Josh Anderson – Nick Suzuki – Cole Caufield
Tyler Toffoli – Phillip Danault – Brendan Gallagher
Paul Byron – Jake Evans – Artturi Lehkonen
Joel Armia – Eric Staal – Corey Perry
Ben Chiarot – Shea Weber
Joel Edmundson – Jeff Petry
Alexander Romanov – Brett Kulak
Carey Value – Jake Allen
Tomas Tatar, Michael Frolik, Charlie Lindgren, Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Erik Gustafsson, Jon Merrill
Alex Belzile, Laurent Dauphin, Lukas Vejdemo, Jesse Ylonen, Cale Fleury, Otto Leskinen, Xavier Ouellet, Cayden Primeau, Michael McNiven
Jonathan Drouin (undisclosed)
With their season on the road, in crucial recreation of the yr, the Canadiens got here out flat. It was a harmful begin for Montreal who had been a step behind Tampa Bay from the drop of the puck. The Habs had been on their heels exhibiting no indicators of urgency because it took greater than eight minutes to register their first shot on objective after eight unanswered pictures by Tampa.
It was Carey Price who was excellent within the first interval keeping off the Lightning on his personal till his workforce discovered their footing. Photographs had been 11-1 for Tampa earlier than Josh Anderson opened the scoring off an amazing move by Nick Suzuki. It was the primary time the Canadiens have had a lead within the Ultimate sequence.
Taking a 1-0 result in the primary intermission performed proper into the Canadiens recreation plan. After their present begin, Montreal grew to become extra snug as the sport went alongside. Shea Weber and Ben Chiarot led the workforce in punishing the Lightning at each alternative.
It was a tough outing for Joel Edmundson and Jeff Petry. Edmundson took a foul penalty, had a workforce worst CF% REL of -32.14 taking part in greater than 28 minutes whereas the opposite three Clydesdales discovered themselves in penalty hassle. Petry had a number of giveaways and was victimized on Tampa’s tying objective within the second interval.
Adjustments on D
The large pre-game information was the brand new third-pairing on defence. Fan favourite Alexander Romanov didn’t present sick results from having solely performed two earlier video games within the playoffs. Romanov was bodily, made crisp passes and scored the Canadiens go forward objective (facilitated by a well timed Artturi Lehkonen display screen) within the third interval, his first of the playoffs.
Brett Kulak performed a quiet, principally regular recreation in a sheltered position even main the break on the primary objective. However with Ben Chiarot and Jeff Petry trapped within the penalty field for greater than six minutes ready for a stoppage, Kulak was paired with Romanov. Kulak was overly aggressive inserting himself out of place and bought knocked down by Pat Maroon. Kulak ought to have been in a position to monitor down the slower Maroon or maybe dive to forestall the tying objective.
The Canadiens penalty-kill was severely examined however held quick because the Lightning had 5 power-play alternatives. Montreal’s penalty-killers have to do extra to disrupt Tampa’s zone entries as as soon as they get arrange, they are often deadly. Carey Value was by far Montreal’s greatest penalty-killer.
Led by Value and Anderson
Value’s magic was leaned on when Shea Weber was assessed a double minor with one minute left within the third interval. Even with a full three minutes on a clear sheet as additional time started, Value couldn’t be overwhelmed. General, excessive hazard scoring probabilities had been 14-4, closely lopsided in favor of the Lightning.
Anderson confirmed extra life on this recreation on a line with Nick Suzuki and Cole Caufield. After his opening objective, Anderson used his pace and bodily play successfully. With Value and the penalty-killers firmly snatching the momentum in additional time, Anderson went to work to notch his second objective of the sport and ship the sequence to Sport 5.
It was one more playoff recreation stolen by Carey Value. The Habs are 4-0 in elimination video games within the playoffs. The sequence continues on Wednesday evening in Tampa with Sport 5 on the Amalie Area.
▲ Carey Value, Artturi Lehkonen, Shea Weber, Ben Chiarot, Eric Staal, Joel Armia, Corey Perry, Josh Anderson, Paul Byron, Jake Evans
▼ Jeff Petry, Tyler Toffoli, Joel Edmundson, Phillip Danault, Brendan Gallagher
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