Malone Strikes for Lighting in OT

The Tampa Bay Lightning went into Montreal and came away with a hard fought overtime victory against the Canadians.  Ryan Malone scored his first of the year from Dominic Moore at 4:09 of overtime to cap off the comeback victory for the Lightning (2-0).

The Lightning had to survive a couple of early mistakes which gave the Habs a 2-0 lead heading into the first intermission.  Maxim Lapierre scored an unassisted goal at 5:22 of the first period. Tampa defenseman Randy Jones tried to clear the zone but the the puck was passed right on Lapierre’s stick and he scored his first goal of the year. Tomas Plekanec received a nice pass from Mike Cammalleri, to allow him to net his first of the season, which extended the Canadians lead to 2-0 at 18:07.

Brett Clark got the Bolts on the board with his first goal of the season on the power play, after a perfect screen by Steve Downie allowed the puck to get through Habs goalie Carey Price.  The first time Price saw the puck was when he pulled it out of the back of his net.  Clark’s goal cut the Montreal lead in half  heading into the third period.

Coach Guy Boucher preaches to his team short shifts and 40 shots per game.  Well his team continued to take the play to their opponents as they outshot the Habs 47-27.

The teams continued the end to end action in the third period as the Lightning tied the score on a goal from Marty St Louis, his first of the year, on a rebound from Steven Stamkos at 10:54 of the third period.  Less than a minute later, Andrei Kostitsyn scored on another mistake in the neutral zone by defenseman Mike Lundin to give Montreal the lead one more time at 3-2.

Then a late slashing penalty by Montreal defensiveman P.K. Subban gave the Bolts a power play opportunity.  The Lightning were able to take full advantage, as Vincent Lecavalier passed the puck to Steven Stamkos at the right faceoff circle.  Stamkos tied the score at 3 with 1:19 left in the game.  For Stamkos it was his third goal of the year from Lecavalier on the power play.

Heading into overtime the Habs blew leads of 2-0 and 3-2, so all the momentum was with the Bolts. The overtime period was exciting with both teams having opportunities to end the game, but Ryan Malone was able to find the rebound of a Dominic Moore shot to give the Lightning the overtime winner.

Lightning head to Philly to play the Flyers (2-0-1) tomorrow night.  The game will be broadcast on Versus at 7pm.

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