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It was the same 2-1 final score as the previous two meetings this season between the Canadiens and the Tampa Bay Lightning, only this time the match ended in overtime rather than a shootout.
The Canadiens picked up a point as they lost to the Lightning on Saturday afternoon, the first of their back-to-back games this weekend at the Bell Centre.
Daniel Brière tied the game at 7:25 of the third period when he was promoted to Tomas Plekanec’s line. Brière had the second least amount of ice time among Habs at that juncture when he scored his ninth goal of the season.
His total ice time was 8:41.
“I have to be ready. I have to take advantage of my ice time whenever I get the chance,” Brière said.
“It’s about the only thing I can control is when I’m out there, when I’m on the ice,” he said.
Canadiens defenceman P.K. Subban accidentally put the puck in the Habs net when he tried to clear it from the crease. Nate Thompson was credited with the goal.
“We had spurts where we were good and we took pressure to them,” said Canadiens captain Brian Gionta. “Other times at the start of the game a bit there we were second on pucks and we couldn’t get much pressure going.
“But I thought we had a good second period to get ourselves back in it. We pushed hard in the third to tie it up. It’s just unfortunately we couldn’t get one there in overtime.”
The Lightning are probably one of the fastest teams in the league and they support the puck really well, coach Michel Therrien said.
“They’re not easy to play against and we found a way to make that comeback,” he said.
Canadiens goaltender Carey Price turned in another strong performance. Lightning goalie Ben Bishop, who has a .933 save percentage, was also sharp.
You can watch what Brière had to say here:
You can listen to Prust talk about his altercation with Bishop during a T.V. time-out in the second period here:
You can watch what Subban had to say here:
You can listen to what Christian Thomas, who was called up from the Hamilton Bulldogs, had to say here. It was his first game as a Hab and his second in the NHL: