The Montreal Canadiens seek to avoid being swept by the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight in game four of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. The Habs have fallen in to a three-game hole and have been completely unable to replicate the offensive production they had in the first round against the Ottawa Senators. Montreal has scored just four goals in three games, and has been outscored 10-4.
The tides appeared to be turning last night as the Canadiens generally outplayed Tampa throughout most of the game, but as fans known, the Hockey Gods can be cruel. With just over a second remaining in the game (but with the clock showing nothing), the Lightning’s Tyler Johnson broke the 1-1 tie to seal the win for Tampa Bay.
Playoff Hockey. Goal with 1 second left gives the Lightning a 3-0 lead ⚡️ https://t.co/4MHGQPUt9J
— Hockey Vines (@TheHockeyVines) May 7, 2015
According to Trendsmap Montreal, a French Canadian curse word immediately began trending on Twitter in Montreal following Johnson’s goal.
— Trendsmap Montreal (@TrendsMontreal) May 7, 2015
This, obviously, is not ideal for Montreal. Their power play has been utterly atrocious throughout the series, and the team has simply been unable to score goals. While games one and three of the series were relatively close (with game one being decided in two overtimes), game two was a blowout with Montreal losing with a score of 6-2.
If Montreal wants their season to continue, they had better step things up—and pronto.