Sport 1 of the 2020 Stanley Cup Finals was an exquisite sight for Dallas Stars followers as their staff took a 1-Zero lead over the Tampa Bay Lightning with targets from Joel Hanley, Jamie Oleksiak, Joel Kiviranta and Jason Dickinson. The one objective for the Blitz got here from Yanni Gourde.
In case you missed half or the entire sport we’re right here with the largest takeaways as we look ahead to sport 2 on Monday evening.
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Stanley Cup Last Sport 1 in 10 phrases or much less
The lightning wakes up late and Khudobin places her to mattress.
Teammate Tyler Seguin in contrast Khudobin’s sport to that of former playoff MVP Tim Thomas of Boston Bruins, and Sport 1 had echoes of these coupling performances. He made 35 saves – together with a whopping 22 within the third interval – to shut the door of lightning outdoors a double-doink skate distraction goal within the first interval. In his final 4 video games, he is now saved 0.959 %. The deeper these playoffs go, the higher Khudobin will get. That is scary for Tampa Bay.
What labored for Dallas?
If there was a recipe for Dallas to win Sport 1, the celebs would comply with him to the ounce. They performed Tampa Bay within the first section and confirmed that they’d a little bit extra bounce. Within the second half they constructed a two-goal lead. Then they turned the sport over to Khudobin on the third, and he was good. The celebrities play with the arrogance and objective that lightning should break as a way to win this sequence.
What did not work in Tampa Bay?
For 2 intervals, the Blitz seemed like a staff that had 9 hockey seasons behind them in two video games in opposition to the New York Islanders. Dallas carried the sport within the first interval, beating it for a lot of the second interval, after which blitz adopted by two targets once they discovered their sport in a dominant third interval. However the stars at the moment are 9-1 in the event that they lead after two intervals for one motive: they bend like a contortionist however do not break.
Dallas 1-0: Joel Hanley (Roope Hintz) 5:40, first interval
The Stars took purpose on the Brayden Level harm middle in Tampa Bay, and sadly the Lightning have been able to take revenge. When Joel Kiviranta hit Level from behind – the referees launched it as Level turned to guard the puck – Lightning’s defender Zach Bogosian resigned to face up for Level. That resulted in an open pocket within the slot for Hanley to attain his first postseason objective in opposition to a crouching Andrei Vasilevskiy.
Draw 1-1: Yanni Gourde (Blake Coleman, Barclay Goodrow) 12:32, first interval
The type of objective Tampa Bay has to attain in opposition to Anton Khudobin this sequence. Gourde distracts the puck from his skate after which from Hintz’s skate to get him into the web. Gourde got here into play with the third most shot makes an attempt on the Lightning (25). So that is precisely the place he can be anticipated.
Dallas 2-1: Jamie Oleksiak (Alexander Radulov, Miro Heiskanen) 12:30, second interval
Two nice Dallas video games right here, with Radulov gathering the puck on the foredeck and Oleksiak staying within the sport to attain his personal rebound. For the second objective in a row, Blitz had a participant out of place; Nikita Kucherov hovered by means of the impartial zone in some kind of purgatory between line adjustments and energetic protection, which helped create the scoring alternative for Dallas.
Dallas 3-1: Joel Kiviranta (Esa Lindell, John Klingberg) 19:32, second interval
One of many softest targets Vasilevskiy gave up within the postseason. It was thrown when Mikhail Sergachev blocked the primary shot as Kiviranta picked up the rebound and shot by means of the goalkeeper. That got here after Brayden Level rang a puck off the bar behind Khudobin. It was that point for Tampa Bay.
Dallas 4-1: Jason Dickinson (Blake Comeau, Mattias Janmark) 18:42, third interval
With solely her second shot of the third interval (!) Dickinson pushed the sport away with an empty good.
Maroon tried to play the function of agitator in opposition to the celebs, cleansing them up after the whistle, and incomes himself a 10-minute misconduct on the finish of the second interval for intentionally firing the puck on the Dallas bench. The celebrities noticed Ryan Reaves. You performed in opposition to Ryan Reaves. You, sir, aren’t Ryan Reaves.
The massive query for sport 2
Will we see Steven Stamkos? The Lightning Captain is ice skating. And his teammates might definitely use the offensive enhance.