The Tampa Bay Lightning had their chances tonight, but fall to the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 in overtime inside the Bell Centre. We’ll have a Game 5 in Tampa on Wednesday, just what mayor Jane Castor wanted.
The Bolts had a 4-minute power play that went through the final minute of regulation and the first three minutes of overtime. You almost felt like if the Bolts didn’t score on it, Montreal was going to pull this game out.
Saw the same thing earlier these playoffs in Game 3 against Florida.
Tampa Bay entered 2021 with the best playoff overtime win percentage in the NHL, but after tonight they’re now 0-4 this postseason in OT.
Barclay Goodrow postgame said: “It was a pretty even game tonight. Could have gone either way. They ended up getting the goal.”
“In the past, we’ve done a good job of leaving the previous game in the past if we’re coming off a loss,” Goodrow said. “We have a great leadership group that gets our minds in the right spot. This game’s over and done with and we’ll move on to Game 5.”
Victor Hedman talked about Bolts going 0-for-5 on Power Play: “We’ve got to score goals, that’s the bottom line. We put pressure on ourselves to produce. It doesn’t happen. We’re disappointed in that.”
Head Coach Jon Cooper said he doesn’t react much on the bench but had a jump in his step on Nikita Kucherov’s back-post shot late in regulation. Said that the Bolts had chances, they just didn’t go in. “You can’t pick your adversity, you hit a little bit of it and you have to fight your way through it.”
“I don’t look at it at ‘oh well we didn’t win the game in overtime,’ you know, how did we get to overtime?” Cooper said. “We had ample chances to put this one away and we didn’t and, you know, eventually if you let a team hang around long enough they may get you and tonight they did.”
The Tampa Bay Lightning still have a 3-1 series lead. Game 5 from Amalie Arena will be on Wednesday, July 7. Game time is scheduled for 7:00 PM and will be nationally televised on NBC.