Can Lightning Strike Twice in Stanley Cup Play-Offs?
Tampa Bay Lightning will go into tonight’s play-off match-up against the Boston Bruins knowing that if they can repeat their sensational 5-4 win in Game 6, a spot in the Stanley Cup final against the Vancouver Canucks awaits.
The Floridian team need to make one final push to emerge victorious from a topsy-turvy series of matches that had seen them claim the Game 1 lead before relinquishing it by Game 3 and then twice having to tie with victories in Games 4 and 6.
The upshot of all this to-ing and fro-ing is that the series is now delicately poised at three games apiece with the six clashes yielding an incredible 41 goals between them or, to put it another way, just shy of seven goals per game in a truly memorable series.
With one more win for either side setting up a monumental clash with the Canucks – who made quick work of the San Jose Sharks to win their play-off series by 4 games to 1 – we can expect this goal-scoring trend to continue as both teams give their all.
Martin St. Louis, scorer of two Lightning goals in the previous game, spoke out ahead of the final match and assured fans that his side would not buckle under the pressure of playing in such a season-defining game:
“We knew it was going to be a long series,” St. Louis said. “It comes down to one game. Luckily, all our team has been through a Game 7. Some of us have played more, but everyone has had that experience. We know what to expect. The fourth win is always the toughest one to get, and both teams are going to battle hard to get it.”