Canadiens 4, Lightning 3, SO

Associated Press | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - A major meltdown nearly cost the Montreal Canadiens a victory.

Carey Price stopped all three shots in the shootout, David Desharnais had the lone goal in the tiebreaker, and the Canadiens rebounded after blowing a three-goal lead to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 on Tuesday night.

"You know what? We came to win this hockey game, and this is what we did," Montreal coach Michel Therrien said. "And we were almost perfect for 54 minutes. We opened the door. We will learn from it."

Victor Hedman scored twice and Sami Salo added a power-play goal during the final six minutes of regulation as the Lightning tied it at 3.

Tampa Bay's Anders Lindback made a series of strong saves during a Montreal power play during overtime. He finished with 31 saves, including six in the extra session.

Price was bidding for his 17th NHL shutout and first since Feb. 11, 2012, when Hedman scored with 5:56 to play.

"At the end of the day, as long as we're getting wins, that's what really matters," Price said. "But, it would be nice to close out one, that's for sure."

Hedman cut the deficit to 3-2 on an in-close goal that stood up following a video review with 1:43 remaining. Salo tied it from just inside the blue line with 43.3 seconds left.

Brian Gionta, P.K. Subban and Travis Moen scored for the Canadiens, who were 0-2-1 over their previous three games. Price, who stopped 21 shots during regulation, made shootout saves against Hedman, Martin St. Louis and Steven Stamkos.

"That's not the way we wanted to do it," Gionta said. "We had a good two periods, then we sat back in the third and they got themselves back into it."

Tampa Bay, which opened the season 6-1, has since lost five in a row (0-4-1).

"In the third period, our character showed up, again," Tampa Bay coach Guy Boucher said. "We have to build on a positive. That's extremely positive."

After Subban scored on a blue line shot at 8:21 of the second, Moen made it 3-0 from the low slot with 1:06 to go in the period. Moen snapped his 21-game goal drought, dating to Dec. 31, 2011, against Florida.

Gionta put Montreal ahead 1-0 when he tipped a pass through the crease from Tomas Plekanec past Lindback during a 5-on-3 power play with 43 seconds left in the first.

Hedman received a roughing penalty that set up Tampa Bay's two-man disadvantage. The Lightning allowed one goal on seven short-handed situations.

"A lot of the penalties ... I won't say anything," Boucher said.

Tampa Bay went 1 for 5 on the power play.

The Canadiens had a couple of quality scoring chances early in the first. Lindback made a save on Colby Armstrong's backhander during a 2-on-1, and Andrei Markov hit the post with a drive.

Lindback also made a lunging blocker stop on Markov's rebound attempt.

Price stopped an in-close redirection by Vincent Lecavalier late in the first, and had a glove save on Stamkos' shot from the right circle during a second-period power play.

Montreal's Lars Eller had two assists.

NOTES: Tampa Bay LW Ryan Malone sat out his second straight game and could miss three to four weeks because of an undisclosed lower-body injury. ... It was Gionta's first goal in nine games. ... Lightning RW Richard Panik, recalled from Syracuse of the AHL on Monday, made his NHL debut. ... Armstrong has gone 24 games without scoring a goal. He assisted on Moen's goal for first point in 17 games.

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