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Stamkos, Kucherov help Lightning surge past Canadiens

Each has two points, Tampa Bay scores three unanswered goals

by Sean Farrell / Independent Correspondent

Stamkos' scorching PPG

TBL@MTL: Stamkos blasts power-play goal past Price

Steven Stamkos sets up inside the circle and rips Victor Hedman's dish by Carey Price, giving the Lightning a 2-1 lead with a power-play goal

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MONTREAL -- The Tampa Bay Lightning scored twice in 57 seconds and came from behind to defeat the Montreal Canadiens 3-1 at Bell Centre on Tuesday.

Steven Stamkos had a goal and an assist, Nikita Kucherov had two assists, and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 33 saves for the Lightning (3-2-1), who have won two of their past three games on a six-game road trip.

"We still have a long way to go in our game, but in saying that, I thought the guys gamed it out," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "And for the most part, they made a lot of the right plays when they should have and it turned into two points."


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Jeff Petry scored, and Carey Price made 19 saves for the Canadiens (2-2-2), who are 1-2-0 on a four-game homestand.

"I thought for the first good chunk of the first period we were executing and we were playing our game," Petry said. "And then towards the end of the first we kind of got away from it."

Video: TBL@MTL: Coburn roofs puck from the high slot

Montreal's line of Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Jonathan Drouin and Joel Armia was on the ice for nearly two minutes late in the first period when Braydon Coburn scored for Tampa Bay during a delayed penalty with seven seconds remaining to tie it 1-1.

"I thought we did a great job of hemming them in the zone, and as you could tell on the goal, we were the beneficiaries of getting on the ice against some tired players," said Stamkos, who had the primary assist on the goal. "So it was a great change, we were able to get some fresh legs out there and we capitalized. ... That kind of gave us the momentum heading into the second."

Stamkos scored a power-play goal on a one-timer from the left face-off circle at 1:04 of the second to make it 2-1, and Tyler Johnson made it 3-1 at 2:01.

"Obviously we gave them a lot of momentum," Canadiens defenseman Shea Weber said. "Anytime a team scores in the last minute or the first minute of a period, it's a momentum killer and shifter."

Petry made it 1-0 at 15:46 of the first with a one-timer from the left point on Montreal's first power play. The Canadiens finished 1-for-5 on the man-advantage.

"After they scored that power-play goal, I think we got our game going and [Vasilevskiy] made some big saves for us, and our PK was outstanding for us the rest of the way," Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman said.

Video: TBL@MTL: Johnson scores to finish nifty passing play


They said it

"Kudos to the penalty kill and [Vasilevskiy]. They did a tremendous job after giving up that first one, we shut them down. That was probably the key to the game." -- Lightning forward Steven Stamkos

"That line had both goals scored on it, 5-on-5, and they weren't very good tonight. They spent two minutes in our own end in the first period, so we had to make some changes. So you saw Drouin move, you saw Kotkaniemi move. So we tried to make some changes in order to get our team going. I thought the third period was good, but we weren't able to capitalize on our chances." -- Canadiens coach Claude Julien


Need to know

Vasilevskiy is 8-1-2 with a 2.06 goals-against average and .933 save percentage against the Canadiens. … Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh had six blocked shots and played 26:36. Both were game highs. … Drouin's season-opening five-game point streak ended.


What's next

Lightning: At the Boston Bruins on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; ESPN+, TVAS, NESN, SUN, NHL.TV)

Canadiens: Host the Minnesota Wild on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; TSN2, RDS, FS-N, NHL.TV)

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