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.
Some anxious moments for the Tampa Bay Lightning and that team’s fans during Game 1 on Friday.
Tyler Johnson, who took sole possession of the NHL lead in post-season goals with his seventh to give the Lightning the lead in the third period, briefly left Friday’s game after appearing to be hurt on a Brendan Gallagher cross check as the two went to the boards for the puck.
Johnson was called for holding on the play. It occurred a few minutes after Johnson scored the game’s first goal. He did return a few minutes later.
It appears goals will be hard to come by in this series between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Montreal Canadiens. You know, if the first two periods of Game 1 are any indication.
Not much of a surprise, really, that this has turned into a goalie duel. Ben Bishop and Carey Price have both come up with big saves, resulting in the two teams going into the second intermission in a scoreless tie. Both goalies had each gone five consecutive periods without allowing a goal.
Here’s an example of Bishop’s work this evening, as he stacks the pads and denies Tomas Plekanec with the glove on a short-handed two-on-one rush in the second period, keeping it 0-0.
Canadiens defenseman Jeff Petry could barely make it to the Montreal bench after blocking a Jason Garrison slap shot off the inside part of his left leg in the first period.
Good news though for the Habs: Petry returned for the second period, though it will be interesting to see what impact that shot block has on the 27-year-old blue liner, who couldn’t put weight on his left leg as he slowly made his way to the bench.
Meanwhile, something else to keep an eye on: Steven Stamkos was seen favoring his left wrist after slightly bumping into Carey Price while on the forecheck. Like Petry, Stamkos stayed in the game and even had a scoring opportunity, which he was unable to capitalize on.
Now trailing the Anaheim Ducks 1-0 in the second round of the playoffs after a 6-1 thumping in Game 1 on Thursday, the Calgary Flames are facing potential injury situations, with the second game of this series scheduled for Sunday.
Both Michael Ferland and Jiri Hudler left Game 1 and did not return with unspecified injuries.
According to Heath Brown of CTV Calgary, both players are now listed as day-to-day.
However, based on the comments of head coach Bob Hartley following an optional skate on Friday, the 23-year-old Ferland could be back in the lineup for Game 2.
Ferland was a physical menace against the Vancouver Canucks in an opening-round victory for the Flames. However, there was concern he may have suffered a potential head injury at some point early in Game 1 against the Ducks.
“I expect Micheal Ferland to play,” said Hartley, as per Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun.
In terms of an offensive threat, further concern would be for Hudler, who was tied with Sean Monahan for the team lead in goals with 31 during the regular season.
Perhaps this is an optimistic sign: