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Habs down 1-0

Well, you never like to lose a game in double overtime - but this is especially true when the goal is scored on an offside. That's what the Canadiens were faced with Friday night, as Tampa Bay scored despite being 2-3 feet offside when entering the zone. I've never been a huge fan of a coach's challenge, but this sort of play sums up the argument perfectly. As Michel Therrien put it, this is a black and white issue. A penalty is subjective, an offside is not. No doubt it hurts to lose in such a situation.

All that said, the Canadiens played the Lightning hard, outshooting, outhitting and outskating them. Carey Price was stellar. Ben Bishop was too, but he was shakier as the game went on. The Canadiens PP also had signs of life, though no goals. If they can sort that out, they'll be fine. I sitll think the Habs take this series.

Tomorrow's game is a 6:00 start, so make sure you don't miss the first half. Should be a good one. Do the Habs make changes after a game one loss? I've got my opinion: slot Sergei Gonchar in to assist the PP, and go with seven defencemen. Double shift Pacioretty and Gallagher. That would be my move. We'll see what Therrien does.

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More like two or three inches offside. Habs had the puck on the boards and couldn’t clear it. Tampa outworked them and scored so Habs lost because of bad defense and not two inches on an offside 12 seconds earlier.

Posted by Alton on 05/02/15 at 09:43 PM ET

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