Reeling from two straight losses that cut their lead in the Eastern Conference Second Round from 3-0 to 3-2, the Tampa Bay Lightning responded in Game 6 by dominating the Montreal Canadiens en route to a 4-1 victory to win the best-of-7 series 4-2.
The Lightning's best line, and one of the best in the NHL, provided the spark to the Eastern Conference Final. Two-thirds of "The Triplets," Nikita Kucherov and Ondrej Palat, combined for three goals and two assists, including Palat's beauty of a power-play goal that essentially put away the Canadiens.
Shortly after Canadiens forward Devante Smith-Pelly went to the penalty box for holding, Palat passed the puck to Kucherov in the corner and cut to the net, completing a pretty give-and-go by shooting the puck past Canadiens goalie Carey Price for a 3-0 Lightning lead.
"[Kucherov] just found me," Palat told the Tampa Bay Times. "… I was lucky enough to put it through."