You know that feeling when you experience something like you've already experienced?
What's that called? Deja-vu?
Uh-huh, that's what it's called.
Though tonight's performance by the Canadiens against the Tampa Bay Lightning could be defined by some as a nightmare.
I happen to be one of those people.
Game well in hand, up 3-0 in the third period, less than six minutes left in the game -- you win!!
The Canadiens almost found a way to lose. Two points yes! A win, yes! But it doesn't feel good.
It feels downright dirty!!
Hard to blame Price on any of the goals though. I know I know, I always take Pricey's side; I'm a goalie.
But the first Tampa goal that got this whole mess started was a defensive breakdown resulting in a two-on-one down low and Price had no chance. The second was a borderline gloved-in goal by Victor Hedman, off of a deflection. And the third with just over a minute left? A Tampa power play goal, after Tomas Plekanec took a tripping penalty in the defensive zone.
Thankfully, the fourth line of Eller-Armstrong-Moen got the message and helped this team over the hump on this night.
Carey Price forces Steven Stamkos into the first move and makes game-winning save in the Habs' 4-3 shootout win against the Tampa Bay Lightning. AP
And Carey Price stopped all three shooters in the shootout, including a nice one to seal the deal against sniper Steven Stamkos; while David Desharnais scored the lone goal giving the Habs the win. Tampa Bay goalie Anders Lindback stood on his head all evening, yet still took the loss. But he gave his team a chance to win, which is all any goalie can do.
A win is a win. So why do I feel so very dirty. Very, very dirty -- on a night that for all intent and purpose should have been a good, clean win!
Habs face off against Alex Kovalev and the Florida Panthers Thursday night.
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