Unlucky Canadiens just can’t take a break in 5-4 OT loss to Lightning

Former Canadian Corey Perry tied the game with 20 seconds remaining in regulation, before Ondrej Palat beat it for Tampa in extra frame.

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The Canadiens received some offensive production from unexpected sources when they faced two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning to a standstill Tuesday night before Ondrej Palat scored 36 seconds in overtime to give the Lightning a victory. 5-4 at Amalie Arena.

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A pair of guys who were on opposite sides in the Cup final earlier this year provided the drama in the third period.

Corey Perry, who was with the Canadiens, tied the game with 20 seconds left in regulation. David Savard, who was part of the winning Tampa Bay team, scored his first goal as a Canadian at 13:09 in the third period to give Montreal a 4-3 lead.

With nine Canadiens out of the game due to the NHL’s COVID protocol, there are opportunities for some younger players to step up.

Recent call-ups Lukas Vejdemo and Rafael Harvey-Pinard scored the first two goals for the Canadiens, while defender Kale Clague scored his first NHL score in the third period to tie the game 3-3.

Vejdemo opened the scoring and it was seventh-round pick Michael Pezzetta who started the play. He took the album to the net and challenged Maxime Lagace. Goalkeeper Lightning made the save, but Pezzetta chased the rebound behind the net and put Vejdemo in front.

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Another seventh-round pick, Harvey-Pinard, made a memorable NHL debut when he scored Montreal’s second goal. One of the assists went to undrafted defender Corey Schueneman, who was also playing his first NHL game.

Tampa Bay took advantage of the challenge of a failed coach to break a 2-2 tie.

The Canadiens thought they had taken the lead when Lagace stopped Brendan Gallagher, but the rebound entered Gallagher’s legs. Referee Dan O’Rourke rejected the goal, but Dominique Ducharme challenged the decision.

While the replay showed Gallagher being pushed into the box by Tampa’s Boris Katchouk, the decision on ice stood and the Canadiens received a two-minute penalty. The Canadiens managed to kill the penalty, but two seconds after Gallagher fell back on the ice, Ross Colton scored to put the Lightning ahead.

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While both teams are dealing with COVID absences, the Lightning welcomed Brayden Point after he missed 14 games with an upper body injury and led Tampa Bay’s offense with a pair of goals. .

Point took advantage of a pair of mistakes by veteran defender Brett Kulak to give the Lightning a 2-1 lead in the first period.

On Point’s first goal, Kulak pinched and couldn’t recover when the puck flipped and the Lightning had a strange run. Point drove the puck into the zone and showed great patience as he waited for defender Clague to pass him before taking a shot at Samuel Montembeault.

The lead goal came after Kulak couldn’t clear the puck on the side boards and Alex Killorn put Point up front.

The Canadiens are missing nine players who are on the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol list: goalie Jake Allen, defenders Ben Chiarot, Jeff Petry, Joel Edmundson and Chris Wideman, along with forwards Laurent Dauphin, Mike Hoffman, Artturi Lehkonen and Tyler Toffoli. Goalkeeping coach Eric Raymond is also on the list.

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