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Lightning aim to even series

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

Missy Zielinski - Lightning Beat Reporter

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Lightning aim to even series
Montréal Canadiens vs. Tampa Bay Lightning


GAME 2: 7 p.m. Friday at Tampa Bay Times Forum

(Montreal leads best-of-seven series 1-0)


BIG STORY: The Canadiens stole the Lightning’s home ice advantage by winning Game 1, 5-4, with 1:52 left in the first overtime period. The loss makes a win in Game 2 for Tampa Bay crucial, as it heads to Montreal to play at the Bell Centre for the next two games following Friday's tilt.


LIGHTNING –Bolts goaltender Anders Lindback came back down to reality Wednesday after posting dazzling numbers in his last three starts of the regular season. Despite allowing five goals on the evening, Lindback was under siege all night, facing 44 shots. The Lightning, on the other hand, registered just 25 shots with the most shots (nine) coming in overtime.

Questions still remained around goalie Ben Bishop, but head coach Jon Cooper said Thursday that Bishop wouldn't be ready to return anytime soon.

Tampa Bay practiced without forward Ondrej Palat on Thursday. He left Wednesday’s game and did not return after skating just one shift in the third period. Palat will be a game-time decision for Game 2.

CANADIENS – The Canadiens are now 0-for-26 on the man advantage over their past nine games after coming up short on three power plays Wednesday, That led Montreal head coach Michel Therrien to spend a majority of their short practice between games Thursday working on the power play.

Carey Price also looks to clean up his game after allowing four goals on 25 shots. The Gold Medal-winning netminder did shine in overtime, making nine saves.

WHO’S HOT: Bolts captain Steven Stamkos scored two goals for Tampa Bay in his first playoff game since 2011. It was his fourth multi-point game in postseason play. Alex Killorn also had one goal and one assist in his playoff debut…Montreal forwards Brian Gionta and Lars Eller both had a goal and an assist. Gionta’s tally came shorthanded.

INJURY REPORT: Lightning – G Ben Bishop (upper body, out), D Brian Lee (knee, out), F Ondrej Palat (upper body, day-to-day); CANADIENS – F Alex Galchenyuk (lower body, out), Travis Moen (concussion, day-to-day)

series schedule/results
DateScoreW. Goal
Apr 16 '14 MTL 5 at TBL 4 - OT D. Weise
Apr 18 '14 MTL 4 at TBL 1 R. Bourque
Apr 20 '14 TBL 2 at MTL 3 T. Plekanec
Apr 22 '14 TBL 3 at MTL 4 M. Pacioretty
L. Eller2123+2200
R. Bourque2202+2001
B. Gionta2112+2000
T. Vanek2112+2200
D. Desharnais2112+2210
B. Gallagher2112-1000
A. Emelin2022+1200
P. Subban2022+1200
D. Weise2101+1001
T. Plekanec2101-1000
M. Weaver2011+2000
J. Gorges2011+2000
D. Briere2011+1200
M. Pacioretty2011+1000
F. Bouillon2000+3000
B. Prust2000+0700
M. Bournival2000+0000
A. Markov2000-1000
C. Price22-05522.17.904
S. Stamkos2202+0400
A. Killorn2112-1400
N. Kucherov2101+0000
T. Purcell2101-2010
M. Kostka2011+0000
T. Johnson2011+0000
V. Hedman2011+0000
J. Brown2011-1000
C. Paquette2011-11400
V. Filppula2011-3000
N. Thompson2000+0000
E. Brewer2000-1000
R. Gudas2000-1700
S. Salo2000-2000
R. Panik2000-2400
M. Carle2000-3000
R. Callahan2000-3000
O. Palat1000+0000
A. Sustr1000+0000
A. Lindback20-28673.69.881
K. Gudlevskis10-01310.00.667