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Ryan Callahan and Anton Stralman of the Tampa Bay Lightning celebrate after a goal in the first period against the Canadian.
The Canadian held out for a long time the Tampa Bay Lightning, Saturday, but the cream eventually rise to the surface and the best team in the circuit has finally triumphed by a score of 6-5.
Adam Erne scored two goals in the third period, the last with 62 seconds to do, in addition to raise the using and the Lightning has avoided conceding a first defeat in regulation time in December (12-0-1), erasing deficits of 2-0, 3-2 and 5-4.
“I think that during at least two periods and a half, we weathered it and closed the game,” said the head coach of the Canadian, Claude Julien. We have not given too much space even if it is a team which is very good to make games. I also found that we got a lot of chances to score, but we collapsed towards the end and it cost us the game. “
Anton Stralman, Yanni Gourde and Nikita Kucherov have amassed each a goal and an assist, while Tyler Johnson has also hit the target for the Lightning (30-7-2), which has not lost in the regular since 27 November (13-0-1). Victor Hedman has collected two helpers, inflating his total career to 301, and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 33 saves.
The Lightning has a record of 21-2-0 against the teams of the Association of the East this season.
Andrew Shaw has managed a double, Jordie Benn collected a goal and an assist, while Brett Kulak and Kenny Agostino have also moved the ropes to the Canadian (20-14-5), who has seen his series of victories to be dampened to three. Phillip Danault has accumulated three helpers and Tomas Tatar, both, while Antti Niemi has yielded six times against 32 shots.
“I think we would have been able to get out of here with at least a point, if not two, said Julien. It is unfortunate, but it is necessary to keep the head high and want to bounce back in next match. “
The Canadian will finish his trip in the Holiday season Monday by visiting the Stars in Dallas.
The Lightning has quickly launched the ball, while Niemi had to be alert as early as the 24th second of the game to stop a shot from Alex Killorn.
Vasilevskiy was then tested for the first time after a little more than two minutes of the game, while it has frustrated Jeff Petry in the wake of an attack four-three of the Habs.
During the first advantage of the meeting, Brendan Gallagher and Jesperi Kotkaniemi in turn knocked at the door, but Vasilevskiy has been up to.
Shaw has finally opened the scoring at 9:44, when the second digital advantage of Canadian. It has benefited from a return following a run of Tatar to register the fourth goal of the Canadian digital advantage in its last five meetings.
Agostino then doubled the lead in the Canadian 16 seconds later, taking advantage of a perfect go to Benn.
Vasilevskiy kept the Lightning in the shot a few moments later, frustrating to new Kotkaniemi.
The Lightning finally beat Niemi for the first time after 14:12 of the game, when Gourd was deflected a shot from the Erne.
The Canadian had an advantage to 17-6 in shots when the Lightning tied it on its seventh run of the game at 17:07 of the first twenty. Stralman has surprised Niemi a few moments after a change in Tatar.
Benn, however, has revived the Canadian before the end of the commitment, only 28 seconds after the goal from Stralman. Vasilevskiy has never seen a shot of the tip.
The two teams have not slowed down the pace in the second period. The Lightning took the lead for the first time thanks to two goals in a span of 38 seconds.
Kucherov was first created equal to 7:55 for that Petry was in the dungeon, and then Johnson has completed a beautiful exchange with Mikhail Sergachev.
The Canadian has not dropped the arm and took over the lead thanks to two goals in 52 seconds. Kulak was first recorded first goal with the Habs thanks to a shot from the point, and then Shaw scored his second goal of the game at 13:11 following a delivery of Artturi Lehkonen.
Niemi has allowed the Canadian to retreat to the locker room with the advance, stopping in quick shots, Hedman and Erne. He also played in luck when the attempt by Steven Stamkos hit the post.
Erne has brought everyone to the starting point at 9:36 of the third, after Niemi had granted it a return on a low shot from Stralman.
The Lightning continued to lay siege to the net to Niemi and Erne has finally played the hero with 1:02 to do it, by unchecking a perfect shot in the top of the net on the side of the mitten.