Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Kucherov Scores in Second Overtime as Lightning Down Canadiens 2-1 in Opener

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Kucherov Scores in Second Overtime as Lightning Down Canadiens 2-1 in Opener

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Kucherov 2OT goal lifts Bolts over Habs 2-1


MONTREAL - Nikita Kucherov didn't complain about a disallowed goal in the first overtime period, he just went out and scored a good one in the second OT.

The Tampa Bay forward scored 2:06 into double OT on a play the Montreal Canadiens claim was offside as the Lightning won 2-1 in the opening game of their second round NHL playoff series on Friday night.

Game 2 of the best-of-seven series goes Sunday night at Bell Centre.

The Lightning were outshot 44-35 and got some breaks when Montreal's David Desharnais and Max Pacioretty hit posts early on behind shaky goalie Ben Bishop, but they found a way to pull out the win.

"It's nice but it doesn't mean much," said Bishop. "We just came off a series (against Detroit) where we lost the first game.

"You've got to put it in the past pretty quick. It's nice to win the first game but now we have to forget about it and get ready for the next one."

Tyler Johnson scored his league-leading seventh of the playoffs for Tampa Bay in the third period only to see Pacioretty tie it with 5:13 left in regulation to force overtime.

Replays showed the Lightning were clearly offside on the play that led to the winner, but it took 12 seconds from then until Kucherov scored, plenty of time to get the puck out of the zone. But defenceman Greg Pateryn coughed up the puck in a corner and Valtteri Filppula fed Kucherov in the slot for a quick wrist shot past Carey Price.

Montreal coach Michel Therrien seemed as upset at the linemen as at losing the opener.

"It's really frustrating, losing a game on an offside," said Therrien. "Those things are not supposed to happen.

"I thought our players had a great effort tonight. I couldn't ask for more. But to lose a game on an offside, it's not like a penalty. It's not a judgement call. It's black or white. It was clearly offside and we ended up losing the game."

A call went in his favour 2:56 into the first OT when a puck hopped over Jeff Petry's stick, sending Kucherov in on a breakaway. …

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