TAMPA (NHL.com) - Lars Eller scored the only goal in a shootout to give the Montreal Canadiens a 2-1 victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night.
Eller, Montreal's first shooter, went backhand to forehand before beating Ben Bishop through the pads. Carey Price stopped all three Tampa Bay shooters, ending the game by denying Teddy Purcell's forehand with his pads.
Tomas Plekanec gave Montreal a 1-0 lead when he scored 5:15 into the second period. Martin St. Louis got Tampa Bay even with his 17th goal at 11:43.
Price made 23 saves, 14 in the third period. Bishop stopped 20 shots.
The teams have exchanged 2-1 shootout victories on the road this season. Tampa Bay won 2-1 at Bell Centre on Nov. 12. The past six games between the teams have been decided by one goal.
After a scoreless first period in which the Canadiens outshot the Lightning 7-3, Plekanec put Montreal ahead when he broke in on Bishop, fought off Alex Killorn's check and flipped the puck past Bishop for his 13th of the season.
St. Louis tied the game when he one-timed a pass from Tyler Johnson past Price from between the faceoff circles. The Lightning captain has points in six straight games.