The Tampa Bay Lightning managed to get back into the win column in their first game without star forward Steven Stamkos. The Anaheim Ducks, meanwhile, couldn't extend their win streak during captain Ryan Getzlaf's absence.
With Getzlaf potentially out again, the Ducks will attempt to spoil Tampa Bay's brief return home Thursday night in an early showdown of conference leaders.
Stamkos was taken off on a stretcher after fracturing his right tibia in a 3-0 defeat in Boston on Monday and underwent surgery to stabilize the injury the next day, sidelining him indefinitely. His teammates were in Montreal on Tuesday night and pulled out a 2-1 shootout win without one of the league's top scorers.
"It was obviously a tough loss whenever you lose a player like that," said goaltender Ben Bishop, who stopped 28 shots and all three Canadiens shootout attempts. "This is a team sport and we're going to move forward. The guys played great tonight. We could've easily won this game or we could've ...