Skip to content

Crashing Lightning: Montreal crushes Tampa Bay, takes 2-0 series lead

Apr 18, 2014, 9:44 PM EDT

Losing in overtime to the Montreal Canadiens in Game 1 was a setback for the Lightning, but Tampa Bay’s 4-1 loss tonight before the series heads to Montreal for Game 3 is cause for alarm.

Tampa Bay was missing some key players, including rookie forward Ondrej Palat and starting goaltender Ben Bishop, but the Canadiens and in particular goaltender Carey Price deserve a lot of credit for Friday’s result.

After allowing four goals on 23 shots in Game 1, Price turned aside 26 of 27 shots and came within 1:59 minutes of his fourth career playoff shutout.

Not that he necessarily had to be anywhere near perfect in this one as his teammates were able to provide him with a lot of support.

After failing to find the back of the net with the man advantage for nearly a month, Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban ended the drought with a hard shot that was then tipped in by David Desharnais to give Montreal a 1-0 lead.

Rene Bourque powered his way through the Lightning defenders to provide Montreal with an insurance goal midway through the second period.

Tampa Bay goaltender Anders Lindback‘s night only got worse from there until he was pulled in favor of netminder Kristers Gudlevskis midway through the third period. Gudlevskis made a name for himself with Team Latvia in the Olympics but has just one game worth of NHL experience.

With Bishop not expected to return soon, the Lightning might end up starting Gudlevskis on Sunday. Not that the Lightning’s problems can be solved simply by swapping goalies.

Latest Posts
  1. A healthy Parenteau won’t play Game 3

    Apr 19, 2015, 12:51 PM EDT

    Detroit Red Wings v Montreal Canadiens Detroit Red Wings v Montreal Canadiens

    He missed the second game of the series with an upper body injury.

  2. Watch Live: Capitals at Islanders

    Apr 19, 2015, 11:35 AM EDT

    John Tavares Getty Images

    Puck drop is at 12 p.m. ET on NBC.

  3. Sens turn to Anderson for Game 3

    Apr 19, 2015, 11:06 AM EDT

    Craig Anderson Getty Images

    Neil replaces Chiasson on Ottawa’s fourth line.

  4. ‘We never quit fighting,’ says Pardy with Jets down 2-0 to Ducks

    Apr 19, 2015, 2:51 AM EDT

    Winnipeg Jets v Anaheim Ducks - Game Two Getty Images

    It will be interesting to see what happens as this series heads to Winnipeg.

  5. Video: Kesler catches Myers with illegal hit to the head

    Apr 18, 2015, 11:56 PM EDT

    Getty Images

    Anaheim’s veteran forward received a minor penalty on the play.

  6. Eichel understands Murray’s disappointment, but ‘extreme competitor’ has ‘a lot to offer’

    Apr 18, 2015, 11:13 PM EDT

    BU's Jack Eichel A Standout At World Junior Training Camp Getty Images

    “I think I bring a really good winning attitude and I have a lot to offer offensively.”

  7. Video: Sidney Crosby strikes twice to bust personal playoff scoring slump

    Apr 18, 2015, 10:20 PM EDT

    Had one goal in 19 playoff games prior to Saturday.

  8. Video: Rangers’ Stepan opens scoring with perfect shot top corner

    Apr 18, 2015, 9:25 PM EDT

    Getty Images

    These teams combined for eight shots in the opening period.

  9. So…what do the Oilers do now?

    Apr 18, 2015, 9:08 PM EDT

    Craig MacTavish. AP

    Craig MacTavish has some decisions to make, now that he’s won the Connor McDavid sweepstakes.

Featured video

Sens need to control emotions after Subban slash
Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. M. Pacioretty (4050)
  2. K. Letang (3250)
  3. R. Nash (2970)
  4. P. Kane (2937)
  5. J. Abdelkader (2645)
  1. M. Stone (2641)
  2. M. Fisher (2496)
  3. M. Perreault (2463)
  4. Z. Kassian (2410)
  5. M. Giordano (2238)