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Defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning pile on against Montreal Canadiens in Game 1

The Tampa Bay Lightning answered several questions Monday night in their quest for a replay of the Stanley Cup.

How effective would top scorer Nikita Kucherov be after missing all but one of Game 6’s at-bats in the final round?

Could their spectacular game of being able to connect against the Montreal Canadiens’ even more impressive penalty shootout unit and could they solve goalkeeper Carey Price?

Kucherov scored twice and Steven Stamkos hit the power play in the third period as defending champion Lightning rushed to a 5-1 win in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

They passed the record past Price with deflections and screens.

“I think that’s the key, go inside, nail the net and look away,” said Yanni Gourde, who hit a shot from Blake Coleman with the stick to deflect the puck and overtake Price in the second period.

Game 2 will be Wednesday night in Tampa.

The Lightning are looking to become the first team to repeat as champions since the 2016-17 Pittsburgh Penguins.

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