TBL
46-27-9
MTL
46-28-8
OT
36 SOG
29 SOG

THOMPSON STRIKES TWICE FOR THE BOLTS

The Canadian Press | Saturday, 02.01.2014 / 4:42 PM

MONTREAL (CP) -- Nate Thompson scored twice, including in overtime, to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 2-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday afternoon.

Ben Bishop stopped 28 shots for Tampa Bay (32-18-5), which snapped a two-game losing streak.

Daniel Briere was the lone goal scorer for Montreal (29-20-6). Carey Price made 34 saves.

Thompson scored at 4:36 of overtime when Alex Killorn found him all alone in from of Price's net.

The Lightning now have a five-point advantage over the Canadiens in the Atlantic Division.

After the Lightning took a 1-0 lead in the second period, Briere levelled the score at 7:25 of the third, taking a cross-ice pass from captain Brian Gionta and firing home his ninth of the season over Bishop's shoulder. The goal was Briere's second in as many games.

Thompson was credited with the game's first goal, at 5:58 of the second, after P.K. Subban put the puck in his own net.

With Killorn in the penalty box for interference, Thompson skated into the Canadiens' zone and sent an innocent-looking pass in the direction of the net. Subban deflected the puck between Price's legs to give Tampa Bay the lead on a short-handed goal.

The Bolts tested Price early on, benefiting from a penalty shot at 4:41 of the first when rookie defenceman Nathan Beaulieu hooked Nikita Kucherov on a breakaway.

Kucherov tried beating Price under the blocker, but the Canadiens netminder got the better of him.

Sparks flew late in the second when Brandon Prust and Bishop shared a few words and exchanged punches during a television timeout.

Prust approached Bishop, who took offence at his comments and swung at the Montreal forward's head. Prust answered with a couple of jabs of his own before referees separated them.

All players on the ice got involved in the scrum. Five players were penalized on the play, including Price for leaving his goaltender crease. Bishop and Prust each got a minor penalty.

Tampa Bay survived a late-game penalty before the game was sent to overtime.

Christian Thomas, called up from the Hamilton Bulldogs on Thursday, made only his second career NHL appearance, and first for the Canadiens. His father Steve, assistant coach for Tampa Bay, was behind the Lightning bench.

The Habs and Lightning go head-to-head for the fourth and final time this season on April 1, in Tampa.

Notes: The Canadiens have now killed off 22 straight penalties. a Michael Bournvial was out with the flu. a Tampa centre Valtteri Filppula, who scored the shootout winner in the Lightning's last visit to Montreal in November, missed the game with a lower-body injury. a Lightning forward and Olympic hopeful Steven Stamkos, still not game-ready, practised with his team on Friday, taking light contact from his teammates. Stamkos underwent surgery on Nov. 12 to repair a fractured tibia in his right leg.

1st2nd3rdOTT
TBL
MTL
Scoring Summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
05:58TBL SHG - Nate Thompson (4) ASST: Victor Hedman (24), J.T. Brown (8) 1 - 0 TBL
3rd Period
07:25MTL Daniel Briere (9) ASST: Brian Gionta (18) 1 - 1 Tie
OT Period
04:36TBL Nate Thompson (5) ASST: Victor Hedman (25), Alex Killorn (19) 2 - 1 TBL
Three Stars of the Game
Tyler Johnson
1st
Tyler Johnson
G: 0Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 0PIM: 0
+/-: -1TOI: 24:18
Nate Thompson
2nd
Nate Thompson
G: 2Shots: 6
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 17:52
Daniel Briere
3rd
Daniel Briere
C
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 8:41
Penalty Summary
1st Period
03:27TBL Jean-Philippe Cote  Fighting (maj) against  Brandon Prust
03:27MTL Brandon Prust  Fighting (maj) against  Jean-Philippe Cote
11:31MTL George Parros  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Radko Gudas
11:31TBL Radko Gudas  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  George Parros
2nd Period
00:08TBL Ondrej Palat  Hooking against  Brendan Gallagher
03:35MTL George Parros  Hi-sticking against  Radko Gudas
05:40TBL Alex Killorn  Interference against  P.K. Subban
17:02TBL Radko Gudas  Misconduct (10 min)
17:02MTL George Parros  Misconduct (10 min)
17:02MTL Carey Price  Goalie leave crease
17:02TBL Ben Bishop  Goalie leave crease
17:02MTL Brandon Prust  Unsportsmanlike conduct
3rd Period
03:33TBL Nikita Kucherov  Hooking against  Tomas Plekanec
14:50MTL Nathan Beaulieu  Closing hand on puck
18:55TBL Eric Brewer  Interference against  Travis Moen
OT Period
NONE
shots by period
PeriodTBLMTL
1st106
2nd910
3rd168
OT15
Total3629
Team Stats
CategoryTBLMTL
Power Plays0/30/4
Hits2714
Faceoff Wins2937
Giveaways95
Takeaways19
Blocked Shots1219
Penalty Minutes2725
  • TAMPA BAY
  • MONTREAL
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
2E. BrewerD0001216:40
6S. SaloD0010018:47
7R. GudasD00001214:04
8M. BarberioD0001015:50
9T. JohnsonC00-13024:18
11T. PyattC0000011:05
12R. MaloneL0003012:04
16T. PurcellR0003018:21
17A. KillornC0114215:54
18O. PalatL00-12223:00
19B. CrombeenR000109:26
22J. CoteD000056:24
23J. BrownR0112013:41
25M. CarleD0001022:27
26M. St. LouisR00-16024:56
44N. ThompsonC2026017:52
77V. HedmanD0210028:33
86N. KucherovR0003215:02
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
30B. Bishop2829.96664:36
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
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8B. PrustL0000710:43
11B. GallagherR00-13019:20
14T. PlekanecC0005022:51
15G. ParrosR0000141:43
17R. BourqueR0001014:58
21B. GiontaR0102023:57
26J. GorgesD0000023:32
32T. MoenL0000010:59
40N. BeaulieuD0003214:38
48D. BriereC101208:41
51D. DesharnaisC00-12021:27
60C. ThomasL000008:16
67M. PaciorettyL00-16022:02
74A. EmelinD0001020:03
76P. SubbanD00-13026:26
79A. MarkovD00-10028:25
81L. EllerC0001016:05
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
31C. Price3436.94464:34