This series might just be dead. The Carolina Hurricanes have a golden opportunity when this series started. They managed to claim home-ice advantage over the defending Stanley Cup champions. That seems like it would be a boost for a young team like Carolina. The home-ice advantage is such a key factor for anyone who wants to take a series by the horns. In these playoffs, the Tampa Bay Lightning have thrived on the road. They have only managed to lose one game on the road in five games played.
Once again, it was the Big Cat that stole the show for the Lightning. Andrei Vasilevskiy is officially a playoff-ready goaltender. After all the years of choking in the big games, this guy is locked in and looks unbeatable. Carolina has managed to put up two goals in two games so far in this series. Vasilevskiy has been an absolute unit in between the pipes.
Tonight, up until a late goal by Andrei Svechnikov, he was absolutely perfect. To finish the night, Vasilevskiy stopped 31 of 32 shots for a huge road win for the Lightning. Vasilevskiy is having a playoff to remember. He demolished Florida and is continuing his dominance over the Carolina Hurricanes. Wake up, Carolina. Vasilevskiy owns your ass right now.
Andrei Vasilevskiy became the third goaltender in @TBLighting history to allow one or fewer goals in three straight playoff games, joining Ben Bishop (3 GP in 2016) and Nikolai Khabibulin (3 GP in 2003). #StanleyCup#NHLStats: https://t.co/jHV25UPq9v pic.twitter.com/Dx9HPZxaDr
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) June 2, 2021
Carolina Needs to Wake Up
What an embarrassing effort from the Hurricanes tonight. Do not let the shot difference distract you from the reality of the situation of the game. Although the shots were 32-15 in favor of Carolina, Tampa Bay dominated this team from the very start. The two goals they scored tonight were terrible defensive structure and the offense didn’t generate enough chances.
The Hurricanes now need to go to Tampa Bay and try and win at least one game on the road. Tampa Bay might be a dominant road team, but they are an even better home team. Their one loss at home against Florida was a very off night for the entire team. If Carolina can manage to pull this off, it will be an even bigger collapse than Toronto this year. That may not be true, but it would be pretty close.
— NHL (@NHL) June 2, 2021
Trocheck Might Be Done
Vincent Trockeck was acquired at the deadline last year from the Florida Panthers. He has fit in perfectly with this young Carolina team. Tonight, he might be the end of his season. In the second period. Trocheck was the victim of a hit that was friendly fire. Warren Foegele tried to slip around Trocheck and ended up creating some knee-on-knee contact. The hit saw Trocheck leave for the period. He eventually came back for a few shifts in the third, but left the ice and did not return. The Hurricanes coach said it isn’t looking good for Trocheck after the initial look.
— BobbyLotsOfNumbers (@TheReplayGuy) June 2, 2021
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