Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Lights Out

The Montreal Canadiens looked to break their 3 game losing streak against the Tampa Bay Lightning last night. The Lightning who had only one win in their last 4 games needed to win this game to grab some points. With both these teams needing those valuable 2 points, who would come out victorious?
  • First Period
    • The first period kicked off with both teams getting there chances in both sides, but unable to convert to a goal. Midway through the first, Andrei Markov would get as close to ringing the post from his slapper on the line. With less than a minute left to play, Brian Gionta would score on the powerplay making it 1-0 Canadiens heading into the second.
      • Montreal: 8 Shots On Goal
      • Tampa Bay: 9 Shots On Goal
  • Second Period
    • Midway through the second, PK Subban would get his second of the season from sniping one from the blue line, through traffic and behind the net. Less than 2 minutes to play in the second, Travis Moen scores his first of the season. The Canadiens go into the second with a comforting 3-0 lead.
      • Montreal: 9 Shots On Goal
      • Tampa Bay: 7 Shots On Goal
  • Third Period
    • With nothing coming in the first 14 minutes of the third period, the Canadiens kill a penalty at the 6 minute mark, but the Lightning gain possession. Taylor Pyatt passes it to Victor Hedman who snipes one past Price. 2 minutes later, the Bolts take out their goalie adding an extra skater, Victor Hedman would charge the net tipping the initial shot from Purcell making it 3-2 with 1:30 left to play. Tomas Plekanec would take a tripping penalty, this would create a 6 on 4 advantage for the Lightning with only seconds to play. Sami Salo would tip the slap shot from Lecavalier, 3-3 after 3. We go to overtime!
      • Montreal: 11 Shots On Goal
      • Tampa Bay: 7 Shots On Goal
  • Overtime
    • A 4 on 4 overtime would be needed to decide the winner, as the Lightning take a penalty with only 2:30 left to play in the overtime period, the Canadiens would come close to scoring but Lindback would make some unbelievable saves bringing this game to a shootout!
      • Montreal: 6 Shots On Goal
      • Tampa Bay: 1 Shots On Goal
  • Shootout
    • Victor Hedman (TBL) - Save
    • Alex Galchenyuk (MTL) - Save
    • Martin St. Louis (TBL) - Save
    • David Desharnais (MTL) - Goal
    • Steven Stamkos (TBL) - Save
The Canadiens would win in a shootout acquiring the 2 points they needed. The Canadiens will play in sunshine state Thursday night against the Florida Panthers. The Panthers have 4 wins in 12 games played, their currently seated at 13th in the conference standings.