Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals and the Tampa Bay Lightning respond to the Dallas Stars game 1 performance and even the series.
In my view, a good day at the office, just not the right result. Too many penalties in the first, the officiating did not seem consistent throughout the game, but throughout the periods yes. Everything called in the first, most calls were made in the second and everything goes in the 3rd, but regardless, the Lightning managed to capitalize on their chances and it gave them an early 2-0 lead.
They improved on that before the end of the first and took a 3-0 lead in to the intermission.
The Stars fought their way back into the game and were just one shot away from equalizing with over 13 minutes to play in the game, but they couldn’t get that final goal.
It was a very similar looking game to game 1 of the finals, only with a complete role reversal, each team finding a way to own a period, and once a team takes a lead, they protect it well while the team that is down fights back. As per the title of this post, it was the special, or not quite special enough teams for the Stars that handed them this loss. The penalty kill was unfortunate, but only scoring on 1 of 5 power plays and not being able to control the puck and zone time on most of them was costly!
On a positive note, the Stars came much closer to getting this one back or at least to overtime than Tampa in game 1.
But the series is tied, an important game 3 awaits us, this is looking like a great series!
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Score: 2-3 TBL
Shots: 29-31 TBL
Power Play: 1/5 DAL
Penalty Kill: 2/4 DAL
Hits: 50-51 TBL
Blocks: 20-19 DAL
Giveaways: 15-11 TBL
Takeaways: 4-8 TBL
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