Tampa Bay Lightning-Montreal Canadiens: Habs Strangled by Bolts

November 7th, 2009 by Rocket All Habs Leave a reply »
Montreal 1 Tampa Bay 3 (Bell Centre)

Uninspired. That's the single word that comes to mind to summarize the Canadiens' effort in tonight's game.

How could that be? The Habs were coming off a big win over Boston on Thursday night. It was a game that they probably didn't deserve to win but for the brilliant play of Carey Price. Tonight the team had a chance to repay the favor.

They did not.

The game summary will show that the Canadiens outshot the Lightning 37-to-21, including 15-to-4 in the third period. I suppose that's why I slotted Bolts goaltender Antero Niittymaki in the third star slot. But as I write, I wonder if he needed to be there at all. Because what the game summary won't tell you is that very few of the Canadiens' 37 shots were good scoring chances.

Tonight's game summary also shows the Habs with a respectable 17 hits versus the Lightning's 23. But the Canadiens were getting knocked off the puck in all zones.

Given the way his team was playing, Price needed to be spectacular to have a chance to win. But tonight,he couldn't make up for the miscues of his teammates.

Shots after the first peri ...

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