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Canadiens 3, Lightning 2

Thursday, 04.18.2013 / 11:10 PM

Peter Pupello - Lightning Beat Reporter

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Canadiens 3, Lightning 2
Tampa Bay Lightning 2, Montréal Canadiens 3
Three Stars of the Game
Brian Gionta
Brian Gionta
G: 2Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 23:27
Carey Price
Carey Price
SA: 34TOI: 59:47
GA: 2EV: 28-29
PIM: 0PP: 1-2
SV%: .941SH: 3-3
Alex Galchenyuk
Alex Galchenyuk
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 8:21

Once again, the Tampa Bay Lightning proved it is no problem to come from behind.

Richard Panik and Vincent Lecavalier each had goals for Tampa Bay, which fought back from a two-goal deficit on Thursday night before falling to the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 at the Bell Centre.

“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.

Lightning Captain Vinny Lecavalier earned his 10th goal of the season Thursday night.

With Benoit Pouliot in the penalty box for holding, Gionta took a fortunate bounce off the end boards and sent a quick shot past Ben Bishop from the side of the net to seal the win.

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.

Both Teddy Purcell and Steven Stamkos first had shots ring the post, just a few minutes before Lecavalier tried a nice spin move in the slot, only to have his backhand deflect off the crossbar.

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.

scoring summary
1st Period
2nd Period
Alex Galchenyuk (9) ASST: Brendan Gallagher (12), Davis Drewiske (5)
1 - 0 MTL
Brian Gionta (13) ASST: Tomas Plekanec (18), Max Pacioretty (24)
2 - 0 MTL
PPG - Richard Panik (5) ASST: Victor Hedman (14), Alex Killorn (12)
2 - 1 MTL
3rd Period
Vincent Lecavalier (10) ASST: Benoit Pouliot (12), Victor Hedman (15)
2 - 2 Tie
PPG - Brian Gionta (14) ASST: Yannick Weber (2), Michael Ryder (19)
3 - 2 MTL
penalty summary
1st Period
2nd Period
Teddy Purcell  Hooking against  P.K. Subban
Ryan Malone  Slashing against  Brian Gionta
P.K. Subban  Interference against  Martin St. Louis
3rd Period
Eric Brewer  Tripping against  Max Pacioretty
Victor Hedman  Roughing against  Jeff Halpern
Josh Gorges  Tripping against  Ryan Malone
Ryan Malone  Interference on goalkeeper against  Carey Price
Benoit Pouliot  Holding against  P.K. Subban
goalie stats
Ben Bishop
SA: 35TOI: 59:45
Saves: 32EV: 26 - 28
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .914SH: 0 - 0
Carey Price
Carey Price
SA: 34TOI: 59:47
Saves: 32EV: 28 - 29
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 2
SV%: .941SH: 3 - 3