Once again, the Tampa Bay Lightning proved it is no problem to come from behind.
“They’re a good team, and we knew that,” Lecavalier said. “They had lost three in a row so we knew they were going to come out hard.”
The Lightning have now lost five in a row, and returns home from a four-game road trip with two points after falling in extra time in two of those contests.
Montreal, meanwhile, saw its three-game skid come to an end with the victory.
Brian Gionta scored twice, including the game-winner while on the power play with 46 seconds left to play in regulation.
The goal on the man advantage was only part of a larger problem for the Lightning however, as Tampa Bay committed costly turnovers late in the game, with four of its six infractions on the night coming in the third period alone.
Alex Galchenyuk had the other goal for the Canadiens, which received 32 saves from Carey Price.
Bishop finished the night with 32 saves as well.
The Lightning received some good scoring chances early, but couldn’t convert, as three of those opportunities each hit iron.
After a scoreless first, Galchenyuk opened the scoring at 4:04 of the second when he found a loose puck in the crease during a scrum in front of the net, and sent a shot home past Bishop for a 1-0 lead.
Purcell nearly countered at the other end just moments later, but his shot hit the post for a second time, which in total was the Bolts’ fourth off the iron in the game up to that point.
Gionta’s first of the night doubled the lead when he took advantage of a turnover at the blue line.
As Ryan Malone looked to get the puck out of his own end in transition, he made a blind behind the back drop pass that was intercepted by Gionta, who then skated in and beat Bishop to make it 2-0.
The lead though, failed to hold up for long.
Panik came right back just 2:31 after Gionta’s goal to trim the deficit in half with a power-play tally from the goal mouth that got past Price to send a 2-1 game into the second break.
Lecavalier tied it at 5:07 of the third with his 10th of the year, but it was Gionta’s second tally of the night at 19:13 that prevented the Bolts from collecting at least a point for the third time in four games on the road trip.