Through 4 Games: Now that Montreal is in the Win Column…

Tampa Bay Lightning

Tampa Bay is currently outscoring Montreal in the series by a 16:7 ratio. No matter how much the Habs harass the Lightning’s defense, they just can’t seem to get much by the always entertaining Andrei Vasilevskiy (2020-21 Playoffs: 22GP, 1.99GA, .935SV%). They’re big, fast, and grant no quarter defensively. Now that Stamkos has been present this entire postseason, the Lightning seem to have all the tools necessary to repeat.

Montreal Canadiens

Montreal needed that Game 4 pick-me-up. As a player, nothing’s more frustrating than not being able to beat a goalie for that many games. Also, all things considered, Carey Price has been a warrior. He’s started every game of this playoff run and has been marvelous his whole career. Just how far the team has gotten this season is a testament to a master of their craft. In all honesty, this may not be Montreal’s year. However, they have a ton of fresh and impressive skaters up front. Nick Suzuki, Jesperi Kotkaniemi, and now Cole Caufield have been surprisingly effective in such a short time. In fielding some prospective goaltending talent to take the load off Price, they could continue to be in contention for the next few years.

Outlook

A couple things come to mind: First, knowing how good Tampa Bay is, they may just be looking to close this out at their own barn – and that’s why the series is now 3-1. Or, the Canadiens are on the verge of one of the greatest rallies in sports playoff history.