All kinds of controversy surrounded Montreal’s 3-2 victory over Tampa Bay Sunday night.
A disallowed goal is what stopped the Lightning from taking the lead and changing the outcome of the game.
The incident occurred when rookie Alex Killorn nudged Canadiens goaltender Carey Price in his attempt to clear the crease. That little nudge was ruled to be goaltender interference by the referees so the goal was disallowed.
The Lightning team’s point of you on the play was that Montreal defencemen PK Subban deliberately blocked Kilkorn’s clearance of the crease. Nevertheless goaltender Carey Price got the benefit of the doubt and the goal was disallowed.
I believe the right call was made in this situation. In fact, I believe the play should have been blown dead when Killorn flew into the net. Thankfully, I’m not an NHL referee, and did not have to make such a tough decision.
The fans at the Bell Center certainly applauded the decision. They had quite a few things to applaud and be happy about at the games exciting conclusion. Rene Bourque scored again just 11 seconds into the game.
Brendan Gallagher also scored, and Thomas Plekanec scored the game winner in the third period. PK Subban played a vital part as well, as he was clearly involved in the disallowed goal.
He got two assists on the night, and threw some pretty impressive hits throughout the game as well. Ondrej Palat and Matthew Carle both scored to keep the game close. But unfortunately, the disallowed goal, key saves from Carey Price and the energy from the home crowd was enough to get Montreal the win. This victory gives the Montreal Canadiens a massive 3-0 lead in the series.
Anders Lindback didn’t play a bad game by any means. He made 28 saves on the night. Yes, he conceded early, but he made some exceptional saves throughout the rest of the game to keep his team in it.
However, the disappointment of a disallowed goal proved to be too much for the Lightning to come back from. Worse still, Captain Steven Stamkos was slow to get up after a collision.
I believe it is lights out for the Lightning. They may win one game, but I don’t think they have enough depth to erase Montreal’s 3-0 series lead. If they still had Martin St. Louis maybe they could launch a comeback.
But they don’t so I believe it’s over. One thing is certain, the Tampa Bay Lightning will be extremely angry at how things have gone so far. Perhaps that energy and anger will keep them alive a little longer.
Game four is set for Tuesday, and I can’t wait to see if the Canadians can sweep this series at home. All they need is another stellar performance from Carey Price and the sweep will be complete.
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