MONTREAL (AP) — Tyler Johnson scored about a minute into overtime to lift the Tampa Bay Lightning over the Montreal Canadiens 1-0 in a battle between Eastern Conference leaders on Tuesday night.
Johnson took his own rebound and saw the puck go in off defenseman Tom Gilbert’s skate.
The Lightning (42-20-6) won a fourth straight game and are now one point behind conference-leading Montreal (42-18-7).
The 21,000 fans in Montreal were treated to hockey at a frantic pace, but no goals through three periods between two of the Eastern Conference’s fastest teams.
The Lightning had a 35-19 shot advantage, including 10-2 in the third period.
It was the third meeting between the clubs, with the Lightning winning the first two by a combined 11-3. They play twice more later this month.
There were chances at both ends, with Montreal’s Carey Price and Tampa Bay’s Ben Bishop letting nothing slip through. Late in the second, the Canadiens had a chance on a two-on-one break, but Bishop stopped Max Pacioretty and then thrust out a pad to block Jacob de la Rose on the rebound.
Midway through the third, Price had the crowd chanting when he robbed Ryan Callahan on a point-blank shot. He stopped 35 shots.
Still, Tampa Bay became the first team to defeat Price three times this season. He leads the NHL with 37 wins, one ahead of Pekka Rinne.
The Lightning’s Ondrej Palat, who winced when taking a shot off the leg late in the second period, did not return for the third with a lower-body injury.
Notes: Trade deadline acquisitions Jeff Petry, Brian Flynn and Torrey Mitchell played their first home games for Montreal. … The Canadiens made no changes to their lineup, scratching P.A. Parenteau, Manny Malhotra and Mike Weaver . … With J.T. Brown out with an upper-body ailment, Vladislav Namestnikov played for Tampa Bay. Nikita Nesterov was scratched.
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