Saturday Caterwaul: Florida Panthers Offseason Open Forum

Lightning one win away from second straight Cup

Tyler Johnson lit the lamp twice, and Nikita Kucherov and Victor Hedman each produced a goal and an assist as the Tampa Bay Lightning put a stranglehold on the Stanley Cup Final with a 6-3 win over the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre,

Andrei Vasilevskiy finished 32 saves for Tampa Bay, will Carey Price gave up five goals on 29 for the Canadiens.

Phillip Danault, Nick Suzuki and Corey Perry scored for Montreal, which hosted its first Cup Final game since June 9, 1993, and got back head coach Dominique Ducharme, who returned after missing the previous six games and spending two weeks in quarantine following a positive COVID-19 test.

Much to the dismay of many a Florida Panthers fan, the Bolts can clich their second straight championship with a win on Monday. And if they don’t, they have three additional chances to wrap up the series.

More postgame coverage at Raw Charge and Eyes On The Prize

NHL News

The Minnesota Wild inked forward Joel Eriksson Ek to an eight-year, $42-million contract extension, the team announced Friday. Ek’s deal carries a $5.25 million AAV and goes through the 2028-29 season. (Hockey Wilderness)

LBC Poll

Will the Canadiens get swept?