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Lightning Comeback Nabs Point

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 1:54 AM

Lonnie Herman - TBL.com correspondent

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Lightning Comeback Nabs Point
Tampa Bay Lightning 2, Montréal Canadiens 3
Two Late Goals Force Overtime


The Tampa Bay Lightning opened their season back in October with four of their first six games going to overtime, and they seem intent on ending the season with the same surplus of overtime games. Tonight’s contest was the fifth of the last six to progress to the extra stanza, with Tampa Bay finally dropping the decision to the Montreal Canadiens, 3-2.

This time, there was only 1:45 remaining in the overtime before Canadien forward Saku Koivu scored off a wild goal-mouth scramble. The eventual winning shot was the fourth in the sequence for Montreal, and came with Tampa Bay goaltender Karri Ramo sprawled in the crease after stopping the first three.

Ramo might have a difficult time getting back into Canada, after he robbed the Canadiens time and time again tonight, stopping 33 shots while another 34 shots were blocked before they reached him and another 20 missed his net. After the effort he provided, Ramo deserved a better fate.

And for a while, late in period three, it appeared as if he would get it.

Tampa Bay entered the third period trailing 1-0, as a result of a first period power play goal by Montreal forward Alex Kovalev, one of eight extra man advantages which Montreal was rewarded to only one for Tampa Bay in the game.

After two periods, the Lightning had generated only eight shots on Carey Price, the Montreal netminder. But for Price and the Canadiens, what appeared to be an easy night suddenly turned more difficult as Tampa By came alive in the second half of the final period.

After falling behind by two goals, the second score a wraparound effort by Guillaume Latendresse at 5: 48 of the third, the Lightning finally began to give Ramo the effort he deserved.

Tampa Bay forward David Koci earned the first NHL goal of his career when he pushed the puck into the Montreal net after a scramble in front of the crease. The goal, assisted by Adam Hall and Ryan Craig, came just after the halfway mark of the period, at 10:26.

Defenseman Lukas Krajicek completed the comeback for the Bolts at 14:43 when his shot from the blue line weaved through traffic in front of the Montreal net and found the twine.  Krajicek’s unassisted goal was his second of the season.
       
The sudden comeback appeared to stun the Canadiens and they backed off the offense for the first time since the puck dropped to begin the game. The Lightning completed the period outshooting Montreal by a margin of 11-9.

But Montreal re-grouped heading into overtime and dominated the abbreviated period, holding the Lightning without a shot on net.
                              
Koivu’s game winner allowed the Canadiens to grab two much-needed points as they continue to battle to the wire for a post-season spot.

For Tampa Bay, any victory was purely symbolic. Ramo turned in one of his best performances of the season, making sharp save after save while the team did mount a strong comeback to force the overtime. The point earned allowed Tampa Bay to grab at least one point in all four meetings with the Canadiens this season..

From here, the Lightning travel on to Washington to face the Capitals before returning to the St. Pete Times Forum on Sunday to host the Ottawa Senators.



scoring summary
1st Period
11:09
MTL
PPG - Alex Kovalev (20) Wrist shot - ASST: Alex Tanguay (23), Mathieu Schneider (20)
1 - 0 MTL
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
05:48
MTL
Guillaume Latendresse (12) Wrap-around - ASST: Tom Kostopoulos (14), Andrei Markov (49)
2 - 0 MTL
10:26
TBL
David Koci (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Adam Hall (5), Ryan Craig (4)
2 - 1 MTL
14:43
TBL
Lukas Krajicek (2) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE
2 - 2 Tie
OT Period
01:45
MTL
Saku Koivu (15) Backhand shot - ASST: Andrei Markov (50), Tomas Plekanec (19)
3 - 2 MTL
penalty summary
1st Period
07:36
TBL
Richard Petiot  Hooking against  Glen Metropolit
10:25
TBL
Ryan Malone  Holding against  Glen Metropolit
18:30
TBL
Noah Welch  Hi-sticking against  Chris Higgins
2nd Period
00:45
MTL
Tom Kostopoulos  Tripping against  Matt Smaby
03:01
TBL
Richard Petiot  Slashing against  Matt D'Agostini
09:38
TBL
Matt Lashoff  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Maxim Lapierre
09:38
MTL
Maxim Lapierre  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Matt Lashoff
09:38
TBL
Adam Hall  Hi-sticking against  Tom Kostopoulos
17:51
TBL
Ryan Malone  Hooking against  Tom Kostopoulos
3rd Period
02:05
TBL
Karri Ramo  Roughing against  Matt D'Agostini
10:57
TBL
Vinny Prospal  Elbowing against  Mike Komisarek
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Karri Ramo
SA: 36TOI: 61:45
Saves: 33EV: 21 - 23
PIM: 2PP: 12 - 13
SV%: .917SH: 0 - 0
Carey Price
Carey Price
22-14-8
SA: 19TOI: 61:15
Saves: 17EV: 16 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .895SH: 0 - 0