TAMPA, Fla – The Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning traded goals throughout their game one contest on Wednesday night and it should have been no surprise when the Hans netted the game winner in OT; it was their turn to score.
Dale Weise scored the game-winner at 18:08 of the fist over time period to give the Habs the 1-0 series lead and home ice advantage.
“Playing for my favorite team growing up, I’ve probably scored that goal a million times in my driveway,” Weise said. “It feels good to actually do it in real life.”
Montreal’s Daniel Briere picked up possession of the puck behind the goal and found Weise in front of the net who only had to one-time under the crossbar for the goal.
“I knew I was wide open and I saw it coming to me and my eyes got real big,” Weise said. “I knew I wasn’t going to miss from there. I got down on one leg, the old Brett Hull, and I just ripped it.”
Lars Elller and Brian Gionta each had a goal and an assist for Montreal. The Canadiens also had goals from Tomas Plekanec and Thomas Vanek.
“We said before the start of the series that we needed a contribution from everyone,” Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said, “and that’s what we got tonight.”
Montreal had points from all four lines in game one.
Carey Price got the win for Montreal making 21 saves on the night.
“I thought we were playing really good, defensive hockey throughout the whole game,” Price said. “It’s tough as a goaltender when teams are capitalizing on scoring chances and they’re getting so few. It’s a really good feeling when you’re able to pull that one out.”
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“[The Canadiens] played well, they played with some good structure and stuff like that, but we kept shooting ourselves in the foot,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. “Ultimately, that’s what we did. We did it time and time again. We did it on the winning goal and countless others that they scored tonight. We’ve had issues with that this year. We’ve got a young team and we’ve played through those types of things as the year’s gone on.”