Lightning fails despite ‘big chances’ in Game 4 against Canadiens


The Tampa Bay Lightning got what they wanted late in Game 4 on Monday; a four-minute power play, their best players on the ice, a chance to win the Stanley Cup.

It just didn’t work.

The Montreal Canadiens killed a defenseman Shea Weber‘s double-minor for strong Lightning grip forward Ondrej Palat at 18:59 of the third period, then took advantage of the momentum when he advanced Josh Anderson scored at 3:57 of overtime for a 3-2 victory.

“We had plenty of opportunities to put this one away and we didn’t,” said Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper. “Eventually, if you let a team hang around long enough, they can have you and tonight they did.”

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Instead of sweeping the Canadiens and winning the Stanley Cup at the Bell Center, the Lightning must try again at home in Game 5 of the Best 7 Series Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS).

Little change in their perspective, other than they only have three chances of winning the Stanley Cup.

“You can’t choose your adversity,” Cooper said. “You hit a little bit of it, and you’ve got to fight your way. It’s just something we’re going to have to make your way through. We can’t hang our hats as we get home.

“We’ve been through this before. We’ve been lucky enough to knock out teams a few times last year and several times this year. That’s why you go up in streak, to give yourself one or more chances to hit a We just have to regroup and see if we can do it in Game 5. “

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The Lightning did well in these situations. They haven’t lost a back-to-back Stanley Cup Playoff game since losing four straight to the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2019 Eastern Conference first round (14-0).

They were lucky enough to win the Stanley Cup in Game 5 against the Dallas Stars last season, but Corey perry scored in double overtime to extend this series. Tampa Bay won Game 6 2-0, playing what Cooper called “a game of precision” to lift the Cup.

The Lightning lost Game 5 to the Florida Panthers in the first round this season, only to come back and end the streak in Game 6 with a 4-0 victory. They lost Game 6 to the New York Islanders in the Stanley Cup semifinals, but responded with a 1-0 victory in Game 7 which Cooper called “clinical.”

“We did a good job leaving the previous game in the past if we were just losing,” said the Tampa Bay forward. Barclay goodrow mentionned. “We have a great leadership group that puts our minds in the right place. This game is over and we are moving into Game 5.”

The Lightning doesn’t feel like they have much to fix in their game. In fact, when asked what they could have done differently on Monday, Cooper said, “Probably not hit that many. messages that we touched on. “

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They hit three on shots from the front Brayden Point at 19:35 of the first period, the defender Victor hedman at 3:45 p.m. of the second period and onwards Nikita Kucherov at 5:33 p.m. of the third.

“Puck replaced us and tonight they didn’t,” Cooper said. “Do I think we’ve generated enough chances to score? I did and they didn’t come in. Sometimes that happens. Sometimes you play pretty well and it’s a break here or a pause there that just doesn’t go your way. In the end they paused and we couldn’t find the back of the net. “

Even the power play, despite going 0-for-5, had quality zone time and scoring chances. The Lightning had nine power-play shots on goal, plus Point and Hedman shots that hit the post.

“Once we got settled in, we got our looks,” Hedman said. “These are good [penalty kill]. They’ve been good all season. This is one of the main reasons they are here. Hockey is one of those sports where sometimes you rely on your PK. They got a four-minute kill, picked up momentum and scored right after. We’ll watch the tape and make sure our power play rolls into the next game. “


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