Tampa Bay Lightning are just one game away after Montreal easily beat the Canadians 6-3 in the 3rd game of the Stanley Cup Final. The Canadians had the advantage of home snow, but always appeared a few steps behind the defensive champions at a loss.
Lightning now leads the series 3-0 and have a chance to load the Stanley Cup with a Game 4 win, which takes place on Monday, July 5, at Bell Center.
Lightning is so ready for the full continuing match, tonight is no different. Tampa Bay came out strong with two goals in the first period and will never back down in the game.
It was a team effort from Lightning with four different scorers. John Rutta started things off with an early goal, followed by another first-time goal from Victor Hedman. With the final goal coming from Blake Coleman in the empty net in the third period, Tyler Johnson scored two to extend the team’s lead.
On the Canadian side, Philip Donald was the first to receive Philip on the net, followed by a goal from Nick Suzuki and a final goal by Corey Perry.
Montreal scored 35, compared to Tampa Bay’s 30, but were not guilty of continuing to work with last year’s champions. Despite creating attack opportunities, Canadians struggled to care for Buck with 26 payouts compared to just 14 in terms of lightning.
The return of Montreal head coach Dominic Duchamre, who returned after being isolated for 14 days following a positive COVID-19 test, is a key story going into the game.
Montreal has been looking for its first Stanley Cup title since 1993, but the chances of falling behind after three games in the series 197 times in NHL history have not been good. A team that has fallen 3-0 in a series of seven has come to win only four times.
Amidst the lightning and Buchanan championship victories, the Tampa Bay area has entered a new golden age for their sports teams. Again, Tampa Bay Lightning has a good chance of standing above the rest of the National Hockey League and loading the Stanley Cup for the second year in a row.