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The Montreal Canadiens’ Cinderella Run Must Be Stopped

After five months of regular-season action and a six-week playoff run that felt like another five months, the Stanley Cup final is set. On one side, we have the Tampa Bay Lightning, an all-conquering juggernaut that won the Cup last year and had the highest regular-season points total in the salary cap era the year before. Lightning coach Jon Cooper’s lineup sheet is festooned with stars, thanks to a clever manipulation of long-term injured reserve rules that allowed Tampa Bay to roster former league MVP Nikita Kucherov—the team’s joint-most expensive player—without him counting against the salary cap. (Kucherov leads all postseason scorers with 27 points in 18 games.) They’re rich, they’re successful, they’re from Florida—they ought to be the bad guys.
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2021 NHL playoffs: Picks for the Stanley Cup Final, Conn Smythe Trophy

The 2021 Stanley Cup Final is set to begin on Monday, as the Tampa Bay Lightning face off against the Montreal Canadiens. While these two teams would usually play each other frequently in the regular season as members of the Atlantic Division, Game 1 will be the first time they have played this season because the divisions were realigned because of COVID protocols.

3 Takeaways from Game 1 of Lightning – Canadiens in Stanley Cup Final

Game 1 of the 2021 Stanley Cup Final is now in the books, with the Tampa Bay Lightning pulling off a 5-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens. Here are three takeaways from Game 1 as the Lightning and Canadiens prepare for in Game 2 on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN / Peacock).
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Kucherov leads Lightning over Canadiens 5-1 in Game 1

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Nothing Nikita Kucherov accomplishes on the ice seems to surprise the Tampa Bay Lightning. Three days after returning from an injury to help the defending champions get back to hockey’s grandest stage, the playoff scoring leader had two goals and an assist Monday night to pace a 5-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

The Islanders Kept Things Interesting, While The Canadiens Shocked Us All

Neil (Neil Paine, senior sportswriter): It wouldn’t be the Stanley Cup playoffs without some wild results, and the semifinal round has certainly delivered in that department. On Wednesday night, the New York Islanders overcame a 2-0 deficit (and an 8-0 loss the game before) to force Game 7 against the defending-champion Tampa Bay Lightning before a raucous home crowd on Long Island. And on Thursday, the Montreal Canadiens finished upsetting the heavily favored Vegas Golden Knights with an overtime win of their own, stamping an extremely unlikely ticket to the Stanley Cup final.

Montreal Canadiens named hosts of NHL Draft in 2022

The Montreal Canadiens will host the 2022 NHL Draft, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman. Montreal was selected to host the event in 2020, but the draft was held virtually instead due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This will be the first in-person draft to be held in Montreal since 2009 and...