Stanley Cup notes: Lightning, Golden Knights 1 win from conference finals


The Tampa Bay Lightning perceive what it takes to achieve success within the Stanley Cup playoffs.

And because the Vegas Golden Knights are additionally displaying, the profitable components can differ from sport to sport and collection to collection.

Dominant defence is a part of the equation. So is well timed and opportunistic offence. Psychological toughness is a prerequisite. It pays to be resilient, too.

“I simply suppose any time you are profitable video games, you are battling by one thing,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper mentioned.

“Possibly a greater solution to put it’s you make an enormous play on the proper time,” Cooper added. “It appears groups that transfer on typically are doing that, and groups that do not miss out on alternatives.”

The Lightning’s newest victory has them one away from the group’s third journey to the Japanese Conference last in 4 years, a step they will take by beating the Boston on Sunday (Three p.m. ET, CBC) at dwelling in Recreation 5 of their best-of-seven semifinal.

Dan Girardi scored 3:18 into time beyond regulation to provide the Tampa Bay Lightning a 4-Three victory over the Boston Bruins and a 3-1 lead of their Japanese Conference semifinal collection. 1:56

The Golden Knights, in the meantime, lead their second-round collection towards the San Jose Sharks 3-2 and might safe a spot within the Western Conference last by profitable Recreation 6 on the street Sunday night time (7:30 p.m., CBC).

Vegas beats San Jose 5-3, lead collection 3-2. Alex Tuch scores 2 objectives. 1:31

“I would be the primary one to let you know we have completed nothing,” Cooper mentioned. “We have gained a few video games on this collection. You have to win 4, not three.”

Tampa Bay’s Alex Killorn, who had the first help on Dan Girardi’s time beyond regulation purpose that pushed the Bruins to the brink of elimination in Recreation 4, mentioned there is a sense of urgency to finish the collection and keep away from a return journey to Boston.

“I feel it has to checked out that approach,” Killorn mentioned. “That is a fantastic group. You return to Boston, you give them an opportunity to get again within the collection, you by no means know what’s going to occur.”

Krug out for 2nd spherical

The Bruins must try a comeback with out defenceman Torey Krug. 

Krug injured his left ankle throughout Recreation Four on Friday and the group  introduced that he won’t be obtainable for the rest of the collection as he undergoes extra testing to find out the complete extent of the damage.  

A step away

As tempting as it might to be take into consideration how shut the Golden Knights are to reaching the Western Conference last, goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury mentioned the group’s mind-set is way the identical as it has been all season.

“I feel we had this mentality all yr lengthy: it is all in regards to the subsequent sport,” the three-time Stanley Cup champion mentioned. “That is the place the main target needs to be. Simply relaxation, calm down and eat nicely. Prepare for the subsequent one.”

Not the first time

Vegas can turn into the third group in NHL historical past to win a number of collection in its inaugural season. The league’s first-ever post-season noticed the Toronto Arenas win the 1918 NHL last towards the Montreal Canadiens earlier than defeating the Pacific Coast Hockey Affiliation’s Vancouver Millionaires to win the Stanley Cup. In 1968, the St. Louis Blues defeated the Philadelphia Flyers and Minnesota North Stars to emerge from the all-expansion West Division to advance to the Stanley Cup Last.

Desperation time

Boston trails the Lightning 3-1 and must win three straight to take the collection — not unattainable contemplating the Bruins gained three of 4 conferences between the groups in the course of the common season.

“I’s far from over,” Marchand mentioned. “We have been on each side of it, so you understand, we’re simply going to regroup and prepare for the subsequent one.”

Ahead Patrice Bergeron mentioned the Bruins must play “determined hockey” to pressure the collection again to Boston for Recreation 6.

“We have proven character all yr. … I’ve spoke about that, in regards to the resilience on this room,” Bergeron mentioned, “so it is time to present it.”



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