The Tampa Bay Lightning pose for a post game photo with the Prince of Wales Trophy for winning the Eastern Conference Finals against the New York Islanders in game 7 on Fri Jun 25, 2021 in Tampa Bay (AP News photo)
On the NHL Stanley Cup Finals podcast with Matt:
#1 Matt, let’s take you through the game sevens before we talk about the big match up on Monday night between the Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday night. The Lightning coming off a 3-2 overtime loss against the New York Islanders in game 6 with the series tied got a narrow win over the Isles 1-0 on Friday night.
#2 Tampa Bay goaltender Andre Vasilevskiy stopped all 18 shots by the Islanders for the shutout 1-0. The shutout marked his fourth shutout in these playoffs.
#3 The Lightning are starting to look like a dynasty of sorts this is their second straight trip to the finals in two seasons and you can just look at the job they did not only in the regular season but post season that this is a team on a mission.
#4 The Lightning will be hosting the first game of the Finals on Monday night against the visiting the Montreal Canadiens tell us about some of the players to look for on both sides.
#5 The goaltenders for this series is brining lots a thrills into these finals for the Canadiens Carey Price he’s been key to saving a lot of games for the Habs especially during the Vegas Golden Knights series and for the Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Andre Vasilevskiy.
Tampa Bay Lightning center Barclay Goodrow (19) takes control of the puck against the New York Islanders left wing Otto Koivula (21) during game 5 of the NHL Stanley Cup Eastern Conference Finals in Tampa Bay on Mon Jun 21, 2021 (AP News photo)
On the NHL Stanley Cups Finals podcast:
#1 Marko the Tampa Bay Lightning just dominated the New York Islanders 8-0 in game five to take a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference Finals on Monday night.
#2 The Lightning’s Steve Stamkos scored twice and goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy threw a shutout on Monday night and stopped all 21 shots.
#3 For Vasilevskiy this is third shutout in the playoffs and there is little doubt he’s got the hottest hand of the goalies in the playoffs.
#4 Marko, what would you say lent to the Islanders just completely getting dominated in game five a shutout and the Bolts just lighting the lamp all night?
#5 Game six is tonight at the Nassau Coliseum the Isles have home ice and there is little doubt that they’ll play this one like their lives depend on it hoping to come away with tying the series. For the Lightning if they have any of that same momentum they had on Monday night they could put this one away and move onto the finals tonight.
The Montreal Canadiens Josh Anderson (17) puts away the game winner against Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc Andre Fluery in overtime at the Belle Centre in Montreal on Fri Jun 18, 2021 in game 3 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs (Canadian Press photo via AP)
On the NHL Stanley Cup Playoff podcast with Matt:
#1 Taking a look at the two playoffs series taking place in game three on Thursday night the Tampa Bay Lightning took a 2-1 series lead over the New York Islanders at Uniondale thanks to a the Bolts Brayden Point tie breaking goal in the second period.
#2 Point been a crucial part of the Lightning’s success this season and as great as the Islanders were playing some great defense Point is so skilled to find the back end of the net and make it stand up.
#3 Matt, talk about the job that Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy did he stopped 27 shots in game three and he’ll be crucial tonight as the Islanders will be out for blood to try and tie this series up.
#4 Game three was played in Montreal at the Belle Centre on Friday night and Canadiens head coach Dominque Ducharme was out with a positive Covid and was isolated from the rest of the team. How much of an impact does this have an a playoff contending team to have their coach out like this under these circumstances?
#5 Matt big goal for the Canadiens coming in overtime as Josh Anderson scored at 12:53 in the overtime stanza neither team was caving in with home ice the Canadiens didn’t want to fall one game behind the Vegas Golden Knights but now go up 2-1 in the 3-2 win.
#6 Canadiens goalie Carey Price stopped 43 out of 45 shots just enough to hold off the Knights and the Knights Marc Andre Fluery stopped 27 shots allowed three goals.
Brock Nelson of the New York Islanders second from right gets congratulated after scoring in the second period of game 6 against the Boston Bruins on Wed Jun 9, 2021 at Boston (AP News photo)
On the NHL Stanley Cup Playoff podcast with Matt:
#1 The Vegas Golden Knights are coming off a 4-2 series win over the Colorado Avalanche, the Knights in the series had some one goal games and a four goal win they are very thankful for their goalie Marc Andre Fluery.
#2 The Knights are up next against the Montreal Canadiens how do you see Fluery matched up against the Canadiens in this series coming up.
#3 Matt, talk about the Canadiens Tyler Toffoli and the job he has done in post season one of the key reasons why the Habs are where they are.
#4 The Tampa Bay Lightning and the New York Islanders face off for game 1 Sunday in Tampa Bay. The Lightning are coming off a 4-1 series win over the Carolina Hurricanes and the New York Isles are coming off a 4-2 series win over the Boston Bruins talk about how you see this series?
#5 Matt talk about the Lightning top scorers for the 2020-21 regular season numbers, Brayden Point with 48 points and Ondrej Palat with 46 points and the Islanders top scorers Matthew Barzal with 45 points and Josh Bailey with 35 points.
New York Islanders’ Kyle Palmieri (21) finds the back end of the net on Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask (40) one of six goals scored by New York in their fourth and clinching win in game 6 at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale NY on Wed Jun 9, 2021 (AP News photo)
On the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs podcast with Mary Lisa:
#1 The New York Islanders (8-4) are heading to the third round after the playoffs after their second round defeat over the Boston Bruins (6-5) on Wednesday night crushing the Bruins 6-2.
#2 The Isles scored three goals in the second period and two in the third and the Bruins who were noted as one of the more prolific NHL offensive teams just couldn’t answer back at the Nassau Coliseum.
#3 The Bruins got only two goals one in the first period and one in the third period both from Brad Marchand but Marchand couldn’t provide anymore and got no help as the Islanders provided defense to keep the Bruins out of the net.
#4 Mary Lisa you look up and down the Bruins line up with Marchand, David Pastrnak, Patrice Bergeron, Craig Smith, Nick Ritchie, just to name a few with shooters like this how shocked do they have to be about getting beat in the elimination game by four goals?
#5 Islanders now face off against the very tough Tampa Bay Lightning who are coming off a 4-1 series win over the Carolina Panthers how do you see this Eastern Conference match up coming up in the third round.
Montreal Canadiens right winger Tyler Toffoli is congratulated by his teammates after scoring the clinching goal in the overtime stanza to defeat and sweep the Winnipeg Jets in four games at the Bell Centre in Montreal on Mon Jun 7, 2021 in game 4 (AP News photo)
On the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs podcast with Len Shapiro:
#1 The Montreal Canadiens swept the Winnipeg Jets in four games on Monday night with a 3-2 win. Tyler Toffoli who scored at 1:39 in over time sent the Canadiens to the next round. The Habs have won seven straight games since being down 3-1 to Toronto.
#2 New York Islanders head coach Barry Trotz is a genius of sorts the Isles who had a three goal lead were starting to lose control but Trotz calling a time out and calmed everyone down and the Islanders skated out and played their game getting a one goal 5-4 win over the Boston Bruins taking a 3-2 lead.
#3 The Tampa Bay Lightning are headed to the next round of the playoffs after getting a 2-0 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night in Carolina taking the series 4-1. The key to the game 5 win comes from the help of Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy who stopped all 29 shots for the shutout.
#4 Offensively the Lightning got scoring help from Ross Colton and Brayden Point who scored a goal each and it was enough to win game 5 to advance. Len, talk about Colton and Brayden’s scoring on Tuesday night for the win.
#5 The Vegas Golden Knights Mark Stone got a crucial goal early in overtime on Tuesday night at the Pepsi Center in Denver against the Colorado Avalanche for a 3-2 win breaking a 2-2 deadlock. Both goaltenders Marc Andre Fleury for the Knights and Phillipp Brubauer for the Aves were playing standing on their heads in this nail biter.
Montreal Canadiens’ Artturi Lehkonen (62) and Shea Weber (6) celebrate Tyler Toffoli’s (73) goal against the Edmonton Oilers in the second period of game 2 of round two of the playoffs on Fri Jun 4, 2021 in Edmonton (AP News photo)
On the NHL Stanley Cup podcast with Matt:
#1 The Montreal Canadiens (2-0) wasted no time jumping to a 2-0 series lead over the Winnipeg Jets (0-2). The Canadiens who had a successful previous series against the Toronto Maple Leafs that they won in seven games have really come into this series with a head of steam.
#2 The Canadiens took game 1 rather handedly 5-3 on Wednesday and on Friday night got an amazing shutout in a well played defensive game 1-0. Habs goalie Carey Price stopped all 30 shots for the shutout and they got their only goal in the second period by Tyler Toffoli which stood up for the win.
#3 The Vegas Golden Knights (1-2) avoided going 0-3 with a one goal win over the Colorado Avalanche (2-1) 3-2 on home ice at T Mobile Center in Las Vegas. The Knights got scoring from William Karlsson, Jonathan Marchessault, and Max Pacioretty.
#4 Matt, talk about tonight’s games we’ll start with game 4 between the Boston Bruins who lead the series over the New York Islanders 2-1 the Islanders have home ice at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale.
#4 The Carolina Hurricanes are down 1-3 against the Tampa Bay Lightning (3-1) as they faced off today in Tampa Bay for game 4. The Bolts come away with a 6-4 win over the Canes with game 5 Tuesday night at Carolina.
Mattias Janmark the Vegas Golden Knights center holds up the hockey stick who scored a hat trick on Fri May 28, 2021 at the T Mobile Center in Las Vegas against the visiting Minnesota Wild in game 7 (AP News photo)
NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs podcast with Marko:
#1 The Vegas Golden Knights (4-3) advanced by beating the Minnesota Wild (3-4) convincingly on Friday night 6-2. The Knights opened up the flood gates with three goals in the second period to run away with the game 7 win.
#2 Marko, talk about the Knights Mattias Janmark who scored two goals in the third period for a hat trick that added insurance goals for Vegas’ victory.
#3 On Saturday night with the their backs to the wall 3-2 the Montreal Canadiens pulled off a close shave with a victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Belle Centre in Montreal to stay alive and tie the series at 3-3 in over time.
#4 It all boils down to game 7 on Monday night at the Maple Leaf Garden as the Canadiens and Maple Leafs face off to decide who goes to the next round as the Leafs have the advantage of having home ice.
#5 The Boston Bruins wasted no time with a 5-2 win over the New York Islanders at TD Garden in Boston to open the best of seven series. The Bruins one of the most potent offensive teams in the NHL proved that with this three goal win on Saturday night.
The Philadelphia Flyers Nolan Patrick in this Mon Mar 19, 2019 file photo has missed 21 months due to suffering a migraine disorder will return on opening night against the Pittsburgh Penguins this Wed Jan 13, 2021 (AP file photo)
On the NHL podcast with Mary Lisa:
#1 The Philadelphia Flyers Nolan Patrick who suffered migraine disorder says he’s ready to return and has waited 21 months to get back. Patrick says he’s feeling better and wants to get back in the line up against the Pittsburgh Penguins for this Wednesday’s opener.
#2 It was reported that the Minnesota Wild’s Marco Rossi will be out indefinitely due to an upper body injury. Wild head coach Dean Evason said the 19 year old Rossi will not be available. Rossi signed a three year contract with the Wild on Oct 23, Rossi scored 100 points (39 goals and 81 assists) he did it in an impressive amount of time in just 56 games.
#3 At the San Jose Sharks training camp: John Leonard who played for the University of Massachusetts at forward. Leonard was drafted sixth in the NHL entry draft and is expected to make his NHL debut against the Arizona Coyotes on Wednesday night. At Amherst Leonard in Division I Leonard led the division with 27 goals, 10 assists. That all ended when Coronavirus shut down the league back in March.
#4 Former Chicago Blackhawks goalie 36 year old Corey Crawford has announced his retirement from hockey and the New Jersey Devils this weekend. Crawford had not practiced with New Jersey since Jan 1st and in a statement said that he’s given everything he could to the game but it was time to retire.
#5 The New York Islanders have signed Matthew Barzal for a three year contract. The agreement was made on Saturday. In 68 games last season Barzal led the Islanders with 60 points, 19 goals and 41 assists. Barzal has led the Islanders in scoring in each of the last three seasons with the team and has played in the NHL All Star game in the last two seasons.
Game 5 Tuesday night New York Islanders goaltender Semyon Varlamov (40) gets the glove up ready to stop the shot of Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Zach Bogosian (24) as Islanders defenseman Devon Toews (25) tries to block the shot during the second period at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto (Canadian Press photo)
NHL Stanley Cup Eastern Conference Finals podcast with Marko:
#1 Marko Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point missed playing at Rogers Centre on Tuesday night in game five against the New York Islanders the game went into double overtime on Tuesday how much did the Bolts miss Point in the line up?
2. Brayden had a goal and an assist in game 4 which was played on Sunday, Brayden missed action after the New York Islanders Adam Pelech hit him at 9:51 in the third perod.
#3 Point means a lot to the Lightning he has 25 points which translates to nine goals and 16 assists. The Bolts looked like they just couldn’t get any offense going against the Islanders going in regulation in game six on Tuesday night.
#4 Marko talk about the job that Islanders goaltender Semyon Varlamov did in allowing only one goal in a double overtime in game 6 on Tuesday night facing a barrage of 37 shots saving 36 of them to help keep the Isles alive in a one goal win 2-1. With the Lightning ahead in the series 3-2.
#5 The series is now 3-2 Tampa Bay in front as both the Bolts and Isles face off for game six on Thursday night after seeing that neither team gave up any ground in game five how do you see this match up for game six on Thursday night?