NHL Game Night: 12-28-13 Canadiens at Lightning

Rusty Lightning salvage a point coming off the break.

MTL-2
TB-1

Ben Bishop allowed 1 goal on 21 shots before allowing 1 of 2 shooters to convert for the SO loss.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
5:15 MTL Plekanec (13), (Gionta, Moen)
11:43 TB St Louis (17), (Johnson, Palat)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
MTL- Eller
TB- NONE

Bishop and Ondrej Palat were the game's second and third stars.

It was a hangover from the holiday break, plain and simple. The team's legs were there but the timing/passing weren't. It was an awful showing for the first 30 minutes before the timing started coming back and they nearly stole 2 points with goaltending and some luck (posts). As it is, they stole an insurance point and move on to the Rangers tomorrow night.

Radko Gudas was +1 with 2 penalty minutes, 2 shots, 6 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 23:00. Gudas played huge minutes with both Salo and Brewer out. The D did hold Montreal to 21 shots although their chances were higher than that reflects.

Mark Barberio had 1 shot in 13:27. Dangerous in the O zone. Dangerous in the D zone.

Tyler Johnson had a helper and was +1 in 20:51. He was 53% on draws.

Alex Killorn was -1 with 2 shots and 1 hit in 16:01. His timing was clearly off early scuffing some good chances and he was on the wrong side of Plekanec driving the net on Montreal's goal.

Palat had a helper and was +1 with 3 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot. With all due respect to the SunSports crew that called Palat's star selection a surprise: you're blind. Palat was everywhere. 3 brilliant cross ice feeds for chances. Drawing 2 penalties. Sweeping a potential goal out of danger. Backchecking to defuse at least a couple other chances. Tonight the term "Ondrejpresent" was coined for good reason. He was a plus player for all 200 feet of the rink tonight.

J.P. Cote was -1 with 2 penalty minutes, 2 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 10:43. They clearly hid him against a superior skating Montreal team.

J.T. Brown had 2 shots and 1 hit in 16:17. He creates greasy goal opportunities. Reliably.

Dmitry Korobov had 3 hits in 8:08. His skating was exposed by Montreal creating a 2-on-1 and hemming the Lightning in a majority of the shifts Korobov was out.

Nikita Kucherov had 1 shot in 16:58. He had a partial breakaway where he drew a penalty that should've been a penalty shot and another breakaway where he lost control of the puck going in. If he converted half of the breakaway chances he's had he'd be sitting on 4-5 more goals.

Andrej Sustr had 1 shot, 2 hits, and 3 blocked shots in 18:05. I thought he played with a little more snarl as the game went on, realizing he can't keep up with Montreal's speed, so pin and seal with a little nasty.

Tonight was game 38, so we're fast approaching graduation from prospect status for several of these players. Not that I'm complaining, but there were 10 (10!) prospects in the lineup tonight. Amazing.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.