Three games have been played in the 2015 Stanley Cup final and Tampa Bay has the upper hand with a 2-1 lead against Chicago. Chicago won the first game though, trailing behind 1-0 after 40 minutes of play, scoring two goals for the win in the third period. Tampa Bay has come back though and won two straight games.
Two straight wins for Tampa
After loosing game one in the third period, Tampa came out as a new team in the second game. They played a solid offensive game with lots of traffic in front of Crawford in Chicago’s net. 13 minutes into the first period they got the 1-0 lead. However, during three minutes in period two, Chicago could both tie and take the lead through Shaw and Teravainen. However, once again in minute 13, Tampa scored a goal (Kucherov). A minute later, they also got the lead through Tyler Johnson. In the third period, Brent Seabrook tied the game with a slapshot. Later that period, Ben Bishop had to leave, injured. He was back in game three though. Game two were decided in power play where Tampa Bay scored 4-3 with the man advantage. That become the final score.
In game three, Callahan started the scoring with a slapshot, assisted by Swedish defender Victor Hedman who has done a brilliant play offs. Chicago tied the game through Brad Richards in power play. After a goalless second period the Blackhawks got the lead in the third period. Just 13 seconds later, Tampa answered, making it 2-2. Then, Hedman stepped forward again. He did a raid down in Chicago’s offensive zone, and got the assist for the 3-2 goal by Cedric Paquette.
Tampa Bay now has a 2-1 lead in the series, which is far from decided. We know what Chicago can do and both teams have to play their best hockey to win this final.