National Hockey League
Tampa Bay 5, Montreal 3
When: 7:00 PM ET, Saturday, March 18, 2023
Where: Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida
Referees: Dan O'Rourke, Justin St. Pierre
Linesmen: Julien Fournier, Kilian McNamara
Attendance: 19092

Brandon Hagel produced his second career hat trick, including the tiebreaking goal in the third period, to carry the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 5-3 win over the visiting Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.

In his 200th NHL game, the top-line left winger redirected in a long shot by Mikhail Sergachev at 5:58 for the game-winner.

He tallied into an empty net for the hatty, notching his career-high 27th goal with 44 seconds remaining.

Tampa Bay (42-22-6, 90 points) also got goals from Victor Hedman and Steven Stamkos. Nikita Kucherov reached the 99-point mark with two assists, and Sergachev had two as well.

Goaltender Brian Elliott (11-5-2) stopped 18 shots as the Lightning won their third straight match and moved to 5-1-1 in their past seven.

For Montreal (27-37-6, 60 points), Mike Hoffman had a goal and an assist, Denis Gurianov scored and Jesse Ylonen had a power-play marker. Nick Suzuki dealt two helpers.

After allowing three goals in Thursday's 9-5 loss at the Florida Panthers, Sam Montembeault started again and made 36 saves.

This season, the Canadiens are 0-3-0 against Tampa Bay and 1-7-2 in their past 10 games.

On a weekend when former players Vincent Lecavalier, Martin St. Louis and franchise founder Phil Esposito were inducted in the inaugural class of the Lightning Hall of Fame, coach St. Louis' Canadiens rubbed some of the shine off the pregame ceremony at center ice.

Off a cross-ice pass from Suzuki through the slot, Hoffman sent his 12th goal through Elliott's pads 5:12 into the Atlantic Division rivals' third meeting of four this season.

However, Hedman evened it by answering for the home side when he skated through the slot and fired in his seventh tally past Montembeault's blocker side at 11:31.

In a wide-open second period, Hagel grabbed a rebound off the end boards and hit the net on a sharp-angle shot that banked in off the Habs' goalie at 4:50.

But less than two minutes later, Gurianov drilled his seventh goal -- his fifth in 11 games since being acquired from the Dallas Stars for Russian countryman Evgenii Dadonov on Feb. 26.

With just three seconds left on their first power play, the Habs went up when Ylonen one-timed a scorcher for his fifth tally and a 3-2 edge.

On the power play early in the third, Stamkos tied the game at 3:14 with his 30th goal.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Montreal   Tampa Bay
Mike Hoffman 2 Points Brandon Hagel 3
Mike Hoffman 1 Goals Brandon Hagel 3
Nick Suzuki 2 Assists Nikita Kucherov 2
Jesse Ylonen 1 Power Play Goals Steven Stamkos 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Sam Montembeault .900 Save Percentage Brian Elliott .857
Sam Montembeault 36 Saves Brian Elliott 18
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Montreal 21 3 1-2 1-2 4 23
Tampa Bay 41 5 1-2 1-2 4 37
Upcoming Games
  • Tampa Bay will play their next game at home against New Jersey. The Lightning have a W/L % of .595 after a win and .607 after a loss.
  • Montreal will play their next game at home against Tampa Bay. The Canadiens have a W/L % of .333 after a win and .419 after a loss.