The Montreal Canadiens have been struggling with the man advantage for a while now and early in Game 2 of their series against the Tampa Bay Lightning, it didn’t look that slump was on the verge of ending.
Lightning captain Steven Stamkos was charged with a double-minor for high sticking, but Montreal couldn’t get anything going and squandered half of their power-play time by having too many men on the ice.
That extended their power-play drought to 27 failed attempts, dating back to their last goal with the man advantage on March 25, per the Canadian Press’ Stephen Whyno.
Montreal got another chance early in the second period though and this time P.K. Subban and David Desharnais were able to take advantage of it:
Montreal has a 2-0 lead in the second period as they look to sweep the first two games in Tampa Bay.
Tim Gleason has likely played his last NHL game. The 32-year-old defenseman has informed the Carolina Hurricanes that he no longer wishes to continue his professional tryout.
“Tim informed us today he wasn’t going to continue to pursue his tryout,” said GM Ron Francis, per the club’s website. “He looked and felt good physically, but didn’t feel up to the grind of the NHL mentally.”
“We got outcompeted in the second period, badly,” Mark Letestu told the team’s website. “Whether it was little puck battles or even just executing on systems. It played right into their game. When you get behind a team like this that’s so dominant in the circle it’s tough to generate chances to come back. We didn’t deserve to win this one at all.”
As if things weren’t bad enough, the Oilers also lost Nail Yakupovto injury after a linesman (yes, a linesman) fell on top of him.
After the game, head coach Todd McLellan didn’t hold back:
"That's a really disappointing effort from our hockey club… We weren't a very determined team." McLellan on the #Oilers defeat