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the Montreal Canadiens, led from the front Cole Caufield, face the Tampa Bay Lightning, led by right winger Steve stamkos, in game 2 of their NHL Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla. On Wednesday, June 30, 2021 (6/30/21).
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Here’s what you need to know:
What: NHL Playoffs, Stanley Cup Finals, Game 2
who: Canadiens vs. Lightning
When: Wednesday June 30, 2021
Time: 8 p.m. ET
Or: Amalie Arena
Direct: fuboTV (free trial)
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Erik Cernak was one of the most unlikely players to score the first goal of the Stanley Cup Final.
But that’s what the Tampa Bay defenseman did in the Lightning’s 5-1 victory on Monday night over the Montreal Canadiens in a game that featured unexpected and random goals as the defending champions edged closer to a other title.
Cernak, who was playing in his 46th playoff game, beat Carey Price from the slot on a pass from Ondrej Palat at 6:19 of the opening period.
The Lightning’s second goal sparked a tendency for pucks to go into the net because of bodies and gloves, in part because of all the traffic in front of goaltenders.
Yanni Gourde was positioned in the lower crease when Blake Coleman’s shot left him for a 2-0 lead at 5:47 of a second.
“I mean, we know he’s a really good goalie,” Cernak said. “One of the best in the NHL, so when he sees the puck from a distance we know he can catch the puck, so we have to always be in front of him and look away and try to traffic in front of him. from him.”
Canadiens defenseman Ben Chiarot, another unlikely scorer, was instrumental in two unique goals. One good and the other ugly.
Chiarot scored his first career playoff goal, pushing Montreal back 2-1, on a shot that deflected Lightning defenseman Mikhail Sergachev, eventually passing Andrei Vasilevskiy at 5:40 pm of the period.
“Once we settled into the second half I thought our game was a little better,” said Chiarot. “I thought we were doing better and then a few bad bounces maybe didn’t go our way tonight.”
Kucherov, however, made it 3-1 early in the third period with a goal that Chiarot attempted to hit with his hand before ending up in the net.
“I didn’t have much to do there, just try to throw it in the net and see what happens there and luckily a lucky bounce for us.” said Kucherov. “But I think that’s something we just need to do more of, is throw the puck at the net.
Montreal interim coach Luke Richardson sees better things to come in Game 2 on Wednesday night.
“The good thing is we didn’t play our best game,” said Richardson. “We know we can improve. I think it’s still a team that plays well and definitely creates the mistakes you make. So playing better, handling the puck better and maybe limiting those mistakes and creating a little more ourselves.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)