|MTL||1||2||0||(0 - 0)||3|
|TBL||1||1||2||(0 - 0)||4|
With four regulars out of the lineup due to injury, including two forwards, the Tampa Bay Lightning were going to require a strong performance from recent call-up JT Wyman to fill the void.
That’s just what they got.
“He does exactly what we ask him to do,” Boucher said of Wyman. “His work ethic is good and he’s a big guy. I would honestly say that I think that was the best game by a call-up in a year and half.”
Wyman, recalled from Norfolk of the American Hockey League last week, beat Carey Price at 17:38 of the second period with his first career NHL goal that brought the Lightning to within one and also swung the momentum in their favor going into the final 20 minutes.
He then set up Vincent Lecavalier’s game-winner in the third, which broke a 3-3 tie with approximately 11 minutes to go in regulation to give Tampa Bay its fourth victory in its past six games.
“It seems like we’re finding ways to win games now,” center Steven Stamkos said. “We did a lot of positives, and again out first period was a little sloppy, but it was a big win for us and hopefully we can keep this streak going.”
Stamkos scored for the second straight game and Marc-Andre Bergeron also had a goal for Tampa Bay, which fought back from a two-goal deficit late in the second period.
The Lightning now have five wins this season when trailing at the start of the third.
“We didn’t panic,” Stamkos added. “We did what we do best. We came back.”
Michael Cammalleri, David Desharnais and Erik Cole had goals for the Canadiens, which have lost six of seven. Raphael Diaz had two assists for Montreal, giving him five in the past two games, and Price added 18 saves on 22 shots.
“It’s disappointing with the lead we had,” Montreal interim head coach Randy Cunneyworth said. “To relinquish that in the manner we did kind of hurts. We did a lot of good things out there to get the lead in the first place, but then we got away from it a little bit and that’s what happens.”
Stamkos and Cammalleri exchanged goals to send a 1-1 tie into the first intermission before Desharnais gave Montreal its first lead of the game at 5:01 of the second. He wristed one from the top of the right circle that deflected off a body in front and snuck past Garon for a 2-1 advantage.
The Canadiens’ third goal came with seven minutes left in the period when Cole took a cross-ice pass from Max Pacioretty and tapped one home inside the near post to put the Habs up 3-1.
“It was another game that has been a broken record this year,” Cole said. “We have a 3-1 lead and end up losing the hockey game. It continues to be a problem and we need to sort it out.”
Wyman reduced the deficit to one late in the middle frame before controversy ensued. It was uncertain whether or not the whistle blew before the puck crossed the line after trickling through Price’s pads. Nevertheless, the call stood to make it 3-2 and give the Lightning momentum heading into the final period.
“I knew it was in as soon as I got down to the goal line and I saw it trickle across,” Wyman said. “I’m still waiting for it to hit the back of the net,” he joked.
Bergeron’s fourth of the year drew Tampa Bay even at three early in the third when his shot from the blue line eluded Price. The defenseman's first goal in 21 games was upheld after a video review was inconclusive in determining if the shot was deflected into the net by a high stick.
Martin St. Louis chipped in an assist in the contest, giving him points in four straight since returning from injury on Dec. 21.
“It’s a good thing,” Boucher said of the come-from-behind win. “But at the same time, we’re number one in the league for comebacks, which is a testament to the players’ character. But you’d like to be in a position to be in the lead once and a while before the third period. But hey, it’s extremely positive and we got nine points out of the last 12 points possible in the last six games. We’ve stepped it up and that’s also been done without some key guys.”
|Steven Stamkos (23) ASST: Pavel Kubina (6), Steve Downie (7)|
1 - 0 TBL
|PPG - Michael Cammalleri (8) ASST: David Desharnais (17), Raphael Diaz (10)|
1 - 1 Tie
|David Desharnais (6) ASST: Andrei Kostitsyn (6), Raphael Diaz (11)|
2 - 1 MTL
|Erik Cole (15) ASST: Max Pacioretty (15), Tomas Kaberle (15)|
3 - 1 MTL
|JT Wyman (1) ASST: Teddy Purcell (14), Matt Gilroy (9)|
3 - 2 MTL
|Marc-Andre Bergeron (4) ASST: Steve Downie (8), Martin St. Louis (17)|
3 - 3 Tie
|Vincent Lecavalier (13) ASST: JT Wyman (1), Dominic Moore (9)|
4 - 3 TBL
|Lars Eller Hi-sticking against Vincent Lecavalier|
|Brett Clark Tripping against Louis Leblanc|
|P.K. Subban Slashing against Ryan Malone|
|Travis Moen Roughing against Steve Downie|
|Steve Downie Slashing against Erik Cole|
|Bruno Gervais Delaying Game-Puck over glass|
|SA: 22||TOI: 58:56|
|Saves: 18||EV: 14 - 18|
|PIM: 0||PP: 4 - 4|
|SV%: .818||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 34||TOI: 60:00|
|Saves: 31||EV: 24 - 26|
|PIM: 0||PP: 7 - 8|
|SV%: .912||SH: 0 - 0|
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