The day after the loss in overtime, John Cooper would have preferred to see his team jump on the ice Thursday night to play Game Two of the Stanley Cup Final.
But since he and his players aren’t familiar with Avalanche, who won 4-3 on Wednesday to lead 1-0, Lightning’s head coach welcomes the days off between the first and second meetings.
“The first day will allow us to review the game, to better identify and analyze the trends observed in our preparations in order to make the necessary adjustments for the second meeting,” the Lightning head coach commented.
The avalanche knew how to keep its cool
A coach who was far from relegated just 12 hours after his defeat in the first game. “We’re here to win the last series, not just win the first game,” John Cooper replied when asked about the weight he put into Wednesday’s loss.
Cuper also insisted that he did not send a message to his players through the media when he said after the setback that his team had much better hockey to offer.
“I am very open and very direct. When I have something to say to our players, I say it clearly. They are the first to know that we have a much better game of hockey than what we did last night. It does not change the result of the first game. We have already lost matches in which we played very well. We have We also won matches where we played less well. But to put all the chances in our favour, we have to be better on Saturday and above all better to start the game,” said the coach of Bolts.
Dot and Vasilievsky
John Cooper had not yet met his players individually when he answered reporters’ questions via video conference.
So it was not known what condition Brayden Point was in the day after the disputed first meeting after he missed 10 matches due to an injury he sustained at the start of the crucial first-round match against the Maple Leafs.
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“Bryden spent nearly 18 minutes on the ice last night – 23 games totaling 17:59 to be exact – and that’s probably a little more than I would have liked. Unless he’s unable to come back for Game 2, I expect him to be on the roster because even Without him being at the top of his game, he makes us a better team.”
Lightning has started all four rounds since qualifying began on the road. He lost his first two matches against Toronto and New York in the first round and in the Eastern Final. So he found himself in familiar territory.
And since this team knew how to come from behind to get rid of the Leafs and the Rangers, John Cooper assures it’s easy to turn the page and focus on what needs to be done to get back into the series.
Lightning can also rely on the very eloquent stats of goalkeeper Andrei Vasilveskiy to boost their confidence to tackle the challenge right in front of them.
In his first four matches since the start of the playoffs, Vasilevsky won only one. Maintain 3.99 target against average and only 88.4% efficiency. In the other 14 matches, goalkeeper Lightning has lived up to his reputation as the best goalkeeper in the world with a record 11 wins and three losses, 1.9 under-goals allowed per game and an impressive 93.9% efficiency.
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