Tampa Bay Lightning And Montreal Canadiens Scoreless At 1st Intermission

Tampa Bay Lightning Unable To Shake Off Rust Early On – Scoreless At First Intermission

Despite  not playing since Saturday night in Nashville it was the Montreal Canadiens who took to the ice with a more fluid attack and cohesive defense. The Lightning played Monday against the Panthers but have been unable to knock the rust off in the first period. If it wasn’t for goalie Ben Bishop the Lightning would find themselves playing from behind.

The Lightning penalty kill unit was tested twice in the opening period and killed both and their power play unit had one opportunity but were unable to register even a shot on goal with the extra skater.

The Lightning will have to be crisper and play with some more speed as soon as the puck drops to begin the second period.

Shots On Goal:

The Montreal Canadiens outshot the Lightning 7-3. The Lightning did not register their first shot on goal until the 11:03 mark.

Special Teams:

The Canadiens power play enters the game 7th on the power play at 21.4%  (28 goals in 131 attempts) and the Lightning penalty kill unit ranks 10th  at 83.5% (21 goals in 127 attempts).

The Lightning power play enters the game tied for 19th at 16.2% (21 goals for 130 attempts) and the Canadiens penalty kill unit is tied for 4th at 86.4% (17 goals in 125 attempts).

The Lightning were whistled for too many men on the ice at the 3:55 mark and Radko Gudas was sent off at the 13:44 mark for tripping but the Canadiens were unable to capitalize one either opportunity.

The Lightning power play had an opportunity at the 15:33 mark when Raphael Diaz was sent off for two minutes for checking but the Bolts power play was unable to manage even a shot on net during the extra man advantage.


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