The Lightning know how to play close games with Montreal.

Saturday’s 2-1 Tampa Bay victory was the sixth consecutive meeting between the two teams that have been decided by a goal, and third time this season the two teams needed overtime to determine a winner.

Ben Bishop, who was uncertain until warmups if he would even be able to play, stopped 28 shots while Nate Thompson had two goals, including a shorthanded goal, to give Tampa Bay the victory.

Carey Price finished with 34 saves while Daniel Briere scored for Montreal.

The Lightning moved five points ahead of the Canadiens in the Atlantic Division standings.

Tampa Bay set a physical tone early on when JP Cote delivered a thundering hit along the boards to Brendan Gallagher while Nikita Kucherov, moved up to center the top line in the absence of Valtteri Filppula, got the best early chance creating a breakaway opportunity at 4:41 of the first period. Price was able to come up with the stop, but Kucherov was hooked on the play leading to a penalty shot attempt for the rookie winger. Kucherov came in wide to his right and instead of deking tried to beat Price low to the blocker side but was stopped to keep the game scoreless.

The game remained without a goal through the first period. Bishop then came up with two stops - one on Rene Bourque and then on David Desharnais - 19 seconds apart in the early stages of the second period. Just after Tampa Bay misfired on a power play chance that came at 3:35, the Canadiens went on their second man advantage opportunity of the second period when Alex Killorn was whistled for interference at 5:20.

As as been the case in recent games, the penalty killers were creating scoring chances and did so again as Victor Hedman led a 3-on-2 break up the ice, fed J.T. Brown who passed the puck to Thompson, who sent a puck on net that went off the stick of P.K. Subban and deflected past Price at 5:58. The shorthanded goal was the third the Lightning have scored in the past four games and the second shorthanded tally this season for Thompson.