MONTREAL - The Canadiens dropped a 3-1 decision to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night at the Bell Centre.
The boys arrived at the rink ready to rock against their Atlantic Division rivals.
After a relatively slow start to the first period, things finally picked up late in the frame.
Defenseman Jeff Petry got the Canadiens on the board at the 15:46 mark, blasting a one-time feed from Max Domi past goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy.
Video: TBL@MTL: Petry blisters home a power-play goal
It was his second goal of the season.
Unfortunately, the Lightning answered right back with just seven seconds remaining before the intermission on a goal by defenseman Braydon Coburn to tie things up 1-1.
Captain Steven Stamkos made his presence felt early in the second period, putting Tampa Bay up 2-1 on a power play goal at the 1:04 mark.
Then, Tyler Johnson followed that up with a goal of his own just 57 seconds later to extend the Lightning's lead to 3-1.
While the Canadiens couldn't get on the scoreboard in the middle frame, Petry delivered a stellar hit to try to sway the momentum in the home side's favor.
Sniper Nikita Kucherov was on the receving end of the hit.
Despite outshooting the Lightning 14-6 in the third period, the Canadiens couldn't solve Vasilevskiy and ended up coming up short in their bid to mount a comeback.
The Habs will be back in action on Thursday night when they play host to the Minnesota Wild to close out their four-game homestand.