Canadiens’ Price on short end of goaltending duel
Canadiens netminder makes 44 saves, but Lightning escapes with 2-1 shootout win
Canadiens goalie Carey Price makes one of his 44 saves against the Lightning on Tuesday night, but came out on the short end of a 2-1 score.
Photograph by: Dario Ayala, The Gazette
The skinny: Valtteri Filppula scored the winning goal in a shootout to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 2-1 win over the Canadiens Tuesday night at the Bell Centre. The goal brought an end to a goaltending duel between the Canadiens’ Carey Price and Tampa Bay’s Ben Bishop. Price was outstanding as he made 44 saves, including a game-saver on Ondrej Palat late in the overtime. The 6-foot-7 Bishop made 28 stops.
Welcome back: Daniel Brière returned to the lineup after missing 10 games with a concussion and he drew the Canadiens even at 15:22 of the third period. Brière went hard to the net and was credited with his second goal of the season when Max Pacioretty’s shot from the boards bounced off him. The goal survived a video review.
Pop-gun offence: The Canadiens were outshot 45-29 and continue to have problems generating offence in even-strength situations. The Lightning had a 37-23 edge in shots when the teams were playing at even strength.
Slow out of the gate: The Canadiens were outshot 10-8 and outscored 1-0 in the first period despite having the only three power plays in the period. Six of the Montreal shots came with the man advantage. Ryan Malone opened the scoring at the five-minute mark when he got his stick on Eric Brewer’s shot from the point. The Canadiens had the second-best power play in the NHL coming into the game, but went 0-for-3. The Canadiens killed off four penalties including two in the final four minutes of regulation and one in overtime.
Upon further review: Radko Gudas put a shot behind Price at 17:14 of the second period but the puck came out of the net as fast as it went in and play carried on. There was a video review after play was stopped at 17:50 and it showed the puck go into the net. But the goal was disallowed because of what was described as incidental contact when Tyler Johnson hooked Price with his leg.
What’s it mean: With the loss, the Canadiens dropped to seventh in the Eastern Conference standings with a 9-8-2 record. They are fifth in the Atlantic Division but hold one of the wild-card berths for the playoffs. Tampa Bay improved to 13-5-0 and leads the Atlantic Division and the Eastern Conference.
Talking points: Agent Don Meehan was in town Tuesday to meet with assistant general manager Larry Carrière. They set some guidelines for the negotiation of new contracts for defencemen P.K. Subban and Raphael Diaz.
What’s next: The Canadiens have back-to-back games on the weekend. The Canadiens travel to Columbus Friday and are back at the Bell Centre Saturday to play the New York Rangers.
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