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Canadiens @ Lightning Stanley Cup Final Game 2: Game thread, rosters, lines, and how to watch

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The Canadiens needs a bounce-back performance in the second game.

2021 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game One Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

2021 Stanley Cup Final Game 2

Montreal Canadiens @ Tampa Bay Lightning

TBL leads 1-0

How to watch

Start time: 8:00 PM EDT / 5:00 PM PDT
In Canada: CBC, Sportsnet (English), TVA Sports (French)
In the U.S.: NBCSN
Streaming: Live, Sportsnet Now

The Canadiens were hanging with the Lightning decently well in Game 1 despite some big errors in transition. They went to the third period trailing by just a single goal, but things quickly snowballed as the mistakes continued to mount. Rather than getting a chance to get back in it, they watched their opponent’s lead grow, and ended up with a 5-1 loss.

We can expect a much different approach to tonight’s game as the Habs try to even up the series. They need to find more opportunities to test Andrei Vasilevskiy than they did in Game 1, seeking more the same play they’d had since the middle of Round 1.

It’s not yet known if Joel Armia will be ready to help them achieve that. He’s a game-time decision and so must be dealing with some type of non-COVID illness. It will likely either be him or Jake Evans on the fourth line this evening, but we’ll have to wait and see.

Tampa Bay has a question in its top six. Alex Killorn is also a game-time decision as he recovered from a shot block off the stick of Jeff Petry. He did not take part in the on-ice session for the Lightning today, but could still make his way back into the formation.

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup


Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Artturi Lehkonen Phillip Danault Brendan Gallagher
Tyler Toffoli Nick Suzuki Cole Caufield
Paul Byron Jesperi Kotkaniemi Josh Anderson
Joel Armia Eric Staal Corey Perry


Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Joel Edmundson Jeff Petry
Ben Chiarot Shea Weber
Erik Gustafsson Jon Merrill


Starter Backup
Starter Backup
Carey Price Jake Allen


F: Joel Armia, Alex Belzile, Laurent Dauphin, Michael Frolik, Tomas Tatar, Lukas Vejdemo, Jesse Ylönen
D: Cale Fleury, Brett Kulak, Xavier Ouellet, Alexander Romanov
G: Charlie Lindgren, Michael McNiven, Cayden Primeau


F: Jonathan Drouin (leave of absence)

Tampa Bay Lightning projected lineup


Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Ondrej Palat Brayden Point Nikita Kucherov
Tyler Johnson Anthony Cirelli Steven Stamkos
Blake Coleman Yanni Gourde Barclay Goodrow
Pat Maroon Ross Colton Mathieu Joseph


Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Victor Hedman Jan Rutta
Ryan McDonagh Erik Cernak
Mikhail Sergachev David Savard


Starter Backup
Starter Backup
Andrei Vasilevskiy Curtis McElhinney