Montreal Defeats Lightning in OT, Take 1-0 Series Lead
(TAMPA, Fla.) -- The 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs saw 20 first round games go to overtime, an all-time record. On the opening day of the 2014 postseason, Montreal and Tampa Bay began the quest to eclips that mark.
Both teams traded goals in regulation, sending the game into an extra session tied to four goals apiece. Then, with less than two minutes remaining in the first overtime, Dale Weise sniped a shot from the right point that gave the Canadiens a 5-4 victory and 1-0 series lead.
"I can't remember the last time I had an overtime goal," said Weise. "So that one feels good. I was surprised I was so wide open."
The win for Montreal is big because it was on the road and came after the Lightning tied the contest in the third period. The Canadiens trailed 1-0 in the first after Nikita Kucherov scored halfway through the opening frame. A mere 19 seconds later, Tomas Plekanec knotted the score. In the second period, Steve Stamkos again put Tampa Bay in front before Brian Gionta netted a shorthanded goal to even things up.
Montreal then took their first lead of the night in the third on Lars Eller's goal just five minutes in. That lead would be short lived when Alex Killorn tied the game two minutes later. After a Tomas Vanek score put the Canadiens back in front, Stamkos pushed his second goal of the playoffs past Carey Price to tie the game and force overtime.
In the extra session, both teams had chances to take an early series lead but neither could seem to capitalize. That was until Daniel Briere saw Weise from behind the net and fed him for the game winner, beating Anders Lindback over his shoulder.
Lindback saved 39 shots he faced while Price stopped 21 shots including nine in overtime.
Game Two of the series will be played Friday in Tampa.
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