The Hockey Gods are smiling upon him tonight, at least.
Alex Galchenyuk gave the Habs the lead at 4:04 of the 2nd after Tampa's Ben Bishop tapped the puck ping pong style right into his own crease with his paddle rather than trying to cover up with his trapper. Nike Air Force Ultra Flyknit
He was rewarded for it 2nd period when Max Pacioretty set up Brian Gionta by getting the puck to Tomas Plekanec 11:01 after Brendan Gallagher fed to Galchenyuk for a goal and a 2 0 Canadiens lead.
David Desharnais and Max Pacioretty are finally breaking up. How soon to be reunited? Only their linemates know for sure.
Tampa broke Price's shutout bid with a power play goal from Richard Panik late in the 2nd. There was nothing Price could do about it 2 Lightning players left alone in front while Davis Drewiske scrambled back into the play and Francis Bouillon had been drawn up higher in the slot.
Last minute heroics from Gionta
could not be faulted on either goal.
went to Desharnais with Michael Ryder returned to the lineup and Rene Bourque on the other wing. Pacioretty hit the ice with Plekanec and Gionta, while "The 2 Gallys" were united Galchenyuk and Gallagher with Lars Eller.
It took until the 2nd period when the fans at the Bell Centre were chanting his name again to confirm Carey Price has his mojo back.
Lecavalier had Price beaten on a rising shot from close in only to hit the crossbar. The Lightning had already struck nothing but red metal on an early scoring chance to Price's left. Teddy Purcell hit the post on a wide open side to keep the score 0 0 in the 1st period.
The Canadiens cured much of what's ailing them, but still seem to be forgetting 37 minutes does not a hockey game make.
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The Lightning hit their "Panik Button" getting a PP goal from Richard Panik late in the 2nd, and Vinnie Lecavalier took advantage of lax Canadiens defense to score the gametying goal early in the 3rd to even things at 2 2.
Louis, thrusting his leg up awkwardly after sprawling and seemingly being down and out.
Only Gumby and the Incredibles have flexibility like that.
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Brendan Gallagher, reunited with "the other Gally" drew the assist.
If necessity is the Mother of Invention then Coach Therrien made this the Mother of all line juggles.
"Carey! Carey!" they screamed with delight and some relief as Price made an extraordinary right leg save when he seemed to be down and out in a full splits butterfly. Somehow he got a leg up on Marty St. Louis early in the 2nd period.
Tampa was outshooting the Canadiens 8 2 in the early minutes of the 3rd and Carey Price Nike Air Force 180 - Mens
The Habs will get Friday off as a reward for their slump buster and be rested to face the Capitals Saturday in the last home game of regular season.
Coach Therrien hit the blender and shook up his lines to face the Lightning after giving his Habs the morning off (though Rafa Diaz and Colby Armstrong were more than happy to continue their re hab skating at Brossard).
Vinnie Lecavalier 1st period was left looking to the sky in frustration. Carey Price may have let the corners of his mouth curl in a thankful smile.
Rookie Gabriel Dumont earned another start a day after scoring his first NHL goal. He lined up with Halpern and Moen who is under fire to be more physical and involved.
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