Habs' Win-Streak Ends at One
The Montreal Canadiens were unable to build on their performance against the Ottawa Senators earlier in the week, as they dropped tonight's matchup against the Tampa Bay Lightning by the score of 4-3 despite being up 3-1 past the halfway mark of the second period.
Vincent Lecavalier completed Tampa's rally at 8:37 of the 3rd and former Canadiens JT Wyman and Marc-Andre Bergeron scored for the Lightning. Steven Stamkos was the one who opened the scoring just under four minutes into the game, redirecting a Pavel Kubina shot for his third goal in two games.
Some time later, two uncommon things happened for the Habs at the same time. They got a goal on the man-advantage, and said goal happened to belong to Mike Cammalleri. The left-winger's eighth goal of the 2011-12 campaign tied the game at one, and it remained this way as the two teams headed into their respective dressing rooms.
The Canadiens got their first lead of the game as David Desharnais let a wrister go from the right circle for his sixth of the season. Erik Cole made it a two-goal lead by cashing in a Max Pacioretty pass that beat former Hab netminder Mathieu Garon.
Once a Habs' prospect and up until before Christmas, a member of the AHL's Norfolk Admirals, JT Wyman responded for the Lightning by firing what looked like a casual shot on net, but one that still managed to squeak out of Carey Price's pads and behind the goal line--just as the referee attempted to blow the whistle. The goal went to video review, but was eventually allowed and stood as Wyman's first NHL tally. (How about that?)
To add salt to the wound, Marc-Andre Bergeron set the two teams back at square one off another play that required further evaluation--this time due to a suspected high stick by Martin St-Louis. But the goal was awarded to Bergeron and play resumed, only to give way to the eventual game-winner by Lecavalier six minutes later.
There was a mad scramble at the end of the game that showed no favour to the Habs, who now must move on to the surprising Florida Panthers, a team that has posed many problems even when they weren't ten points ahead of the Canadiens in the standings.
The Lightning, who have had their share of struggles this season, have now won four of their last six games. Adversely, the Canadiens have now lost six of their last seven.
It won't be long before the Habs get a chance to redeem themselves against Guy Boucher's squad, as the two teams next face off in eight days.
★Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning (1G, 3 SOG, 23:29 TOI)
★★JT Wyman, Tampa Bay Lightning (1G, 1A, +2, 1 SOG, 7:01 TOI)
★★★David Desharnais, Montreal Canadiens (1G, 1A, +1, 2 SOG, 15:39 TOI)
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