Weise gets Canadiens by Lightning in OT

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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 passed from behind the net to Weise in the right circle, and he beat Anders Lindback for the winning score. Lindback stopped 39 of 44 shots while filling in for injured goaltender Ben Bishop.

Carey Price stopped 21 shots for the Canadiens, who blew a pair of third-period leads. Brian Gionta had a short-handed goal and Tomas Plekanec, Lars Eller and Thomas Vanek also scored for Montreal.

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Goals
Rank Player G
1 A. Ovechkin, Was51
2 C. Perry, Anh43
3 J. Pavelski, SJ41
4 M. Pacioretty, Mon39
5t P. Kessel, Tor37
5t T. Seguin, Dal37
7 S. Crosby, Pit36
8 C. Kunitz, Pit35
9t J. Benn, Dal34
9t P. Sharp, Chi34
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Save Percentage
Rank Player SvPct
1 J. Harding, Min.933
2 T. Rask, Bos.930
3 S. Varlamov, Col.927
4 C. Price, Mon.927
5 A. Khudobin, Car.926
6 C. Johnson, Bos.925
7 B. Bishop, TB.924
8 F. Andersen, Anh.923
9 S. Bobrovsky, Cls.923
10 J. Bernier, Tor.923
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