After beating the Canadiens in Montreal 6-3, the Tampa Bay Lightning is on the verge to win their third Stanley Cup. (2:33).
The Tampa Bay Lightning is just one win away of becoming the first team in 23-years to sweep the Stanley Cup Final. Good luck trying to catch them.
Victor Hedman, defenseman, said that "we've put ourselves into a good position, obviously but the fourth one will be the most difficult to get," after the Lightning defeated the Canadiens, 6-3, in Game 3. "We must do everything necessary to win the next one and then think about it afterwards. We aren't satisfied. There is more to be done.
Montreal has yet to be beaten by the Lightning. The Lightning now have a 3-0 series advantage. This is a good sign. Only four teams have ever come back from a 3-0 deficit during a best of seven playoff series in the NHL's 100-plus-year history. 195 have won. The 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Detroit Red Wings to be the Stanley Cup Final's only winner.
Tyler Johnson, a veteran forward, said that "anytime you get so close, it's really something you feel." "I believe winning last year makes it even more exciting to win it again. Everyone feels this way and it's really exciting. There's so much more to be done.
Tampa Bay took a 1-0 lead in the first period. Jan Rutta, defenseman, scored on a long shot past Carey Price. Hedman scored on a power play just two minutes later. After the Lightning scored two more goals in under two minutes, the Canadiens lost the second period.
This was Price's second attempt to allow five goals or more in this series. His save percentage in the Final fell to.835 after he had posted a save percentage of.931 or better in each round.
Price, 33 years old, said that he can play better. This is Price's first appearance on the stage in his 14-year history. "It's just too bad so far."
The Canadiens were a heavy underdog in the Final, being the team with the lowest point percentage (.527) to qualify for the playoffs. They are not going to quit.
Phillip Danault, Canadien center, said that they didn't quit for a whole year, regardless of what was being said. "When it was 3-1 Toronto, we didn't give up. "I can assure you that no one on the team will quit now," I said.
The Canadiens faced a lot of adversity during the regular season, including the firing coach Claude Julien as well as a shutdown due to a COVID-19 epidemic. Friday saw the return of Dominique Ducharme, interim coach after 14 days in quarantine due to positive COVID-19 test results.
However, the current situation is very troubling, especially considering that the Canadiens knew they won Game 2 with a plus-20 shot differential and lost.
Brendan Gallagher, Montreal forward, stated that "We believe we are able to play against these guys." "We have believed this belief since Game 1. It's just that we haven’t been able to show it enough. Not for 60 minutes. There have been sparks, where everything we've discussed, everything we did has worked. But, there are just too many mistakes in our game, and we're not playing enough hockey. They are everywhere. They will make you pay."
Game 4 will take place in Montreal on Monday, while the Stanley Cup will be played at the Bell Centre. If Tampa Bay wins, it will be the first time that a team has swept the Stanley Cup Finals since 1998 when the Red Wings defeated the Washington Capitals in just four games.
In this time, six World Series and three NBA Finals have been won in sweeps.
The Lightning have already made a mark in the NHL's history books during the two pandemic-altering seasons. They can win two Stanley Cups within nine months (previously, 358 days was the longest between two championships by one club, which was set by the Canadiens, 1968 and 1969). Hedman was also the first league player to score a goal during all twelve calendar months.
Johnson, who the Lightning placed on waivers earlier in the year to help him shed his $5 million cap hit, was the star of Friday's match. Johnson scored two goals Friday. Jon Cooper, Lightning coach, and Johnson have been together 10 years now. Johnson called it "crazy to consider."
Cooper stated, "I'm very happy for the win." "I could be happier for Tyler Johnson."
Cooper stated that last year's Cup race felt like the first day at school for all the new faces, including Blake Coleman, Barclay Goodrow and Zach Bogosian, two key trade deadline acquisitions, and newcomers Kevin Shattenkirk and Patrick Maroon who played crucial roles throughout the season. Cooper stated that this year feels like the final day.
Cooper aids, "We don’t know how our team will look next year. If we’re going to all be together again." "There were some extraordinary circumstances that needed to occur for this team to remain together, and these guys know that. They also know what they can do to cement that bond to themselves if it's possible to get another win."