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.
Vegas Golden Knights center Chandler Stephenson (20) scrambles to reach the puck against Montreal Canadiens defenseman Shea Weber (6) at the T Mobile Center in Las Vegas on Tue Jun 22, 2021 (AP News photo)
On the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs podcast with Mary Lisa:
#1 After taking a tough loss on Sunday in Las Vegas to the Vegas Golden Knights 2-1 to even the series 2-2 the Montreal Canadiens rebounded on Tuesday night with a convincing 4-1 win over the Knights to take a 3-2 series lead and taking the series back to Montreal giving the Canadiens home ice tonight.
#2 The Habs on Tuesday night executed a successful offensive plan against the Knights at the T Mobile Center on the Las Vegas strip with a goal in the first period, scoring twice in the second period unanswered making it 3-0 after two periods getting the Canadiens off to a quick start.
#3 Scorers in game five for the Canadiens in the first period at 8:45 Jesperi Kotkaniemi, second period Eric Staal scored his second goal of the playoffs at 6:32 and Cole Caufield at 9:49 scored his third goal of the playoffs for the Habs quick 3-0 lead. Mary Lisa talk about the contribution of these players they really kept the Canadiens in it in this tight series.
#4 Mary Lisa, talk about the job that Canadiens goaltender Carey Price has done between the pipes he certainly kept the Knights out of this one allowing one goal and stopping 26 shots on Tuesday and the Canadiens will be dependent on his performance in game 6 in Montreal if their going to get by the Knights.
#5 Game 6 is the big one for the Knights its win big or go home their going to need some offense from their top skaters that they lacked in game 5 and for goaltender Marc Andre Fluery to keep busy between the pipes in Vegas and the Canadiens will look to their some of their top scorers Josh Anderson, Nick Suzuki, and Tyler Toffoli and goalie Carey Price just to set up tonight’s game for you.
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.
The Vegas Golden Knights defenceman Alec Martinez (23) tries to put one on net but Montreal Canadien goalie Carey Price (31) is in front of the net to deflect the shot in the second period of game 2 at the T Mobile Center in Las Vegas Wed Jun 16, 2021 (AP News photo)
On the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs podcast with Mary Lisa:
#1 The Montreal Canadiens opened game 2 with three straight unanswered goals that stood up as the Vegas Golden Knights could only answer back with two goals for a 3-2 win to tie the series 1-1.
#2 Mary Lisa how important is it for the Canadiens to strike early with two quick goals in the first period to grab the early game lead.
#3 One the goals that was scored was from Tyler Tiffoli who has been a difference maker in these playoffs for the Canadiens he scored the Habs first goal of the game.
#4 Canadiens goalie Carey Price stopped 29 shots faced 31 and allowed two goals. The Knights scored one in the second period and one in the third but just couldn’t pull off a third goal on home ice to tie it up.
#5 Game 3 moves to Montreal on Friday night at the Belle Centre with the series tied at 1-1 the Canadiens have had a lot of luck at home how important is home ice for the Habs going into game 3 against a team like the Knights?
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 Colorado Avalanche’s Phillipp Brubauer has had quite a series holding the Vegas Golden Knights to just one goal in game 1 and help keeping the puck out of the net in the overtime stanza for the win on Wed Jun 2, 2021 in game 2 in Denver (AP News photo)
On the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs podcast:
#1 Mary, the Vegas Golden Knights who normally can hold their own were whipped in game 1 of the series by the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday 7-1 and lost a close game 3-2 on Wednesday night now down 0-2 in the series.
#2 The Knights defense improved over the course of game 1 to game 2 but their offense in both games definitely absent.
#3 How much credit does Avalanche goaltender Phillipp Brubauer deserve, in game 2 Wednesday night he stopped 39 out of 41 close enough to hold it together for the Avalanche.
#4 The Knights are noted for the offensive prowess but Brubauer is a goaltender who can frustrate you.
#5 Game 3 is Friday night at the T Mobile Center on the Vegas Strip will having home ice and being down 0-2 change the picture a bit for the struggle Knights as the Avalanche take some momentum into game 3.
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?
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.