Lightning gets team effort without points in game 1

Lightning gets team effort without points in game 1

Sunrise, Florida – Brayden PointA lower body injury was an opportunity for others to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning in their 4-1 victory over the Florida Panthers in Game One of the second round of the Eastern Conference at the FLA Live Arena on Tuesday.

Definitely, having a star ahead Nikita Kucherov Score one of their three power play goals, and also do a great job of preparing Corey Berry For another, it was the key. But Lightning needed a full team effort from the lineup without Point, one of the top forwards, who was injured in Game 7 of his first-round series against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

They’ve got a Tuesday and will probably need another if he can’t play in Game 2 in Florida on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; TNT, CBC, SN, TVAS).

“Let’s be honest. We miss a man like Brayden Point‘ said Lightning’s coach, John Cooper. But if you will achieve the success that we have achieved, whether you are missing [Steven] Stamkos for a long period of time or ‘Kuch’ for a period of time, whatever, this group found a way to fill in the gaps and they did it tonight.”

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Perry helped close the gap by jumping to Point in the first unit of power play and scored Tampa Bay’s first goal to tie at 1-1 with 3:38 remaining in the second half. Then he collaborated with his classmates in the fourth grade, pat maroon And Pierre Edouard Bellemareto produce the rebounding Bellemare goal that gave the Lightning a 2-1 3:35 lead in the third half.

Perry, who won the Stanley Cup with the Anaheim Ducks in 2007, and Bellemare, who reached the Stanley Cup final with the Vegas Golden Knights in 2018, signed Tampa Bay as their no-holds-free agents last summer. They were not part of the Lightning when they defeated the Panthers in the first round last season before winning their second consecutive Stanley Cup Championship.

But it’s the kind of depth that winning players need for teams at certain moments during the playoff round, such as in the 2021 Stanley Cup Final, when the Swiss Army Knife was a striker. Alex Killorn He missed matches 2-5 after suffering a fibula fracture. His teammates stepped up at the time, and did the same on Tuesday.

The Maroon, Perry and Bellemare streak didn’t play much against the Maple Leafs in the first round, but were essential against the Panthers as Cooper and his crew chose to wear 11 forwards and seven pointless defenders, who usually top the top. Line.

“It’s fun to be able to help the team in an offensive way sometimes,” Bellemare said. “Our streak, the last streak we had to kind of run when we were on the ice and tonight was just about trying to build momentum for the team when we were there. Corey got a big goal, and my goal was just a little play.”

Kucherov was, as expected, dynamic throughout but changed momentum late in the second half. With Tampa Bay behind, he takes a penalty kick on the Florida man of defense Mackenzie and jealous With 3:59 per second left. During the force play that followed, he carried the disc above the Blue Panthers line in a hurry, and cut around the defensive man Aaron Ekblad With an inside-out movement, Perry fired a shot from the right circle into a mostly empty net behind the goalkeeper Sergey Bobrovsky.

“certainly [stinks] “We don’t have a Pointer here, but it will be with us,” Kucherov said. But if we have Pierce in there and he’s the Hall of Famer and he knows what to do to win.”

Video: Kucherov, Perry lift Lightning to win Game 1

The lightning carried energy from Perry’s goal into the third inning, when he scored three unanswered goals, including his last two in a power game, to move away.

“It’s a 1-0 game and the second half is dwindling, and for us to hit that goal the special teams have been a huge part of this playoff so far, and that was another big game,” Cooper said. “But to give us a little boost in going in after the second tie, it’s now a 20-minute game and we won the game.”

The depth of lightning was further tested after the defense man Eric Cernack Left after blocking a shot in the second half and a defensive man calfoot He also missed some time before returning in third place. But Tampa Bay barricaded itself with the healthy defenders it let go and edged Florida 18-10 in the third inning.

“That was an early ordeal for us in as much as we didn’t have a Pointer here for Game 1,” said Devinsman. Ryan McDonagh, who had four out of 16 shots in Tampa Bay. “There are going to be times during any series where guys are out for a while because of injuries and get scrapes and bumps. We’re used to it now at this point. Unfortunately, you have to adapt to it and our game plan doesn’t change because of who’s there… So, it’s the mindset of the next guy. And we go there and do our jobs.”

2022-05-18 05:07:16

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