Thursday, July 24, 2014

Habs take series lead

TAMPA, Fla.—After the Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning combined for 11 goals in four regular-season meetings, Dale Weise didn’t expect them to score eight in the first 60 minutes of Game 1 last night.
“But that’s playoffs, anything can happen,” he said.

Anything, including Weise scoring his first career Stanley Cup playoff goal and first NHL overtime winner to give the Habs a 5-4 victory at Tampa Bay Times Forum and a 1-0 lead in the Atlantic Division semifinal series.
“I can’t remember the last time I had an overtime goal, so that one feels real good,” Weise said.
It was the kind of back-and-forth affair that bred unpredictability. The Lightning scored four times against Carey Price on 16 shots in regulation, and it seemed like any and every shot could go in.
In overtime, the margin for error was almost non-existent. But that’s exactly what playoff star Daniel Briere wanted to embrace.
“You have to be ready, and that’s the beauty of overtime,” said Briere, who set Weise up for the winner 18:08 into overtime. “You can’t make any mistakes. One shot can end it all.”
Tampa Bay’s Teddy Purcell and Montreal’s Max Pacioretty were close to doing it, but were thwarted by a diving Josh Gorges and the clank of the left post behind Anders Lindback, respectively.
Ultimately, that shot belonged to Weise, who earlier in overtime might not have been in position to take it.
In other NHL playoff action, the Ducks beats the Stars 4-3, while the Penguins nipped the Blue Jackets 4-3.

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