Tampa Bay, FL, United States (4E Sports) – Dale Weise scored off a Daniel Briere assist in overtime as the Montreal Canadiens beat the Tampa Bay Lightning, 5-4 Wednesday in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference series at Tampa Bay Times Forum.
Carey Price stopped 21 shots, nine in overtime, for the Canadiens, while Anders Lindback made 39 saves for the Lightning.
Nikita Kucherov scored off a pass from J.T. Brown to give the Lightning a 1-0 lead at 10:09 of the first period.
The Canadiens’ Tomas Plekanec then angled a well-placed shot from the left circle to tie it just 19 seconds later.
Steven Stamkos gave the Lightning a 2-1 lead in the second but Brian Gionta scored on the rebound to make it 2-2 at 16:39 of the same period.
The Canadiens then went up 3-2 with a goal by Lars Eller off a Gionta assist.
Alex Killorn countered for the Lightning to make it 3-3.
Thomas Vanek put the Canadiens ahead again at 11:30 of the third but Stamkos got a perfect pass from Killorn to score his second of the game and force overtime.