Lightning gets overtime win in Game 1 of series against Canadiens

Lightning gets overtime win in Game 1 of series against Canadiens
Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) is hugged by center Steven Stamkos (91) after scoring the winning goal against the Canadiens in the second overtime Friday night. (Ryan Remiorz / Associated Press)

Nikita Kucherov scored at 2:06 of the second overtime to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 2-1 victory over the Montreal Canadians on Friday night in Montreal in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series.

Kucherov took a pass in the slot from Valtteri Filppula and beat goalie Carey Price with a wrist shot on the first shot of the period.


Kucherov was involved in a controversial call three minutes into the first overtime. His shot on a breakaway was stopped, and he bumped into Price as the puck went into the net, although it appeared Price dragged the puck in himself. After review, it was ruled Kucherov had interfered with Price.

Tyler Johnson opened the scoring early in the third, and Ben Bishop made 43 saves for the Lightning, coming off a Game 7 victory over Detroit on Wednesday night.

Montreal's Max Pacioretty tied it with 5:13 left. Price stopped 33 shots for the Canadiens.

Game 2 is Sunday night in Montreal.

at Chicago 4, Minnesota 3: Teuvo Teravainen broke a tie with his first playoff goal, and the Blackhawks beat the Wild in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinal series.

The Blackhawks, trying to knock out Minnesota for the third straight year, struck first after taking out Nashville in six games in the opening round.

The 20-year-old Teravainen came through with 58.2 seconds left in the second period after Chicago blew a 3-0 lead. Held out of the final four games of the first round, he scored from a difficult angle, and the Blackhawks hung on from there.

Brandon Saad scored 1:15 into the game. Patrick Kane and Marcus Kruger added goals just over two minutes apart in the first period.

Corey Crawford made 30 saves, and the Blackhawks came away with the win even though they were outplayed for big portions of the game.

Zach Parise had a goal and an assist for Minnesota, Jason Zucker and Mikael Granlund also scored, and Thomas Vanek had two assists.

Devan Dubnyk stopped 31 shots, but the Wild came up short after beating St. Louis in the first round.

The Wild scored three goals in an 8:09 span in the second period to wipe out a 3-0 deficit, only to see Chicago take the lead on Teravainen's goal. He picked the puck off the left board and fired a quick shot high off the right post and into the net.

Crawford preserved the lead in the third when he saved a shot by Matt Dumba with his left toe with 7:38 remaining. He stopped Nino Niederreiter's point-blank shot just over a minute later.

Minnesota's Jason Pominville missed a half-open net from about 15 feet, the puck fluttering wide left with about 2:40 left.