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Two video games in, Bolts have but to point out Colorado their greatest

Two video games in, Bolts have but to point out Colorado their greatest

It isn’t a do-or-die sport but, nevertheless it’s about as shut as you will get.

The Tampa Bay Lightning enter Sport 3 of the Stanley Cup Last trailing the Colorado Avalanche 2-0 and hoping to get again on observe with their first residence sport of the sequence.

“We’re not in a do-or-die scenario proper now, however let’s simply go on the market and discover our greatest sport proper now,” mentioned Bolts ahead Pat Maroon. “They have not seen our greatest.

“We’re excited. Hopefully we will present them our greatest tonight.”

By means of two video games, the Lightning have not regarded like themselves. The defensive zone breakouts have been a battle. The turnovers have crept again into their sport. They have not generated a lot sustained zone time in Colorado’s finish.

However they have been right here earlier than.

Within the Jap Convention Last, Tampa Bay misplaced the primary two video games of the sequence on the street earlier than storming again and profitable 4 straight video games over the New York Rangers to advance to the Stanley Cup Last.

With that being mentioned, that sequence was totally different. Roughly midway by means of Sport 2 in opposition to New York, the Bolts began to search out their sport. In Sport 2 in opposition to the Avalanche, the Lightning by no means discovered their sport.

Video: Preview | Stanley Cup Final Game 3 vs Colorado

Tampa Bay recorded simply 25 shot makes an attempt and solely 16 pictures on purpose, whereas Colorado fired off 50 shot makes an attempt, 30 of which have been on purpose. The Bolts fell 7-0 in some of the forgettable playoff video games in current reminiscence, if not ever, for this group.

However, on the finish of the day, the whole lot can change with a win in Sport 3. The Lightning enter tonight’s contest on a franchise-best seven-game profitable streak at residence within the playoffs. Vasilevskiy has began all of these video games and the seven consecutive residence playoff wins is a profession excessive.

The Bolts are a greater crew at residence and so they’ll want the assist of their crowd greater than ever tonight.

“It is at all times good to be residence,” mentioned Lightning head coach Jon Cooper. “The one factor I inform our guys is, ‘Simply because we’re strolling into AMALIE Area, that doesn’t assure we will win a hockey sport.’

“You continue to should play the sport as if no one was within the crowd.”

For Tampa Bay, staying out of the penalty field ought to be an enormous level of emphasis heading into Sport 3. The Lightning went to the penalty kill early in Sport 2 and, after giving up a power-play purpose, they have been pressured to chase the entire sport.

The 5-on-3 purpose that Colorado scored in Sport 1 proved to be an enormous purpose. Though the penalty on Anthony Cirelli was a questionable name, the Bolts have been nonetheless on the penalty kill to start with. Self-discipline is essential within the postseason, particularly with the facility play that the Avalanche have.

Most significantly, the Lightning want to search out their sport. As beforehand talked about, the Bolts simply have not regarded like themselves within the first two video games of this sequence. After six lengthy days in Colorado, the Bolts returned residence on Sunday and the gamers might take pleasure in an evening of sleeping in their very own beds, consuming a home-cooked meal, and now, taking part in in entrance of their residence followers.

“There is a purpose the house crew wins extra video games than they lose, nevertheless it’s no assure,” mentioned Cooper. “Our followers have been nice. We have had success on this constructing.

“Hopefully we draw some power from the group and perhaps that helps our begin tonight.”

Tampa Bay has seen just about each situation over the previous a number of years within the postseason. That have should be used to get again on this sequence, however it may solely go to date. It comes right down to going out onto the ice and executing.

“We have been in these spots earlier than,” Cooper mentioned. “You have to draw on a few of your expertise, however not use that as a crutch saying, ‘Simply because we have had that have, we will win or we will have success.’

“Draw on it for the psychological side of the sport. Now, it’s a must to truly go and carry out.”

The Avalanche are a really quick crew. Tampa Bay must make them work for his or her ice and go the whole 200 ft of the rink to achieve alternatives.

As soon as Colorado will get going downhill out of their very own zone, look out. It is crucial that the Bolts get pucks deep, forecheck exhausting, maintain some zone time, and make the Avalanche work for his or her probabilities.

We noticed it once more final sport. Too many odd-man rushes, breakaways, and Grade-A probabilities.

Sport 2 was ugly, however within the playoffs, it is all about turning the web page.

Video: Pat Maroon, Anthony Cirelli | Pregame SCF Game 3

“We won’t depend on the previous,” mentioned Maroon. “We have got to concentrate on what we will management. That is Sport 3 and the way we reply.

“We’ve got a superb veteran group within the locker room that is aware of the way to play the proper manner and understands the place we’re at and what scenario we’re at.”

One different factor the Lightning must concentrate on come Monday night time is shot quantity. There haven’t been almost sufficient pucks thrown at Darcy Kuemper. The Lightning have a bonus in between the pipes and must make the most of it by getting extra pictures on internet.

The Bolts may very well be with out Brayden Level tonight after Jon Cooper labeled him a game-time determination on Monday morning. Level returned to the lineup in Sport 1 for the primary time since struggling a lower-body damage in Sport 7 of the First Spherical.

He was not at morning skate for the Lightning.

You must give credit score to Colorado. They’ve achieved an ideal job shutting Tampa Bay down so far. That may all change tonight.

It simply takes one win to get again within the sequence.

What higher place to do it than residence ice?

Changes should be made and execution wants to enhance, however I anticipate tonight to be the very best sport of the sequence for the Lightning up to now.  

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