The Tampa Bay Lightning had a commanding 3-0 series lead on the Montreal Canadiens last week. However, the Lightning have been unable to put away the Quebec-based team and now hold a 3-2 series lead heading into Game 6 on Tuesday.
In the two losses, Tampa Bay has only been able to net three combined goals against All-World goalie Carey Price. They have scored more than two goals in a game just once in the series. Even so, head coach Jon Cooper believes his team can beat Price.
“His numbers against the Tampa Bay Lightning are very pedestrian than they are compared to the rest of the teams,” Cooper told reporters. “That doesn’t make him any less a goaltender. We’ve just found a way to have some success. In our guys mind…are we facing an all-world talent? We are. But we’ve had success in the past, and I think that’s something we’ve been hanging our hat on is we’ve done it in the past and we can do it again.
“That’s kind of been our mindset.”
Before losing the last two games, the Lightning had won eight consecutive matchups against Montreal. However, the Canadiens swept Tampa Bay out of the playoffs last year.