Canadiens 4, Lightning 3, SO

Peter Pupello  - Lightning Beat Reporter | Tuesday, 02.12.2013 / 11:43 PM

A three-goal deficit late in the final period is typically a tough task for any team to overcome.

Not the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Victor Hedman scored twice, and Sami Salo scored the equalizer while on the power play with just 44 seconds to play to send the game into overtime, before the Bolts ultimately fell to the Montreal Canadiens 4-3 in a shootout on Tuesday night at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

Still, Tampa Bay picked up a crucial point in the standings, although the team’s winless streak did reach five games following the defeat as Tampa Bay dropped to 6-5-1 on the season.

“You got to earn every night,” Martin St. Louis said. “We didn’t start earning it until the third and obviously we were able to grind a point out of it, so that’s a positive.”

With Montreal clinging to a 3-2 lead with under a minute to play in regulation, a late power play sparked the Lightning effort after Montreal forward Tomas Plekanec was sent off for a tripping call.

Salo’s shot from the point deflected off the skate of Montreal defenseman Raphael Diaz and into the net past Carey Price to pull Tampa Bay even 3-3 at 19:16 of the third.

The goal came just 59 seconds after Hedman’s second of the night brought the Lightning to within one with 1:43 left to play.

Prior to that, Hedman sparked the rally and cut into the three-goal deficit beginning at 14:04 of the third after tapping home a feed from Tom Pyatt to make it 3-1.

“We told ourselves to go out there and leave it out there,” Hedman said. “We realized how hard you have to play in this league if you want to win, but I felt like we stayed with it and turned it around a little bit.”

Price made 21 saves throughout the game, then stopped three additional Lightning skaters in the shootout to lock up the two points for the Habs.

Brian Gionta, PK Subban and Travis Moen all had goals in regulation for Montreal, who got out to a 3-0 lead at 18:54 of the second before surrendering the advantage.

Lars Eller also added two assists for the Canadiens, which snapped a three-game losing streak.

David Desharnais notched the game-winner in the tiebreaker, beating Anders Lindback through the five-hole.

Lindback turned back 31 of 34 shots on the night.

“We came to win this hockey game and that’s what we did,” Montreal head coach Michel Therrien said. “We were almost perfect for 45 minutes, then we opened the door for them.”

Although Tampa Bay entered the contest with a league-best total of 43 goals scored on the season, tallies were hard to come by Tuesday night through nearly the first 60 minutes, despite getting a lot of good looks and holding even in the shots department with the Canadiens for the majority of the game.

Montreal, meanwhile, didn’t get going offensively until nearly the first period was over, thanks in large part to some acrobatic and sensational saves by Lindback.

The Lightning netminder was remarkable in the first, showing off his flexibility on a few stops to keep the game scoreless early on with Montreal attacking.

He covered up several shots from in close, including one off the post that ricocheted back towards the net, then robbed Andrei Markov of a wide-open net with the Bolts shorthanded just past the halfway point.

But with two Lightning players in the penalty box within the first period’s final minute, Gionta opened the scoring by tapping in a feed from Plekanec from the side of the net for a 1-0 lead.

It seemed to spark some momentum going into the second, as the Canadiens tacked on two more for a commanding lead at the second intermission.

Subban doubled the Habs’ advantage in the second when he sent in a wrist shot from beneath the blue line that found its way through traffic and beat Lindback at 8:21.

Montreal made it 3-0 with 66 seconds to go in the middle frame after Moen put one in from the top of the crease following a scrum in front of the net.

That held until late, when the Bolts scored three unanswered, then killed off a 4-on-3 shorthanded situation in the extra frame to send the game to the shootout.

“With six minutes left we came back with three goals,” Boucher added. “We have to build on the positive and that's extremely positive.”

Scoring Summary
1st Period
19:17MTL PPG - Brian Gionta (3) ASST: Tomas Plekanec (5), P.K. Subban (3) 1 - 0 MTL
2nd Period
08:21MTL P.K. Subban (3) ASST: Lars Eller (3) 2 - 0 MTL
18:54MTL Travis Moen (1) ASST: Lars Eller (4), Colby Armstrong (1) 3 - 0 MTL
3rd Period
14:04TBL Victor Hedman (3) ASST: Tom Pyatt (4), Benoit Pouliot (4) 3 - 1 MTL
18:17TBL Victor Hedman (4) ASST: Teddy Purcell (9), Sami Salo (6) 3 - 2 MTL
19:16TBL PPG - Sami Salo (1) ASST: Vincent Lecavalier (8), Martin St. Louis (14) 3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
1TBLVictor Hedman - Save
2MTLAlex Galchenyuk - Missed
3TBLMartin St. Louis - Save
4MTLDavid Desharnais - Goal
5TBLSteven Stamkos - Save
Shootout Summary
RNDTampa Bay LightningMontréal Canadiens
1Victor HedmanAlex Galchenyuk
2Martin St. LouisDavid Desharnais
3Steven Stamkos
Three Stars of the Game
Victor Hedman
Victor Hedman
G: 2Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 3
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 26:23
Anders Lindback
Anders Lindback
SA: 34TOI: 64:40
GA: 3EV: 21-23
PIM: 0PP: 9-10
SV%: .912SH: 1-1
P.K. Subban
P.K. Subban
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 2
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 18:25
Penalty Summary
1st Period
03:37MTL Alexei Emelin  Interference against  Cory Conacher
04:20TBL Sami Salo  Delaying Game-Smothering puck
08:30TBL Cory Conacher  Interference on goalkeeper against  Carey Price
13:29TBL Brian Lee  Interference against  Erik Cole
18:03TBL Alex Killorn  Hooking against  David Desharnais
18:48TBL Victor Hedman  Roughing against  Erik Cole
2nd Period
01:05MTL Erik Cole  Hi-sticking against  Matt Carle
03:16MTL Max Pacioretty  Holding against  Tom Pyatt
11:01MTL Travis Moen  Fighting (maj) against  B.J. Crombeen
11:01TBL B.J. Crombeen  Fighting (maj) against  Travis Moen
14:06MTL Brandon Prust  Roughing against  Cory Conacher
3rd Period
11:54TBL Benoit Pouliot  Too many men/ice - bench
16:17TBL Brian Lee  Interference on goalkeeper against  Carey Price
16:17MTL Francis Bouillon  Roughing against  Brian Lee
18:56MTL Tomas Plekanec  Tripping against  Vincent Lecavalier
OT Period
02:26TBL Eric Brewer  Tripping against  Rene Bourque
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/71/5
Faceoff Wins3339
Blocked Shots1511
Penalty Minutes1721
8B. PrustL00-11215:38
14T. PlekanecC0104221:30
17R. BourqueR0002017:33
20C. ArmstrongR0112010:06
21B. GiontaR1002020:47
26J. GorgesD0002022:09
27A. GalchenyukC0000011:30
32T. MoenL1021510:59
51D. DesharnaisC00-11017:59
55F. BouillonD00-10217:13
61R. DiazD0001024:07
67M. PaciorettyL0004213:20
72E. ColeL00-13218:26
73B. GallagherR0001010:41
74A. EmelinD0002219:42
76P. SubbanD1102018:25
79A. MarkovD0003026:38
81L. EllerC0213013:02
31C. Price2124.87564:55
2E. BrewerD00-20222:27
3K. AulieD0002012:48
4V. LecavalierC0103017:44
6S. SaloD1113225:55
11T. PyattC0111017:59
15B. LeeD0020413:55
16T. PurcellL0110015:59
17A. KillornC0011210:53
18A. HallR0000010:37
19B. CrombeenR000359:18
25M. CarleD00-10025:04
26M. St. LouisR01-10023:05
44N. ThompsonC00-11014:47
67B. PouliotL0111010:41
71R. PanikL00-1009:58
77V. HedmanD2013226:23
89C. ConacherC00-10214:15
91S. StamkosC0006023:18
39A. Lindback3134.91264:40