For additional insight into the Eastern Conference Second Round series between the Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL.com has enlisted the help of Chris Dennis to break down the action. Dennis will be checking in throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Dennis spent 10 seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs, including the past two as an assistant coach under Randy Carlyle and Peter Horachek. Prior to that he was the Maple Leafs' video coach for eight seasons.
Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper said he saw an angry group of players after losing Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Second Round to the Montreal Canadiens, and he hoped that anger would carry over to Game 6.
Chris Dennis saw that anger when the Lightning took the ice Tuesday, and it carried them to a series-clinching 4-1 defeat of the Canadiens.
"Tampa took it to them pretty good," Dennis said. "Back and forth to start, but then Tampa just slowly took over. … In Game 6 Tampa came out and said they were going to play their game; we're going to do what we need to do, and they went and did it. That first goal of the game, that tip by [Nikita] Kucherov, that's a Tampa Bay Lightning goal. That's how they play, that's how they score. It was a great goal and got them on their way."