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Lightning lucky to win Cup on ice in Montreal – .


The Calgary Flames are the only visiting team to beat the Canadians on the Forum ice to win the Stanley Cup in 1989.

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There is only one visiting team that beat the Canadiens at home at the Forum to win the Stanley Cup.

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It was the Calgary Flames in 1989 when they won the best-of-seven series in six games, winning Game 6 by a score of 4-2.

The Tampa Bay Lightning are fortunate enough to become the first visiting team to win the Stanley Cup on the ice in Montreal since facing the Canadiens in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final at the Bell Center (8 p.m., CBC , SN, NBC, TVA Sports, TSN 690 Radio, 98.5 FM). The Lightning are fortunate enough to become the first team to win a Stanley Cup final since 1998, when the Detroit Red Wings won four straight wins against the Washington Capitals.

“We don’t want to see the Lightning with the Stanley Cup at all,” Canadiens defenseman Jeff Petry said on Sunday when asked if the Lightning could win the cup at the Bell Center. “You’re not going to win four games by winning one tomorrow. Our goal is to win tomorrow’s game and get on the plane and get ready for a game in Tampa when the time comes. Our goal is to make sure that we play the right way, a strong and tough game and that we win a game tomorrow. “

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If the Canadiens win Monday night, Game 5 will be Wednesday night in Tampa.

After losing Game 3 by a score of 6-3 Friday night at the Bell Center, the Canadiens had an off-ice training session on Saturday at the Bell Center and were on the ice for Sunday practice.

“I think it helps give us a day yesterday to reset and refresh and then today we were working on a few specialty teams and getting on the ice and had a meeting this morning,” said Petry. “I think it was a good day yesterday to reset, refresh and make sure we’re ready to take this challenge head on. “

Petry added that the Canadiens are trying to keep a good mood and have a positive attitude going into Game 4.

“Always have fun coming to this rink every day and don’t lower your head,” he said. “We have a big challenge ahead of us. We have had a difficult year all year round. So just come and enjoy it every day was the message. I think everyone is in a good mood today.

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The New York Rangers also won the Stanley Cup on the Forum ice in 1928, beating the Montreal Maroons to win the top five series 3-2 with a 2-1 victory in Game 5.

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A “special group”

This Habs team has been through a lot this season, including head coach Claude Julien, associate coach Kirk Muller and goalie coach Stéphane Waite who have all been fired.

Joel Armia tested positive for COVID-19 in March, shutting down Canadians for more than a week due to NHL protocol. When the Canadiens returned to action, they had to play their last 25 games in 44 days, then fell 3-1 to the Toronto Maple Leafs in their first-round playoff series before winning in seven games. Head coach Dominique Ducharme has tested positive for COVID-19 and had to spend 14 days in isolation at his Montreal home with assistant coach Luke Richardson taking over as head coach.

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“I’ve been saying that for a while now, even before the playoffs,” said Ducharme. “During the regular season, we faced a lot of adversity and we said – I said – we have a great group and that group has grown stronger together over those times and over the years. adversity and facing these situations. We show it every day and sometimes we lose a game or it doesn’t go exactly the way you wanted it to, but there is one thing that is certain: it is not a failure to try, it is not a lack of willpower. And our guys are dedicated to the band and they showed it again yesterday, today, and they’re going to put it on ice tomorrow.

Josh Anderson said the Canadiens are a “pretty special” group.

“All the guys in this locker room, the management, the staff, the players, it’s a family,” he said. “It’s a bond that the guys have gone through a lot in this year and we’ve been through it together, but we’ve stuck together and got here. So we have one more job to do and that’s it to come together and just take one game at a time and keep snacking and hopefully we are successful and the rebounds start to go our way.

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“We have nothing to lose at this point so everyone will be ready for tomorrow night, I can tell you,” Anderson added. “We’re not done yet, so play one game at a time and come in tomorrow night ready to play. “

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Work on the power play

The Canadians spent most of their time in practice on Sunday working on the power play and Petry took Erik Gustafsson’s place on the first unit.

This suggests that Gustafsson might not be in the roster for Game 4, as the defender is seen as a power play specialist.

“We’ll see tomorrow,” Ducharme said when asked if Gustafsson would play on Monday night. “You saw some work on the power play today and we’ll see the rest tomorrow. “

Petry would play with two dislocated fingers on his right hand, which made it difficult for him to shoot the puck.

“I think my injury has improved so it gave me the ability to shoot the puck better, harder,” he said. “Whether it had to do with that or whether it was just putting together a (power play) unit that had worked together before, that’s something the coaching staff decided and we have. had good reps this morning. You could get one power play, you could get four. We have to be ready for the first and be sharp and even if we don’t score, bring momentum. So I think that’s why we worked on it this morning.

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The Canadians are 1-for-6 on the power play in this series.

Here’s how both power play units looked at Sunday’s practice:

FIRST UNIT

Pear
Caufield – Toffoli – Suzuki
Petri dish

SECOND UNIT

Staal
Armia – Gallagher – Anderson
Weber

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The first goal is huge

The Lightning scored the first goal of the first three games of this series.

The Canadians hope to change that in Game 4.

“I think it’s huge against any team,” Ducharme said of scoring first. “Above all, it would be something important. But, at the same time, we can’t stop playing if you don’t score the first goal. We want to get off to a good start. I thought in the last game it wasn’t that we had a bad start, it was just that they made us pay right away on an icing and a power play – a puck that we threw into them. bleachers. So we have to manage the start in the right way, come out dynamic, active, play our game and get that first goal for sure would be important. “

The Lightning had a 2-0 lead just 3:27 of Game 3.

Ducharme wants the Canadiens to start playing the same way they did in Game 2 when they outscored the Lightning 43-23 but lost 3-1.

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“It’s just that this game we made three or four mistakes and they took advantage of two and that made the difference,” he said. “But we’re going to take this to another level. The adjustment is therefore not major. We know what to do and we know what to do. It’s about running under pressure. It’s about making these parts at the right time and we know how to do it and we will.

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The schedule

Here’s the rest of the Stanley Cup Final schedule:

Monday July 5 (game 4): in Montreal, 8 p.m.
x-Wednesday July 7: to Tampa, 20h
x-Friday July 9: in Montreal, 8 p.m.
x-Sunday July 11: to Tampa, 7pm
x-if necessary

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