TAMPA, Fla. – If Game 1 was a preview of what’s to come, fans should grab their popcorn and settle in for the rest of the Montreal Canadiens’ series against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The teams combined for lots of mistakes, lots of goals and lots of hate at Tampa Bay Times Forum on Wednesday night in an entertaining opener to the Atlantic Division semifinals. Fourth-liner Dale Weise provided the last bit of drama with the overtime winner to give the Habs a 5-4 victory and a 1-0 lead in the series.
After Josh Gorges kept it in at the blue-line, Daniel Briere continued his career playoff heroics by feeding Weise for the goal 18:08 into overtime.
“I was surprised I was that wide open,” said Weise.
Tomas Plekanec, Brian Gionta, Lars Eller and Thomas Vanek…
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