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Eller scores in shootout, Habs beat Lightning 2-1

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 28, 2013 at 10:16 pm •  Published: December 28, 2013
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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Montreal goalie Carey Price had his second strong game this season against Tampa Bay, and this time got a much better result.

Lars Eller scored the lone shootout goal, Price stopped all three shots he faced in the tiebreaker, and the Canadiens beat the Lightning 2-1 on Saturday night.

"I really appreciated our team effort," Montreal coach Michel Therrien said. "The energy was there right from the get-go. Guys competed hard, they were quick on puck, and we didn't force plays when we didn't have to."

Valtteri Filppula, Nikita Kucherov and Teddy Purcell all failed to score on Price, who made 44 saves in a 2-1 shootout loss to the Lightning on Nov. 12.

"You've got to be happy with three saves," Price said.

Eller made a couple moves before beating Ben Bishop on the Canadiens' first shootout attempt. Eller has made all three of his shootout attempts this season.

Tomas Plekanec scored in regulation for Montreal. Price stopped 23 shots through overtime.

"He's been phenomenal," Therrien said about Price. "In the third period, when they gave us a push, he was making key saves. He showed again tonight he is one of the best goalies in the NHL."

Martin St. Louis scored for the Lightning, who also got 20 saves in regulation and overtime from Bishop. Tampa Bay had its five-game winning streak end.

"If there is a silver lining, we do get a point out of this," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said.

Plekanec opened the scoring, beating Bishop with a backhander 5:15 into the second period. It was his 169th goal, which moved him past Shayne Corson and Gilles Tremblay into sole possession of 31st place on Montreal's career list.

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