The Canadian was defeated 3-1 by the Lightning

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Between the two goals of Stamkos, Brayden Point scored his 15th of the season, after only 30 seconds elapsed in the third period.

Tampa Bay — It is possible to overcome the six disadvantages of digital against certain formations of the national hockey League, but the face of the Tampa Bay Lightning, it can become costly. And this is what happened to the Montreal canadiens.

Steven Stamkos set the tone with a surge of three goals in less than five minutes between the end of the second period and the beginning of the third twenty, and the Lightning came at the end of the Canadian by a score of 3-1 on Thursday night.

The prolific scorer for the Lightning was the great artisan of this explosion as sudden as it is unexpected, beating Carey Price on two occasions through dramatic shots of the cuffs.

The first of these goals, his 14th of the season, came when he was only 11.8 seconds to the clock in the second period, at a time when the men of Claude Julien led 1-0.

Stamkos completed his brace 4 minutes 45 seconds of the third period, when the Lightning took advantage of a numerical superiority of two men, with Nicolas Deslauriers and Max Pacioretty in the dungeon.

Between the two goals of Stamkos, Brayden Point scored his 15th of the season, after only 30 seconds elapsed in the third period.

“There is one thing I do know : you can’t give six advantages of digital to a team like Tampa Bay, the best in the league with the benefit of a man, and expect to win a match in these circumstances,” lamented Claude Julien.

“Five-on-five, we held our end and we were competitive. I think the Lightning has had three numerical advantage in the second period, and it gave them a momentum. It is important to be disciplined and remain outside of the penalty box against a team like Tampa Bay,” repeated the head coach of the Habs.

The punishment to Pacioretty has been particularly bad, especially that it was taken by default by putting up a rival to the blue line for the Habs instead of making one or two a stride additional.

“There is no doubt that it was a punishment well-deserved,” said Julien about the penalty to Pacioretty. The first [Deslauriers], I’m not as convinced. It is easy to blame the captain for this punishment. There has been other things during the match that it would have been better to manage. There were six punishments during the meeting. These are things that we should avoid, and it has not done as a team, ” decided Julian.

Brendan Gallagher, at a numerical advantage early in the second period, managed the only goal of the Canadian at the expense of Andrei Vasilevskiy, who made 31 stops.

The defeat has relegated to the background in another strong performance from goalie Carey Price, a second in as many nights.

As was the case Wednesday night, montreal has known a slow start, to the point where the Lightning dominated 11-1 in shots on goal after only seven minutes of play. Price, who has blocked 31 washers, has been flawless, particularly in a digital advantage of the Lightning, during which the men of Jon Cooper have got four shots.

“Our keeper was extraordinary tonight,” noted Julien. If it continues to rely on a keeper who makes decisions such as this evening, you are always going to give themselves a chance to win. It is up to us, from the defense up to the attackers, to raise our game and find the way to score goals, and finish when we had opportunities to score. “

On his return to the Amalie Arena, Jonathan Drouin has been rather discreet. In addition to having been kept at bay, Drouin got only three shots in a little less than seventeen minutes and ended the game with a ratio of defensive to least-1.

Following this another defeat, a third in a row, the Canadian (16-18-4) has slipped to the 13th largest of the eastern conference, one point behind the Florida Panthers, who defeated the Philadelphia Flyers.

The Canadian and Panthers will battle on Saturday night at Sunrise, in what will be the last game in montreal in 2017.

This duel will also end a sequence of seven away games for the Habs, which began during a match in the open air on 16 December in Ottawa. Up to now, the men of Claude Julien have a record of 2-4.

The Canadian will be back at the Bell Centre on January 2, to host the San Jose Sharks.