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Montreal vs. Boston Game 2 Preview, Game Thread & Lineups

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Best of Five series, Game 2 (Boston leads 1-0)
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Start time: 7:00 PM ET / 4:00 PM PT
In Canada: TSN (English), RDS2 (French)
In the United States (Regional): NESN+, Bally Sports North, MSG2
Streaming: YouTube, Women’s Sports Network

Montreal had as good a game as you can have, getting 54 shots on goal, but an inability to turn their dominant start on the ice into a dominant lead on the scoreboard came back to haunt them. Boston found their game in the third period, and had the momentum in overtime when Susanna Tapani scored on a rebound to give Boston the 1-0 series lead on the road.

Now the home team faces a must-win game. They already need to win at least one game in Boston, losing Game 2 would mean their backs would be against the wall before even getting to Massachusetts for Game 3.

Losing a game in a playoff series isn’t the end of the world, it’s how you respond to it.

“I think it’s a little easier [to bounce back] because we played a really complete game,” said Montreal defender Amanda Boulier. “We did so many good things, it’s obviously a high pressure situation but I feel we as a team played 75 minutes of really good hockey. It’s a rinse and repeat situation. If we play the way we played [Thursday], I’m confident in the result.”

Montreal Statistics (Playoffs) Boston
0-1 Record 1-0
1.00 (3rd) Goals per game 2.00 (2nd)
2.00 (3rd) Goals against per game 1.00 (2nd)
20% (1/5) (1st) PP% 0% (0/2) (T-2nd)
100% (2/2) (T-1st) PK% 80.0% (4/5) (4th)
0-1 Head-to-Head Record 1-0

Montreal has already identified that they need to take advantage of their second chance opportunities. While Boston goaltender Aerin Frankel played well and made some incredible saves, there were some loose pucks off of rebounds that they weren’t in position to capitalize on. It was something they talked about immediately after Game 1, and it was brought up in their media availability the next day as well.

Of course, Boston will likely make adjustments as well and take what they did well in the third period and overtime and start the game with that. Montreal might also try to adjust to those changes as well in a real give-and-take between Montreal head coach Kori Cheverie and Boston head coach Courtney Kessel, two people who know each other well, and work together on the Canadian national team staff.

After missing Game 1 due to a suspension, expect Sarah Lefort to return to the Montreal lineup. She will provide some additional depth in the team’s bottom six, and you cannot sleep on her shot which is among the best on the team. Cheverie didn’t play her fourth line at all in Game 1, and it will be interesting to see what adjustments she makes into Game 2 where she will once again have last change.

Sarah Bujold missed Game 1 with an injury that kept her out of the final three games of the regular season and is officially day-to-day.

Additionally, Boston forward Jamie Lee Rattray missed Game 1 with an injury stemming from the hit that Lefort was suspended for. It will be interesting to see if Boston makes any changes. They had two forwards play under five minutes, and their seventh defender Abby Cook did not play a shift.

The crowd of 9,135 was loud, but with today’s game is on a weekend, over 10,000 fans are expected and should be earlier to arrive. Montreal outshot Boston 12-2 in the first period on Thursday, but the score was 0-0 after 20 minutes. Keeping the crowd engaged will be important for the home team, while Boston will want to take them out of it and limit the home-ice advantage.

Montreal potential lineup

FORWARDS
43 KRISTIN O’NEILL 29 MARIE-PHILIP POULIN 7 LAURA STACEY
18 MIKYLA GRANT-MENTIS 15 MAUREEN MURPHY 25 MÉLODIE DAOUST
16 SARAH LEFORT 8 GABRIELLE DAVID 42 CLAIRE DALTON
28 CATHERINE DUBOIS 14 JILLIAN DEMPSEY 12 LEAH LUM
DEFENDERS
9 KATI TABIN 23 ERIN AMBROSE
2 MARIAH KEOPPLE 44 AMANDA BOULIER
6 MADISON BIZAL 4 CATHERINE DAOUST
10 BRIGITTE LAGANIÈRE
GOALTENDERS
35 ANN-RENÉE DESBIENS
20 ELAINE CHULI

Extras: G 1 Marlène Boissonnault, F 17 Alexandra Poznikoff, F 26 Sarah Bujold (injured), F 24 Ann-Sophie Bettez (LTIR), D 96 Dominika Lásková (LTIR), F 22 Kennedy Marchment (LTIR)

Boston potential lineup

FORWARDS
11 ALINA MÜLLER 88 SUSANNA TAPANI 37 TERESA SCHAFZAHL
55 KELLY BABSTOCK 20 HANNAH BRANDT 21 HILARY KNIGHT
77 NICOLE KOSTA 8 LEXIE ADZIJA 9 SOPHIE SHIRLEY
12 TAYLOR WENCZKOWSKI 19 GIGI MARVIN 16 AMANDA PELKEY
DEFENDERS
5 MEGAN KELLER 2 EMILY BROWN
22 JESSICA DIGIROLAMO 13 KALEIGH FRATKIN
97 JESS HEALEY 7 SIDNEY MORIN
18 ABBY COOK
GOALTENDERS
31 AERIN FRANKEL
30 EMMA SÖDERBERG

Extras: G 35 Cami Kronish, F 47 Jamie Lee Rattray (injured), F 17 Taylor Girard (LTIR), F 36 Loren Gabel (LTIR)

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