For the 24th time this season, the Lightning played in a game that couldn’t be decided in regulation. It couldn’t be decided in OT either, and in the end the Lightning fell to the Canadiens in a shootout in Montreal.
While the play was fairly even most of the game, the Lightning played yet another 65 mins in which they didn’t score and even-strength goal. Purcell scored 35 seconds into the second period while on the penalty (4-on-3) and Gagne added another PPG halfway through the third. Brian Gionta also scored a short-handed goal to put the Canadiens ahead 2-1 in the beginning of the third.
There was plenty of tough play and controversy, as Vinny Lecavalier was given a 5-minute major and a game misconduct for a slash. Misconducts will always draw the league’s attention, and with such a fair and bias-free process, you know we can always expect justice to properly be served!
Roloson kept this team in the game early, and he deserves much of the credit for the Bolts forcing OT.
While the Bolts PP provided the only goals for the team today, it didn’t come through in the clutch. The Habs took two penalties in the third period, one of which was a double minor against Benoit Pouliot. It took the Lightning until the end of the final PP to score. PP percentage doesn’t matter much if the man-advantage can’t come through at the end of the line.
It was a solid effort all-around without many big complaints, but again we saw a team that doesn’t quite know what to do in this position. This was an important game for playoff positioning, and while they closed the gap on the Caps by one point, but they also allowed Montreal to pull within three points of 5th. These are the things the Lightning have to keep in mind, and they aren’t because they aren’t used to being in this spot.
1st: Michael Cammalleri
2nd: Carey Price
3rd: Brian Gionta
Highlights courtesy of NHL.com