Weise's OT goal lifts Canadiens over Lightning 5-4Montreal Canadiens center Tomas Plekanec, second from left, of the Czech Republic, celebrates with teammates, including Brendan Gallagher, left, Brandon Prust, second from right, and Andrei Markov, right, after scoring against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period of Game 1 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Dale Weise scored 18:08 into overtime to give the Montreal Canadiens a 5-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in the opening game of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal playoff series on Wednesday night.
Daniel Briere fed a pass to Weise from behind the net to set up the winner against Anders Lindback, who stopped 39 of 44 shots while filling in for injured goaltender Ben Bishop.
Steven Stamkos scored twice for Tampa Bay, including the goal that forced overtime.
Game 2 of the best-of-seven series is Friday night at the St. Pete Times Forum.