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.
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.