Forward lines and defense pairings
Tatar – Danault – Gallagher
Drouin – Domi – Hudon
Lehkonen – Kotkaniemi – Armia
Deslauriers – Peca – Shaw
Benn – Petry
Reilly – Juulsen
Ouellet – Mete
Weber, Schlemko, Plekanec, Byron
Carrying the emotion from Thursday’s exciting win, the Canadiens got off to a quick start. For the fourth time this season, Max Domi scored the opening goal, his seventh of the year. The Bell Centre was celebrating just 58 seconds in to the contest.
Montreal fired the first six shots of the game before the Lightning responded. All the momentum was going the Canadiens way until Nicolas Deslauriers took a needless boarding penalty. Steven Stamkos scored a goal resulting from the power-play just as Deslauriers’ penalty expired.
After the penalty was called, shots on goal were 12-2 for the Lightning. The momentum had swung against the Canadiens in rapid and dramatic fashion.
Just two and a half minutes later J.T. Miller put the Bolts up 2-1 after taking advantage of a Charles Hudon turnover.
Tampa Bay held just a one goal lead after the first period but the Canadiens offered very little push back for the final 40 minutes. The second period featured the ‘quantity over quality’ Habs offense. Andrei Vasilevskiy was very good in the Lightning net but faced perimeter shots with little traffic, few second shot chances and no one the caliber of Steven Stamkos.
Carey Price was solid in the Habs net making spectacular saves on Dan Girardi and Mathieu Joseph.
Post-game, Claude Julien specifically called out Hudon’s poor defensive play that led to Tampa’s second and third goals.
The Canadiens defensive lapses and failures to execute in the neutral zone hurt them. Dismal play by Montreal’s special teams and the fourth line were the deciding factors in this game against a very good Lightning team.
▲ Carey Price, Max Domi
▼ Nicolas Deslauriers, Jonathan Drouin, Matthew Peca, Charles Hudon