The Montreal Canadiens were quietly headed for a surprise victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning, but Corey Berry helped bring the Stanley Cup champion back as unexpectedly late as possible. On their first visit to the Bell Center since July, they won 3 to 2 on Tuesday night.
It’s time to reunite the two finalists for the 2020-2021 season. Due to injuries and a few starts, CH only fielded eight of the 20 players that played in the decider last summer.
Since then, Perry has changed his team and it was he who created the equalizer as the Canadian led 2-1 with just two minutes of normal time. The veteran outmaneuvered Jake Allen at close range, as lightning pulled their guard.
Moments later, Ondrej Palat completed the transformation by scoring a goal in turn.
As in the playoffs, Nick Suzuki answered the call with a goal and assist. He tied the score early in the second half, getting a throwback from David Savard, who rolled into the Tampa Bay area.
Three minutes later, Suzuki won a showdown near Andrei Vasilevsky. Mike Hoffman hit the ball quickly before surprising the Russian goalkeeper with an accurate shot. For the young quarterback, this is the 100th point of his career in the National Hockey League.
Kale Clague was not part of the final version of CH. The person who was claimed on Saturday was playing the Canadian’s first game, but one of his blunders allowed the “bolts” to open the scoring.
Behind his net, Clagg tried to clear the ball, but a slow layup ended up on Patrick Marron’s stick, who was quick to beat Allen, midway through the first half.
The Canadian lost the services of striker Christian Dvorak in the second period. Details of his injury were not disclosed.
Dominique Ducharme’s men will stay home for a visit from the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday.
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