If the Minnesota Wild can come back to take Game 1 against the Chicago Blackhawks, people will almost certainly look back to a key save from Devan Dubnyk on Patrick Sharp in the second period.
With the Blackhawks up 3-1, having scored three times in the opening period, Dubnyk got across with the right pad to stop Sharp on a one-timer, preventing Chicago from going up by a trio of goals. A few minutes later, Zach Parise and then Mikael Granlund scored for Minnesota to make it a 3-3 game.
(Teuvo Teravainen gave the lead back to Chicago, scoring with under a minute remaining in the middle period.)
Nikita Kucherov appeared to have the winner in the first overtime. No dice, the goal waved off when the referee determined goalie Carey Price had his right pad pushed into the net.
The disappointment of that moment was wiped away shortly after, as Kucherov ripped a wrist shot from the slot and by the left pad of Price to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 2-1 double-overtime victory and a 1-0 series lead over the Montreal Canadiens on Friday.
This, too, was a controversial moment. About 12 seconds before Kucherov scored, the Lightning appeared to be offside as they entered the zone.
And so continues Tampa Bay’s winning ways over the Habs this season.
As one might expect with Ben Bishop and Price, Game 1 turned into a goalie duel, with both making terrific saves, including a Bishop glove stop with the pads stacked on Tomas Plekanec on a short-handed two-on-one rush that kept it a scoreless game in the second period.
Tyler Johnson gave Tampa Bay the lead early in the third period on a deflection for his seventh goal of the post-season, which leads all NHL players so far.
He was shaken up a few minutes later, after taking a cross check from Brendan Gallagher, but he did return.
Max Pacioretty sent the game to overtime. As good as Bishop was, making 43 saves for the eventual win, he whiffed on Pacioretty’s wrist shot late in the third period. It could’ve been a costly blunder.
However, Bishop made up for his one mistake, making 13 saves in overtime.
The Tampa Bay Lightning thought they had the winning goal in overtime against the Montreal Canadiens on Friday. In the first OT period, Nikita Kucherov was denied by Carey Price on a breakaway chance, however as Price’s right pad is forced back into the net, the puck followed.
At 2:56 of overtime in the Tampa Bay Lightning/Montreal Canadiens game, the referee informed the Situation Room that Tampa Bay’s Nikita Kucherov pushed goaltender Carey Price’s pad so he was unable to play his position properly. According to Rule 78.5 (ix) “Apparent goals shall be disallowed by the Referee when a goaltender has been pushed into the net together with the puck after making a save.” This is not a reviewable play therefore the referee’s call on the ice stands – no penalty and no goal Tampa Bay.