(SportsNetwork.com) - The Montreal Canadiens look to post their best start to a season in 13 years on Monday night as they conclude their road trip against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Habs have won the first three contests of their season-opening swing, beginning a season 3-0 for the first time since 2005. A victory over the Lightning tonight would not only give the Habs a perfect road trip, but their best start to a season since winning the first five games of the 2001-02 campaign.
Montreal's perfect start seemed doomed in Philadelphia on Saturday as the club trailed by three goals after two periods. However, Andrei Markov, Tomas Plekanec and Alex Galchenyuk all scored in the third frame to force overtime and P.A. Parenteau had the lone shootout tally in a 4-3 victory.
After Philadelphia's Matt Read shot his wrister high and over the net, Parenteau ended the fourth round and the contest by beating Ray Emery with a quick forehander inside the right post.
"It's the best feeling, when you go up there. The nerves are going but you just have to bear down, stay focused and that's what I did," Parenteau said of his game-deciding shot.
Carey Price made 29 saves in Montreal's second straight shootout victory, while Plekanec has a goal in each of Montreal's first three games, with four tallies in total.
"If you look at the result in the first period, the result was not on our side, but I thought we played with energy. We made some mistakes, youth mistakes," noted Habs head coach Michel Therrien. "But we showed a lot of character. This is a group of guys that have character and they never give up. They certainly deserved to win the way they played in the third period."
The Lightning, meanwhile, were on the wrong end of a shootout decision, falling to the Ottawa Senators 3-2 on Saturday.
Ben Bishop ended with 32 saves, while Brett Connolly and Victor Hedman had the goals. However, Tampa Bay was denied its first 2-0 start in five years.
"I've gone against those guys a lot," said Bishop, a former member of the Senators. "I know their moves. They know mine. I just guessed wrong."
Hedman has scored in both of Tampa Bay's games this season as he notched the overtime winner on Thursday versus Florida, while Valtteri Filppula has recorded three assists through two games.
The Lightning play the third contest of a four-game homestand to begin the season and went 3-0-1 versus the Canadiens in 2013-14. Three of those games went past regulation.