Montreal stay alive in Stanley Cup series

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Montreal netminder Carey Price has kept alive his team's slim hopes of winning the Stanley Cup as the Canadiens emerged with a 3-2 overtime victory over defending champions Tampa Bay Lightning.

Price made 32 saves, including several key stops in overtime, before Josh Anderson's second goal of the game sealed victory for the Canadiens, who now trail Tampa Bay 3-1 in the NHL's best-of-seven championship series.

Alexander Romanov had Montreal's other goal while Price, who was shaky in a 6-3 loss that pushed his team to the brink on Friday, flashed the brilliant form that helped his team reach the final.

Barclay Goodrow and Pat Maroon scored for Tampa Bay, who twice came back from one-goal deficits but failed to take advantage of a golden opportunity with a four-minute powerplay that spanned the third period and start of overtime.

The series shifts to Tampa Bay for Game Five on Thursday AEST.

Interim Montreal coach Dominique Ducharme's lineup changes paid off as Romanov stepped up in just his third career playoff game.

Anderson was shifted to a new line, playing alongside Nick Suzuki and rookie Cole Caufield in Ducharme's bid to add more speed.

Montreal were outscored 14-5 in the first three games but they got off to a better start on Monday.

Price stopping 12 shots in the opening period and Anderson converting Suzuki's for their first lead of the series.

"Nothing's been easy for us all year, and it wasn't going to start this series," Montreal forward Brendan Gallagher said.

"We're definitely aware of the challenge, but every bit of adversity we've faced this year, we've handled well.

"We got through tonight, but we can't really afford to enjoy it for too long. Move on to the next one and do the same thing."

- with AP

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