The Tampa Bay Lightning won 4-1 over the Seattle Kraken. Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper is pleased with his team, which looked great tactically. "They're a good hockey team and are going to get some chances, but I thought we limited them pretty well,"-Jon Cooper said, as quoted by nhl.com "They pushed, as to be expected, but we weathered it and [Nicholas Paul's] goal was a big one for us.
It was a tight-checking game, special teams wasn't a big factor. It was just two pretty good teams going at it." Vince Dunn is not happy with his team's execution. Looks like they have to work on it. "I think we could have been a lot better with our execution right out of our zone," Dunn said.
"I think we had our chances and our looks. I definitely think we turned down a couple of shots, but for the most part our execution needs to be better."
Tampa Bay forward Ross Colton is pleased. Their goal was to end the winning streak of the opposing team.
"I thought we came out flying."-Ross Colton said. "We knew they were on a big winning streak. We wanted to set the tone, and I think we did a good job of doing that. Second period wasn't great, we kind of took our foot off the gas, thought it was going to be easy like the first.
Obviously a good team over there and they took it to us, but credit to the leaders and the coaches." Kraken coach Dave Hakstol was well acquainted with the qualities of the opposing team. "They're tough team to get inside on, they box you out early,"-Dave Hakstol said.
"You've got to find a way to get inside and win that race inside early and then shoot pucks inside, and you know, we weren't able to do that."