Canadiens win shootout, beat Lightning 4-3

Posted at 12:00 AM, Dec 29, 2015

Max Pacioretty won it in the third round of a shootout and the Montreal Canadiens beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 on Monday night to end a six-game losing streak.

Brian Flynn also scored in the shootout for Montreal. Valtteri Filppula had a shootout score for Tamp Bay.

The Canadiens got goals from Tomas Plekanec, Alex Galchenyuk and Dale Weise.

Nikita Kucherov, Jason Garrison and Ryan Callahan scored for the Lightning, who are 2-1-1 on a six-game homestand. Tampa Bay centers Tyler Johnson and Brian Boyle both returned after being out with upper-body injuries.

Mike Condon made 36 saves through overtime for Montreal, while Tampa Bay's Ben Bishop stopped 31 shots.

Montreal is 4-10-1 since goalie Carey Price was sidelined by a lower-body injury in late November. The Canadiens are also without right wing Brendan Gallagher, who missed his 16th straight game due to broken fingers.

It was the first meeting between the teams since the Eastern Conference champion Lightning beat Montreal in the second round of last season's playoffs. Tampa Bay also swept the five-game regular-season series in 2014-15.

After Garrison scored at 13:21 of the third, Callahan gave Tampa Bay a 3-2 lead on his first goal in 23 games 21 seconds later.

Weise got the Canadiens even at 3 at 14:14.

Galchenyuk put Montreal up 2-1 at 9:57 of the second.

Plekanec opened the scoring to tie Hector "Toe" Blake for 19th place on the Montreal career points list with 527 at 15:58 of the first.

Tampa Bay tied it at 1 during a power play 5:40 into the second when Kucherov sent the puck into the crease from along the goal line and it went in the net off Condon.

NOTES: Tampa Bay owner Jeff Vinik remains confident a deal with C Steven Stamkos, who can be a free agent after the season, can be worked out but said personnel decisions are in the hands of general manager Steve Yzerman. ... The Canadiens obtained G Ben Scrivens from Edmonton for F Zack Kassian. ... Montreal reassigned G Dustin Tokarski to St. John's of the AHL. ... Tampa Bay reassigned LW Mike Angelidis and RW Mike Blunden to Syracuse of the AHL. ... Kucherov has a six-game point streak.