TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A major meltdown nearly cost the Montreal Canadiens a victory.
Carey Price stopped all three shots in the shootout, David Desharnais had the lone goal in the tiebreaker, and the Canadiens rebounded after blowing a three-goal lead to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 on Tuesday night.
"You know what? We came to win this hockey game, and this is what we did," Montreal coach Michel Therrien said. "And we were almost perfect for 54 minutes. We opened the door. We will learn from it."
Victor Hedman scored twice and Sami Salo added a power-play goal during the final six minutes of regulation as the Lightning tied it at 3.
Tampa Bay's Anders Lindback made a series of strong saves during a Montreal power play during overtime. He finished with 31 saves, including six in the extra session.
Price was bidding for his 17th NHL shutout and first since Feb. 11, 2012, when Hedman scored with 5:56 to play.
"At the end of the day, as long as we're getting wins, that's what really matters," Price said. "But, it would be nice to close out one, that's for sure."
Hedman cut the deficit to 3-2 on an in-close goal that stood up following a video review with 1:43 remaining. Salo tied it from just inside the blue line with 43.3 seconds left.
Brian Gionta, P.K. Subban and Travis Moen scored for the Canadiens, who were 0-2-1 over their previous three games. Price, who stopped 21 shots during regulation, made shootout saves against Hedman, Martin St. Louis and Steven Stamkos.
"That's not the way we wanted to do it," Gionta said. "We had a good two periods, then we sat back in the third and they got themselves back into it."
Tampa Bay, which opened the season 6-1, has since lost five in a row (0-4-1).
"In the third period, our character showed up, again," Tampa Bay coach Guy Boucher said. "We have to build on a positive. That's extremely positive."