MONTREAL -- Valtteri Filppula scored the shootout winner to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 2-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night at the Bell Centre.
Ben Bishop stopped 28 shots for the Lightning, who have won four of five.
Carey Price delivered another strong outing for Montreal, making 44 saves to keep his teammates in the game. The Canadiens have dropped four of five.
The Lightning opened the scoring five minutes into the first. B.J. Crombeen sent the puck around the left side back to defenseman Eric Brewer at the point. Ryan Malone, being cross-checked by Canadiens defenseman Douglas Murray in front of a screened Price, tipped Brewer's shot as he was falling for his third of the season.
The Canadiens had their chances to equalize throughout the remainder of the frame with a trio of power plays. But they couldn't find a way to beat Bishop, mustering just six shots on the netminder on the three opportunities combined.
Tampa Bay appeared to have doubled its lead late in the second when defenseman Radko Gudas' shot appeared to go in and out of the Canadiens' net in a flash. A video review at the next stoppage in play confirmed the puck had indeed gone in, but it was ruled no-goal after the replay showed incidental contact between Lightning center Tyler Johnson, in a battle with Murray, and Price.
Daniel Briere, playing his first game since suffering a concussion on Oct. 19, gave the crowd some life at 15:22 of the third period. Max Pacioretty's shot from the left faceoff circle deflected off Briere, in the crease, and into the net. It was Briere's second goal of the season.
The Lightning had a chance to end this one late in the third and early in overtime when the Canadiens found themselves down two men. But a strong penalty kill, in large part due to Price, denied the visitors.
NOTES: Canadiens C David Desharnais was a healthy scratch for the second time in the team's last four games. ... Desharnais entered the game with just one point, an assist, in 17 contests. ... Montreal RW George Parros and D Greg Pateryn were also scratched. ... The Lightning played their first game without C Steven Stamkos since Jan. 29, 2009, after he suffered a broken right tibia in Monday's game against the Bruins in Boston. ... Tampa Bay also scratched D Sami Salo, D Dmitry Korobov and LW Pierre-Cedric Labrie. ... The Lightning have allowed an NHL-low six goals in the first period of games this season. Tampa Bay's opening period tally was just the eighth Montreal has allowed this season, third-fewest in the league.