Game 3 recap: Lightning beat Canadiens 6-3, lead Stanley Cup Final series 3-0

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MONTREAL, QUEBEC – JULY 02: Tyler Johnson #9 of the Tampa Bay Lightning is congratulated by teammates after scoring against Carey Price #31 of the Montreal Canadiens during the third period in Game Three of the 2021 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Bell Centre on July 02, 2021 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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MONTREAL (WFLA/AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning headed north this week to take on the Montreal Canadiens in Game 3 and Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final.

The Bolts have a 2-0 lead in the series going into Game 3. Here are the latest updates:

10:55 p.m.:

Game over! Bolts beat the Canadiens 6-3 in Game 3. The Lightning could clinch the championship with a win Monday in Game 4.


10:50 p.m.:

The Bolts extend their lead again with an empty-net goal from Blake Coleman. Less than three minutes left in the game.

TB: 6
MTL: 3


10:46 p.m.:

The Canadiens get one back to make the score 5-3 with less than five minutes to go in Game 3.

TB: 5
MTL: 3


10:44 p.m.:

Tampa Bay extends the lead to 5-2 thanks to a goal from Tyler Johnson.

TB: 5
MTL: 2

MONTREAL, QUEBEC – JULY 02: Tyler Johnson #9 of the Tampa Bay Lightning reacts after scoring against Carey Price #31 of the Montreal Canadiens during the third period in Game Three of the 2021 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Bell Centre on July 02, 2021 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

10:17 p.m.:

The third period is underway.

TB: 4
MTL: 2


9:59 p.m.:

The second period ends with the Bolts leading 4-2.

TB: 4
MTL: 2


9:56 p.m.:

The Canadiens cut into the Lightning’s lead again with a late second period goal.

TB: 4
MTL: 2

MONTREAL, QUEBEC – JULY 02: Tyler Johnson #9 of the Tampa Bay Lightning is defended by Brendan Gallagher #11 of the Montreal Canadiens during the second period in Game Three of the 2021 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Bell Centre on July 02, 2021 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

9:30 p.m.:

Bolts get another one! Tyler Johnson scores, giving the Lightning a 4-1 lead with less than 15 minutes to go in the second period.

TB: 4
MTL: 1


9:27 p.m.:

Nikita Kucherov scores! With 18 minutes left in the second period, Kuch gives the Bolts a 3-1 lead.

TB: 3
MTL: 1


9:24 p.m.

The second period is underway.


9:05 p.m.:

The Lightning lead 2-1 at the end of the first period.

TB: 2
MTL: 1


8:49 p.m.:

The Canadiens score, cutting the Lightning’s lead in half. Lightning lead 2-1 with 8 minutes left in the first period.

TB: 2
MTL: 1


8:32 p.m.:

Lightning strikes twice! Victor Hedman scores to give the Bolts a 2-0 lead over the Canadiens.

TB: 2
MTL: 0


8:28 p.m.:

The Lightning score first in Game 3! Jan Rutta gets a goal to put the Bolts on the board.

TB: 1
MTL: 0

MONTREAL, QUEBEC – JULY 02: Jan Rutta #44 of the Tampa Bay Lightning celebrates with teammates after scoring against Carey Price #31 of the Montreal Canadiens in the first period of Game Three of the 2021 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Bell Centre on July 02, 2021 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Mark Blinch/Getty Images)

8:24 p.m.:

Game 3 is underway in Montreal!


The Tampa Bay Lightning figured out in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final what the Montreal Canadiens are made of. After a lopsided Game 1 loss, the Canadiens brought their best but still couldn’t even things up.

Tampa Bay has to be better in Games 3 and 4 at Montreal to avoid the final tightening up. The Lightning are also getting banged up quickly after losing Alex Killorn to injury and watching several players absorb some painful hits.

The Canadiens proved they can hang with the Lightning but are still two losses away from their season ending.

The Tampa Bay Lightning are hard to beat when they score first this postseason. The Lightning upped their record to 14-2 when scoring the opening goal, and have yet to trail in taking a 2-0 lead over the Montreal Canadiens in their Stanley Cup Final series. The Canadiens would certainly like to turn the tables with the series shifting to Montreal starting with Game 3 on Friday. Montreal is 11-2 when scoring first and 1-6 when falling behind 1-0.

Montreal is disappointed that Quebec health officials denied their request to play in front of more than 3,500 fans at Bell Centre for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Game 2 in Tampa was played in front of a crowd of over 17,000. The Canadiens had sought approval for roughly 10,000 fans to attend the first Cup final game in the city in 28 years. Crowds outside the arena have grown into the thousands as fans pack the street. It’s not clear if there’s any chance for more fans for Game 4 on Monday.

After two weeks in isolation following his positive COVID-19 test, Canadiens coach Dominique Ducharme is back running the Canadiens. Assistant Luke Richardson filled in for Ducharme, who still participated in team meetings. But it’s not the same as being there in person. Ducharme says: “it’s just the little moments like being able to take 30 seconds or a minute with a player.”

Lightning coach Jon Cooper ruled out injured forward Alex Killorn for Game 3, with Mathieu Joseph serving as the replacement, just like on Wednesday. Joseph played only 6:25 in Game 2. Killorn’s absence also means a promotion for Tyler Johnson to the second line to skate with Anthony Cirelli and Steven Stamkos.

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