Montreal Canadiens vs. Tampa Bay Lightning: Bad Penalties Trip Up Habs in Tampa

December 31st, 2010 by Kamal Panesar Leave a reply »
Last night's match between the Montreal Canadiens and the Tampa Bay Lightning got started on an interesting note with former Habs property and Hamilton Bulldogs goaltender, Cederick Desjardins, being announced as the surprise starter for the Lightning.

This was to be his first NHL game and it was against his former organization.

The Habs started things off with a bang, clearly intent on reversing their recent fortunes, when Max Pacioretty drove to the net and fired the puck from the right side. The puck went in off of Brett Clark, only 58 seconds into the game, who was trying to cover Brian Gionta.

After the goal, the teams traded power plays and the Habs' new addition, James Wizniewski, showed fans why he is so good from the point, ringing a bullet off of the post.

Tampa's Desjardins looked shaky between the pipes but settled down over the latter half of the first period.

With the Canadiens holding a 1-0 lead and doing a good job of stifling Tampa, the team proceeded to take two "too many men on the ice" penalties, only 45 seconds apart, handing the Bolts a 5-on-3 advantage.

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