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Johnson sends Lightning past Canadiens

Sean Farrell  - NHL.com Correspondent | Wednesday, 03.11.2015 / 12:48 AM

MONTREAL -- Though Tampa Bay Lightning center Tyler Johnson's pass never got through to linemate Nikita Kucherov, the puck found its way into the net to give Tampa Bay a 1-0 overtime win against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre on Tuesday.

Johnson extended his point streak to seven games when his pass from the right side went into the net off Canadiens defensman Tom Gilbert's skate.

"[Kucherov] was battling with their guy, so I was just trying to get it somewhere in there where he could do something with it, but I think it ended up hitting off a [defenseman's] skate and kind of going in there," said Johnson, who has three goals and six assists during his streak, which matches his previous high. "A lucky goal, but we'll take it."

Ben Bishop made 19 saves in his third shutout for Tampa Bay (42-20-6), which won its fourth in a row. Bishop has 11 career shutouts.

Montreal goalie Carey Price made 35 saves. Price, who earned his seventh shutout Saturday in a 2-0 win at the Arizona Coyotes, leads the NHL with 37 wins, a 1.87 goals-against-average, and a .937 save percentage.

"Carey was phenomenal again tonight, and we ended up picking up one point," Montreal coach Michel Therrien said.

The Canadiens (42-18-7) moved atop the NHL standings with 91 points, one ahead of the Lightning, who are in second place in the Atlantic Division, and the New York Islanders, who lead the Metropolitan Division.

"Our group, they work extremely hard, and at the moment that we speak that group is in first place in the NHL, and who would have said that when we started the year?" Therrien said. "There's a lot of positives, so I've got a lot of respect for those guys."

The Canadiens have played one fewer game than the Nashville Predators and Anaheim Ducks, who each also have 91 points.

Tampa Bay went 0-for-4 with five shots on the power play. Montreal was 0-for-1 with one shot.

The Lightning are 3-0-0 against the Canadiens. Tampa Bay, which has two games left in March against Montreal, is the only team to defeat Price three times this season.

The Canadiens swept the Lightning in four straight games in their Eastern Conference First Round series in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"We've had some really good games in this building and we've had some frustration last spring," Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said. "But when you play a team in the playoffs, I think there's a little extra whatever it is, motivation or satisfaction or whatever it is when you play a team that knocked you out.

"I know these are regular-season games, but it's just a confidence-builder for our team knowing we can come into this building and win. It's a tough environment to play in. It's the Holy Grail of hockey. It's a lot of fun to play here, and it's really that much more fun when you win."

Bishop made a save at 17:44 of the second period on Jacob de la Rose's shot off a rebound of Max Pacioretty's shot on a 2-on-1.

Price made the save on Cedric Paquette's tipped shot on a pass by Vladislav Namestnikov with 17 seconds remaining in the second.

The capacity Bell Centre crowd began chanting "Carey! Carey! Carey!" after the Montreal goalie got his glove on a shot by Tampa Bay right wing Ryan Callahan at 10:27 of the third period, seconds after he had turned aside a backhand by Alex Killorn.

"I kicked a rebound right out to him, and just desperation," Price said. "I don't think he got all of it, and I just chicken-winged it."

Johnson had four of his six shots in the third period and overtime. Tampa Bay outshot Montreal 13-2 over the final 23:57.

"Well, they were playing pretty aggressive," Price said. "I thought they did a good job of maintaining pressure in our end. They were moving pretty good. That's a fast-skating team, and they cycled and they made it tough to move up the ice."

Tampa Bay forward Ondrej Palat left the game and did not return after he sustained a lower-body injury when he blocked a slap shot by Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov at 17:49 of the second.

"He took the shot, I don't know anything after that," Cooper said. "I think they took a picture, I think it was OK. But you know how it goes, once you take the skate off, there's not much of a chance of getting it back on. You hope. So we'll see. We'll re-evaluate tomorrow. But I think the picture looked good, so he should be OK."

Defenseman Jeff Petry (Edmonton Oilers) and forwards Torrey Mitchell and Brian Flynn (Buffalo Sabres), who were acquired at the NHL Trade Deadline on March 2, each made his home debut for the Canadiens.

"It feels nice to be part of something like this," said Mitchell, who grew up in Montreal's South Shore. "It wasn't like this in Buffalo for me, that's for sure, just the atmosphere and obviously playing in Montreal, just the playoff-type hockey that we're going to be playing hopefully for the next 15 games leading into the playoffs. So these are the types of games, you know, obviously we didn't get the two points, but we need these games going into the stretch here."

Scoring Summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
NONE
OT Period
01:03TBL Tyler Johnson (25) ASST: Jason Garrison (25), Braydon Coburn (10) 1 - 0 TBL
Three Stars of the Game
Carey Price
1st
SA: 36TOI: 61:03
GA: 1EV: 30-31
PIM: 0PP: 5-5
SV%: .972SH: 0-0
Ben Bishop
2nd
SA: 19TOI: 61:03
GA: 0EV: 18-18
PIM: 0PP: 1-1
SV%: 1.000SH: 0-0
Tyler Johnson
3rd
G: 1Shots: 6
A: 0Hits: 4
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 18:36
Penalty Summary
1st Period
10:56MTL David Desharnais  Slashing against  Tyler Johnson
13:45MTL Tom Gilbert  Hooking against  Tyler Johnson
16:52TBL Steven Stamkos  Slashing against  Brendan Gallagher
2nd Period
02:31MTL Jacob De La Rose  Tripping against  Brian Boyle
15:23MTL Max Pacioretty  Slashing against  Valtteri Filppula
3rd Period
NONE
OT Period
NONE
shots by period
PeriodTBLMTL
1st106
2nd1311
3rd102
OT30
Total3619
Team Stats
CategoryTBLMTL
Power Plays0/40/1
Hits2628
Faceoff Wins2436
Giveaways1118
Takeaways410
Blocked Shots1432
Penalty Minutes28
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  • MONTREAL
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