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Bolts strike Habs with OT victory

Montreal, QC (SportsNetwork.com) - Nate Thompson had two goals, including the game-winner with 23.1 seconds remaining in overtime, to lift Tampa Bay to a 2-1 victory over Montreal at Bell Centre.

Victor Hedman collected a carom off the end boards and dished to the slot for Thompson, who slid the puck past Carey Price's left pad and inside the right post.

Ben Bishop earned his 27th win with a 28-save performance. He was forced to depart Tampa Bay's game on Thursday after being struck in the head by the skate of teammate Nikita Kucherov.

The Lightning, who killed a Montreal power play that extended into the extra session, had dropped the first two stops on their four-game road trip.

Price stopped 34 shots for Montreal, which has dropped five of its last seven games.

After a scoreless first period that featured Price denying Kucherov on a penalty shot, Thompson was credited with a short-handed goal when Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban tipped Thompson's shot through the legs of the Montreal netminder at 5:58 of the middle stanza.

Montreal tied it at 7:25 of the third period. Brian Gionta found a seam with a cross-ice pass to Daniel Briere and he buried a shot from the left circle.

Game Notes

All three meetings this season have ended with 2-1 scores. Tampa Bay and Montreal traded shootout victories in the other team's building in the first two encounters ... Tampa Bay concludes its trek Tuesday at Minnesota ... The Canadiens began a four-game homestand which continues on Sunday afternoon against Winnipeg.

02/01 16:31:55 ET