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Canadiens vs. Lightning Game 3 Top Six Minutes: Pushed to the brink

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The Lightning prove too potent for the Habs on home ice.

2021 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game Three Photo by Mark Blinch/Getty Images

The first Stanley Cup Final game in Montreal since 1993. And the first ever at the Bell Centre. Should be an entertaining night.

1st period

  • That’s a very large 3.500-fan crowd. It’s loud in the building to start.
  • And now pretty quiet as the Lightning get on the board first. It’s another goal from the defence.
  • Things go from bad to more bad as Eric Staal flips the puck out to put the Lightning’s power play on the ice.
  • And now it’s worse as Victor Hedman beats Carey Price to make it 2-0
  • Dominique Ducharme uses his timeout, so there will be no challenged from him tonight, except the one he just gave his team.
  • Another close call, but Price is able to clear it away.
  • Montreal is starting to play much better.
  • Cole Caufield gets enough space to get off a shot, but it’s a loud ping off the post. That would have been a good one.
  • Phillip Danault gets a bit of open space, hits the same post, but this one is half an inch more inside, and we have a 2-1 game. Great shot from a player who doesn’t do that often.
  • A late power play as Mikhail Sergachev tackles Artturi Lehkonen on his way to the net.
  • And here’s Cole Caufield this time looking for a tying goal
  • Well they didn’t do much of anything with that. So off to the intermissions they go with the Canadiens back in the game after a near-disastrous start.

2nd period

  • It’s a 2-on-0 for the Lightning, and quickly it’s a two-goal game once more. Can’t do that versus this team
  • Or 2-on-1s. 4-1
  • Not exactly the start you’d expect from a team that worked so hard to get back in it in the first
  • The team looks completely dispirited on the next couple of shifts.
  • Starting to get a bit of pushback here. There’s a long hill to climb.
  • Despite the odd-man rushed the defencemen are staying aggressive in the offensive zone. Nothing to lose now.
  • The level is gradually beginning to drop as the minutes tick away in the second.
  • But they’re still trying to score at least
  • There’s one. It’s a great Nick Suzuki shot.
  • Cole Caufield nearly gets another one on the next shift, but it’s just out of his sweet spot. Maybe he’ll get one in the third.

3rd period

  • Number-one priority: don’t allow two goals in just over a minute to start.
  • A good start, with good looks right around the net from the fourth line.
  • well no quick two-goal srike from Tampa Bay, so that’s better.
  • Pat Maroon shot off the post.
  • The Lightnin are doing a better job of shutting this down now. Not nearly as much aggression from the blue-liners, which is the smart approach.
  • Here comes the push.
  • There’s a fifth goal to seal it. Price lost a rebound, and it’s in the net.
  • ... Or not. Corey Perry makes it 5-3 with a top-shelf shot.
  • ... Or yes. 6-3.
  • That’s it.

EOTP 3 Stars

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