wings (11) are the only other teams to earn the Cup more than six times.

The Canadiens, who last won the Cup in 1993, are 12-5 in the 2021 Stanley Glass Playoffs, including 5-1 in overtime. They eliminated the Toronto Maple Leafs in seven games in the first round and the Winnipeg Jets in four online games in the second circular before defeating the Golden Knights.

Artturi Lehkonen scored in overtime to eliminate Vegas and help Montreal advance to the Stanley Cup Last for the first time in 28 years, ending the longest drought in team history. The Canadiens bent but did not break, allowing the tying goal twice in regulation. Lehkonen’s goal was the fifth overtime winner for Montreal this postseason and occurred on St-Jean-Baptiste Day, the primary holiday for the province of Quebec.

The Canadiens didn’t have many believers outside of their locker room after the Maple Leafs took a 3-1 series lead with a 4-0 win in Game 4 at Bell Centre. Montreal was outscored 11-2 in losing three straight. After scoring four goals through the 1st four video games, the Canadiens took a 3-0 lead in Video game 5 only to give it up in the third. With the season on the line, Cole Caufield set up Nick Suzuki’s objective 59 seconds into overtime, which was the first of three directly wins in elimination games and began a seven-game winning streak. Montreal didn’t allow a power-play goal in the game, and has not allowed one since, successfully killing 30 straight opportunities by Toronto, the Winnipeg Jets and Vegas.

Stanley Cup Last in five games to earn its 1st championship

 

Craig Trotz offers experienced all this in the Stanley Glass Playoffs. The New You are able to Islanders trainer reached the postseason while using the Nashville Potential predators and Washington Capitals a mixed twelve instances prior to he finally hoisted the Cup when using the Capitals in 2018.

Right now he’s looking to get back again for the top of the mountain with the Islanders, who lead the best-of-7 Stanley Glass Semifinals going into Video game 2 with the Tampa Gulf Lightning in Tuesday.

It is essentially the same Super who all eliminated the Islanders in the Eastern Meeting Final in six video games last period.

Attempting to determine away a way to encourage the Capitals three conditions ago, Widerwille switched to Jamie Clark simon, who did not reach the top of Attach Everest twice nevertheless achieved the feat in 1997 and again completely. Wa defeated the Las vegas Golden Knights in battle in the 2018 Stanley Cup Last in five games to earn its 1st championship.

The Islanders nearly pushed through last season but was thrown off short up against the Lightning within a series that featured three one-goal video games and finished on an overtime, however, objective simply by Tampa Bay ahead Anthony Cirelli in Game six.

But using a 2-1 get in the Super in Video game you on Weekend, the Islanders are 3 wins using their first overall look in the Glass Final seeing that 1984. Groups that consider a 2-0 business lead will be 76-7 (. 916) being successful a best-of-7 NHL semifinal series.

Trotz pointed out that almost every group has experienced failing just before achieving it is goal. The Detroit Red Wings dropped in the Cup Final in 1995 and the Traditional western Convention Last in 1996 ahead of earning back-to-back competition in 1997 and 1998. Sidney Crosby as well as the Pittsburgh Cold-weather animals lost to the Crimson Wings in the Glass Final in 2008, after that conquered all of them in the Last the pursuing season.

Then right now there are definitely the Lightning, so, who won sixty two games plus the Presidents’ Trophy in 2018-19 yet had been swept simply by the Columbus Blue Pockets in 4 video games inside the best-of-7 Northern Conference First of all Around. Polk Gulf hasn’t already dropped a playoff series since.

Widerwille and his players find out this course is much from more than. They understand the probabilities of them restricting the Lightning’s best series of Ondrej Palat (zero), Brayden Stage (two) and Nikita Kucherov (one) to 3 photos in objective once again are little. But 2 weeks . concern that they understand they require to conquer in this ascend in the playoff hill.

The Tampa Bay Lightning are moving on to Game 5 of the Stanley Cup

 

The Tampa Bay Lightning are moving on to Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals, using their flight home Sunday morning and a day off to turn the page following an emotional 3-2 loss at the New York Islanders in Video game 4 on Saturday that tied the best-of-7 series.

The Lightning scored two goals in the third period but fell one short, and will try to retake the series lead Monday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS).
There is value in that, especially during a grinding series in which goals are hard to come by, with plans now being made for a return trip to Uniondale, New York, for Game 6 on Wednesday.

Game 7 is looking like a real possibility as well, considering how even the series has been; Tampa Bay holds a 9-8 advantage in goals, the difference being a 4-2 house win in Game 2.

The Lightning have been the best team in the League following a reduction in Stanley Cup Playoff games since the beginning of last postseason. They’re 11-0 in such games, including 4-0 in these playoffs.

The adjustment Tampa Bay needs to make for Game 5 is similar to what it did after a 2-1 loss in Game 1; play smarter through the neutral zone for the entire game with a straight-line attack mentality and managing the puck better instead of being tentative.

The Lightning lost that mentality in Game 4, when the Islanders scored three goals in the second period.
They did in the 3rd period, when they scored two goals and could have had the tying goal in the waning seconds if not for NY defenseman Ryan Pulock sliding into the crease to come up with a block on defenseman Ryan McDonagh that saved the game from going to overtime.

Even if they do, the Lightning know the Islanders will assault too, and make an effort to put them on their heels, as they did at points throughout Video game 4.

That’s why the series will go at least six games, and why getting away from it for a few hours Sunday matters for what happens Monday.