Lightning pulls out late win over Montreal

by Gary Shelton on December 29, 2021

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Point had a big night in his return. / CHUCK MULLER

Wednesday, 4 a.m.

The Tampa Bay Lightning, staring defeat in the eye, won one of their more improbable victories Tuesday night.

Trailing the Montreal Canadiens 4-3 late in the game, the Bolts somehow rallied for a 5-4 victory.

Corey Perry scored the tying goal with 20 seconds to play. Ondrej Palat then scored the winner 36 seconds into overtime. Just like that, the Bolts earned two points to stay atop the NHL Atlantic Division.

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It was the second straight game in which assistant coach Derek Lalonde had led the Bolts.

“Probably a little predictable the way things played out with where both teams' lineups were and the fact you’re coming off a break," Lalonde said. "I told the guys, again, huge credit for them to find a way like we’ve done all year long, hanging in there.”

The Bolts got two goals and an assist from Brayden Point in his first game since Nov. 20.

“Scoring a late goal to tie is always exciting,” said Point. “Luckily enough we get the two points in overtime. There was a lot of emotion."

Goaltender Maxime Legace won for Tampa Bay.

The Bolts visit the Florida Panthers on Thursday night. The puck is scheduled to be dropped at 7 p.m.

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