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Unlikely hero lifts Habs over Bolts in Game 1 OT

Tampa, FL ( - Dale Weise tallied with 1:52 remaining in overtime, as the Montreal Canadiens got the jump on the Tampa Bay Lightning by a 5-4 count in Game 1 of this Eastern Conference quarterfinal.

Weise was the recipient of a pass by Danny Briere from behind the goal line and to the edge of the right circle, where Weise netted his first career playoff marker with a successful wrister.

Brian Gionta and Lars Eller picked up a goal and assist each for the Canadiens, while Tomas Plekanec and Thomas Vanek also lit the lamp for the third-place team in the Atlantic Division.

Carey Price picked up the win despite stopping just 21-of-25 shots.

Steven Stamkos scored twice, including the game-tying goal with just over 6 1/2 minutes left in regulation for the Lightning. Nikita Kucherov and Alex Killorn also produced offense in the setback.

Subbing for the injured Ben Bishop, Anders Lindback's first career NHL playoff start went well despite the loss, as the rangy Swede came up with 39 saves.

Game 2 in this best-of-seven set is scheduled for Friday in Tampa.

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