Gallagher's goal lifts Canadiens over Lightning
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The Montreal Canadiens used a big third period to keep their road trip going in the right direction.
``That's what good teams do,'' Gallagher said. ``You get behind, but you're confident in yourself to come back in games. We get down by two and we feel like we have a chance to come back. But with that said, you have to do the right thing and play the same way every night.''
The Canadiens pulled within 3-2 on Brian Gionta's power-play goal 3:49 into the third, and Alexei Emelin tied it at 7:33. Gallagher then put the puck past Cedrick Desjardins from in close to give Montreal a 4-3 lead with 7:57 to play.
``They showed a lot of character by coming back, and ended up finding a way to win this hockey game,'' Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said.
``When you're in these situations, things creep into your head when you're not winning games, and you're finding ways to lose,'' Stamkos said after a players only postgame meeting. ``It's natural. You've got to find a way not to have that.
``A 3-1 lead at home going into the third, that should almost be automatic. Right now it's clearly not.''
Stamkos put the Lightning ahead 1-0 when the center beat Carey Price from the slot off a pass from St. Louis at 5:30 of the second. St. Louis has seven assists and nine points during a six-game point steak.
``Right now it gets our guys nervous whenever it gets close in these moments, and you have to get rid of that,'' Tampa Bay coach Guy Boucher said. ``As you saw today again, they battled with a top team and were right there, but it's that confidence that comes with results.''
After Plekanec scored 7:38 into the second, Salo gave Tampa Bay a 2-1 advantage just 37 seconds later. Malone made it 3-1 on a power-play redirection with 7:40 left in the second.
Desjardins, who made his third career start, won two games for the Lightning during the 2010-11 season, including a 4-1 victory over Montreal on Dec. 30, 2010.
Tampa Bay center Vincent Lecavalier had no shots in just under 19 minutes of playing time, and hasn't scored a goal in 10 games.
NOTES: Montreal LW Brandon Prust hit the boards hard in the third period and appeared to hurt his shoulder. ... Desjardins, acquired from the Canadiens in a minor league trade on Feb. 14, was recalled from Syracuse of the AHL on Tuesday. ... Montreal D Yannick Weber didn't play because of a knee injury sustained Thursday during a 4-2 win at Carolina. ... Tampa Bay G Mathieu Garon, out with a lower body injury, has resumed skating. ... Canadiens D Greg Pateryn, recalled from Hamilton of the AHL on Thursday, made his NHL debut. ... Montreal is 2-4 when trailing after the second period.