The Montreal Canadiens had an opportunity to bring advance in the postseason and sweep the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night, but the Lightning were not going to go down without a fight.
The game came down to the wire in Montreal, with a last minute goal sending the Canadiens in to the next round of the playoffs with the Lightning heading home.
Montreal stormed out to an early two goal lead, and was able to bring a 3-1 lead into the final period.
It was do or die time for the Lightning with time running out and their backs on the ropes, and they were able to storm back to tie the game thanks to goals from Victor Hedman and Tyler Johnson to tie up the game.
Tampa Bay seemed to have all of the momentum with two consecutive goals, but the Canadiens had other plans.
With just one minute remaining in the game, Max Pacioretty was able to come up with a huge power play goal to put the Canadiens back on top. Thomas Vanek and P.K. Subban were credited with the assists on the goal that put Montreal up 4-3. The official time of the goal was at 19:17 of the final period.
Unfortunately for the Lightning, the goal came late enough in the game that they were unable to score an equalizer and found themselves bounced from the playoffs in four straight games as the Canadiens secured the 4-3 win.