NHL Game Night: 2-12-13 Canadiens at Lightning

It's a loss, but it feels like a win.

MTL-4
TB-3 (SO)

Anders Lindback allowed 3 goals on 34 shots before allowing 1 of 2 shooters to convert in the penalty shot session for the shootout loss. He was magnificent in overtime, helping the team kill off a 4-on-3 PP. Absolutely magnificent. Here's the upshot with Anders: he still doesn't graduate from prospect status on this site until his next NHL decision. Tonight was just the second shootout in his NHL career. He's got a lot of time to gain experience and get better.

First Period
19:17 MTL Gionta (3), (Plekanec, Subban)(PP)

Second Period
8:21 MTL Subban (3), (Eller)
18:54 MTL Moen (1), (Eller, Armstrong)

Third Period
14:04 TB Hedman (3), (Pyatt, Pouliot)
18:17 TB Hedman (4), (Purcell, Salo)
19:16 TB Salo (1), (Lecavalier, St. Louis)(PP)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
MTL- Desharnais
TB- NONE

Victor Hedman and Anders Lindback were the game's first and second stars.

As any reader of this blog should know by now, being down by 3 goals in the third period is supposed to be a death sentence in professional hockey. Unofficially, I'll bet 98% of the time you don't come back from it. That's why cutting leads to 2 goals to give yourself a chance heading into the third period is so important. So, when a team beats the long odds to overcome a 3 goal deficit to steal a point like the Lightning did tonight, it's a big deal for that team's confidence and swagger. And the way the Lightning got the game tied tonight is they made their own luck and got a couple of bounces on their last 2 goals. I expect the team to really break out of their slump in the next game feeding off their performance in the third period tonight. This was a shootout loss that feels like a win, for sure.

Alex Killorn was +1 with 2 penalty minutes and 1 shot on goal in 10:53.

Richard Panik was -1 with 1 hit and 1 blocked shot in 9:58 in his NHL debut. As with Killorn's debut in the last game, we're proud papas on the site to see Panik make it to the show.

Cory Conacher was -1 with 2 hits in 14:15.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.