Tampa Bay Lightning beat Colorado Avalanche 1-0 in the Stanley Cup Final.
But they were not in a position to win a third championship in a row because they allowed such things to bother them.
“You have to be calm even in tough conditions,” defenseman Victor Headman told reporters. “Now we’re in a game, but that does not change our approach.”
The Lightning, an expert in making adjustments, has been 18-1 since the defeat since the start of the 2020 playoffs. They trailed 2-0 in the Eastern Conference Final, but won four in a row against the New York Rangers to advance.
Everything you need to know about the Stanley Cup Final Game 2 as it tries to equalize the Lightning series:
What is the time and TV channel for Stanley Cup Final Game 2?
Game 2 will be shown nationally on ABC from the Denvers Ball Arena on Saturday at 8 pm ET.
How can you stream Stanley Cup Final Game 2 live?
Stanley Cup Final Game 2 can be streamed live on ESPN.com and ESPN +. Also available on streaming online FuboTV.
What is the Stanley Cup Final Schedule?
Game 1: Avalanche 4, Lightning 3 (OT)
Saturday, June 18: Lightning strikes at Avalanche, 8, ABC
Monday, June 20: Avalanche at Lightning, 8, ABC
Wednesday, June 22: Avalanche at Lightning, 8, ABC
* Friday, June 24: Lightning strikes at Avalanche, 8, ABC
* Sunday, June 26: Avalanche at Lightning, 8, ABC
* Tuesday, June 28: Lightning strikes at Avalanche, 8, ABC
Pm ET at all times. * -If necessary
Who are the X-Factors for Stanley Cup Final Game 2?
Avalanche Center Nathan McKinnon
He has scored at least one point in every home game this season (14 points in eight games) and can tie Claude Lemieux’s franchise-record nine-game home playoff point streak since 1997. “He has speed, he’s a big guy so he saves. Puck is great and he can beat you in a lot of ways,” said Lightning center Anthony Cirelli. “I want to know when he’s on the ice and when he’s in a group trying to slow him down.”
Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevsky
He probably would have liked to get back the first two goals against him in Game 1. In fact, he has lost three of four games 1 this season. But his game has a big reason to bounce back from lightning damage, as he has averaged 1.57 goals and .939 savings in the following game over the past three seasons. “Once he’s got a feel for the team and it usually only takes him one game, he’s the best,” said coach Joan Cooper.
Contribution: Associated Press