By Leo Haggerty


The Montreal Canadiens staved off elimination with a 3-2 overtime triumph over the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Bell Centre.  That cut the Bolts lead to 3-1 in the best-of-seven series with the winner taking home the Stanley Cup.

For the first time in series, the Habs scored first and had a lead.  F Josh Anderson (4) gave the home team a 1-0 advantage at 15:39 of the opening period.

Tampa Bay tied the contest at 17:20 of the middle period.  F Barclay Goodrow (2) slid the puck past Montreal G Carey Price (32 saves on 34 shots) to make the count 1-all heading to the final 20 minutes of play.

The Canadiens took the lead at 8:48 of the final period.  D Alexander Romanov (1) put the biscuit in the basket behind Lightning G Andrei Vasilevskiy (18 saves on 21 shots) to the delight of the sparse Montreal fans allowed in the Bell Center.

The Lightning drew even exactly five minutes later.  F Pat Maroon (2) found the back of the net and that would send the contest to extra time but not without some drama first.

The Habs D Shea Weber was given a high sticking double minor with 61 seconds left in regulation.  Price and the Montreal penalty kill unit prevented the Bolts from scoring in regulation as well as the the first 3:59 of overtime.

The Canadiens notched their first victory of the finals at 3:57 of OT.  It was Anderson (5) again lighting the lamp to send the series back to Tampa for a Game 5 at Amalie Arena weather permitting.