FINAL
CAR
4
NJD
2
FINAL SO
NYR
4
BOS
3
FINAL
BUF
0
OTT
2
FINAL SO
MTL
4
TBL
3
FINAL OT
WSH
6
FLA
5
FINAL
PHI
3
WPG
2
FINAL OT
SJS
0
NSH
1
FINAL SO
ANA
3
CHI
2
FINAL
DAL
4
EDM
1
FINAL
MIN
1
VAN
2
MTL
29-14-5
TBL
18-26-4
SO
34 SOG
24 SOG

Habs survive Lightning rally for 4-3 shootout win

Lonnie Herman  - NHL.com Correspondent | Tuesday, 02.12.2013 / 11:02 PM

TAMPA -- The Montreal Canadiens snapped their three-game winless streak -- but they had to withstand Tampa Bay's third-period comeback and survive a shootout to do it.

David Desharnais scored the only goal in the shootout to give the Canadiens a 4-3 win Tuesday night at the Tampa Bay Times Forum -- but not until after the Lightning overcame a three-goal deficit in the final six minutes of regulation.

Montreal appeared to be cruising to victory with a 3-0 until Victor Hedman scored with 5:56 remaining to ruin Carey Price's bid for his first shutout since Feb. 11, 2012. Hedman then charged the net to bat a cross-ice pass from Teddy Purcell out of the air and behind Price to cut the Montreal lead to one goal with 1:43 remaining. The two goals matched Hedman's total coming into the game.

Sami Salo sent the game into overtime with just 44 seconds left to play when his power-play slap shot from the blue line deflected off a skate in front and went past Price with Tampa Bay goaltender Anders Lindback off the ice for an extra skater and Montreal's Tomas Plekanec in the penalty box for tripping.

The goal was the first of the season for Salo and his first as a member of the Lightning. Salo also got an assist on Hedman's second goal for his 45th career multi-point game.

But Desharnais scored in the second round of the shootout, and Price stopped Steven Stamkos for the win.

"Obviously our second period wasn't good enough, trailing 3-0," Hedman said. "We told ourselves to go out there and leave it out there and I think we did. We battled hard, came back and got a point."

Although his team blew a three-goal lead late in the game, Montreal coach Michel Therrien was content to accent the positives.

"We came to win this hockey game, and that is what we did," Therrien said. "We were almost perfect for 54 minutes and we opened the door for them. I thought we had bad execution on the first goal. The second one was fluky and there was nothing Carey could do about it."

Montreal (7-4-1) dominated the second period and scored twice to put the Lightning in a three-goal hole after 40 minutes. At 8:21 P.K. Subban collected his second point of the game when he sent the puck through traffic and into the net for his second goal of the season.

Lars Eller, who assisted on Subban's goal, also helped set up Travis Moen's first of the season with 66 seconds left in the period. Moen, who beat Lindback from the low slot, scored his first goal in 21 games, dating to Dec. 31, 2011.

Brian Gionta opened the scoring with his third goal of the season at 19:17 of the first period when he converted a pass from Subban during a 5-on-3 advantage.

Alexander Killorn was sent off for tripping at 18:03 and Hedman was called for roughing 45 seconds later. Gionta then tipped Plekanec's pass into the net to give Montreal a 1-0 lead.

The roughing call on Hedman did not sit well with Lightning coach Guy Boucher.

"You look at it on the video," he said. "Our guy didn't have the puck and someone took a 15-foot run at him."

After a 6-1-0 start, Tampa Bay has gone 0-4-1 -- and Boucher didn't try to hide his frustration after the latest loss.

"When you gather all the small negative stuff that has been happening and put it all together, it's difficult to deal with," he said. "Consciously and unconsciously it wears on you and it's heavy."

Montreal held Tampa Bay's potent power play in check, allowing just one goal on five chances and limiting the Lightning to three shots with the extra man.

It all came down to the shootout and Desharnais, the second Montreal shooter, who fired a low wrister into the net.

"When you have a big goalie like that," Desharnais said of the 6-foot-6 Lindback, "he's tough to beat upstairs so you've got to go low,"

Price stopped 21 shots to earn his seventh win of the season. Like his coach, Price preferred to look at the bright side.

"We won the game," he said, "and that's all that matters."

1st2nd3rdOTsoT
MTL ()
TBL ()
Scoring Summary
1st Period
19:17MTL PPG - Brian Gionta (3) Tip-in - ASST: Tomas Plekanec (5), P.K. Subban (3) 1 - 0 MTL
2nd Period
08:21MTL P.K. Subban (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Lars Eller (3) 2 - 0 MTL
18:54MTL Travis Moen (1) Backhand shot - ASST: Lars Eller (4), Colby Armstrong (1) 3 - 0 MTL
3rd Period
14:04TBL Victor Hedman (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Tom Pyatt (4), Benoit Pouliot (4) 3 - 1 MTL
18:17TBL Victor Hedman (4) Tip-in - ASST: Teddy Purcell (9), Sami Salo (6) 3 - 2 MTL
19:16TBL PPG - Sami Salo (1) Tip-in - ASST: Vincent Lecavalier (8), Martin St. Louis (14) 3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
1TBLVictor Hedman - Save
2MTLAlex Galchenyuk - Missed
3TBLMartin St. Louis - Save
4MTLDavid Desharnais - Goal
5TBLSteven Stamkos - Save
Shootout Summary
RNDTampa Bay LightningMontréal Canadiens
1Victor Hedman
Alex Galchenyuk
2Martin St. Louis
David Desharnais
3Steven Stamkos
Three Stars of the Game
Victor Hedman
1st
G: 2Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 3
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 26:23
Anders Lindback
2nd
SA: 34TOI: 64:40
GA: 3EV: 21-23
PIM: 0PP: 9-10
SV%: .912SH: 1-1
P.K. Subban
3rd
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 2
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 18:25
Penalty Summary
1st Period
03:37MTL Alexei Emelin  Interference against  Cory Conacher
04:20TBL Sami Salo  Delaying Game-Smothering puck
08:30TBL Cory Conacher  Interference on goalkeeper against  Carey Price
13:29TBL Brian Lee  Interference against  Erik Cole
18:03TBL Alex Killorn  Hooking against  David Desharnais
18:48TBL Victor Hedman  Roughing against  Erik Cole
2nd Period
01:05MTL Erik Cole  Hi-sticking against  Matthew Carle
03:16MTL Max Pacioretty  Holding against  Tom Pyatt
11:01MTL Travis Moen  Fighting (maj) against  B.J. Crombeen
11:01TBL B.J. Crombeen  Fighting (maj) against  Travis Moen
14:06MTL Brandon Prust  Roughing against  Cory Conacher
3rd Period
11:54TBL Benoit Pouliot  Too many men/ice - bench
16:17TBL Brian Lee  Interference on goalkeeper against  Carey Price
16:17MTL Francis Bouillon  Roughing against  Brian Lee
18:56MTL Tomas Plekanec  Tripping against  Vincent Lecavalier
OT Period
02:26TBL Eric Brewer  Tripping against  Rene Bourque
shots by period
PeriodMTLTBL
1st89
2nd97
3rd117
OT61
Total3424
Team Stats
CategoryMTLTBL
Power Plays1/71/5
Hits2527
Faceoff Wins3339
Giveaways412
Takeaways54
Blocked Shots1511
Penalty Minutes1721
  • MONTREAL
  • TAMPA BAY
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
8B. PrustL00-11215:38
14T. PlekanecC0104221:30
17R. BourqueR0002017:33
20C. ArmstrongR0112010:06
21B. GiontaR1002020:47
26J. GorgesD0002022:09
27A. GalchenyukC0000011:30
32T. MoenL1021510:59
51D. DesharnaisC00-11017:59
55F. BouillonD00-10217:13
61R. DiazD0001024:07
67M. PaciorettyL0004213:20
72E. ColeL00-13218:26
73B. GallagherR0001010:41
74A. EmelinD0002219:42
76P. SubbanD1102018:25
79A. MarkovD0003026:38
81L. EllerC0213013:02
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
31C. Price2124.87564:55
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
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3K. AulieD0002012:48
4V. LecavalierC0103017:44
6S. SaloD1113225:55
11T. PyattC0111017:59
15B. LeeD0020413:55
16T. PurcellR0110015:59
17A. KillornC0011210:53
18A. HallR0000010:37
19B. CrombeenR000359:18
25M. CarleD00-10025:04
26M. St. LouisR01-10023:05
44N. ThompsonC00-11014:47
67B. PouliotL0111010:41
71R. PanikR00-1009:58
77V. HedmanD2013226:23
89C. ConacherC00-10214:15
91S. StamkosC0006023:18
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
39A. Lindback3134.91264:40