Tampa Bay Lightning: Team lost game, not series after Game 2 loss

Tampa Bay Lightning: Team lost game, not series after Game 2 loss

DENVER — Tampa Bay Lightning Their confidence was not shaken despite losing 7-0 to the St. Louis Cardinals Colorado Avalanche In Game 2 of Saturday's Stanley Cup Final, the Stanley Cup Final was the most dismal playoff game in franchise history.

“At night's end, we lost the game, and not the series,” stated the defenseman. Victor Hedman.

Five goals was the Lightning's other major playoff loss. Colorado's 7-1 win tied for the second-largest margin of victory in NHL history.

“Am I shocked we lost seven-zip?” Center said, “I don't think so,” Steven Stamkos.

The Lighting captain declared that the margin for defeat was “totally unacceptable, especially at the time of year,” and admitted that some may have back-toback Stanley Cup champions in the series as a result.

“Listen, people will be watching the game tonight and likely think that the series is over. But we're resilient,” he stated. “We were in this situation last round. No matter how it ends up at 1-0, 7-0, or 10-0 in the playoffs, it's a loss. We have to get together as a team. Let's return home to our fans and see what we have in common.

In Game 2, the Lightning were defeated by the Lightning, and not just in the final score. They promised to be stronger than Game 1, where the Avalanche led 2-0 at the 9:23 mark. Instead, the Lightning fell behind the Avalanche by 3-0 at 13:52 of Game 2.

The defenseman was hit with a hooking sanction. Ryan McDonagh Just 1:01 into this game, Colorado became a Valeri Nichushkin Power-play goal for the 1-0 lead

“It was an unrecognized penalty from me. McDonagh stated that it is not a good idea to give a team power plays in the first minute. McDonagh said, “We lost our coverage, and gave them odd-man looks. This is a dangerous way to flirt with disaster and danger. This was a poor time to get started.

The Lightning promised to have a better Game 2. They claimed that they had found ways to slow down Avalanche's fleet skaters as well as reduce their offensive pressure. They didn't.

“We have an action plan that aims to counter their speed and forecheck. Stamkos stated that sometimes we got away with it, which cost us. “It takes a strong team to recognize the mistakes that we have made. This group has my full confidence that they will put forth a greater effort.

The Avalanche held a 60-28 shot try advantage in Game 2. Darcey Kuemper, the Lightning's goalie, managed just 16 shots.

“The game begins to change as soon as we turn the puck over and give them chances, We need to find a way to gain momentum and get goals. There aren't enough shots tonight. We won't score if there aren't enough shots,” stated forward Nick Paul.

The Lightning were one of the NHL's best at Game 2 adjustments. They went 9-2 in series second games, with an average of 1.91 goals against per match since 2020. That was in large part due to goalie Andrei VasilevskiyIn those games, he had a.938 save rate. Vasilevskiy lost all seven goals in Game 2 after only 30 shots. Coach Jon Cooper stated that he had never thought of pulling his star goalie.

“Listen, it's the playoffs. We're here to win hockey matches. Cooper said Vasy is our best hope of winning a hockey match and he's our guy.” Cooper said, “He is the best goalie and we win together, but we also lose together. Even though I tried, I doubt he would have made it out.

According to the Lightning skaters, they didn't perform well enough before Vasilevskiy.

“We let him dry tonight. He's been our rock for years. He owes it to us to win the next game. Stamkos said that he is not responsible for this tonight.

The series moves to Tampa on Monday night for Game 3. Also, the Lightning lost 2-0 to Tampa. New York Rangers After losing in the Eastern Conference Final Final, Cooper came back strong with four straight wins. Cooper said that he noticed signs that his team was on the right track during Game 2 on the Road. Cooper was surprised to find that he didn't receive enough support from his team during Game 2 against Avalanche.

“The game was too much for us and we have had a tendency to push back for many years. Tonight, we didn’t. “If this becomes a consistent theme in this series it will probably only be a very brief one,” he stated. “I don't doubt the men in the room. It's a shame to lose a match like that. For sure. We are not used to it. It's not something that we are used to. But does it happen sometimes? Yes, it will. We just hope it doesn't happen at the Stanley Cup Final.”

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