Bonjour, y’all! I don’t even know the place to start out. Final evening, on the power of 1 shorthanded aim from French Canadian Yanni Gourde and a shutout from Andrei Vasilevskiy, the Tampa Bay Lightning discovered a technique to eke out a Recreation 7 victory over the New York Islanders, 1-0. The information got here rolling in:
Let’s make it 4, Vasy.
In case you missed the recap, it’s right here:
At even power, the Lightning had been suffocating the New York offense. Even after they might get into the zone, there simply wasn’t a lot for them to take a look at. Working example, with about three minutes to within the interval Mathew Barzal had the puck on his stick. He dipped and weaved round on the ice, however couldn’t discover a possibility. He lastly dished it off to Jordan Eberle whose shot was blocked and cleared by the Lightning. The Bolts construction in their very own zone was textbook protection.
And the Islander’s model:
Alas, this rematch of final yr’s Jap Convention ultimate ends with the identical final end result — the Lightning return to the Stanley Cup ultimate — however this one went seven video games as a substitute of six, and the Isles pushed the defending champions so far as you’ll be able to with out taking them down. Each franchises had the added pleasure of really having followers current to make all of it really feel actual.
Listed below are just a few different notable moments from final evening:
Lightning performed the final playoff recreation at Joe Louis Area. In addition they performed the final playoff recreation at Nassau Coliseum.
— Matthew S Esteves (@MatthewSEsteves) June 26, 2021
Final however not least, right here’s what to stay up for, the sport schedule for the Stanley Cup Ultimate.
There may be numerous very severe information happening proper now in Miami, on the planet, in hockey, and all over the place, however at the moment we’re going to pause and revel in every step of the best way. Final yr’s Stanley Cup victory got here with out a single certainly one of us cheering on the group in particular person — this yr we get an opportunity to help the group safely, and I’m grateful.
Au revoir pour le second!