It took a mere 11 seconds for the Canadiens to strike, and it seemed that history had already been written.
Rene Bourque flashed through the neutral zone and found a floater that PK Subban launched from the half boards, and he never looked back. Sniping it past Lindback and lighting up not just the lamp, but the entire Bell Centre.
But it wouldn’t be an easy night, as the first 11 seconds seemed to prophesy. Although the Habs controlled most of the opening 20 minutes, the second frame proved much different. Tampa came out hungry and Montréal came out flat. Lindback gained confidence as the Habs power play sank back into listlessness, and the Bolts surged.
What seems to be the turning point would be the disallowed goal from Callahan, that would have propelled the Lightning ahead 2-1. Instead, the official ruled it a no goal with goaltender interference being the cause. It was a highly controversial and contested call. One I can’t say that I agreed with. But the call stood and it seemed to deflate the Lightning and shift momentum back to Montréal.
In the end, La Sainte Flanelle prevailed, slamming one more nail into the Tampa Bay coffin, as they now take a 3-0 series lead into Tuesday night.
Carey Price was stellar once again, ensuring that his team maintained a chance to be victorious, even when the Lightning surge seemed impossible to stop.
Les Glorieux looked much better in the face-off circle tonight but continues to struggle on the man advantage. Having said that, the Canadiens have seen goals from eight different players (out of 12 series goals) in the campaign, showing just how much depth this team has.
Both teams will reconvene on Tuesday night at the Bell Centre, where the Habs will have the opportunity to close out the series with a four game sweep.
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The match can also be seen on CBC, RDS, or heard on TSN690