Game 1 of the divisional semifinal series between the Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning was a nail-biter: a 5-4 win in overtime for the Habs on a Dale Weise goal.
But this was your proverbial “closer on the scoreboard than it actually was” kind of game, because Montreal dominated them in shots on goal (44-25) and possession (60 percent to 40 percent in corsi close, i.e. corsi in a 1-goal game). To those ends, it was a blowout.
Check out this shot attempt chart from Extra Skater:
And then check out what it looked like in their previous meeting on April 1.
So yeah, the Canadiens controlled this one.
The question then becomes “why?” As in, why did the 10th best team in the league in puck possession when the score was close in the regular season get dominated by the 26th-best team in that metric in Game 1?
Jon Cooper, coach of the Lightning, told the Tampa Times that his team can’t play into the hands of the Canadiens in Friday night’s Game 2.
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