What's Up Tonight in the NHL: Canadiens, Flames, Wild look to rebound after Game 1 losses
The Flames were bullied by the larger Anaheim Ducks and will need to figure things out if they hope to take down the goliaths in Anaheim.
|Lightning @ Canadiens||6:00 p.m. ET|
|Wild @ Blackhawks||8:30 p.m. ET|
|Flames @ Ducks||10:00 p.m. ET|
Here are three things to keep an eye on during Sunday's action:
Can the Canadiens beat 'Big Ben' without getting lucky?
The Canadiens were the aggressors in Game 1 of the series.
They played a more upbeat game, finished their checks, handled the puck better than their counterparts and still came out on the losing end.
The main factor in Tampa's victory was Ben Bishop, who made ridiculous saves like this to keep his team afloat:
Yes, the netminder made a goof on the lone goal he allowed, but aside from that, he was unbeatable.
What do the Canadiens have to do to beat the monster goaltender?
The Habs put the puck on net 44 times, they put bodies in front of him, roughing him up with contact and pucks to the face, but Bishop wouldn't budge.
Montreal needs to break through on Sunday, so they don't head to Amalie Arena down two games.
Getting physical isn't the answer for Calgary
The Flames pushed around the Vancouver Canucks in the first round thanks to a high-energy, physical style of play.
Calgary tried to play the same cards against Anaheim in Game 1 and came up high card, while the Ducks laid down a full house ... of pain, that is.
Anaheim used its size to bully the smaller Flames.
The Ducks knocked Calgary's most physical player, Micheal Ferland, and top scorer, Jiri Hudler, out of the game and scared head coach Bob Hartley into sitting under-sized forward Johnny Gaudreau for most of the third period.
Calgary needs a new plan.
Speed and evasion have been counters to size and strength in the past, but can the Flames morph into a different team overnight and out-skate the Western Conference champions?
They may have no choice.
The Wild need a better performance from Dubnyk
They rode him into the playoffs, but without the netminder playing at his best, the Wild could kiss their season goodbye.
Dubnyk got off to a shaky start in Game 1, allowing three first period goals, but head coach Mike Yeo decided to stick with the 28-year-old, who settled down and made 31 saves.
If the Wild stand any chance of beating the Blackhawks, they'll need the 6-foot-6 goaltender to show up for the full 60 minutes.