Lightning loses lead in third, falls in shootout

by Gary Shelton on December 28, 2015 · 0 comments

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Ryan Callahan finally rediscovered the back of the net.

Ryan Callahan finally rediscovered the back of the net.

Monday, 11:43 p.m.

For 32 seconds, the Tampa Bay Lightning had things going their way.

They had just scored the tying goal, and only 21 seconds later, they scored the go-ahead goal against the Montreal Canadiens. Things were going according to plan.

Then, 32 seconds later, Montreal tied things up on a goal by Dale Weise, then went on and won 4-3 in a shootout. Of course they did. The Lightning isn't very good at shootouts (1-3 this year).

The Canadiens broke a six-game losing streak with the win behind

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Stamkos thinks the Bolts need to close out their games.

Stamkos thinks the Bolts need to close out their games.

backup goalie Mike Condon, who stopped 36 shots (and two in the shootout).

Max Pacioretty scored the winning goal in the shootout.

"That isn't good enough," said Callahan. "We've got a lead like that at home that late, we've got to hold on. You want those two points. It's a costly one to give away."

“Their goaltender made some big saves," Steven Stamkos said. "(Ben Bishop) made some big saves so we have to find a way. We found a way to get the lead in the third, and we have to close it out.”

For the Lightning, Nikita Kucherov scored in the first period, but the Canadiens took a 2-1 lead into the third. The Bolts scored two goals in 21 seconds after Jason Garrison and Ryan Callahan scored. It was Callahan's first goal in 22 games.

"It has been a long time," Callahan said. "Hopefully that gets some weight off my back a little bit and I can get going here.”

"That should have been the game-winner," Stamkos said.

Weise scored the tying goal in controversial fashion. A review showed his goal was over the line, but the Bolts challenged that he was guilty of goaltender interference.

“We had some pucks on our sticks that should have ended up in the net,” said coach Jon Cooper. “We had a lead and a chance to close it out.”

Tampa Bay's Bishop stopped 31 shots in the loss. Condon, who is 10-9 on the season, stopped 36.

"When you don't play a full 60-minute game, it's tough to win in this league," Bishop said. "We take the first period off and then come back and play well the second two periods. It's too little too late. We've got to play a full game. We can't kind of turn it on, turn it off, turn it on, turn it off whenever we feel like it. It puts us in a hole, and that's what happens."

The Lightning falls to 18-16-3 on the season. The Lightning plays the Rangers Wednesday night and the Wild on Saturday.

Ben Bishop stopped 31 shots for Lightning.

Ben Bishop stopped 31 shots for Lightning.

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