“We are here for a reason”: The Canadian is ready to seize the moment against the Lightning in the Stanley Cup final
The Montreal Canadiens realized the enormity of the task awaiting them in the Stanley Cup final. Their opponent, the Tampa Bay Chargers, is defending the Stanley Cup championship.
They have four scoring lines and are arguably the best blue line players in the National Hockey League and Andrei Vasilevskiy’s elite network administrator.
Tampa forward Nikita Kucherov led the Stanley Cup playoffs with 27 points. His center, Cape Braden, became the top scorer in the playoffs with 14 goals.
“Look at their lineup,” said annoying Montreal Canadiens forward Corey Perry. “They have a world-class goalkeeper. Then, you have Victor Herdman one of the top defensive players in the league, Nikita Kutcherov and Steven Stamkos The list goes on.
“You can talk about them all day. We are excited about this opportunity. We are here for a reason.”
indeed. The Canadians may be the lowest-seeded team in the playoffs, but they have already beaten 6th-ranked Toronto, 14th-ranked Winnipeg, and 2nd-ranked Las Vegas. No matter what the experts say, they will not be afraid.
‘We are very confident’
“I think we believe that we are not weak,” said assistant coach Luke Richardson, who was sitting alone behind the bench with Dominic Ducham after testing positive for COVID-19. “We are very confident in ourselves and what we have achieved.”
With Parker landing in Tampa at 8pm tonight, the Chargers are trying to become the first team to win the Stanley Cup consecutively since the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2016 and 2017. The Canadians are preparing to participate in the Stanley Cup final for the first time since 1993.
They can end Canada’s 28-year Stanley Cup drought, and perhaps repeat the magic of their last game, when Patrick Roy and the Canadians defeated Wayne Gretzky and the Los Angeles Kings.
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“This is surreal,” Montreal general manager Marc Bergevin said. “Everything that happened throughout the season-from the first day of training camp, to being hit by the COVID, to falling behind the Leafs 3-1, to moving on and where we are today-this is very special.
The Canadians started as a goalkeeper and entered the net with an amazing Carey Price. Price has experienced an unstable regular season, but his playoff statistics are impressive, with an average of 2.02 goals scored and a save rate of 0.934.
“He is an important player,” Bergevin said. “At important moments, such as the Olympics, he was excellent. I was a member of the World Cup management team and he was excellent. When the game started… I think they voted at some point in the past, if you need a big game To win, who do you want to be your goalkeeper. It’s Carey Price.”
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On the defensive end, captains Shea Weber, Ben Chiarot, Joel Edmundson and Jeff Petry punished opponents and crushed them. They are big, very practical, and very mean.
In the Stanley Cup semi-final against Montreal, Las Vegas breaker Mark Stone experienced a similar frustration. Under the leadership of inspection center Phillip Danault, the Canadians have not lost a powerful goal in 13 consecutive playoff games and have lost 30 consecutive games since their fifth game against Toronto.
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This will be the key to the Chargers, who played a fatal advantage in the playoffs with 20 of 53 shots (37.7%).
“They sacrificed,” Point said of the Canadians. “They will block. So we must be sharp.”
Montreal will do the same.
“Live in the moment and enjoy it,” said 36-year-old Perry. “Go on this wild journey and enjoy yourself, because you don’t know when the next chance will really happen again.”
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