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Lightning lose to Canadiens after controversial goaltender interference call (Video)

The Tampa Bay Lightning desperately needed a win against the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday to avoid falling behind 0-3 in their opening round playoff series, but they were unable to get. Thanks in part to a controversial goaltender interference call, Tampa Bay is now one game away from elimination.

It looked like the Lightning had taken a 2-1 lead in the second period when forward Ryan Callahan scored after a series of shots that sent Canadiens goaltender Carey Price scrambling all over the ice. However, an official ruled that a Lightning player had interfered with Price and waved off the goal.

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Lightning center Alex Killorn inadvertently ended up in the net after losing his balance. When he went to make his way back into the play, he barely grazed Price. Apparently the official felt that he made enough contact with Price to affect his ability to make a save. Here is the official rule on goaltender interference, courtesy of Puck Daddy:

69.3 Contact Inside the Goal Crease – If an attacking player initiates contact with a goalkeeper, incidental or otherwise, while the goalkeeper is in his goal crease, and a goal is scored, the goal will be disallowed.

The fact that it happened in the crease probably made the call easier. Still, there was no way Price was going to get back into position in time to make that save. Shortly after the call, Steven Stamkos took a knee to the back of the head and had to leave the game. Montreal went on to win 3-2 and may have put an unofficial end to the Lightning’s season.

Bruins Fan Starts Fight with Lightning Mascot After Silly String Incident (Video)

All Boston bias aside, I can see both sides of the argument here. Yes, the fan overreacted. I have no idea what type of smack talk was going on between this Bruins fan and the Lightning’s mascot, Thunderbug, before the exchange. That being said, trash talk is part of the experience of being at a game. Getting silly string sprayed in your face is not.

Can you really throw someone out of the game for this? What do you say to that person? “Hey man, listen — I know you weren’t expecting it and mascots don’t usually spray silly string in fans’ faces, but that’s just the way it goes around here. You were supposed to just sit there and take it and do nothing, but now that you decided to tackle Thunderbug we have to throw you out. Sorry.” When mascots get run over by a player or take a foul ball to the neck, it’s usually undeserving and they don’t see it coming. Thunderbug’s biggest mistake was turning his back after he assaulted the guy.

H/T to Puck Daddy for the video

Tampa Bay Lightning Players Take Batting Practice with Rays (Video)

The Tampa Bay Rays and extremely friendly to fellow members of the sports community. During spring training, manager Joe Maddon let Buccaneers football coach Raheem Morris manage a game. On Thursday, he let some Tampa Bay Lightning players take batting practice with the team. While nobody embarrassed themselves like Larry Fitzgerald, they also didn’t exactly show the power of Tim Tebow.

Check out this video of Teddy Purcell, Steven Stamkos, and goalie Mike Smith taking BP at the Trop:

Stamkos’ swing wasn’t that bad, so it’s no surprise to learn he played ball growing up. The video didn’t show it, but Smith bombed one out on his last shot and took a jog around the bases. The shock is that Smith hit a home run despite never playing baseball (he had only played softball).

Video courtesy of The St. Petersburg Times