Welcome to Game 2 of the 2021 Stanley Cup Final between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Montreal Canadiens.
The Lightning are looking to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-7 series after a 5-1 victory in Game 1 on Monday. Teams that win the first two games in a best-of-7 Final hold an all-time series record of 46-5 (.902).
Montreal accounts for two of the five times when a team rallied to win after losing the first two games, in 1966 and 1971. The Toronto Maple Leafs (1942), Pittsburgh Penguins (2009) and Boston Bruins (2011) are the others.
The Canadiens are looking to rebound as they did in the Semifinals against the Vegas Golden Knights, winning Game 2 after falling 4-1 in the opener.
NHL.com Senior Director of Editorial Shawn P. Roarke is once again in Amalie Arena to provide all the sights, sounds, insight and action for Game 2.
Game 2 is almost here, and the signs of life are apparent around Amalie Arena after a day of on-and-off rain and thunderstorms.
More than 18,000 fans are expected to be in the building, the first full-capacity crowd of the season.
The Lightning will be without forward Alex Killorn, who sustained an undisclosed injury blocking a shot in Game 1. His replacement has not been announced.
Forward Joel Armia is expected to return to the lineup for the Canadiens after being scratched in Game 1. Armia was removed from the COVID-19 protocol list on Monday and flew to Tampa on a private jet, forward Jake Evans played in his spot. Evans had no points and one shot in 11:55 of ice time in Game 1, his first game since being injured June 2 in Game 1 against the Winnipeg Jets in the second round.
While you get ready for the start of Game 2 (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVAS), here is a collection of content from NHL.com to set the stage:
— Creating traffic in front of goalie Lightning Andrei Vasilevskiy and taking better care of the puck are on the to-do list for the Canadiens. Senior writer Dan Rosen explains in his 3 Keys.
— Tampa Bay’s physical defensemen are setting the early tone for the series, writes Rosen.
— Montreal forward Nick Suzuki knows that he and his linemates have to be better in Game 2, writes Tom Gulitti.
— Tampa Bay forward Nikita Kucherov has put himself in elite company with his performance in each of the past two postseasons. Columnist Nick Cotsonika puts Kucherov’s brilliance in perspective.
— Tampa Bay defenseman Jan Rutta and NBC Sports announcer Kenny Albert were guests on the @TheRink podcast. Rutta discussed the Lightning’s strong play in Game 1, as well as his admiration for the play of teammates Victor Hedman and Brayden Point. Albert discussed the series in depth and his experience as the lead play-by-play voice on a Final for the first time.