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Stanley Cup final: 3 things to know for Blackhawks-Lightning Game 2

06/06/2015 11:46 EDT | Updated 06/06/2016 05:59 EDT
Tampa Bay will have to step up in Game 2 to keep pace with the Chicago Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup final.

Here are three things to know:

Do or die in Game 2

The Tampa Bay Lightning are in a must-win situation ahead of their Game 2 Stanley Cup final match against the Chicago Blackhawks. They will have to play a full three periods if they hope to even the series. 

History isn't on their side. Teams that have claimed Game 1 of the final series have gone on to win the cup 54 of 69 times (78.3 per cent).

Even worse, teams that have taken both of the first two games have won 41 of 44 times (93.2 per cent). If the Lightning fail to take Game 2, things really won't look good for them. 

Terrific Teravainen

Blackhawks centre Teuvo Teravainen facilitated his team's thrilling third period rally on Wednesday. The 20-year-old is having an impressive run in the post-season.

He's only one point away from equalling his regular season point total. In 34 regular season games, he scored four goals and nine points. In 13 playoff games, he has managed three goals and eight points. 

One of those goals was the equalizer in Chicago's 2-1 Game 1 victory. 

 

He also added an assist on Antoine Vermette's game-winner to further demonstrate the offensive depth of the Blackhawks. 

Defenceman Duncan Keith continues to be a player to watch, he assisted on Teravainen's goal and is enjoying a five-game point streak. 

Strong rebound potential

A positive for Tampa Bay is Ben Bishop's recent ability to rebound following a loss. 

After the Lightning's last two defeats, the 28-year-old was perfect, shutting out the New York Rangers twice en route to the Stanley Cup final. 

With Chicago's scoring strength, duplicating that success won't be an easy task. 

However, Tampa Bay has reason to be confident. They are 3-0 in Game 2's this post-season. 

Lightning rookie Jonathan Drouin may see his first action in the final, as coach Jon Cooper reportedly informed the 20-year-old that he should be prepared for Saturday's match. 

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