B. Gionta (PPG, 19:17 - 1st) , P. Subban (08:21 - 2nd) , T. Moen (18:54 - 2nd) , D. Desharnais (00:00 - SO)
V. Hedman (14:04 - 3rd) , V. Hedman (18:17 - 3rd) , S. Salo (PPG, 19:16 - 3rd)
MTL: C. Price (W)
TBL: A. Lindback (L)
Last night in Tampa Bay, both the Habs and Lightning found themselves in losing streaks, the Habs with 3 straight losses and the Lightning with 4 losses in a row. Now the two struggling teams would faceoff against each other in a attempt to break their drought. Throughout the first period the Canadiens dominated the Lightning. They were taking shots from everywhere, but they couldn't beat Lindback. Linback was playing like former Bruins goalie Tim Thomas, diving to make saves, lying the ice to stop the puck and it looked like Montreal wouldn't be able to score.
But late in the first, with the Habs on a 5 on 3 powerplay, Plekeanec centred the puck to Gionta and he scored to give Montreal the lead. 8 minutes into the second, Subbans point shot found its way to the back of the net to make it 2-0. Late in the second, Eller centred the puck to Moen and he scored to make it 3-0 after 2. Game over right? Theres no way Montreal can blow a 3-0 lead. The Lightning weren't planning on giving up. With under 6 to play, Pyatt centred the puck to Hedman and he scored to cut the lead to 2.
Then with under 2 minutes to play, Purcell centred the puck to Hedman and it went off his leg and in to cut the lead to 1. With 47 seconds to go, powerplay for the Lightning with the net empty, Salos point shot deflected off Gorges and in to tie the game. This game would go to a shootout. Desharnais was the second shooter for Montreal and he scored five hole to make it 1-0. Stamkos had to score to keep it alive and he was stopped by Price and the Habs win 4-3. In the win, Price made 21 saves. In the loss, Lindback made 31 saves.
The Habs blew a 3-0 lead with 6 minutes to go but still found a way to win. "You know what? We came to win this hockey game, and this is what we did," Montreal coach Michel Therrien said. "And we were almost perfect for 54 minutes. We opened the door. We will learn from it."
Written By Andrew Di Pardo
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