Apr 16, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; Montreal Canadiens center Tomas Plekanec (14) is congratulated by teammates after he scored against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period in game one of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Tampa Bay Times Forum. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Playoffs 2014, Canadiens at Lightning: Montreal wins in OT


For at least one night, Dale Weise is a hero in Montreal.

Weise’s goal at the 18:08 mark of the first overtime has given the Canadiens a 1-0 series lead over the Tampa Bay Lightning in their first-round series in the NHL Playoffs.

Nikita Kutcherov opened the scoring just past the halfway mark of the opening period with his first career playoff goal. Tomas Plekanec made sure Kutcherov’s moment was short lived by scoring just 19 seconds later.

The two teams would then trade goals the rest of the game as neither team could muster up anything more than a one-goal lead. Steven Stamkos scored twice for Tampa Bay, including the tying goal in the third period that forced overtime. Alex Killorn also scored for the Lightning.

Brian Gionta, Lars Eller and Thomas Vanek all scored for Montreal.

Canadiens goaltender Carey Price struggled all night long, allowing four goals on 16 shots through the first three periods, but came up big when it mattered most in overtime. He stopped all nine Lightning shots in the extra frame. Anders Lindback, continuing his play filling in for injured starter Ben Bishop, stopped 39 of 44 Montreal shots in his first playoff start.

Game two is Friday night at 7pm on CBC in Canada and CNBC in the United States.

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