The Stanley Cup Final is now in full swing with the build up and two day break after Game #1, and now we will see what both teams have in store when the games get back into a normal playoff flow.
The Chicago Blackhawks stole Game #1 after a terrible first period, surviving the 2nd period, and then taking advantage of their chances in the third period which included a Teuvo Teravainen game tying goal, and a Antoine Vermette Game winning goal just 1:58 later.
Now the Chicago Blackhawks can put the Tampa Lightning in a real bad spot if the Hawks can get a 2nd victory on Tampa Bay home ice. The Lightning have been a giving team at home after posting the best record at home during the regular season 32-8-1, they now have a terrible home record in the StanleyCup playoffs 5-6. Can the Chicago Blackhawks smell the blood and take a commanding lead or will it just be tied up heading back to the United Center.
The Chicago Blackhawks don’t look to be making any roster changes, but that doesn’t mean that Joel Quenneville won’t become that Mad Blender come game time. He was blending lines early and often last game when the Chicago Blackhawks couldn’t figure out Ben Bishop early in Game #1 of the Stanley Cup Final.
The bigger question may be how will the Lightning come out after getting shocked in the third period of Game #1. Tampa Bay Lightning played two types of game in the opening game. They had a ton of energy and huge jump in the first period and the Chicago Blackhawks were on their heels for the entire first period.
The Tampa Bay Lightning went into the Barry Trotz defensive shell, and that was their demise. The prevent defense is not fan-friendly and luckily the Chicago Blackhawks were able to thwart the prevent defense so hopefully if the Tampa Bay Lightning does get a lead again hopefully the ghost of Barry Trotz won’t haunt the Stanley Cup Final.
Some good news is the fact that the Chicago Blackhawks vs Tampa Bay Lightning had the 2nd highest TV rating in the past 15 years with only the Chicago Blackhawks vs Boston Bruins Game #1 beating it! Here is the viewing information for Game #2.
Game Time– 6:15pm
TV Listings– NBC
Radio Listings-WGN Radio
Live Streaming– NBC Live Extra
Radio Streaming– WGN Radio App
How will you be taking in Game #2 of the Stanley Cup Final?
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