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Tampa Bay vs. Montreal: The Season Series

Season Series

The Lightning won the regular-season series 3-1 against the Montreal Canadiens, but every game was close and low-scoring:


Nov. 12 at Montreal

The Lightning won in a shootout as Valtteri Filppula registered the only goal after a scoreless overtime. Tampa Bay’s Ryan Malone and Daniel Briere of Montreal scored in regulation and G Carey Price of the Canadiens was selected the No. 1 star for stopping 44 shots. Ben Bishop of the Lightning faced 29 shots.

QUOTE: “If you’re going to win hockey games, you need your goaltender to play well. It was a good exhibition on both ends tonight.’’ — Lightning coach Jon Cooper


Dec. 28 at Tampa

In the first game back from the Christmas break, Price and Bishop hooked up for another riveting goaltending duel, with Montreal winning in a shootout. Lars Eller posted the only shootout goal and Price once again was named the No. 1 star, stopping 23 shots. Bishop made 20 saves, and the only goals in regulation were scored by Montreal’s Tomas Plekanac and Marty St. Louis of the Lightning. Tampa Bay had only nine shots through the first two periods.

QUOTE: “You can’t win when you show up for 20 minutes.’’ — Bishop


Feb. 1 at Montreal

Nate Thompson’s second goal of the game, an OT winner past Price with only 24 seconds remaining, lifted the Lightning. Briere scored Montreal’s only goal against Bishop, who made 28 saves. Price had 34 stops.

QUOTE: “We were on top of them the whole night. We really played a complete game and deserved to win.’’ — Thompson


April 1 at Tampa

Tyler Johnson’s short-handed goal with 7:19 remaining snapped a tie, and Alex Killorn added an empty-net score as the Lightning secured a playoff berth. Johnson was named the No. 1 star while Bishop made 25 saves. Goals by Ryan Callahan of the Lightning and Montreal’s Brendan Gallagher forged a 1-1 deadlock.

QUOTE: “I couldn’t have had a great season without playing with good players and a great team. Clinching the playoffs was the icing on the cake.’’ — Johnson

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