The Lightning did all the right things this game. Sure, they gave up a goal in their first eleven seconds of play but they battled back. They had an apparent lead that was taken away from them and that changed the outcome of the game and possibly any hope of gaining momentum in the series against the Montreal Canadiens.
In the second period, the Bolts had a goal disallowed due to NHL rule 69.3. According to Rule 69.3, even if the goalie initiates contact with an attacking player in crease, if the goalie is impeded, goal disallowed. However, the replay clearly showed that Carey Price was able to reestablish himself and get in position before the puck went in the net but the referees didn’t see it that way. The referee didn’t see that Alex Killorn was actually a few feet away when the puck went in the net.
“It’s tough,” Ryan Callahan said. “You obviously look at it and it goes in but at the end of the day that’s what he calls, whatever I say isn’t going to change the call.”
Not only did that take place, but Steven Stamkos was injured as well. However, he did return at the start of the third and finished the game along with tallying two assists on the Bolt’s two goals.
“I thought we did a good job of responding,” Stamkos said. “It was close tonight but it wasn’t good enough.”
Many fans want to put the blame on Anders Lindback, but if it weren’t for Lindback this team wouldn’t have had the chance to take the lead.
“Lindy made some big saves,” Stamkos said. “You have to be playing your best in order to win games like that and I thought we gave ourselves a chance.”
The Bolts still struggled with turnovers and staying out of the box but were able to take at least some advantage on the power play with Ondrej Palat scoring his first goal of the post season. It seemed like they were going to take their first lead since the start of game one but the goal was disallowed.
Coach Jon Cooper wasn’t happy with the goal being disallowed.
” I was pissed then and I am pissed now,” he said. “That’s just my opinion, I will let the court of public opinion take care of the rest.”
The Bolts deserved a better fate than what they got tonight but still fell a little short. Now they are in a hole and it’s going to be tough climbing out of it.
“ It’s a crazy game, we put ourselves in this situation,” Cooper said. “ I thought the boys made a hell of a game. I thought we entered the zone with possession and some zone time. It’s frustrating, I thought we deserved a little better fate but we put ourselves in this position. But I thought the boys played a hell of a game.”