Jake Allen was sent off in the first period and the Montreal Canadiens couldn’t recover against the Tampa Bay Lightning, falling 5-3 at the Bell Center on Tuesday night.
Check out the highlights in the video above.
The problems continued and Martin St-Louis’ side found themselves on the losing side for the fourth consecutive season. Things especially went wrong in front of the net, as Allen’s night only lasted 13 minutes and 50 seconds.
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Nikita Kucherov opened the scoring after just 22 seconds when his wrist shot missed the New Brunswick goalie’s glove. Things went downhill from there, with the Lightning taking a 4-0 lead on just nine shots. It was the end of broadcasts for Allen, who gave way to Samuel Montembeault.
During the Bolts’ offensive push, Alex Barré-Boulet took the opportunity to hit the target in front of family and friends. The Quebec small forward directed a puck toward the front of the net that deflected off Mike Matheson’s skate and beat Allen.
It was thanks to Montembeault that the Canadian was able to make his opponents sweat at the end of the game. The Quebec goalkeeper played almost perfectly and conceded late to Nick Paul, who scored his second goal of the game. His 24 saves made the CH believe in it.
Nick Suzuki prevented Matt Tomkins from posting a shutout by waking his team from a stupor on the power play. Six power plays were necessary and this was where the Canadian had his best chances.
So close to his first win in the NHL, the visitors’ goalie was less stable in the final 20 minutes, but he held on. He couldn’t stop the puck after Jake Evans deflected it in front of his net, and Michael Pezzetta was able to score Montreal’s second goal on the return play.
Christian Dvorak also caused a stir for the first time this season.
The Bleu-Blanc-Rouge will visit the Detroit Red Wings tomorrow before returning to the Bell Center for four straight games.
8:00 p.m. – End of period.
19:41 – BUT MTL 5-3 Christian Dvorak made a great move and scored a great goal in the final minutes of the game. It’s his first this season. Jordan Harris and Justin Barron get assists.
Dvorak scores his first goal of the season –
17:37 – GOAL TB 5-2 Nicholas Paul scores his second goal of the game and delivers the final blow to the Canadiens.
Paul makes it 5-2 –
16:51- Jake Evans receives a penalty. The Lightning will develop a numerical advantage.
08:00- Arber Xhekaj is once again involved in an argument with Tanner Jeannot. The Lightning will benefit from a numerical advantage.
Jeannot and Xhekaj argue –
07:24 – BUT MTL 4-2 Michael Pezzetta celebrates his comeback and scores his first goal of the season. Kaiden Guhle and Jake Evans get assists. The deficit is now just two goals.
Pezzetta reduces the deficit to 4:2 –
06:50 – BUT MTL 4-1 Nick Suzuki puts the finishing touches on a great power play. With its fourth win of the season, Montreal was able to reduce the deficit. Sean Monahan and Cole Caufield are accomplices.
05:14- Brandon Hagel receives a penalty. The Canadians will play on the power play.
03:13- Luke Glendening receives a penalty. The Canadians will play on the power play.
01:02- Alex Newhook and Anthony Cirelli are eliminated.
00:00- Start of period.
8:00 p.m.- End of period.
13:22- Cole Caufield receives a penalty. The Lightning will develop a numerical advantage.
13:22- Arber Xhekaj throws down the gloves against Tanner Jeannot. The advantage goes to the Lightning player.
Arber Xhekaj fights against Tanner Jeannot –
08:45- Alex Barré-Boulet receives a penalty. The Canadians will play on the power play.
04:30- Mikhail Sergachev receives a penalty. The Canadians will play on the power play.
00:00- Start of period.
8:00 p.m.- End of period.
18:37- Kaiden Guhle receives a penalty. The Lightning will develop a numerical advantage.
16:27- Michael Eyssimont receives a penalty. The Canadians will play on the power play.
13:47 – GOAL TB 4-0 Michael Eyssimont’s shot deceives Jake Allen. It’s Tampa Bay’s fourth goal in less than 14 minutes. Samuel Montembeault replaces Jake Allen in front of the Montreal goal.
Eyssimont chases Allen out of the game in the 14th minute –
09:09 – GOAL TB 3-0 The Lightning take advantage of the power play. Alex Barré-Boulet’s shot is deflected by Mike Matheson and ends up in the net. It is the fourth goal of the season for the Quebecer.
Alex Barré-Boulet scores his first goal in Montreal! –
08:08- Juraj Slafkovsky receives a penalty. The Lightning will develop a numerical advantage.
07:15 – TOR TB 2:0 Nicholas Paul jumps on a return throw from Steven Stamkos and beats Jake Allen. His sixth goal of the season gives Tampa Bay a two-goal lead.
Paul quickly doubles the Lightning’s lead –
02:57- Luke Glendening receives a penalty. The Canadians will play on the power play.
00:22 – GOAL TB 1-0 Lightning strikes quickly. Nikita Kucherov hits the goal in the first moments of the game. His tenth goal of the season puts Tampa Bay in the lead.
Kucherov… from the 22nd second –
00:00 – Start of the game.
In front of the net
Matt Tomkins Record: 0-2-0 / Goals Allowed Average: 3.61 / Efficiency Rate: 89.1%
Jake Allen Record: 3-1-1 / Goals Allowed Average: 2.72 / Efficiency Rate: 92.7%
Training from trainer Martin St-Louis
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