Canadiens take a stranglehold on their series with the Lightning, an interview with former Jets coach Claude Noel, an update on Canucks defenseman Andrew Alberts, and an examination of the Oilers power play this season.
MONTREAL GAZETTE/TAMPA TRIBUNE: A controversial goalie interference call and a spectacular play by P.K. Subban lifted the Montreal Canadiens to a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Lightning appeared to take a 2-1 lead in the second period but the goal was disallowed as the officials believed Lightning forward Alex Killorn interfered with Canadiens goalie Carey Price. Later in the period, Brendan Gallagher scored what proved the game winner following a great individual effort by Subban to set him up.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I don’t believe the Lightning goal should have been disallowed, as there was no contact between Killorn and Price either just before or at the moment when the goal was scored. Still, as Lightning coach Jon Cooper noted, the game was still tied after the goal was disallowed. The Lightning were outplaying the Habs in the second period up to the moment when Subban made that great effort to set up Gallagher’s goal. That, and the combination of losing Steven Stamkos for part of the second to a head injury (he returned for the third) seemed to take something out of the Lightning. They’re in a deep hole now, with history against them. Only three teams in NHL playoff history have overcome a 3-0 series deficit to win a best-of seven series.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Gary Lawless interviews former Jets coach Claude Noel, who said he believes he can still coach in the NHL. He also didn’t rule out returning to the AHL or the KHL. He also had kind words for the Jets and the city of Winnipeg.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Anyone hoping for Noel to dish some dirt on the Jets, especially his relationship with some of their key player, are going to be disappointed.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Canucks defenseman Andrew Alberts, who missed most of this season to concussion, is undergoing innovative treatment giving him hope of resuming his career.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: David Staple compares the Oilers power play under Dallas Eakins to what it was under his predecessor Ralph Krueger.