The Montreal Canadiens suffered their first loss of the season Monday night with a 7-1 reverse against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Lightning Captain Steven Stamkos proved to be too much for the Canadiens to handle, tallying three goals on 12 shots. Nothing seemed to go right for the Canadiens in this gameand head coach Michel Therrien will have his work cut out for him as he tries to regroup ahead of his team’s first home game.
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There were several mistakes and factors that contributed to Montreal’s embarrassing 7-1 defeat. One of the major factors would be fatigue. The Canadiens have been on the road to start the season and all that traveling is very taxing on the players.
Most of the mistakes were due to a lack of concentration and trying to do too much. A good example of this would be the performance of Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban. Subban did a wonderful job protecting and carrying the puck. However, at times he stayed out too long and as a result the Canadiens would get scored on.
Montreal’s inability to score on the powerplay also really hurt them in this game. But the team’s biggest mistake was not shooting the puck. The Canadiens were outshot 13-1 in the third period alone and 41-17 in the game. No team can expect to win a road game when facing that many shots.
At the very least, this loss will give new assistant captains Max Pacioretty and P.K. Subban an opportunity to step up and take responsibility for some of the loss.
It will give them the chance to provide a confidence boost for their teammates and prove what kind of leaders they are when things go wrong. The bottom line is the Montreal Canadiens couldn’t match the aggressive forechecking style of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
I’m confident that the Montreal Canadiens will be able to bounce back from this humiliating defeat. They’re headed home and it’s very rare that goalie Carey Price has a string of bad games. Guys like Subban, Pacioretty and Galchenyuk just need to keep things simple, shoot the puck more and feed off the energy of the home crowd. The Boston Bruins will be tough to beat, but the players will be motivated even more to bounce back and beat their rivals.
Scoring the first goal will be critical to the Montreal Canadiens success against the Bruins on Thursday. Special teams will likely be practiced the most ahead of the game. I can’t wait to see which one of the Canadiens leaders will score first in their next game.