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Canadiens edge Lightning, end six-game losing streak

by Corey Long

TAMPA -- Max Pacioretty and Brian Flynn scored in the shootout to lift the Montreal Canadiens to a 4-3 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena on Monday.

Dale Weise, Tomas Plekanec and Alex Galchenyuk scored and Mike Condon made 36 saves for Montreal (21-14-3), which won for the first time in seven games.

Flynn and Lightning forward Valtteri Filppula scored in the second round of the shootout, and Condon denied Nikita Kucherov to set the stage for Pacioretty, who beat Lightning goalie Ben Bishop with a backhand shot.

"That felt really good, and it shows a lot about our team," Pacioretty said. "You know you give up two goals quickly there and we're on our heels, but to be able to come back and pull out a win, that's how you get out of these slumps -- a gutsy win like that."

Jason Garrison, Ryan Callahan and Kucherov scored for Tampa Bay (18-15-4). Bishop made 31 saves.

Weise tied the game at 14:14 of the third period when he scored on a snap shot in the slot off a pass from David Desharnais, who was parked behind the net.

"We got contributions from everybody," Weise said. "All four lines were playing. I thought [Mark] Barberio stepped up and was unreal on the back end. Just good contributions from everybody."

Bishop disputed Weise's goal, but it was upheld after a coach's challenge.

"I thought it was interference," Bishop said. "He goes into the crease, hits me in the head then he scores the goal."

Callahan gave the Lightning a 3-2 lead with 6:18 remaining in the third period when he converted a cross-ice pass from Valtteri Filppula, who attempted a shot that was tipped back to him and with Condon sliding his way, Filppula found an open Callahan at the right circle.

"It's been a long time," Callahan said of his first goal since Nov. 1. "Hopefully that gets some weight off my back a little bit."

Garrison scored his fourth goal of the season 21 seconds earlier on a wraparound that beat Condon on the glove side to make it 2-2.

"Going into the third period, I thought we had a lot of confidence and felt good about our game," Stamkos said. "We end up scoring two goals in the third and, you know, we can't hold on to it. So that wasn't good enough. We get a lead at home that late, we've got to hold on to it."

The Canadiens took a 1-0 lead at 15:58 in the first period when P.K. Subban made a nice play in the slot to find a streaking Tomas Plekanec, who flipped the puck past a sliding Bishop.

Tampa Bay tied the game at 5:40 in the second period on a power-play goal from Kucherov, who beat Condon with a shot from the slot.

"In my mind we gave away a couple points," Lightning captain Steven Stamkos said. "Their goaltender made some big saves, Bishop made some big saves. We found a way to get the lead in the third, we've got to close it out."

Galchenyuk's goal at 9:57 of the second period gave the Canadiens a 2-1 lead. Andrei Markov found Galchenyuk uncovered in the slot and he one-timed a shot past Bishop.

"We've played a lot of good hockey and didn't get the results," Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said. "We were ready to play. It's nice to see the big smile and hear the music after the game. It was well-deserved."

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