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TBL@MTL: Postgame

The Canadiens fell to the Lightning on Tuesday night at the Bell Centre

by Matthew Cudzinowski @CanadiensMTL / canadiens.com

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.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Look de 🔥 contre le ���.Looking 🔥 against the ���.#GoHabsGo pic.twitter.com/ujZZfonUjW

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

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: 🚨JEFF PETRY!!! 🚨TBL 0, MTL 1#GoHabsGo pic.twitter.com/Ukm8NDC18U

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.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Petit traitement choc de Petry.Dishing out some shock treatment.#GoHabsGo pic.twitter.com/9vy4PNCwVB

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.

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