Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Montreal Canadiens Game 2 Live Free: How to Watch the Stanley Cup Final (6/30/21)
The Tampa Bay Lightning will look to take a 2-0 lead over the Montreal Canadiens in the 2021 Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday. The Tampa Bay face-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. EST.
The defending Stanley Cup champions beat the Canadiens, 5-1, in Game 1 on Monday night. Nikita Kucherov led the way for the Lightning with two goals and an assist.
What: Stanley Cup Final Game 2.
who: Montreal Canadiens at the Tampa Bay Lightning. Tampa Bay leads the series, 1-0.
When: Wednesday June 30, 2021.
Time: 8 p.m. Eastern Time.
Or: Amalie Arena, Tampa Bay (21,500).
Last row: Lightning -210.
Advertisers: Kenny Albert, Eddie Olczyk and Brian Boucher.
Read some of what The Associated Press’s Stephen Whyno wrote about Montreal needing more of its stars in Game 2.
The loser of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final has won the championship each of the past three years.
The Tampa Bay Lightning will likely end that streak if the Montreal Canadiens don’t get a better performance from their offensively talented line of Cole Caufield, Nick Suzuki and Tyler Toffoli.
While the Canadiens have a knack for rebounding in the playoffs, Game 1 of the series was a revelation against the Tampa Bay top three of Ondrej Palat, Brayden Point and Nikita Kucherov. Because the Lightning get the last line-up again in Game 2 on Wednesday night, coach Jon Cooper can get Point’s line on the ice against Suzuki as much as he wants, and it doesn’t seem like a showdown. favorable for Montreal.
â€œIt looks like they want to play against us all the time so we have to do a better job,â€ Suzuki said, noting both of his turnovers as part of his line’s problems. “You just have to do a better job of cleaning up turnovers, limiting their time and space, and doing our best to keep them off the scoresheet.”
This did not happen in Game 1, when the Point line scored twice on the Suzuki line about to open it for a 5-1 victory. Giving the puck against this caliber of opponents is not a recipe for Montreal to lag behind Tampa Bay.
Of course, the Canadiens have felt this before, appearing outscored in the semi-final opener against Vegas before roaring and winning in six games. The memory of getting the upper hand against Vegas and wiping out a 3-1 deficit to beat Toronto in the first round gave players the confidence they could replicate those returns.
It starts with recognizing how bad the first game was.
â€œWe were pretty far from our best game,â€ said center Phillip Danault. â€œI felt like we were kind of like against Vegas (in Game 1), sort of. We have a few young guys,â€¦ I just have to step up and play our game and be confident.
Montreal’s best game is taking the lead, losing defensively, and relying on goalie Carey Price to make saves. Interim coach Luke Richardson said Monday was one of his team’s worst performances in recent weeks and blamed the mismanagement of the puck.
Richardson insisted that execution, not staff, was the main issue.
â€œIt’s going to be the adjustments: to make sure we play a little smarter with the puck,â€ said Richardson. â€œThey will create their own attack. We don’t have to help them in any way, that’s for sure. So if we can limit that to very little or nothing, we’re going to give ourselves a chance to have more energy for our own game plan and be more successful.