2. Lightning’s championship pedigree on full display with shot blocking throughout the lineup
When the range of players willing to sacrifice their body to block a shot goes from a true defensive defenseman like Erik Cernak all the way up to Steven Stamkos – 106-point scorer in the regular season – then you know a team is fully committed to winning at all costs.
Most notably Cernak, Hagel, Sergachev, and Stamkos had to make trips down the tunnel for repairs before ultimately returning to the game after putting their bodies on the line to block a shot.
Corey Perry did not record a blocked shot during the game, but we’ll give him an honorable mention for taking a puck to the face in warm-ups and still making the start of the game with a fresh gash above his right eye.