This is not the start that the Tampa Bay Lightning envisioned, not one bit.
The Bolts fell to the Montreal Canadiens in a close game if you can call it that but really it was a game in which the Canadiens dominated much of the play. They had an answer for every Bolt check, shift and unfortunately for every goal as well.
Anders Lindback can only take a partial blame in tonight’s loss as he had to face 43 shots and gave up at least three goals due to a lack of defensive help by his team. Any night when a moderately unseasoned goalie has to stop 43 shots, actually, if one were to include the goals as well he faced 48 shots. To only give up five seems like a more of a damage control situation if anything.
“We kept shooting ourselves in the foot. We did it time and time again,” coach Jon Cooper said. “We have had issues this year with that.”
Cooper knows that Lindback was put in a tough position and felt that the team hung him out to dry.
“He made all the saves he had to make and we can’t keep leaving guys open like that,” he said.
It’s been something that has cropped up on a frequent occasion and at least on one or two occasions the team wasn’t in a good defensive position to prevent it from getting to Lindback.
Their offensive, although scoring four goals, didn’t hold up to the momentum. It seemed as if the Bolts were more reeling from each blow and only able to stand as the Habs kept control of the play.
“The bad news is we lost the game but the good news is a game doesn’t make a series,” Cooper preached.