The Lightning scored all four goals in the second period, with Tyler Johnson bagging a brace as they ended the Canadiens??? six-game winning streak, and exacted a degree of revenge for last year???s 4-0 defeat in the first round of the playoffs.
I think that gets a little overhyped, to be honest,” said Lightning captain??Steven Stamkos. “That was last year; this is a new year, new teams, new players.
???I think when we get back into the playoffs, which I hope we do, hopefully we remember what it felt like to be swept. But I don’t think anyone was thinking about that.”
Montreal were playing their first home game since December 20, having won five successive games on the road, and they got off to a great start when Dale Weise redirected Tomas Plekanec???s pass for his fifth goal of the season.
TJ Brown brought the Lightning level early the second period, firing home after Carey Price could only parry Jonathan Drouin???s shot, and Johnson gave the visitors the lead with a power-play goal on 10 minutes.
Tampa then finished the second period with a flourish, Brett Connolly netting from a four-on-two rush and Johnson bagging another power-play goal with 21 seconds remaining.
Montreal, who had yet to lose this season when scoring first, cut the gap through Max Pacioretty, but Tampa Bay held on for victory.
“We played really well, and that’s a good team,” said Stamkos. “I think the stat was that they were 16-0-0 when they scored first, so it was nice to break that, but most importantly it was two points.
???I thought we played well, two big goals by the power play, which was nice to see. That’s a big win for us.”
Elsewhere, the Vancouver Canucks recorded a 3-2 victory over the in-form New York Islanders, Lindey Vey scoring the decisive goal, while Marc-Edouard Vlasic scored his second successive overtime winner as the San Jose Sharks edged a 4-3 success at the Minnesota Wild.