Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Tampa Bay Lightning beats Montreal Canadiens 4-3 in OT

MONTREAL — Ryan Malone wasn't the most popular person around the Bell Centre on Wednesday night.

That he scored the winning goal with 51 seconds left in overtime in the Lightning's improbable 4-3 victory over the Canadiens in their home opener was one thing.

That perhaps he tripped Montreal's Dustin Boyd in front of the Canadiens' net right before Steven Stamkos tied the score at 3 with a power-play goal with 1:19 left in regulation was another.

And when Malone, with three points and six hits, was named the game's No. 1 star, the boos began again.

"Someone tried to reach for the puck, and I just ended up putting my stick on (Boyd's) stick, and it ended up looking like a trip," Malone said. "It's just a puck battle. That's all it was."

Whatever it was, the Lightning (2-0-0) will take it, especially given the way it came back from a 2-0 first-period deficit and absorbed the body blow of falling behind 3-2 in the third 31 seconds after Marty St. Louis tied the score with his first goal of the season.

Tampa Bay also overcame a good goalie in Carey Prince, who made 43 saves as the Lightning outshot Montreal 47-27, including 29-14 after the first period.

"We don't quit," Stamkos said. "For guys who have been here the last couple of years, that's exactly what we've been missing, that killer instinct, that drive, that quiet confidence that you have, the work ethic and talent to come back."

Tampa Bay began the third period trailing just 2-1 thanks to Brett Clark's second-period power-play goal.

St. Louis scored with 9:06 left on a rebound of a Stamkos shot from near the blue line. Montreal answered with 8:35 left on Andrei Kostitsyn's goal at the end of a two-on-one in which Tomas Plekanec turned around Lightning defenseman Mike Lundin at the blue line.

"I told the guys now I can sleep tonight," Lundin said after Stamkos and Malone changed the outcome.

Lundin wasn't the only blue-liner to blunder. Mike Vernace's horrible pass in the defensive zone went right to Maxim Lapierre, who fired a shot on which goalie Mike Smith had no chance for a 1-0 lead.

"We haven't played the right hockey we've been practicing," Malone said. "We're sometimes standing still, I guess. We have it in spurts, and that's the biggest thing you see."

The biggest thing was Malone around the net from where he got the winning goal.

"I love the guy. He's outstanding," coach Guy Boucher said. "He's smart. He's reliable and pays the price."

Montreal's fans wouldn't be so kind.

Lightning 0 1 2 1 4
Canadiens 2 0 1 0 3

First Period1, Montreal, Lapierre 1, 5:22. 2, Montreal, Plekanec 1 (Cammalleri, Spacek), 18:07. PenaltiesO'Byrne, Mon (delay of game), 8:19; St. Louis, TB (hooking), 9:28; Cammalleri, Mon (roughing), 10:44; Moore, TB (cross-checking), 16:18; Subban, Mon (tripping), 16:48.

Second Period3, Tampa Bay, Clark 1 (Purcell, Malone), 1:44 (pp). PenaltiesCammalleri, Mon (interference), 1:22; Tyrell, TB (interference), 3:19; Downie, TB (roughing), 13:00; Lapierre, Mon (roughing), 13:00; Thompson, TB (roughing), 15:58; Lapierre, Mon, major (boarding), 15:58.

Third Period4, Tampa Bay, St. Louis 1 (Stamkos), 10:54. 5, Montreal, Kostitsyn 1 (Plekanec, Gorges), 11:25. 6, Tampa Bay, Stamkos 3 (Lecavalier), 18:41 (pp). PenaltiesSubban, Mon (slashing), 17:48.

Overtime7, Tampa Bay, Malone 1 (Moore), 4:09. PenaltiesNone. Shots on GoalTampa Bay 18-12-14-3—47. Montreal 13-6-7-1—27. Power-play opportunitiesTampa Bay 2 of 6; Montreal 0 of 3. GoaliesTampa Bay, Smith 2-0-0 (27 shots-24 saves). Montreal, Price 1-1-1 (47-43). A21,273 (21,273).

Tampa Bay Lightning beats Montreal Canadiens 4-3 in OT 10/13/10 [Last modified: Thursday, October 14, 2010 7:52am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Lightning: Jon Cooper takes unusual tact to create mismatches

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — Tyler Johnson is about to swing his left leg over the boards for his next shift alongside linemate Alex Killorn and ... whom else?

    Stamkos? Kucherov? Point?

    Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper argues the called as his team gets a faceoff violation, leading to penalty and #Caps PP goal, during second period action at the Amalie Arena in Tampa Monday evening (10/09/17).DIRK SHADD   |   Times
  2. A buzz-worthy look at the Astros-Dodgers World Series matchup

    The Heater

    Houston Astros' Yuli Gurriel is congratulated by Jose Altuve after scoring during the fifth inning of Game 7 of baseball's American League Championship Series against the New York Yankees Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) TXMG170
  3. Florida, FSU try to ignore death threats, angry fans


    GAINESVILLE — Frustration over uncharacteristically down seasons at Florida and Florida State has started to spill over from message boards and start crossing real-world lines.

    Fans watch the Florida Gators game against Texas A&M, at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, in Gainesville, Fla. At the half, Florida was up 10 to 3.
  4. Fennelly: Would you take Jameis Winston over Cam Newton?


    Factoring out futures, it wouldn't be a short list if I picked NFL quarterbacks I'd take right now over Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston.

    Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston (3) calls a play during the first half of Sunday's game. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
  5. Bucs Cannon Fodder podcast: What went wrong on defense?


    Greg Auman is back from Buffalo, going back over a difficult finish and tough loss for the Bucs, in his latest Cannon Fodder podcast.

    Buffalo Bills tight end Logan Thomas (82) makes a touchdown catch over Bucs defensive back T.J. Ward (43) during the second half. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]