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.
The Tampa Bay Lightning have a long way to go to force a Game 7, especially as they hand the Detroit Red Wings some early power-play opportunities.
Even so, the Bolts have generated the start their fledgling offense really needed. It’s no surprise that Tyler Johnson scored the 1-0 goal, either, really:
Steven Stamkos still hasn’t scored a goal, but he probably isn’t too flummoxed by at least getting a point, as he assisted on Jason Garrison’s 2-0 tally:
Again, the Red Wings could come back here, especially considering their star power and home-ice advantage. This could be a nice confidence-booster for the Lightning, however.
The Tampa Bay Lightning struggled mightily without Ben Bishop in the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs, so any time he gets bumped, there’s reason to worry.
He seems OK after Tomas Tatar fell on him in the first period of Game 5 between the Lightning and Detroit Red Wings:
It looks like Jason Garrison hit Tatar into Bishop. Either way, there was no penalty on the play, which didn’t exactly delight that Tampa Bay crowd.
Again, Bishop finished up the first period, so it looks like he’s OK … but players also are known to fight through pain in the postseason, so we’ll need to wait and see. Some will argue that Detroit’s crease-crashing really paid off late in the first period, as Justin Abdelkader screened Bishop on the 1-0 goal.