The winning goal in Tampa Bay’s 2-1 double overtime win over the Canadiens Friday night was clearly the result of an offside missed by linesman Steve Millerl. The blown call went unnoticed until Canadiens coach Michel Therrien brought it up in his post game news conference.
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The Tampa Bay Lightning extended their regular season mastery of the Canadiens into the playoffs with a 2-1 double overtime victory Friday night in the opening game of their Eastern Conference Semifinal playoff series. Nikita Kucherov scored the game winner at 2:06 of the second overtime. Max Pacioretty’s goal late in the third period sent the game into overtime.
After failing to win a game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Canadiens will face off against them in the first game of their Eastern Conference Semi-final series Friday night at the Bell Centre. The Lightning posted a 4-0-1 record against Montreal in the regular season but in last year’s playoffs it was the Canadiens that swept the Lightning in four straight games.
The failure of the Canadiens power play took up a portion of general manager Marc Bergevin’s Wednesday news conference. The Canadiens aren’t alone in that department. Their second round opponent the Tampa Bay Lightning are having their own problems. The problems may stem from the overall systems the teams play.
The Canadiens returned to practice Wednesday still waiting to learn whether their opponent for the playoffs next round will be Tampa Bay or Detroit. It was confirmed by general manager Marc Bergevin that defenseman Nathan Beaulieu will miss at least the first four games of the Eastern semi-final with an ‘upper body’ injury.
By most exit polls, Carey Price is almost assured of the Vezina Trophy and is considered the front runner for the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s most valuable player. P.K. Subban has been nominated as the top defenseman but is still considered a longshot. Although not nominated, Max Pacioretty and coach Michel Therrien should be at least be included in some award conversation.
A hardfought Montreal/Ottawa series ended with a 2-0 Canadiens win over the Senators in Game Six Sunday night in Ottawa. Carey Price stopped 43 shots to earn the shutout and the game winning goal was scored by Brendan Gallagher in the first period. The Canadiens will now await the winner of the Detroit/Tampa Bay series which continues Monday night in Detroit.
The Canadiens will try to put an end to the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series against the Ottawa Senators for the third time Sunday evening. Since taking a 3-0 lead in the series, the Canadiens have dropped two straight and face the prospect of winning in Ottawa or face a seventh and deciding game Tuesday. P.A. Parenteau retrns to the Canadiens lineup; in what capacity will be a gametime decision.
Bobby Ryan and Patrick Wiercioch scored first-period goals, and Craig Anderson stopped 45 of 46 shots to help Ottawa defeat the Montreal Canadiens 5-1 in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Bell Centre on Friday.
The Canadiens will try for the second time to wrap up their series against the Ottawa Senators Friday night at the Bell Centre. The Canadiens carry a 3-1 series lead.