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Canadiens vs Lightning Top Six Minutes: Close, but no cigar

The Canadiens put together a valiant effort, but couldn’t find a second goal.

Tampa Bay Lightning v Montreal Canadiens Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images

Alright I don’t think I’ll make a trade before this game ends, but no promises.

First period

  • Oh that was a good start. So glad I didn’t tune in 42 seconds late.
  • In all seriousness, when you can’t tell which of two opposition sticks tipped the puck there’s not much you can expect the goaltender to do.
  • Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Ryan Poehling combine and then Cale Fleury with chances and then Lukas Vejdemo comes really close to his first NHL goal. I’ll take it.
  • Have to be happy with Montreal’s response after the Lightning goal.
  • Jeff Petry calls the Lightning seeing-eye shot with one of his own. 1-1 game.
  • Phillip Danault and Tomas Tatar don’t need Brendan Gallagher for that scoring chance.
  • Good players make you pay for mistakes. 2-1 Tampa.
  • Vejdemo looks very comfortable in his second NHL game.
  • Artturi Lehkonen’s luck transfers to passes he makes too, it appears. Although that was a really nice save on Max Domi.
  • Dale Weise fights Pat Maroon. Weise Lightning, Go Weise Lightning.

Second period

  • Nick Suzuki is so much fun to watch with the puck. Perfect combination of skill and smart.
  • Jesperi Kotkaniemi looks like a different player since coming back from his injury. Nice smart play to get the puck to Jordan Weal.
  • Lukas Vejdemo continues to look really good. Much more comfortable and Claude Julien will start to trust him more.
  • Another great shift for the Kotkaniemi line. Not sure Poehling will leave his left wing anytime soon.
  • Montreal is playing a great second period. It would be nice to get something to show for it.
  • Bad news: Nothing to show for that period. Good news: No goals allowed that period.

3rd period

  • A quick start to the period. Two first shifts with a chance.
  • Andrei Vasilevskiy and Victor Hedman are OK.
  • A third shift with a chance.
  • A post for the Lightning. That was close.
  • Not sure what the Canadiens could be doing better except... you know... scoring.
  • Ben Chiarot and Victor Hedman head to the box? I’ll take that trade.
  • Shea Weber showing some wheels...
  • I really wanted a Weber penalty shot.
  • That power play was... not effective.
  • Some fun zone time with the goaltender pulled but they couldn’t find a second goal. Hard to win games when you only score once.

EOTP 3 Stars

3) A quality play-by-play duo

2) Lots of good performances from the young guys, so that’s good

1) Goals are so overrated