Hockey’s most decorated team will take on the league title in the Stanley Cup Final that starts on Monday.
The Montreal Canadiens are looking to extend their Stanley Cup win league record to most of the 24 as they travel south for the Tampa Bay Lightning, who are looking. The back-to-back tournament joins a group of only nine elite teams that Can grab consecutive cups
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“They will have the best team they’ve played with. And we will have the best team we’ve played with so far,” Lightning captain Steven Stamkos said.
Hubs would definitely agree with that.
When the underdog team enters the playoffs Montreal faced knockout by the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 5 of the first round only to bounce back, going 11-2 to reach the final. After defeating the Winnipeg Jets in the second round The Canadians swept the Vegas Golden Nights in the Western Conference finals in hopes of becoming the first Canadian team to win the trophy since 1993.
“This year there are ups and downs. But the belief in this group has never wavered. never change We always knew it was possible. We just do what we can,” Canadian assistant captain Brendan Gallagher said.
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The Tampa Bay defeated the Florida Panthers (4-2) and the Carolina Hurricanes (4-1) to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals. which faces the biggest threat to Barry. Rotz and New York Islander The Isles will survive elimination in Game 6 only to fall into Game 7.
“For us, it was a roadblock,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said of Habs, “and we were a determined group to get in there. and look at other teams we haven’t played yet But it’s clear from watching them on TV how good they are. And how do they have their mojo? and led by their goalkeeper (Carrie Price) it will be a fun series.”
The Lightning had a 2-1 playoff series over Montreal, including a six-game second-round win in their previous meeting in 2015. Montreal is 2-8-2 in its 12 meetings. It’s been and 0-5-1 at Tampa Bay since winning 2-1 overtime on April 1, 2017.
The Canadians will be without interim coach Dominique Ducharm in their first two games. After he was forced to self-isolate after testing positive for COVID-19.
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Here’s another thing you need to know about the team.
Timetable (All Eastern Time)
Game 1: Mon, June 28: Canadians at Lightning, 8 p.m. (NBCSN/Peacock)
Game 2: Wed, June 30: Canadians at Lightning, 8 PM (NBCSN/Peacock)
Game 3: Fri. July 2: Lightning at Canadiens, 8 PM (NBC/Peacock)
Game 4: Mon, July 5: Lightning at Canadiens, 8 PM (NBC/Peacock)
Game 5 (if required): Wed July 7: Canadians at Lightning, 8 PM (NBC/Peacock)
Game 6 (if required): Fri July 9: Lightning at Canadiens, 8 PM (NBC/Peacock)
Game 7 (if required): Sun July 11: Canadians at Lightning, 7 p.m. (NBC/Peacock)
List of projects (via NHL.com)
Ondrej Palat — Brayden Point — Nikita Kucherov
Alex Killorn – Anthony Cirelli – Steven Stamkos
Barclay Goodrow — Yanni Gurd — Blake Coleman
Ross Colton — Tyler Johnson — Pat Maroon
Victor Hedman – Jan Rutta
Ryan McDonagh – Erik Cernak
Mikhail Sergachev – David Savard
Artturi Lehkonen – Phillip Danault – Brendan Gallagher
Tyler Toffoli — Nick Suzuki — Cole Caufield
Paul Byron – Jesperi Kotkaniemi – Josh Anderson
Jake Evans – Eric Stall – Corey Perry
Ben Giarot – Shea Weber
Joel Edmundson – Jeff Petrie
Jon Merrill – Eric Gustafson
The Associated Press contributed to this report.