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Canadiens push Lightning to brink of elimination with 3-2 win

Apr 20, 2014, 10:09 PM EDT

One can debate whether the Tampa Bay Lightning are victims of bad luck, but there’s no denying that their season is now on the line. The Montreal Canadiens won Game 3 by a score of 3-2 on Sunday, giving themselves a commanding 3-0 lead in the series.

It looked like Anders Lindback would be an albatross in this one, as Rene Bourque (who had an excellent game overall) scored 11 seconds in:

As it turns out, Lindback was often excellent on Sunday, but his adamant effort wasn’t enough tonight.

Speaking of admirable hard work still falling short, Steven Stamkos shook off a scary spill in the second period to play – and even generate an assist – in the final frame. He finished the night with helpers on both Lightning goals. Here’s one more look at that scary fall:

It’s easy to gravitate toward the Lightning’s lousy luck, especially considering this disallowed goal:

Still, that takes a lot of the deserved credit from the Habs, who are one win away from some rest and a sweep. P.K. Subban stood out along with Bourque, dazzling with this assist on Brendan Gallagher‘s goal:

Tomas Plekanec ended up notching the game-winner with an assist from Gallagher.

For all the adversity the Lightning have fought off in the regular season, they now need to win four games in a row to avoid a first-round exit. The odds certainly look long right now – especially if Stamkos can’t play once the adrenaline wears off – as they’ll attempt to salvage their season beginning with Game 4 on Tuesday.

  1. trbowman - Apr 20, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    Hometown cooking for Montreal. Wonder who Francois Charron cheered for growing up. Disgraceful.

    • sixchr - Apr 20, 2014 at 10:24 PM

      “Montreal typical.”

      • blowmenbc - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:24 PM

        Another win, yep that’s typical Montreal.

    • ravenscaps48 - Apr 21, 2014 at 12:08 AM

      Remember last week when I said that Tampa didn’t look all that impressive against a heartless Capitals team and you all gave me thumbs down?…… Looks like I was right.

      • smarterthantheauthor - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:22 AM

        No. I don’t remember that at all. Here’s another THUMBS DOWN for ya though, Nostadamus.

      • joey4id - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:59 AM

        copy and paste works for me. hahahaha! ;-)

  2. thefinalcut8 - Apr 20, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    Its hard not to be bitter after being on the wrong side of a game changing call. The difference between being up 2-1 on the road in Montreal and being down 2-1 on the road in Montreal is stupid. Maybe im just a bitter bolts fan, but calls like that cannot be made at this level of hockey.

    • joey4id - Apr 20, 2014 at 10:33 PM

      I copied and posted an excerpt of the rule directly from the NHL rule that references contact in the goal crease, yet blind TB fans refuse to see writing. Whiners….

      69.3 Contact Inside the Goal Crease -

      • c9castine - Apr 20, 2014 at 10:41 PM

        i read the whole rule and it doesnt in any way vindicate the call made on the ice.

        its a judgement. and a poor one at that.

        he could have easily deemed that the player was there incidentally, and made an attempt to avoid contac when he stopped up and went flying over price. he then got up and was tangled with price trying to get out of the net (which PK subban did not help him out with).

        carey price then stood up, face a shooter, moved with the puck across the slot to the next shooter and then flopped around as the puck was shot in.

        there was absolutely no effect on carey prices ability to save that puck by the player who went into the net.

      • stakex - Apr 21, 2014 at 12:21 AM

        I guess reading and understanding are two different things eh joey? Let me try to explain it to you…

        From rule 69.3:

        “If an attacking player has been pushed, shoved, or fouled by a defending player so as to cause him to come into contact with the goalkeeper, such contact will not be deemed contact initiated by the attacking player for purposes of this rule, provided the attacking player has made a reasonable effort to avoid such contact.”

        Killorn ended up in making some contact with Price, and then crashing into the net due to a push from a Montreal defender. I mean that’s not debatable…. its clear as day in every angle of the replay. So none of the initial contact should be considered interference.

        Now once Killorn gets up and goes to leave the crease, he does make a very minimal amount of contact with Price (because Price bumped him, negating interference anyway, but we’ll ignore that for now), however the rules then state:

        “If, after any contact by a goalkeeper who is attempting to establish position in his goal crease, the attacking player does not immediately vacate his current position in the goal crease (i.e. give ground to the goalkeeper), and a goal is scored, the goal will be disallowed. In all such cases, whether or not a goal is scored, the attacking player will receive a minor penalty for goalkeeper interference.”

        Killorn gives ground and does everything he possibly can to leave the crease. Its only several seconds later that the puck actually enters the net. So not only do none of the rules in the book actually indicate that a goal should have been disallowed based on the contact, Price had more than enough time to reestablish himself.

        The facts and the facts, and the call was terrible and it likely cost Tampa Bay the game. That kind of bush-league crap shouldn’t happen in the NHL playoffs. Hell, even the Canadian announcers called BS on the play right away…. that alone should tell you something. Btw, I’m not a fan of either team so I could care less in the end… but a blown call is a blown call, and it shouldn’t happen this time of year.

      • joey4id - Apr 21, 2014 at 12:57 AM

        The goal wasn’t disallowed because “if an attacking player has been pushed, shoved, or fouled by a defending player so as to cause him to come into contact with the goalkeeper, such contact will not be deemed contact initiated by the attacking player for purposes of this rule, provided the attacking player has made a reasonable effort to avoid such contact.”

        We agree that Price bumped him, and he did so while he was in the crease. Price fell, and before he can regain his footing and positioning the puck went from left to right, and at which time he tried to make the save despite the fact that as I said he had not regained his footing/position from tripping over Killorn. If it wasn’t the right call, then Devorski could have overruled Charron. So, citing the Cdn announcers makes everything right. Wow! Others on HNIC said it was the right call despite the fact that they could have called a penalty on PK for not letting Killorn come out of the net immediately. I disagree that it was bad judgement. We could argue that Subban should have been penalized, or that Price purposely bumped Killorn. But I don’t subscribe to the idea that it was bad judgement. It was a gutsy call based on rule 69.3. And TB without St. Louis didn’t have a chance. They failed to win one game on home ice. Was that the referee’s bad judgement as well?

      • blowmenbc - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:26 PM

        I’d like to contact you between the eyes!

      • joey4id - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:31 PM

        I would pistol whip you after spearing you between the legs. :-)

    • packerswin96 - Apr 20, 2014 at 10:59 PM

      And yet by the rule book the call was correct, shocking!

  3. drewsylvania - Apr 20, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    @thefinalcut8 Trust me, it’s not just you. It’s everyone but joey4id.

  4. drewsylvania - Apr 20, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    @thefinalcut8 It’s not just you. Every non-Habs fan (or sober person) agrees with you.

  5. imgoingtowichita - Apr 20, 2014 at 10:31 PM

    I guess the NHL isn’t really turning a blind eye to the officiating if they are the ones that sanction it.
    The optics of so overtly assisting one NHL team is not good.
    When the NBA had the officials helping the gamblers it was proven all on the refs – this is way worse. Give a Gatineau boy the reigns in a Montreal home game – very subtle.

    • c9castine - Apr 20, 2014 at 11:06 PM

      i dont at all think the referees were purposely trying to help montreal…well then again who knows. im just guessing but i feel like there is a better chance these guys are from the montreal region and not the tampa bay area…

      either way, it looks bad. carey price milking that icing whistle was ridiculous too. that should be delay of game. might as well just get rid of the no change icing scenario if a goalie or player is going to claim equipment problems every time.

  6. pavelfitzgerald - Apr 20, 2014 at 10:35 PM

    Lol @ sixchr, Bret Hart anyone?

    Brutal, brutal call that was the difference in this game.

    Signed,

    — A Canadian Hoser

  7. joey4id - Apr 20, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    Maybe I’m not all emotional about this loss because I expected TB to lose with or without Bishop.

    joey4id – Apr 17, 2014 at 4:03 PM
    The task of beating the Habs with Bishop would have been difficult, without him and the inexperienced team ahead of Lindback, TB is doomed.

    • c9castine - Apr 20, 2014 at 11:08 PM

      yeah you and everybody else thought that. do you really go back through old articles to do that crap? haha…

  8. c9castine - Apr 20, 2014 at 10:42 PM

    tampa bay got screwed in this game. i mean, they never had too good a chance to win this series to begin with, but they should have had a much better chance to win this game and keep the series workable tonight than they did.

    calls like that cannot be made at this level, at this time of year.

  9. 950003cups - Apr 20, 2014 at 10:54 PM

    Tampa! Bunch of chokers!!!! Ruining my perfect bracket. I believed in those clowns!

  10. terrier92 - Apr 20, 2014 at 11:01 PM

    I’ve been watching the same poo poo in Montreal for 50 years. No goal was horrible call yet it is a judgement call but the I lost an edge BS and no interference call when Stamkos got taken down Classic Montreal BS. I was surprised they didn’t give montreal a power play.

  11. phillyphanatic77 - Apr 20, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    I actually really like Tampa Bays roster, and despise Montreal, but I’m glad this series is playing out this way. With a healthy Ben Bishop this lightning team would scare me. If the Flyers were to advance to the ECFs I would not wanna see them. Still they got screwed tonight and that should never happen in such an important playoff game (let alone a regular season game). I’d be upset if I was a TB fan. I don’t want to see the Habs have success but Tampa could’ve been sneaky (with Bishop).

  12. Hard to BeLeaf - Apr 21, 2014 at 12:38 AM

    So, when is the hearing for that Stamkos headbutt on Emelin’s knee? How many games will the Stammer get for that one?

    • joey4id - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:02 AM

      Troll!

      • Hard to BeLeaf - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:21 AM

        Did I layer on the sarcasm a little too thick for you? or are you just doing some sort of mating call for your kind?

      • joey4id - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:31 AM

        Mating call of our kind. 💋

  13. phillyphannnn83 - Apr 21, 2014 at 1:57 AM

    Somebody’s drinking the kool-aid

  14. jenseb99 - Apr 21, 2014 at 3:23 AM

    This is pretty pathetic.
    I mean, the reality is that TB played only one period in 3 games. The first one went to overtime because Price had a bad night.
    TB did not lost because of this questionable ref call, it would have been an tight game and then, who knows.
    TB lost because their defensive players are incredibly bad and their offensive one can’t get the puck in the habs zone enough. Their puck support is terrible, terrible. I really thought TB would have been better than this.

  15. nyfinest911 - Apr 21, 2014 at 3:31 AM

    Maybe someone can give the refs the brail version of the NHL rule book. Bad call TB got shafted.

    • joey4id - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:03 AM

      what bad call prevented TB from winning a game on home ice?

  16. bigdong28 - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    The league needs to look at this. Why is there ever a french canadian ref working a game in montreal?…that is terrible. Judgement calls get messed up all the time but it happens more in Montreal than anywhere else & those calls always favor the home team. It’s clear that there is pressure on the refs to help out the only canadian hockey team in the playoffs…the league should be embarrassed that their employees (refs) could act like this. Oversight should be required in all games…Those refs should be suspended for several games.

    • joey4id - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:09 AM

      So, let me see if I can get this right. A French Canadian ref should not work a game in Montreal, and an English Canadian ref should not work a game in any of the Canadian cities, and an American ref should not work any games in the US. Did I get this right? Lets stay with that for a minute. All American baseball umpires, and football referees should not work any of the baseball or football games in the US. Is that right?

      Bloody brilliant dingdong28. Engage brain before engaging fingers.

      • Hard to BeLeaf - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:32 AM

        What to completely miss the point of his post. It’s not about the language, it’s about a blatantly obvious Montreal FAN refereeing a Montreal game… it obviously changed the outcome of the game.

        You should try some of the engaging your brain before your fingers stuff.

      • joey4id - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:35 AM

        Troll! 💋

  17. penvik - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    Playoff rankings:
    1) Pittsburgh – top two players in the world, Fleury playing well.
    2) San Jose – although destined for playoff failure, this team is rolling ATM
    3) Columbus – playing the top team very tough, this is a young legit cup contender
    4) Chicago – should have a 2-0 series lead if not for some terrible bounces
    5) Anaheim – just cruising along, but Dallas has no business winning this year
    6) Boston – playing well and improved on first game
    7) Detroit – have a real chance at knocking off the Bruins.
    8) St Louis – injury to Backes knocks this team down a few notches. Lucky to be leading.
    9) Philly – better than the Rangers but cursed against them, not a good combo
    10) NYR – solid game 1, game 2 seemed to tail off toward the end, long series ahead
    11) Los Angeles – dropping fast but have a great opportunity to get his back on track at home
    12) Colorado – young kids looking good, although the team they’re playing is moving out of the way for the Avs
    13) Montreal – handed the game at home, thanks Zebra’s, oh well pretty normal for a game in habsland
    14) Tampa Bay – tough break with the calls last game, should have had a lead instead Montreal was gifted one, hockey gods take notice
    15) Dallas – nice to get into the playoffs,
    But c’mon, looking bad against an Anaheim team that moved cap space and then missed out on Vanek. Anaheim playing a man short. Dallas should be more competitive.
    16) Minnesota – had to check three times to make sure they actually played, sheesh, just pathetic hockey from the Wild. I mean Colorado isn’t that good, but Minny makes them look like world beaters.

    ** Going to be funny watching Anaheim, Montreal, and Colorado get bounced I. A hurry in Rd 2. When they actually have to play against stiff competition

  18. pl4tinum514 - Apr 21, 2014 at 12:48 PM

    1. Carey Price took a very big risk flopping around pretending to trip on Killorn, and he is extremely lucky it paid off. He put himself out of position to stop the shot that went in, and even redirected it into his own net. If he had just stayed away from Killorn and let him get out of the net, he probably would have saved the goal and avoided all this crap. But Carey is a risk taker and will do anything to win. If the refs had called it the other way, he would have looked like an idiot.

    2. Killorn crashed the net pretty hard, shove or no shove.

    3. Montreal was raping tampa the whole game anyway. The whole series, in fact. Tampa has had about 5-10 minutes total of inspired hockey compared to Montreal’s 100+.

  19. cutelittleguy02 - Apr 21, 2014 at 2:07 PM

    Bad luck for Tampa. But we enjoy the game. And let’s play again. This is playoffs. Dramas and victories. Got them all.

  20. cutelittleguy02 - Apr 21, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    After this game, I think that the Habs can compete with any Team in playoffs now. It s so great. Also, Carey Price plays like Tim Thomas in 2011, the year he won Stanley Cup for Boston. Exciting!

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