In a three game series of the shortened 2013 season, the Tampa Bay Lightning fell to the Montreal Canadiens in each of the three games. The Canadiens are a strong team this year. Tampa, unfortunately, is not. Tampa is in a building process, though everyone is sick of hearing that being said, that is the honest truth. Next season they will be strong, and if the can manage to stay in tact, the season after there will be no stopping them. Habs look out, because the Bolts might strike for revenge.
Last night I gave an opinionated recap of the game at the Bell Center in Montreal. Here is a more detailed account of the night.
The first period of the game just pretty much floated by. There were no penalties. There were no goals. Both teams came out even in shots on goal with 1o. It was the second period that let us know they were alive.
Teddy Purcell drew the first penalty of the night with hooking at 1:31. Every single penalty of the game was a 2 minute cool off period. No 4 for blood or 5 for fighting. It was actually a pretty dull game. The first goal came by way of a wrist shot by Alex Galchenyuk, with assists by Brendan Gallagher and Davis Drewiske. Slashing was called on Ryan Malone at 8:46, and the Lightning did a great job of killing off both penalties served in the period. Brian Gionta gave the Habs a 2 goal lead at 15:05 with a tip in, assisted by Tomas Plekanec and Max Pacioretty. At 15:54 P.K. Subban opened up the penalty box for the Canadiens with interference. At 17:36 Richard Panik capitalized on the extra man advantage to score the power play goal, a wrist shot, assisted by Victor Hedman and Alex Killorn. The shots on goal for the period was 11-13 in favor of the Habs.
The third period opened up immediately with a tripping penalty on Eric Brewer, 36 seconds into it. A wrist shot by Vincent Lecavalier at 5:07 put the Bolts on the score board. His goal was assisted by Benoit Pouliot and Victor Hedman. At 10:28 Victor Hedman drew a roughing penalty. Josh Gorges drew 2 for tripping at 12:59. The most controversial call of the night, at least in my opinion, came at 15:10 when Ryan Malone was pushed into Montreal goaltender Carey Price. The all-knowing, all-seeing referee called goaltender interference on Malone. While the Bolts were able to kill off all of the penalties up to that point, including that one, Benoit Pouliot wrote the death sentence of the game when he held P.K. Subban at 17:39. With just under 47 seconds left in the penalty, Brian Gionta struck again with a wrist shot power play goal assisted by Yannick Weber and Michael Ryder. Tampa had 13 shots in the period, Montreal had 12.
The final score was 3-2, Canadiens.
The Lightning gave up the puck. One of those turn overs lead to Alex Galchenyuk’s goal, the first of the game. They seemed of had better possession for the most part. They did more than just hold the puck and pass it a thousand times before shooting. The defense held up pretty good. They are working out the kinks. Too little too late would normally be the case, but we have remember that this was only half a season. They wrapped up this winless road trip and headed home, ready to face the Carolina Hurricanes at 6:00pm on Sunday.