Invulnerable after defeat | The Journal of Montreal

TAMPA | History has repeated itself so many times in the past two years that it is in danger of becoming redundant. Still, it’s worth emphasizing again. The Lightning are in the game 16-0 after a defeat.

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Jon Cooper’s squad will be keen to get that sequence to 17 or they’re flying to Toronto with the risk of being eliminated Monday night.

“We have a recipe, we have a plan. We’ve been in this situation before in the last few years. Is it a guarantee that we will win on Monday night? no But I have faith in this group of veterans. I know they will fight back,” said the Lightning coach at the end of his team’s training session.

Avoiding the penalty box is definitely part of that plan. The Floridians gave the Maple Leafs 15 power plays (they also got 15) in the first three games of this matchup.

“The Best Goalkeeper”

However, your main weapon is in front of the net. In his 16 appearances in goal after losing, Andrei Vasilevskiy has kept an average of 1.34 goals against. In three of the last four cases he blinded the opponent.

In stark contrast to the 11 goals he has conceded since the start of this series.

“I’m convinced that we have the best goalkeeper in the world. The problem is that we gave the Leafs phenomenal chances. Yesterday [vendredi]the league’s top scorer [Auston Matthews] appeared before him alone. He stopped that shot and then the comeback that immediately followed. He made those saves, that’s why he’s the best. »

Campbell isn’t worried about Cooper

On the other side of the rink, Jack Campbell also caused a stir – he also stopped Steven Stamkos’ one-timer from close range.

Plus, the Lightning captain is still looking for his first goal of the streak. Nikita Kucherov, Ondrej Palat and Brayden Point each have one.

Statistics that don’t bother Cooper. “We’ve scored seven goals against him in the last two games. If we’re offered an average of 3.5 goals in two games, we’ll take that, he argued. Yes, he made some good saves. But we also beat him. The number of goals we score doesn’t worry me. What counts for me is the number of those who are warned. »

The Lightning have averaged 4.33 goals per game this series. In the regular season, that average was 2.78.

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