Stanley Cup Finals Update

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By: Patrick Nahhas

Game One

Game one of the Stanley Cup Finals ended in a triumphant victory for the Dallas Stars. Dallas won 4-1 to take a 1-0 series lead. They were outshot 36-20, but that doesn’t tell the story of the game. The Stars dominated the proceedings early, with Tampa struggling to get solid opportunities. They countered the Stars’ first-period goal with one of their own, but it was the Stars who were in control. The Stars built their shot advantage before taking a 2-1 lead in the second. After falling behind for a second time, the Lightning began to ramp up the pressure. They heavily outshot the Stars the rest of the game. However, solid goaltending and an empty-net goal at the end of the third period gave the Stars the 4-1 victory they deserved.

Game Two

The Lightning was able to dictate the game when on the attack in game one, and couldn’t afford to fall behind in a pivotal game two. That is exactly what they did. Tampa stormed back to tie the series at 1-1, winning 3-2. They outshot the Stars in the first period 14-6 and got all three of their goals in the opening frame. Two of the three goals came on the power play, and they finished with a .500 scoring rate on the PP. The Stars battled back to score one in the second and one early in the third, but falling behind 3-0 proved to be too insurmountable of a deficit to battle back from. In the end, the Lightning outshot the Stars 31-29

Game Three Preview

The Lightning took the momentum from the end of game one and carried that into game two, and that gave them the win. The Stars definitely balanced the tide though to finish game two. Look for the Stars in the next few games to stay more discipline as a way to limit the Lightning’s momentum. Tampa only has two even-strength goals this series compared to Dallas’ five. When Dallas is dictating the pace of play, they are able to outplay the Lightning. The Lightning on the other hand will keep trying to attack to force the Stars to play under pressure.

Game three will be tonight at 8:00 PM EST.

Patrick Nahhas
About Patrick Nahhas 3 Articles
Patrick was born in Baltimore and raised in Western Pennsylvania. As a dual Lebanese American citizen, Patrick’s parents immigrated to America with zero knowledge about American sports. Growing up in a household with traditions and culture that were completely different from what rural America had to offer, sports were the best link for Patrick to communicate with the world outside of his home. He began to fall in love from an early age, but not for Pittsburgh teams, which he never felt an affinity for. To this day, the only Pittsburgh team he supports is the Pirates. He loves to be the contrarian and unique in many circumstances, especially when it comes to sports. For hockey, Patrick is probably the only Coyotes fan who has no ties to Arizona and is from Pittsburgh. Wanting to get into hockey, the only other team he would hear about besides the Penguins was the Coyotes due to their financial struggles and lack of fan support. For Patrick, that was music to his ears. Patrick studied International Affairs and Geography. These interests carry over into his sports interests. Out of the five major sports, two are based in the East and three in the West. He also has a passion for sports abroad, like European and International soccer.
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