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Canadiens’ Near Sweep Following Lightning’s Victory in Game 3

During the Stanley Cup Final, the Tampa Bay Lightning are striving to conclude what could potentially result in a sweep against the Montreal Canadiens. A triumph on Friday evening by a score of 6-3 solidified their victory in all three initial matches of the series. This also implies that should they secure another win at the same venue on Monday, Tampa would clinch a second consecutive championship. Tampa exhibited dominance right from the beginning of the match and managed to score twice within the first three-and-a-half minutes.

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The opening goal was netted by Jan Rutta in under two minutes, assisted by Victor Hedman, followed promptly by Hedman scoring another within the same timeframe. Although the Canadiens retaliated with a goal from Phillip Danault, they found themselves trailing 2-1 at the break. Tampa extended their lead in the second period with early goals once more, courtesy of Nikita Kucherov and Tyler Johnson within a short span, elevating their lead to 4-1. Nick Suzuki rejuvenated the match by scoring with just two minutes left in the period, but Montreal still lagged behind at 4-2 after the second period. It took a while before either team found the back of the net again, with Tyler Johnson extending Tampa’s lead to 5-2 after 15 minutes of the final period. Corey Perry reduced the Canadiens’ deficit to 5-3, but Blake Coleman’s goal reestablished a comfortable three-goal lead for Tampa. If Tampa successfully secures the Cup, they would be the first team since the 2016-17 Penguins to win the prestigious trophy in consecutive seasons.

 

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