Obviously, the biggest storyline from this game was the injury to Tyler Johnson, who was pushed into the end boards by Montreal defenseman Greg Pateryn following a whistle. Hopefully, the injury isn’t serious and Johnson will be able to play next week when the Lightning’s playoff series against Detroit gets underway.
In his postgame comments, Jon Cooper conceded that Lightning’s play in this game might have been affected by the injury to Johnson, which occurred in the first period. After enduring a couple of breakdowns in the first that led to two Montreal goals, he Bolts had a flat second period. They yielded two more goals in the opening four minutes of the middle stanza and trailed, 4-0.
The Lightning made a strong push in the third, scoring two goals and having a third goal disallowed following a Montreal coach’s challenge. They displayed their usual resiliency in their comeback effort, fighting hard despite staring at a four-goal deficit in the final period of the regular season. In a game that no bearing on their playoff positioning.
On Sunday, we’ll learn the dates and times of the Lightning’s first round series. We may have to wait until closer to Game One to find out the status of some of the Lightning’s recently-injured players.
Lightning Radio Big Moment of the Game:
Max Pacioretty’s second period goal, which extended Montreal’s lead to 3-0.
Lightning Radio Three Stars of the Game:
1.Alex Galchenyuk – Canadiens. Two goals and assist.
2.Max Pacioretty – Canadiens. Two goals and assist.
3.Ondrej Palat – Lightning. Goal and assist.