Tampa Bay Lightning: “We weren’t at our best” in Game 1 loss

DENVER — Tampa Bay Lightning Jon Cooper, the coach, stated that the “right team” won Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals. However, he believes that the teams are still in the right place. Colorado Avalanche I have yet to see anything even remotely close to his best effort.

Cooper stated, “Give them credit. They pulled it out.” Cooper spoke after the Avs beat Denver 4-3 in overtime to take a 1-0 series lead. We've got more in us. Although we didn't play our best, I think we had a chance to win the game. However, to beat such a talented team, we have a better game.

The Lightning had an awful start to Game 1. They gave up two goals. Gabriel Landeskog And Valeri Nichushkin Only 1:36 separate for a 2-0 gap before the 10-minute mark

Forward Nick Paul had one back to cut the lead but was tripping on Mikhail Sergachev And Anthony Cirelli That was 27 seconds apart gave Colorado's powerful power play a 5-on-3 chance. Center Artturi Lehkonen Scored to make it 3-1. That's how the first period ended.

“It is a great hockey team and we knew they would win. “It was probably a tough decision to give them a 5-on-3,” admitted the captain. Steven Stamkos.

Forward Pat Maroon For the wonky start, give the Lightning the credit and not the Lightning.

He said, “It was us.” “It's not what we do that causes others' offense. It kinda put us back on our heels and we moved the puck back instead of moving it forward within the first five to ten minutes of the game. We weren't at our best in the first 10 minutes. We weren't our best tonight.”

According to Winger, the message in the locker room is between periods Alex Killorn: “Let's not dip our toes in the water. Let's make this a winning game.

Killorn stated that it was possible they were simply trying to get a feel of them. It's got to be the opposite. We must set the tone.

To tie the score, Lightning scored two goals during the second period. Star winger Nikita Kucherov Linemate, brilliantly constructed Ondrej Palat For a tap in goal at 12:51, Sergachev air-mailed an attempt at the blueline past the goalie Darcy Kuemper It will be tied at 3-3 at 13:39

Tampa Bay canceled a Maroon delay of the game penalty at regulation's end and into overtime. The game ended on the stick of the winger, just 59 seconds after the power play had ended. Andre Burakovsky.

It was a very unusual game for the Lightning in many aspects, but in goal. Andrei Vasilevskiy, the goalie, had never allowed three goals in the first period in a playoff game during his career. Two goals in the first period were stopped: A puck slipped through Vasilevskiy's pads on Landeskog’s goal, and Nichushkin beat five holes. This was the first postseason that he had allowed this kind of goal.

After the game, Lightning fans rallied around their goalie.

“I don’t believe he had a bad start. Stamkos stated that he's an all-world goaltender. It wasn't our best match by any means. He gave us the chance to win it in overtime.”

Tampa Bay's Game 1 loss is no surprise. They lost their opening two games. Toronto Maple Leafs And New York Rangers They won both series with a combined score 11-2. They rallied to win both the series.

Killorn stated, “I think that's what's great about our group: We haven't seen many situations that we haven’t been in.” “It feels as if we've seen all of it. We aren't worried. We're confident going forward. However, there is still much to be done.

Game 2 of Stanley Cup Final will be played on Saturday night.

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