Montreal Canadiens defeated Tampa Bay Lightning in Game-4 of the 2021 Stanley Cup final. The match ends 3-2 for Montreal, who manage to clinch their first win in the series only in overtime. The winning goal is from Anderson.
Game-5 will be played in Tampa on Thursday 8 July.
What happened in the other games
Game-3 Tampa Bay Lightning beat Montreal Canadiens 6-3 in Game-3, and now they lead the series 3-0. Back to play for the title after 28 years, the Canadiens are therefore not managing to worry Jon Cooper's team, closer to confirming themselves as champions.
Montreal went down by two goals after less than four minutes, made by Jan Rutta and Victor Hedman. Philip Danault tried to reopen the games already in the first period. Despite the good match played by Canadiens, Lightning superiority was never questioned and the 2-1 partial, with the same succession of goals, was also repeated in the second and in the third period, for the goals of Kucherov, Johnson and Suzuki first, Coleman, Johnson again and Perry later.
If they should win two titles in a row, they will be the second successfully which won the Stanley Cup two times in a row in the last 20 years old, after Pittsburgh Penguins in 2016 and 2017. In case of victory in the next challenge in Game-4, Tampa Bay Lightning would score a coat that has not been seen in a series of finals since 1998, when the Detroit Red Wings overwhelmed the Washington Capitals.
Game-2 Tampa Bay Lightnining is even closer to its second final victory of the Stanley Cup. In the final of the NHL of 2021, Tampa Bay defeated Montreal Canadies 3-1 in Game 2: now the Florida team leads the series with the score of 2-0.
The victory of the match came from a spectacular goal from Coleman, who, at 1-1 which, in fact, sent Tampa Bay to victory. In a press conference after the match for ESPN, the Tampa Bay Lightining star said: "I knew I was marked.
Nobody wants to jump on the ice but it was the only thing to do." Game-1 Tampa Bay Lightning wins Game-1 by beating Montreal Canadiens in the 2021 Stanley Cup final, which will designate this season's NHL champions.
At the Amalie Arena, the reigning champions clearly defeated the Canadians 5-1 in a match always controlled by coach Jon Cooper's team. For the Florida team, goals in the first period with Erik Cernak and in the second with Yanni Gourde.
Ben Chiarot tries to bring the Canadiens back into the match, but in the third period begins the amazing performance of Nikita Kucherov, who, with a brace decides the challenge, while the fifth goal is achieved by Steven Stamkos.
In game 2 Tampa Bay will play at home to turn the series in its favor and thus bring the second consecutive title closer, a feat that has only been successful in the last 20 years in Pittsburgh in 2016 and 2017.