In truth, they were lucky to even take away a point.
With just over six minutes left in the final frame and the Canadiens up 3-0, the listless Lightning looked like they were on their way to being shut out as they lacked sustained zone pressure or success on the power play.
But with the Bolts pressing to try and find some offense in the third, they found it from their blue line.
Victor Hedman scored a pair of back-to-back goals on the rush and Sami Salo scored on the power play with less than a minute remaining and goaltender Anders Lindback pulled for a 6-on-4 advantage in order to send the game to overtime.
Lindback was terrific all night, making tremendous saves throughout the game, with his biggest highlight being a save he made on Andrei Markov in the first period.
While he did give up his usual soft goal — this time after a weak shot from a bad angle made its way through him and into the crease where it was put home by Travis Moen — he stood on his head for most of the rest of the night.
Lindback was spectacular in the overtime period, as well, especially when there was a 4-on-3 in favor of the Canadiens.
Montreal Canadiens' goaltender Carey Price was rock solid in the shootout, however, as he easily stopped attempts by Hedman, Martin St. Louis, and Steven Stamkos to salvage what should have been an easy win for the Canadiens.
Lightning head coach Guy Boucher noted his squad's effort in coming back and forcing the shootout at all:
"With six minutes left we came back with three goals. We have to build on the positive and that's extremely positive."
The Lightning next face the Hurricanes in Raleigh on February 23. Their next game is at home on Thursday night at 7:30 PM EST against the Washington Capitals who are coming off a 6-5 overtime victory over the Florida Panthers.Tags: Anders Lindback, Hockey, Montreal Canadiens, NHL, Sami Salo, Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay, Tampa Bay Lightning, Victor Hedman