Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price puts a stop on the shot from Tampa Bay Lightning’s Ross Colton and Anthony Cirelli in the first period of the Stanley Cup Finals game 3 at the Belle Centre in Montreal (AP News photo vid Canadian Press)
On the NHL Stanley Cup Finals podcast with Matt:
#1 The Tampa Bay Lightning Victor Hedman in his post game interview on Friday night said of the Lightning’s 6-3 win over the Montreal Canadiens not so fast as Tampa Bay is now up 3-0 he said what happened in the bubble winning it all last year was great but saying “were not there yet”
#2 The Lightning wasted no time scoring twice in each of the early parts of the first and second periods
#3 The Lightning’s Tyler Johnson who moved up to the second line from the fourth line after Alex Killorn was out with an injury scored twice for the second time in the Finals.
#4 Hedman and Nikita Kurcherov both scored a goal and an assist and Jan Rutta and Blake Coleman both had empty netters and goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 32 shots talk about team work.
#5 Game 4 is set for Monday night at the Belle Centre and the Canadiens will no doubt be working hard on a few things during their morning skates between now and then what are some of the thing they need to improve on to win game 4 and avoid a sweep in the Finals.
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Tampa Bay Lightning center Blake Coleman (20) gets congratulations after scoring a second period goal by center Anthony Cirelli (71) and right wing Barclay Goodrow (19), behind Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price (31), in game 2 on Wed Jun 30, 2021 in Tampa Bay (AP News photo)
On the NHL Stanley Cup Finals podcast with Mary Lisa:
#1 The Montreal Canadiens to start off game 2 of the Finals hung with the Tampa Bay Lightning in a 0-0 first period to start the game off.
#2 The Lightning’s Blake Coleman scored an amazing diving goal with one arm as the time ran off the clock it goes to show you how potent this team is.
#3 The Lightning’s goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 42 shots which marks a career high and allowed only one goal. With Vasilevskiy playing like this it will be almost impossible to beat him to get one past him.
#4 What was so ironic about the contest the Canadiens outshot the Lightning 43-23 and actually dominated some of the play against the Lightning but it was finding the back of the net that costed the Habs now down 2-0 going back to Montreal.
#5 Game 3 on Friday night in Montreal the Lightning have the hot hand and momentum they have a loaded line up on offense with players like Anthony Cirelli, Barclay Goodrow, Ondrej Palat, and Nikita Kucherov. Do the Canadiens even have a chance on home ice against the Lighting?
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.
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.
The Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy is on the look out for the next puck to be shot his way in the second period of game 2 on Tue Jun 1, 2021 in Carolina (AP News photo)
On the Stanley Cup Playoff podcast with Len:
#1 The Tampa Bay Lightning (2-0) got by the Carolina Hurricanes 0-2) 2-1 Alex Killorn and Anthony Cirelli were the Lightning scorers and it was enough to get by the Hurricanes in game 2 a very close game 2-1.
#2 Len talk about the job between the pipe for the Lightning’s Andrei Vasilevskiy stopping 31 out of 32 shots.
#3 The Hurricanes only goal was from Andrei Svechinkov in the third period but time ran out and Carolina finds itself two games in the hole to Tampa Bay.
#4 For Vasilevskiy before the game was nominated for the Vezina Trophy which is presented to one of the top three finalists for NHL goaltenders the other two nominated Marc Andre Fluery of the Vegas Golden Knights and Phillipp Brubauer of the Colorado Avalanche Vasilevskiy in game 1 stopped 37 Carolina shots and had 15 saves in the first period.
#5 So after the first two games in Carolina the Lightning and Hurricanes head to Tampa Bay where the Lightning have home ice and a 2-0 advantage.
Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Luke Schenn (2) congratulates center Barclay Goodrow, right, along with defenseman Victor Hedman (77), center Yanni Gourde (37) and center Blake Coleman (20) on Goodrow’s crucial goal that put the Lightning ahead of the Carolina Hurricanes in the third period in Carolina (AP News photo)
On the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs podcast with Matt:
#1 The Tampa Bay Lightning and Carolina Hurricanes open up the best of seven round two of the playoffs today in Carolina. The Hurricanes are coming off a 4-2 series win against Nashville Predators in a game 6, 4-3 win. The Lighting won this rather handedly 2-1.
#2 Matt, talk about the Lightning’s Barclay Goodrow and Braydon Point who both scored for the Tampa Bay today.
#3 Talk about game two between the Bolts and Canes Tuesday for game 2 any pressure on the Hurricanes as this one is on home ice for Carolina down 0-1.
#4 The Vegas Golden Knights have had a very impressive post season their coming off a 6-2 win against the Minnesota Wild taking a 4-3 series first round win.
#5 The Colorado Avalanche are coming off a four game sweep over the St Louis Blues they’ve been off since Sunday 7 full days off will that handicap them going into a series with a team like the Golden Knights?