Forward lines and defense pairings
Galchenyuk – Drouin – Lehkonen
Pacioretty – Danault – Shaw
Byron – Plekanec – Gallagher
Deslauriers – Hudon – Carr
Alzner – Petry
Morrow – Benn
Jerabek – Lernout
Jacob De La Rose, Byron Froese
Ales Hemsky – concussion, Al Montoya – concussion, Shea Weber – lower-body, David Schlemko – flu
Game Report by Chris G
The Canadiens can thank Carey Price that the Lightning didn’t take a lead early into the game. Tampa Bay started off the game with an eleven to one shot advantage before the Habs started to generate some offence and obtained scoring chances by Daniel Carr on the power play and by Paul Byron as he deflected to the crossbar a Karl Alzner shot.
Brendan Gallagher opened the scoring with a power play goal in the second period after the puck hit Gallagher’s hand following a Vasilevskiy save. The Lightning tied the game with eleven seconds remaining in the period as Kucherov beat Karl Alzner to negate an icing before feeding Steven Stamkos in front of the net who beat Carey Price.
The Lightning seemed energized from that goal and struck thirty seconds into the third period as Brayden Point capitalized on a loose puck. If you are keeping count, that was the 12th time this season that the Canadiens allow two goals in under a minute. Steven Stamkos scored his second goal of the night during a 5-on-3 power play.
The Canadiens played well from the mid-point of the first period up until Stamkos’ goal at the end of the second period. Claude Julien started off the game with new line combinations but wasn’t enough to get more offensive production from his team. In fact, this was the 13th time that the Canadiens score one goal or less in a game this season. That is the most in the league tied with the Coyotes.
Meanwhile, the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Boston Bruins each got points in the standings and the playoff chances for the Habs continue to shrink.
▲ Carey Price, Alex Galchenyuk, Jakub Jerabek
▼ Karl Alzner, Max Pacioretty, Jonathan Drouin