MONTREAL – Here’s what the Lightning had to say after limping out of the Bell Centre with a 3-2 overtime loss on Thursday night.
Lecavalier drinks the Habs Kool-Aid
“We didn’t get too many opportunities to score. We played in our own zone for the first two periods got just eight shots on net and maybe a couple of chances, but the good news was that we were only down 1-0 going into the third. The Canadiens outplayed us in the first two periods for sure, but we battled back. It would have been nice to get a win, but we didn’t.”St. Louis: Go Habs Go
While dropping an OT decision can be heartbreaking, Lightning star Martin St. Louis couldn’t help but be impressed with the Canadiens’ play on Thursday night. It turns out, the Laval native is still a Habs fan at heart.
“They’re fighting for their lives and trying to get in. You can tell that their intensity and mindset is a playoff one right now. It was a total domination by them. We chased the puck all night, but at least we were able to salvage a couple of third period goals and get the point by using simple plays.”
Beating yourself doesn’t get you two points
Nestled into second-last place in the conference, it’s understandable for people to start wondering whether or not Tampa Bay is actually capable of beating anyone. After seeing his team get outshot 24-8 through 40 minutes, netminder Karri Ramo discovered the one team they could
beat: Tampa Bay.
“You don’t want to spend 90% of the game in your own zone. We’re playing great in third periods lately, but why we can’t do that in the first two periods, I don’t know. Are the other teams that much better than us? I think that we’re beating ourselves. We’re going out there not to play hockey and win games, but just to survive out there.” Shauna Denis is a writer for canadiens.com
The Numbers Game: March 26, 2009