Gourde sends Tampa Bay to Stanley Cup Final
The Tampa Bay Lightning are back for one more run at the Stanley Cup Final. Yanni Gourde came up with the lone goal to lead the way for the team in their 1-0 win in Game 7 over the New York Islanders. Now Tampa Bay is just four more wins away from their second title in a row.
Tampa Bay took a huge leap to the next round when they came up with a huge win over New York in Game 7. It was one of the intense games for the season so far, and they did a great job to beat one of their fierce rivals in the league.
The Lightning is the first team to be the defending champs and reach the Stanley Cup Final in the next year since the Pittsburgh Penguins won two titles in a row in 2016 and 2017. It was one of the few runs that saw back to back winners.
Gourde poured the goal 1:49 into the second frame with an assist from both Anthony Cirelli and Alex Killorn. Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy also had 18 saves and led the way for the Islanders and kept them at bay.
It is the first and only Game 7 to end with 1-0 on a short-handed goal. The goalie has also set the record for most shutouts in a row when it comes to closing games. Gourde was pleased with the win.
‘First of all, on the PK just before we scored we had two or three great blocked shots and that goal doesn't happen if those guys don't go down and block those shots’, Gourde said.
‘Mac (Ryan McDonagh), once he got the puck, he was real patient’, Gourde added. ‘He made a great pass to Killer (Killorn). Killer to Tony (Cirelli). Tony dragged three guys to him and put it in the slot for me. I just shot it as quick as I could and I was fortunate to get the goal there’.
Now with a trophy in sight, the team has to beat the Montreal Canadiens and make sure they get the best chance to win this game.
Words: Paul Daniel Flores